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Manager of Strategic Planning and Client Services

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2S9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28588 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following groups will be considered: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons and Persons with Disabilities. 


If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process, and indicate in your cover letter to be considered.

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is leading the transformation of the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) and public education system in Nova Scotia. This will provide children and families with a strong foundation for lifelong success and well-being. Nova Scotia regulates, funds and provides policy and program support to early learning and child care programs, and other key partners, across Nova Scotia to develop and sustain quality early learning and child care programs province-wide.

About Our Opportunity


As the manager you lead a team in the effective delivery of grants and funding to over 345 early learning and child-care programs. This includes managing several key grants in the amount of approximately 70 million dollars. This funding is used to support outcomes related to quality, and inclusive care.


The manager is the primary point of contact for both internal and external stakeholders on grants and funding, and associated data and metrics, ensuring all policies, terms and conditions and service agreements are clear and effective in meeting government commitments with transparent and measurable outcomes. The Manager must make decisions with respect to funding models, accountability measures and reporting procedures, that effectively support accessible, high quality, and inclusive programming. This includes significant data management, analysis, and reporting processes.


The Manager, Strategic Planning and Client Service reports to the Director of Early Learning and Child Care.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Includes human resource management, as well as management of operational resources and extensive financial responsibilities.
  • Member of the branch’s leadership team, you will also provide strategic policy direction and advice in your area of focus to your team and to senior leadership.
  • Responsible for leading your team in using innovative and modern service models that ensure efficient, transparent, cost-effective, and culturally responsive client service.
  • Responsible for: policy development, funding agreements, funding terms and conditions, the oversight and management of grants, financial monitoring, as well as funding programs and special initiatives. (A portion of these responsibilities involve the two Early Years branches, ELCC and the Early Childhood Development and Pre-primary (ECDPP)).   

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you possess a relevant undergraduate university degree in such areas as Public Administration, Management, Accounting or Business. Your degree is accompanied by extensive managerial experience, or a Masters’ degree in the above areas, with several years of managerial experience. An acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered.   


You have confidence in your knowledge, professional judgement, and ability to problem-solve complex issues in a collaborative and responsive manner, in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. You will also possess exceptional interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to establish genuine and collaborative relationships with colleagues and staff both within the organization and externally with service providers and other community-based and government stakeholders. You have experience leading teams through change, using various change management skills and processes.


You have experience providing advice and developing recommendations to senior leadership, including the preparation of information and briefing notes, data and written reports, and presentations. You are a demonstrated leader, team player, and independent thinker. You are well organized, capable of prioritizing and delegating high level work under tight timelines and you exercise sound judgement under pressure. You are organized and flexible, with the ability to motivate and manage resources. Your excellent speaking and writing skills allow you to communicate information through various succinct methods, accurately and efficiently.


Assets considered for this position:


  • Having a strong understanding of the importance of early learning and child-care programs for children’s long-term well-being, health and development, and learning, as well as the issues within the sector related to accessibility, affordability, wages, and operational requirements.
  • Direct experience working with community program delivery partners and previous government experience.



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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, 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.

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.
  • 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 11 

Salary Range:  $2,932.88 - $3,657.49 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.


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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