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Manager, Project Management



Competition # : 32933 

Department: Infrastructure and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/20/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dedicated to working with municipalities to build healthy, vibrant, and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. The Department provides programs, grants, and funding opportunities for municipalities and community groups. The Department also provides services and guidance to municipalities in many areas including land use planning, budget planning and finance, infrastructure development, policy and program development, and support for economic development through the management of the Regional Enterprise Network program.


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing 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.


With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Building Infrastructure Asset Management (BIAM), the Manager will provide leadership to a dynamic team of Project Managers and Building Project Supervisors for the successful execution of all the Provincial Housing Authority's infrastructure projects. The manager will track, update and provide budgetary information on the portfolio and projects.


You will do this by promoting a culture of teamwork, respect, diversity, and a healthy work environment while considering the goals, vision and strategic direction of the Department. You will ensure that we are attuned to, and responsive of, our client Department's needs and requirements.  The Manager of Project Management ensures the timely, safe, and cost-effective delivery of our infrastructure projects by partnering closely with:


  • The Planning and Design Groups within BIAM;
  • Housing Nova Scotia and Provincial Housing Authorities staff;
  • Other associated groups within Government such as Client Departments, the Office of the Fire Marshall and Procurement Services; and,
  • External industry groups such as the Construction Association of Nova Scotia.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Manager of Project Management, you will:


  • Work with client departments and staff within the BIAM section to develop project scope documents along with realistic project budgets and schedules for use in business case preparations.
  • Ensure that the portfolio of Government’s public housing projects is delivered to high quality standards in a safe, cost effective and timely fashion.
  • Effectively manage human resources by assigning projects, monitoring workloads, developing staff, and leading a talented team of project management professionals through all stages of project development.
  • Monitor the budgets, schedules and cash flows for the capital building program and assist the project management teams in effectively forecasting the work and maintaining the schedule.
  • Ensure that projects are safe, ready to occupy and that the end of construction activities are conducted in a way that ensures proper coordination and involvement by client departments and stakeholders during the turnover process.


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have significant experience managing with progressively responsible experience for the repair and maintenance of large-scale building and small-scale housing portfolios and experience with building new infrastructure projects or leading teams that manage portfolios of large-scale buildings or small-scale housing projects.  You have a:


  • university degree in Engineering
  • college level technologist or technician diploma in engineering
  • certified BOMA; or have
  • equivalent education and experience.


The following would be considered an asset:


  • Registered or eligible for registration with the Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS) or Tech Nova Certified Technology Professionals
  • Formal project management training and a Project Managers designation (ie PMI PMP)
  • Experience with senior care facility development

In addition to the above, to be successful in this role you will:


  • Demonstrate a background in human resource management with experience in leading, coaching and developing people
  • Be an excellent communicator who maintains good relationships with colleagues, clients, industry, senior management, and people supervised and can lead difficult conversations and negotiations when required
  • Be a critical thinker with the ability to solve problems and adapt to competing priorities and changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment
  • Have a knowledge of, and experience with, Nova Scotia government legislative requirements dealing with building design and construction
  • Have extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Nova Scotia government budgeting and procurement requirements
  • Have familiarity with the development and management of construction budgets and construction schedules
  • Have familiarity with facility repair and maintenance programs
  • Have familiarity with the various methods of new capital project delivery

Familiarity with operational budgets and/or provincial procurement methods would be considered assets.


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, 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


The Manager of Project Management is physically located in an office type environment for most of the time. However, you will make regular visits to project sites around the Province.  Physical effort / activities involve sitting, standing, driving, walking around sites, occasional lifting of boxes, occasional climbing of ladders and scaffolding. The work involves complex contracts, negotiations, deadlines, multiple priorities, many stakeholders and competing priorities so there is a degree of mental pressure attached to the position.


Additional Information


Travel throughout the province is required; as such you must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the province.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • 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