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Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3)

Date: Nov 17, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2S9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27672 

Department: Labour and Advanced Education

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/1/2020

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


As the Program Specialist you will be responsible for administering the programs and services for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Women in Trades pilot project. 


As the Program Specialist, you will carry out activities necessary to effectively fulfill the legislative obligations of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and mandate of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications System as articulated in the Agency’s operating charter.  You will help build knowledge and awareness of the services provided by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and help build awareness and understanding of the institutional barriers’ women face in the skilled trades. 


This position reports to the Program Manager.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Engaging employers and providing guidance and support to employers and women in trades, you will develop an employer engagement plan.
  • Engage employers and assist employers with creating a welcoming workplace that is respectful and inclusive for diverse women.
  • Assist employers with navigation through the various programs and services offered by the agency
  • Identify programs or services that best meets the employer’s needs and assist the employer in applying for the program or service. 
  • Administer a targeted wage subsidy program for women in the skilled trades.
  • Provide support and consistent monitoring of activities & financial supports for both women and employers.


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree with 5 years of related experience conducting needs assessments and evaluations, an equivalent combination of training or experience will be considered. 


As the ideal candidate you have a passion to work with women and other diverse groups valuing the concept of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of your work.  You have previous experience working with the public and managing caseloads of clients providing guidance and support.  You possess effective and strong leadership skills and relationship building skills that allows you to develop and build productive relationships. You have experience administering programs and services. You posses excellent communication skills (verbal and written), excellent facilitation skills.  You bring creativity and ingenuity to your work. 


You have a high level of independent judgement, initiative, strong time management and decision-making skills.  You are proficient with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Power-Point, Outlook etc.), scheduling and organizational skills. You have experience working in a fast-paced work environment with competing deadlines and experience interpreting and applying government acts, legislation and regulations and developing and implementing policies & procedures for programs. 


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. A vehicle and a valid drivers’ license are required to fulfill the roles of this position.

Additional Information


This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 31, 2021; however, the position status (“term,” “temporary,” or “causal”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


  • Travel within the province is required. 



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


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