Project Manager (Engineer 4/Architect 3)



Competition # : 41076 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: ​01-Dec-23 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The mission of the Department of Public Works is to deliver quality public building infrastructure for Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to ensure that the institutional infrastructure is constructed in a way that improves the lives of Nova Scotians while furthering the Provincial Government’s goal of acting on climate change. The Building Infrastructure Design and Construction (BIDC) Division of Public Works is responsible for the design and construction of new and renovated building infrastructure ranging in value from $1,000,000 up to $500,000,000 and encompassing building types such as Schools, Courthouses, Healthcare Facilities, Museums and Art Galleries, Provincial Buildings, Highway operations buildings and more.

Project Managers provide leadership and management of contruction projects for Provincial Government building Infrastructure projects.

The Building Infrastructure Design and Construction Division includes a dedicated team of professionals that work together with the goal of providing Nova Scotia with a better built environment. If you would like to help manage building Infrastructure projects and be part of a professional team that helps to shape and influence policy and practice for better more sustainable buildings in Nova Scotia, then we have an opportunity for you.


About Our Opportunity


As the Project Manager, you are accountable for the successful delivery of projects involving the design, construction and/or renovation of large multi-million-dollar public buildings. You are a critical resource to the Building Infrastructure Design and Construction Division, ensuring the projects you manage are carried out in compliance with Public Works policies pertaining to scope, quality, schedule, and budget.


Primary Accountabilities


The expertise you provide begins early in the project life cycle (design and tendering), and requires rigorous attention throughout the construction phase, and continues through to the end of the warranty phase. You will be responsible for:


  • managing contracts the Province has with contractors and consultants;
  • continuous monitoring and updating of project costs, schedule, and scope;
  • leading your project team of professional designers, builders, inspectors, and other key project members in identifying and resolving issues and identifying and removing roadblocks;
  • identifying, analyzing and mitigating project risks;
  • liaising between Public Works and client groups throughout the duration of the projects;
  • ensuring safety is of top priority and work is carried out in accordance with the OHS Act and Regulations, as well as Department standards and polices; and
  • providing a smooth transition to end users by ensuring the building is ready for occupancy.


You are the key point of contact who keeps Public Works' senior and financial managers and the stakeholder departments advised of the status of the projects.


As a key member of the Building Infrastructure Design and Construction Division you provide strong leadership qualities as you motivate your building construction team to meet all challenges that arise throughout the life of the project.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you must have one of the following qualifications:


  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited engineering institution with a minimum of six (6) years of experience managing large and complex building construction projects. You must also be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as a Full Member (P.Eng) with Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS); or
  • An Architecture degree from an accredited architecture institution with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience managing large and complex building construction projects. You must also be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as a Full Member (Architect) with the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA).


Candidates not currently registered, but who can be immediately registered, with ENS or NSAA immediately upon hire will be considered.


A strong technical background and a firm understanding of the construction industry and engineering principles, a good business sense, and effective skills in risk management are required.


Travel within the province is a component of this position. As such, you must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel.


As the successful candidate, you must demonstrate excellent professional judgement in the appropriate application of engineering principles in the building construction industry. You inspire confidence and creativity as you lead and motivate your project team. You possess excellent judgement and professionalism in dealing with departmental management and stakeholders. 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.




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 has a combination of office and field work. Field work occurs in adverse weather conditions and normal hazards associated with construction sites and working with or near heavy equipment are present.

This position will require climbing, working at heights and/or working within confined spaces.

You must be able to work under adverse conditions in times of emergency and sometimes overtime may be required.

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 18  

Salary Range:  $3,215.50 - $3,781.51 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