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Senior Director, Financial Advisory Services



Competition # : 32744 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/20/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible. We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and report.

About Our Opportunity


The Senior Director, Financial Advisory Services (FAS) leads the fiscal policy, financial management and financial analysis arms of the Department of Community Services (DCS) Finance corporate service unit. Reporting to the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, the Senior Director links the DCS and government Strategic direction to the financial management of the department.


The Department of Community Services helps people live more independent and healthier lives by providing a range of social services. We work together with organizations across the province to administer social programs, including employment support and skills training, income assistance, affordable housing and youth and family supports. We are also responsible for child protection services, the foster care system and disability support programs.


The Senior Director works directly with the Director, FAS and the Managers of Finance to deliver on the mandate of the FAS unit and works as a team member with other Directors in the Finance and Administration unit to ensure the delivery of strong integrated professional financial services to the client department.


As a senior leader in the DCS Finance team, the Senior Director provides overall strategic leadership in developing, leading and managing the budgetary planning process, expenditure control, and accounting for capital and operating costs in accordance with departmental and government policies, regulations and procedures. You provide strategic advice and assistance to the deputy minister and associate deputy minister on strategies to assist them in meeting their fiscal objectives in the broader context of government’s overall objectives of fiscal sustainability.

Primary Accountabilities


The Senior Director is accountable for:


  • The development, implementation, maintenance and continued improvement of a complex range of services to the client department (Community Services).
  • Provides strategic and operational finance and policy advice to the DCS Executive team in the design and delivery of their operations to optimize resource management, mitigate financial risks,  support effective internal controls, and program performance management.
  • Leads a management team of professionals in designing, developing and delivering the department financial advisory services, policies, and programs, to ensure plans, processes, funding methodologies, replacement and renewal plans are developed, and priorities are evaluated to ensure government meets its program commitments and fiscal policy objectives.
  • Provides leadership and expertise by directing a comprehensive operational and capital budget and forecast process that integrates business and financial planning ensuring department(s) budget(s) and forecasts are aligned with departmental and corporate priorities.
  • Consults with Treasury Board Office and Executive Council Office regarding financial management strategies to ensure they align with Government priorities and reviews a variety of Cabinet Submissions and presentations (R&Rs, MEC, RFLs, PSRs etc.). This requires a broad knowledge base of the Client Groups’ programs, policies and legislation as well as overall government policies and strategic direction.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Commerce, Finance or Business Administration) and a professional accounting designation (CPA; CPA, CA; CPA, CMA; CPA, CGA).  You will be able to demonstrate several years of progressive leadership experience, with a minimum of 5 years in a professional/financial management role. An acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.


As the ideal candidate you possess a specialized level of technical knowledge with a demonstrated history of providing solutions and alternatives to complex issues that consider the underlying desired outcomes of the client program area, to applying constructive thinking and interpretation/application of financial policies and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) within a broad context using both financial and non-financial information. You are able to demonstrate your ability to apply this technical expertise in a complex client focused human services-based department.  


Drawing on previous experiences, and with a proven ability to accomplish goals and objectives, you balance priorities, meet deadlines, balance conflicting views and achieve specific and accurate outcomes often within a very tight time frame and competing deadlines. You possess exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) with a proven ability of building and maintaining relationships. You have experience and proven expertise in preparing and delivering presentations to finance and non-finance teams. You have a strong attention to detail, with a demonstrated history of providing accurate information and sound financial advice.


You are an energetic self-starter with a sound understanding of computerized accounting systems, possessing the ability to develop technology-based solutions to process issues. You have a demonstrated ability to recruit, build and retain strong teams who work together with partner to add value in the service areas they support and look strategically forward on issues. an understanding of financial policy and financial issues in the public sector.

Qualifications and Experience con't


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have: 


  • Experience leading workplace and team change and identifying innovative solutions to issues;
  • Knowledge and experience in the delivery of financial services in the areas of human and social services
  • Experience working with external non-profit and for-profit organizations as service provider partners.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency


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.



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.

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 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