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Manager, Municipal Relations and Community Outreach (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 32212 

Department: Infrastructure and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/5/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Infrastructure and Housing is the primary housing delivery agency in Nova Scotia. The Department is also responsible for ensuring the availability of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians. Our work involves making strategic investments, leveraging new funding, and building on critical partnerships to help further position ourselves to meet current and future housing challenges.


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director, Stakeholder and Intergovernmental Relations, the Manager, Municipal Relations and Community Outreach plays a critical role in further building respectful and trusting working relationships with municipalities and all stakeholders. This position designs, delivers, and evaluates stakeholder engagement plans and oversees the development of strategies and tactics that assist the department in delivering upon the outcomes of the National Housing Strategy and provincial priorities.


The Manager is the department’s key liaison with the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities, the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia, and works with partners to identify opportunities to help municipalities create strategies and leverage provincial and federal funding to increase affordable housing options in their community.

Primary Accountabilities


The Manager will build and foster productive relations with the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities, the Association of Municipal Administrators, municipal councils and staff, and other housing stakeholders, develop stakeholder engagement plans and key communications material, and assist in developing engagement initiatives. You will also play a key role in engaging with stakeholders to inform the development and review of provincial housing plans to meet CMHC’s National Housing Strategy goals and other provincial priorities.


Working with other divisions and departments, you will support municipalities and other external stakeholders and create awareness about opportunities to develop more affordable housing options that meet the needs of communities across the province. This includes supporting the work of regional housing networks, working groups, and committees.


You will devote a portion of your time engaging with leaders from Indigenous and People of African descent communities to ensure their ideas and issues can be promptly addressed by our team. Occasionally, you will collaborate with other department divisions, and provincial agencies whose policies and programs intersect with our mandate (e.g. Community Services, Municipal Affairs, Seniors, Health and Wellness).


You will also plan and attend meetings and engagement events, make presentations to municipal councils, community groups, and other groups, and support our housing teams with outreach efforts related to program design, delivery, or evaluation. The manager also investigates, analyzes, and facilitates resolution of service matters raised by stakeholders.


This position is accountable for project oversight, allocating and utilizing resources in an efficient manner, including use of new or existing technology solutions, and maintaining a co-operative, motivated and successful team.  The Manager ensures appropriate strategies are in place to mitigate risk, ensures objectives and benefits are realized, and provides guidance and direction to the team.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in a public relations, media, or communications-related field with 6 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  


You have exceptional communication, presentation, and organizational skills.  You also have demonstrated experience of establishing and developing relationships with key people in external stakeholder organizations.


Ideally, you have previous experience working with and understanding the needs of municipalities, private sector, non-profit organizations, and communities of interest (e.g., People of African Descent, Persons with Disabilities, Immigrants, etc.) that are part of the housing market.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be acceptable in place of education requirements. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Most of your work is in a comfortable office environment. You may be required to travel to sites on occasion. There is a need for you to balance competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • Forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to