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Project Executive



Competition # : 30627 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/17/2021 (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 collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, 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


We are looking for two Project Executives – one to oversee Capital Health Infrastructure Planning and one to oversee Long Term Care Infrastructure Planning. 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 strategic infrastructure initiatives that are focused on increasing the effectiveness of the health system.


You will provide leadership, direction, guidance and project management and oversight 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. The Project Executive works 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.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Project Executive your primary accountabilities will be providing support to the Senior Executive Director in the following areas (but not limited to):


  • Providing executive leadership in the identification, design, planning, implementation, integration, and evaluation of multi-function, cross-departmental projects.
  • Coordinating business activities (often carried out by others) that establish how and when the department will deliver products and services.
  • Contributing to the preparation of advice and recommendations to government including Memoranda to Executive Council, Reports and Recommendations and Requests for Legislation.
  • Performing strategic advisory/principal level consulting to senior executives by leading, directing, and guiding the development and implementation of major, complex, multi-sector health system projects and initiatives.
  • Engaging with senior leaders and cross sector representation to understand long-term strategic challenges. Takes responsibility for developing and delivering change management plans and achieving outcomes that support the department’s and government’s overall strategy.

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.


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
  • extensive experience in multiple project and portfolio management, budgetary processes, and risk management/mitigation principles and practices
  • an appreciation of the vision of the NS health system, its structure and legislated roles
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health policy research and development, legislation and regulation
  • political acuity, diplomacy, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • experience working within complex systems
  • ability 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.



An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be acceptable in place of education requirements. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



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.

Additional Information


Please note this competition will be used to fill two (2) full-time, Permanent positions. One position will focus on and support infrastructure planning in the Long Term Care sector. The second position will support Infrastructure planning for large capital health projects.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • 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:  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