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Office Administrator


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Competition # : 31088 

Department: Infrastructure and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/16/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Infrastructure and Housing designs and constructs public buildings and delivers housing programs.  The Department is responsible to deliver vertical infrastructure projects valued in excess of one million dollars or otherwise characterized as having heightened complexity and risks. The Department also promotes safe and secure communities by working with partners across the province to build strong, affordable, and suitable homes for Nova Scotians with low and moderate incomes.  The Department also manages federal infrastructure programs to facilitate the delivery of eligible cost shared projects throughout Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity


The Department is seeking an Office Administrator to support the work of Housing Nova Scotia. The ideal candidate has office management or administrative experience. As the Office Administrator you will provide managerial leadership to administrative and professional teams, are detail-oriented, organized, and confident in a position with a high level of responsibility, autonomy, and competing priorities. The ability to communicate effectively and work independently as part of a team while adapting to a constantly changing work environment is key. A strong candidate will also have experience in managing relationships, internally and externally, to ensure continuous efficient and effective business operations.


Primary Accountabilities




  • Oversees all general office duties including office and equipment requirements, technology, supplies and subcontractors, as required.
  • Management of an administrative professional team, supporting executive level management.
  • Contributes to the advancement of the organization’s information needs by managing a record and correspondence system in accordance with the records classification and retention system.
  • Management support for information access requests through Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation (FOIPOP). 
  • Development and management of employee onboarding and offboarding policy, practices, training, and communication. 
  • Management and oversight of the organization’s Occupational Health and Safety program (OHS). 
  • Oversees compliance and updating of internal operational policies.
  • Petty cash management, including tracking and filing receipts and reconciliations.
  • Leads efforts to identify and acquire emerging technologies in conjunction with ICTS/NSDS.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have several years of directly related experience combined with a Bachelors’ degree, an equivalent combination of training and experience may also be considered.


You have relevant experience in financial and human resource planning and execution. You have managed budgets and been responsible for forecasting and reporting. You have managed human resource activities including recruitment, training, retention, and performance management. You have been responsible for planning and reporting and possess strategic orientation and strong ability to take positive action.


You are an exceptional communicator (written and verbal) with strong negotiation, presentation, analytical and facilitation skills to successfully build support within the organization. You have excellent relationship building skills, with experience building and maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.


You bring a creative and innovative approach when making recommendations. You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. You have strong computer skills, specifically with SAP and Microsoft Office.


Experience in change and project management are considered assets in applying for this position.


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 are competencies for this position: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.



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.
  • 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 10 

Salary Range:  $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 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