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Program Specialist (Program Administration Officer 3)


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Competition # : 31214 

Department: NS Securities Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/21/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


A challenging and exciting opportunity exists to join the Market Regulation Branch of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission (NSSC). We are looking for a Program Specialist to work as a member of the team that provides front line investor protection through education, registration, and compliance activities.

About Our Opportunity


The Program Specialist reports to the Deputy Director, Registration & Compliance and is accountable for supporting investor protection in Nova Scotia by providing independent, specialized professional expertise for the administration, management, and delivery of programs and projects. The position is responsible for the day to day registration function.

Primary Accountabilities


The Program Specialist is responsible to plan, develop, and monitor new initiatives. Monitors and provides advice regarding registration issues. Manages needs and concerns of registrants. May participate in Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) standing and ad hoc committees, liaising with other provincial regulators and SROs with respect to registration and compliance issues.


The Program Specialist must comply with the NSSC’s Conflict of Interest Rules.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of five years’ experience. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.


As the ideal candidate you have previous experience developing, implementing, reviewing, and revising programs. You also have previous experience and an aptitude to deal with complex issues. You demonstrate a high level of initiative and an ability to use tact and diplomacy in difficult situations. 


You possess exceptional communication (written and verbal), analytical and problem-solving skills. You are a team player who is comfortable working independently.


Auditing, securities industry experience, and completion of CSI or equivalent courses (CSC, Branch Managers, CCO Exam or compliance courses) would be considered assets.


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. 

Working Conditions


Majority of work completed within an office environment; occasional site visits may be required.

Additional Information


This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of July 22, 2022; please note the status of the opportunity is dependent on the start date of the successful applicant.

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:  $2,396.86 - $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:


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 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