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Program Admin Officer 3 - Arts NS(Designated)



Competition # : 31863 

Department: Communities, Culture & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/2/2021​ (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


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

About Us


Arts Nova Scotia is the provincial funding agency that provides support to professional artists and arts organizations through a variety of programs that invest in artistic development, including arts education programs and several arts awards and prizes. Arts Nova Scotia is governed by an 11-member board of directors that champions the fundamental role of the art for all Nova Scotians.  Arts Nova Scotia uses a highly participative and collaborative approach, engaging and partnering with the professional arts community, our peers, and the public.


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About Our Opportunity


As the Program Officer, you perform a range of professional and administrative duties to support program delivery, implementation, and evaluation of funding programs as well as a range of communication and community outreach functions.


The Program Officer works closely with individuals and organizations in the professional arts community, providing consultative advice, direction, and assistance with the preparation of applications or reports to grant programs or funding agreements.


We are seeking a champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and beyond who has a demonstrated record of supporting equitable representation of and opportunities for equity- deserving artists and their communities.  


This position reports to the Director of Arts Nova Scotia.

Primary Accountabilities


You will achieve this by:


  • Facilitating the application assessment process, which involves a fully consultative and participatory approach with members of the arts and culture sector
  • Coordinating the preparation of recommendations for funding
  • Analysing, reviewing and reporting on effectiveness and relevancy of current policy, program criteria and application processes, working with other staff in Arts Nova Scotia, the Board of Directors and the arts sector.
  • Providing advice and recommend solutions, applying awareness of current thinking and public debate about issues, challenges and potential opportunities related to the work of the arts community
  • Playing a leading role in the identification and removal of barriers preventing applicants of equity-deserving groups from accessing programs at Arts Nova Scotia.

Qualifications and Experience


Do you champion the role of the arts in Nova Scotia?


To be successful in this position, you hold a Bachelors’ Degree with a minimum 5 years of progressive experience in program administration, development, and evaluation. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be accepted.


You have experience working with the arts and culture sector and an understanding of the complexities, challenges and needs of diverse arts and culture groups/communities within that sector.  You have demonstrated experience working with and in diverse communities, particularly racialized communities including Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. You value diversity, inclusion, and demonstrate the ability to effectively build and develop strong relationships and maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders. You understand principles of participatory practices for public outreach, consultation, and stakeholder engagement.


You possess strong presentation, facilitation, and communication skills (verbal and written).  You are also creative, outcome focused and strive for innovation, using technology to capture, manage and share information.  You bring an innovative approach to your work, are creative and forward thinking.   


You are knowledgeable of arts and culture program delivery, development, and evaluation.


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.



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


Please prepare a short video (.mov-max 5 min) or Powerpoint presentaion (ppt. 5-8 slides) using the following questions as a guide. 


  1. How would you describe the current state of the arts in Nova Scotia and what are some of the challenges, issues and opportunities?
  2. What do you think the role of Arts Nova Scotia plays in the community?
  3. What excites you about taking on the role of Program Officer at Arts Nova Scotia? What can you bring to the position/ organization?


Please be sure to include a cover letter that speaks to your experience, but we also want to get a glimpse of your personality. Don’t be generic, be yourself.

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:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly




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