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Planning and Excellence Consultant (Program Admin Officer 3)

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, b3j 3k5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29147 

Department: Labour and Advanced Education

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/3/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Labour and Advanced Education works to provide fairness, safety and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn and work to their highest potential.  We have a staff of more than 500 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia.  Together we are responsible for workplace safety, fire safety, pensions, apprenticeship, adult education, and many other facets of everyday life.

About Our Opportunity


The Planning and Excellence Consultant will work in collaboration with Skills and Learning staff by participating in, and often leading, various projects and project teams to provide validated recommendations and advice to leadership to support evidence informed decisions regarding programs, services, policies and strategies.


This position reports to the Manager of Planning and Excellence.

Primary Accountabilities


In addition you will, 


  • Participate and lead program, process and service delivery reviews to identify areas for improvement
  • Analyze the impact of new or revised legislation, policies, procedures, systems and workflow structures

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. As the ideal candidate you have extensive experience participating in, and often managing, various projects and project teams using project management techniques and you have the skills to manage project teams and large working groups. You are a strong facilitator, and communicator, and can work with groups of all sizes to identify workflow structures using workflow analysis techniques and process efficiency tools to monitor and analyze workflows to determine and find ways to improve programs and services for external clients.  You have also facilitated various working groups for other aspects including strategic planning and solution development. 


You have strong research and analytical skills to assess the impacts and outcomes of programs and services, you can identify areas for improvement, and you can analyze the impact of new programs and services, policies, procedures and systems. You can identify various needs and gaps, as applicable, and can conduct and complete quality monitoring and program reviews to ensure that programs are being effectively delivered and that projects are being properly managed.


You can develop recommendations that are provided and presented to senior leadership, including the preparation of program and research reports. You can develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and have experience with conducting various methods of research, analysis to identify, test, validate and recommend program and service change.


You possess exceptional communication (written and verbal) skills and you also have strong time and project management skills with an ability to manage competing priorities and concurrent projects. In addition, you possess strong collaboration, organization and analytical/problem solving skills with a proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Qualifications and Experience (con't)


While not required, it is considered an asset if you:


  • Have experience in using and implementing LEAN, LEAN Six Sigma tools and techniques
  • Have knowledge of the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS)
  • Possess a Lean Six Sigma Yellow and/or Green Belt
  • Have knowledge of the economy, labour market, socio-economic and demographic factors that impact on the effective delivery of LAE service offering
  • Have some experience in developing logic models
  • Are bilingual (French)



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



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


  • Some travel, within Nova Scotia, may be required
  • This is a permanent position 
  • We will assess the 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:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,899.09 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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