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Manager, Planning & Accountability


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Competition # : 31184 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/17/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we’re recruiting leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


As the Manager for Planning & Accountability you will report to the Director, Planning & Accountability, and will be accountable to lead corporate planning and strategy for the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). The Manager leads departmental operational and strategic planning, business planning and accountability reporting to ensure that departmental priorities are aligned with government objectives. The Manager is also responsible to support the department in enhancing its planning, accountability framework and approach, and performance management capabilities to coordinate the corporate and health system agendas that inform and facilitate an integrated and coordinated approach to health system planning and accountability functions.


Primary Accountabilities


You will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in the department to support the advancement of planning and strategy. You will achieve this through:


  • Developing and delivering plans and strategies by managing a high-performing team of professionals.
  • Mentoring, coaching, and monitoring your team to ensure priorities and objectives are met, aligning with the interests and objectives of the Department of Health & Wellness.
  • Ensuring strategic planning aligns with the goals and priorities of government by demonstrating insight and by making connections and making effective decisions which support system thinking.
  • Collaborating across the Department and working with the Division on the development of accountability frameworks and requirements inclusive of targets, measures and milestones.
  • Leading departmental operational and strategic planning.
  • Leading departmental planning cycles, and supporting the department and its partners in meeting corporate government requirements.


Qualifications and Experience


As our next Manager, you will have a (graduate or bachelor’s) degree in a related field and have several years of progressive experience leading corporate planning and strategy. You will also have significant experience working closely with stakeholders.


You are a leader with a demonstrated ability to execute and deliver actions in the short-term, along with experience in developing and implementing a vision with a longer-term outlook. You are a natural and strong communicator and relationship builder and have a bias for candid and open discussions, both with internal and external stakeholders. You have a proven track record of building meaningful relationships within your workplace, but also across and outside of government.


You have an ability to take in new information and quickly synthesize it to provide excellent advice, rooted in good judgement and professional expertise. You are well-organized, capable of prioritizing work and are flexible and open to changing course if new information, evidence or a changing environment presents itself. You do not dig in your heels. You are comfortable challenging the status quo and taking risks (within reasonable limits). You enjoy and can move quickly between detail-oriented work and the big picture. You are naturally curious, enjoy working in a range of policy areas, and constantly ask questions to ensure a deep understanding of a new topic area. You will cultivate a work environment that respects public service values.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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 training, education and experience will be considered. 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 time is spent in a comfortable office setting with frequent travel to site visits as required.


Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day however you may be required to work weekends (and will require availability 24/7 during times of emergency and working overtime on occasion).


Additional Information


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,368.38 - $4,220.16 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.


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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