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Program Admin Officer 3



Competition # : 32033 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/30/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget, forecast updates, and financial advice to departments, crown corporations and other public service entities.

About Our Opportunity


As the Program Administration Officer 3 you will be responsible for providing advice and assistance on financial matters relating to the various program areas within the Financial Services Unit and external agencies funding by the client departments.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities of the role will include:


  • Assisting with the financial administration, management, and/or coordination of existing programs delivered by the client department.
  • Assisting in the implementation of systems and procedures to organize and coordinate the collection of financial and statistical information. 
  • Providing interpretations of the guidelines and advice to external auditors, healthcare administrators, and departmental staff.
  • Examining, analyzing, and reporting on the short-term fiscal impacts of program and budget initiatives on programs and externally funded agencies.
  • Participating in the business planning process of both the client department and external agencies.


In this role, you will work directly with the Program Administration Officer IV (PAO IV) and report to the Director of Finance.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree with 5 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


You have knowledge of Public Sector Accounting Standards and other relevant accounting standards. You have previous experience providing counsel to clients on financial, accounting, and reporting issues in the context of generally accepted accounting principles, legislation, and policy. You have a demonstrated ability to critically examine financial statements and perform operational/program reviews. You possess strong analytical, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and relationship building skills. 


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have an accounting designation (CPA), or are currently enrolled in a recognized accounting program which will result in a CPA designation.


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


This competition is used to fill 2 positions- 1 Permanent 1 Term 


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 17, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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 opportunities for employees to gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Numerous career paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department-specific flexible work options.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 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