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Project Executive



Competition # : 32991 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/28/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on continual improvements within the Health System, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to a Senior Executive Director within the Department of Health and Wellness, the Project Executive is a key member of the leadership team whose mandate is to lead, prioritize and drive initiatives that are focused on increasing the effectiveness of the health system.


Primary Accountabilities


You will provide leadership, direction, guidance and project management for health system investment prioritization, risk planning, and outcome monitoring. You will lead and direct a team that provides evidence-based research, policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation support for the development of legislation, provincial policy, standards and guidelines that are responsive to the changing health needs of Nova Scotians and aligned with the overall strategic vision and priorities of the Department. You will also work collaboratively across the Department, government and the health system on key initiatives to advance health system and services strategy health system planning, health system reporting, performance monitoring and accountability.


Qualifications and Experience


You possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and several years of progressive, senior-level management experience. Possession of a Master’s Degree in a related field will be considered an asset. An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be acceptable.


The successful candidate requires competencies in the management of people which must be demonstrated through formal experience in the management of staff. This position also requires an individual who is experienced in leading large-scale change in a complex stakeholder environment.


Experience working with internal and external stakeholders will be required.  As a dynamic leader, the successful candidate must possess the ability to lead change, move forward new initiatives and overcome ongoing challenges.


The successful candidate will have a proven track record in a management role with demonstrated leadership competencies and a strong history of producing results. Must have experience working within complex systems and an appreciation of the vision of the NS health system, its structure and legislated roles. You can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of health policy research and development, legislative and budgetary processes, and risk management/mitigation principles and practices. The ideal candidate will be politically astute, have excellent project management, diplomacy, interpersonal, and communication skills. They must be able to lead complex projects to achieve objectives, work collaboratively, build rapport with senior leaders across all levels, and to inspire creativity and motivate people and teams.


Experience working within the health care system is an asset.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness; Strategic; Orientation; Developing Others; Team Leadership; Self-Awareness & Personal Impact; Effective Interactive Communication; Partnering & Relationship Building; Intercultural Diversity Proficiency.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


This position works in a comfortable office environment with moderate travel.


Additional Information


Please note this competition will be used to fill two (2) full-time, Permanent positions. One position will support the Primary Care branch. The second position will support the Physician Services branch.


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.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 14 

Salary Range:  $4,075.74 - $5,106.37 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.


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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