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Project Manager



Competition # : 35515 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/27/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At Education and Early Childhood Development we ensure children in their early years have the support they need for a positive start to school; students in pre-primary to grade 12 receive a quality education, preparing them for what lies ahead; and we work with schools, teachers and others to increase overall student achievement and success.

About Our Opportunity


The Project Manager is responsible for the delivery of project management at a strategic level within the department and horizontal delivery between other government departments. You will report to the Director of Policy and Planning and be accountable for contributing to and providing recommendations on the development, planning, monitoring, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of effective policies and approaches to the EECD Mandate letter.


This position ensures the effective management of work on Minister’s mandate commitments and other Department priorities by working with senior management and other department staff to plan the steps to completion, report on progress and build in accountability. This position will engage stakeholders on behalf of the Department, including at Senior Officials tables related to work on Department mandates.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Informs the delivery of mandate commitments by working collaboratively with EECD staff, senior management, and staff in the Regional Centres for Education (RCEs) and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) to develop a comprehensive understanding of the progress and gaps.
  • Identifies priorities and issues with mandate and department commitments and works with all branches to develop solutions and implements action plans for resolution.
  • Measures progress on mandate commitments and works, on behalf of EECD, with Executive Council Office and the Office of Priorities and Planning to address questions or requests for information
  • Identifies opportunities for shared training to build professional capacity across the department and regional centres/CSAP.
  • Works collaboratively with EECD staff, senior management, and regional centres/CSAP, to inform and provide recommendations for solutions to complex/problematic challenges. This may include development and implementation of program reviews and evaluations.
  • Facilitates effective communication and information sharing among EECD staff, senior management, regional centres/CSAP, by participating on interdepartmental committees, working groups, and regional tables, acting as liaison between the EECD and partners.
  • Works with various branches across EECD to develop and track timelines related to Mandate commitments and other departmental priorities. This may include the development of GANTT charts and other tools for effective tracking and communication.
  • Prepares information notes, letters and responses as required by management.
  • Briefs and advises the Minister, Deputy Minister, senior officials and other stakeholders on progress, issues, and resource requirements.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you will have a Bachelors’ Degree plus 6 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. Demonstrated knowledge of structure, processes, and key players in Government.


You have strong analytical and research skills and experience providing sound advice, including thorough knowledge of the public policy development process as well as experience in policy analysis.


You will also have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills to work within a collaborative and creative team environment and be willing to put forward ideas and suggestions that are innovative and may include a degree of risk.


You have superior writing skills with proven experience in report writing and preparation of briefing materials and computer skills, including thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Excellent research capabilities and strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities and working within time constraints and high pressure situations is required.


Key assets for this position include:

  • strong organizational skills while being capable of prioritizing and delegating high level work;
  • the ability to work with multiple stakeholders with tact and diplomacy;
  • excellent writing skills for items including briefing materials, presentations, and reports;
  • the ability to exercise sound judgement under pressure and in ambiguous situations;
  • understanding of the provincial education system; and
  • knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of government and the public sector in order to effectively position the department’s objectives


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. 


Additional Information


Please note, this is expected to be a term status position with an end date of April 26, 2024; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


Candidates should clearly illustrate in their cover letter how they meet the above qualifications.

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 12 

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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