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Manager, Tax Administration Services (Deputy Tax Commissioner) (Designated)



Competition # : 33195 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/21/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous Person, African Nova Scotian, or Other Racially Visible Person.


If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


About Us


The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services supports the public sector by delivering programs and services that Nova Scotians rely on. We deliver services to government and beyond by processing a million financial transactions each year, auditing government operations, optimizing information and technology, managing major purchases for the public sector and helping public bodies administer the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act and the Records Act.


About Our Opportunity


As Manager, Tax Administration Service (Deputy Tax Commissioner), you provide operational management and planning for the programs and services administered by the Provincial Tax Commission. This includes fuel,   tobacco and vape products tax programs and Nova Scotia sales tax on private purchases of vehicles, boats and aircraft.


In this position, you play a critical role in protecting the revenue base and ensuring a level playing field for business while minimizing administrative burden. Overseeing the work of one Program Administration Officer (PAO3), you are also accountable to the Provincial Tax Commissioner for the administration of the legislation and related regulations of the Revenue Act & Sales Tax Act.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Administer, apply, and interpret related legislation and regulations.
  • Provide expert advice regarding any matter arising from the Tax Commission legislation and supporting regulations, policies, standards, and processes
  • Undertake multi-jurisdictional research and analysis on tax policy issues and coordinate the development and amendment of legislation and regulation within pre-defined timelines.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Support the Tax Commissioner in operational planning, reporting, data analysis, and human resources planning and development.
  • Provide an ongoing review and implement improvements of the internal controls and fraud prevention for tax processing, tax rebates, tax refunds and tax exemptions.
  • Support the transformation and modernization of the roles and responsibilities of the Tax Commission, including identifying and implementing improvements to tax administration services.
  • Implement new technologies and report development on an on-going basis.
  • Organization and delivery of tax commission training events and update sessions
  • Overseeing the development and review of the detailed monthly Revenue Report, supporting trend reports and analysis.
  • Ensure web pages, bulletins and forms are up-to-date and client oriented.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role, you hold a bachelor’s degree in addition to substantial related Canadian tax administration experience.


In addition, you hold experience/skills in the following areas:

  • In-depth experience in interpreting and writing policy, legislation, and regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tax administration policies and services
  • Demonstrated experience with Excel and Cognos (or equivalent) report development
  • Demonstrated ability to research, develop and analyze tax and statistical trending information
  • Experience in responding to internal and public inquiries on tax matters
  • In depth experience with internal control review and fraud risk prevention
  • Supervisory experience in coaching and/or performance management
  • Strong partnering and relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and providing responsive, timely client support
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written and experience with developing briefings and power point presentations.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • The ability to maintain the integrity and security of confidential and sensitive information


A legal background, Masters degree, experience in Canadian administrative law, and experience in commodity taxation would be considered assets.




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.


The following competencies are viewed as critical to the success of this position: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness & Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.




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.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.


This is a permanent full-time position based in Halifax.


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 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