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Provincial Literacy Lead (Education Officer 3)

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2S9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29125 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is leading the transformation of the early years and public education system in Nova Scotia. We are doing this by designing an innovative curriculum, facilitating excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring an inclusive education experience, and working closely with our partners in education. This will provide children, students, and families with a strong foundation for success. This department is a perfect fit for those that want to be part of the future of public education in the province by supporting student learning in a progressive and responsive policy environment.

About Our Opportunity


The Education Officer, Provincial Literacy Lead supports the provincial literacy strategy, inclusive education policy, and the ongoing work of consultation and leadership in literacy education at all grade levels, with a concentration on Primary – Grade 6.  The Education Officer leads and works collaboratively with the provincial literacy team and EECD colleagues to support on-going implementation of curricula, implementation of research-based instructional strategies to support the literacy strategy, inclusive education policy, revision of curriculum as needed, and the design and selection of learning resources. 


The Education Officer works with the regional centres of education, the CSAP, and department team members to support student success in literacy, inclusive of strategies to address achievement for all learners.  The provincial literacy lead also works with key collaborative groups such as teacher work groups, universities, various departments and agencies, professional associations and organizations, and advocacy groups to ensure achievement in literacy for all learners through strong, inclusive curricula and high leverage teaching practices.


This position reports to the Director of Curriculum Development.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Facilitate and lead various aspects of Public- School Program, P- 12 development
  • Support the Public- School Program through developing, directing, and conducting professional learning and implementation sessions primarily with teams and partners.
  • Perform administrative duties and required procedures e.g. research, review and maintain data, correspondence, reports, Highly developed research skills are necessary for conducting in-depth literature scans and original research related to the design and support of the provincial literacy strategy.
  • Make recommendations to support literacy for all learners
  • Provide consultative services, networking, and professional development

Qualifications and Experience


We are looking for someone who is a proven educational leader, who wants to be part of an innovative team, and who will make a difference!


To be successful in this role you have a Masters’ degree plus 8 years related experience in elementary and literacy teaching, or an equivalent Teacher Certification, and 8 years related experience will be considered.


You have experience in an education leadership role, and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with groups and individuals with diverse or competing interests or perspectives.


You have outstanding, communication skills (verbal and written), proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power-Point) and presentation skills. You also well organized, detailed-oriented and can multi-task while balancing multiple priorities.


You have strong decision-making and leadership skills.


You also have:


  • Extensive knowledge of Nova Scotia English Language Arts Curriculum
  • Skill and ability in the use of technology to support literacy learning, including Moodle and GSuite


Assets considered for this position:


  • Regional and/or national literacy community affiliation
  • Bilingualism



We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using on or more of the following tools: oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks. 



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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

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.
  • 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:  PR 20  

Salary Range:  $3,272.23 - $3,852.79 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). 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