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Senior HSE Programs & Policy Administrator (Program Administration Officer 4)



Competition # : 32207 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/4/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Making this Province work is no small job.


The Department of Transportation and Active Transit supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges. Our Fleet Services Division plays a pivotal role in helping our public return home safety. We are recruiting for a Senior HSE Program and Policy Administrator to champion and provide leadership to our Health, Safety and Environment Programs. As the HSE Administrator, you are a vital subject matter expert and are pivotal in the development of HSE Programs to support TIR.


If you have an advanced understanding of construction and industrial operations, and are keen to identify and promote adherence to operational best practices and provincial regulations, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Primary Accountabilities


You are the Department’s subject matter expert on the design and framework of our comprehensive Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) program.  As such, you make sure the Department’s policies and practices are in line with, and follow, HSE requirements.


With the support of your colleagues, you oversee HSE related projects and initiatives.  Your focus is to ensure both HSE and operational requirements for the Department are met.  


You represent the Department on a regional, national and international level at legislation and standards review meetings. Supporting the promotion and development of leading best practices in HSE is fundamental to your position.

Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in a related field plus 6 years of OHS/HSE experience or an acceptable equivalent.  You have a strong background in creating and developing Policy. Eligibility to enroll into CRSP or NEBOSH program is required.


You are innovative and possess experience generating creative solutions based on solid business analysis.  You understand the importance of business competitiveness and regulatory compliance.


As an independent thinker, you are highly motivated and possess strong organizational and research skills.  Strong analytical skills and quality management experience is a must.   


Sound knowledge and experience developing and maintaining accountability frameworks is essential.


You are skilled at establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with diverse stakeholders. 


Superior planning, communication (verbal and written) and facilitation skills to navigate complex and often conflicting situations is necessary. 


You are adept at performing well under tight timelines and changing priorities.


These will be considered assets:


  • Advanced understanding of safety topics and issues affecting Nova Scotians.


  • Certificate in adult education.


  • Competency in Psychological Health & Safety.


  • General knowledge of provincial government structure.



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


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.


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

Additional Information


This opportunity is for a term position with an end date of August 12, 2022.

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 for Nova Scotians.



Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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