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Project Lead (Program Admin Officer 3)



Competition # : 32922 

Department: Infrastructure and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/29/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Infrastructure and Housing designs and constructs public buildings and delivers housing programs.  The Department is responsible to deliver vertical infrastructure projects valued in excess of one million dollars or otherwise characterized as having heightened complexity and risks. The Department also promotes safe and secure communities by working with partners across the province to build strong, affordable, and suitable homes for Nova Scotians with low and moderate incomes.  The Department also manages federal infrastructure programs to facilitate the delivery of eligible cost shared projects throughout Nova Scotia.


With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Greening and Sustainable Business Practices (GSBP) the Project Leader provides leadership and technical expertise for the successful development and execution of Housing Nova Scotia’s Energy Management Strategy (EMS). The EMS is a broad-based, strategic initiative to integrate sustainability in the affordable housing portfolios of HNS, and the community housing sector (Co-ops and non-profits). The Strategy aims to meet the provincial and federal GHG reduction targets for over 2,100 Public Housing buildings in Nova Scotia with approximately 11,600 residential units.


The Project Leader responsibilities require close coordination with the Program Manager, the Onsite Energy Managers, as well as with the Regional Housing Authorities of HNS.


Primary Accountabilities


The Project Leader oversees specific activities of the EMS which outlines the long-term sustainability vision, mission, and operating principles and a high-level strategy to support them within the context of the National Housing Strategy, the Nova Scotia bilateral agreement with CMHC, Housing Nova Scotia’s 3-year Action Plans, and the Capital Asset Management Plans.


Works on specific Federal government, Department of Energy and Mines, Nova Scotia Environment, Efficiency One, funding opportunities, rebates, and pilot opportunities to develop new program initiatives and project outlines to support and/or leverage existing energy reduction initiatives in the public housing portfolio of HNS and the community housing sector.


Support specific community housing sector initiatives from stakeholder’s entities to reduce energy consumption. As necessary, collaborate with internal subject matter experts to ensure appropriate responses and communications.


Qualifications and Experience


Your experience with government, private sector, non-profit, and community-based agencies allows you to implement programs that have the greatest impact. Additional qualifications and experience include:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Engineering, Architecture, Building Science, etc.).
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience in energy efficiency, energy density analysis, and GHG reduction measures.
  • In-depth understanding of the interdependencies of electrical, mechanical and architectural systems in achieving significant energy savings.
  • RETscreen, Portfolio Manager, HOT200 or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Excel and associated MS Office products.
  • Proven ability to coordinate and direct the efforts of team members focused on specific individual tasks.
  • Familiarity with the National Building Code, National Fire Code and OH&S acts and regulations.


You can also manage multiple projects simultaneously and possess organizational skills to manage many tasks with conflicting deadlines, all the while ensuring deadlines are achieved as required. You demonstrate excellent communication skills along with interpersonal skills for tactfully dealing with all stakeholders. Your ability to work cooperatively with others and display a positive attitude to further the goals of the organization, as well as the ability to adapt to change, is essential.  You are diplomatic, apply sound judgment, and display initiative when investigating, questioning, and dealing with inquiries, requests and submissions.


It is considered an asset if you have LEED, Enerstar or an equivalent certification in retrofitting to meet Net Zero, Passive House or Deep Energy standards. Experience in design or system specification of Net Zero, Passive House or Deep Energy Retrofit projects is also considered an asset.


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


Most of your work is in a comfortable office environment. You may be required to travel. There is a need for you to balance competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.


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:  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