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Senior Project Manager (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 35407 

Department: Municipal Affairs and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/18/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dedicated to working with municipalities to build healthy, vibrant, and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. The Department provides programs, grants, and funding opportunities for municipalities and community groups. The Department also provides services and guidance to municipalities in many areas including land use planning, budget planning and finance, infrastructure development, policy and program development, and support for economic development through the management of the Regional Enterprise Network program.


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also responsible for ensuring the availability of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians. Our work involves making strategic investments, leveraging new funding, and building on critical partnerships to help further position ourselves to meet current and future housing challenges.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Project Management in the Building Infrastructure Asset Management (BIAM) division, the Senior Project Manager will provide oversight to a dynamic team of Junior Project Managers and Building Project Supervisors for the successful execution of all the Provincial Housing Authorities infrastructure projects. The PM will assist with tracking, updating and provide budgetary information on the portfolio and projects.


You will do this by promoting a culture of teamwork, respect, diversity, and a healthy work environment while considering the goals, vision and strategic direction of the Department. You will ensure that we are attuned to, and responsive of, our client Department's needs and requirements.


The Project Manager ensures the timely, safe, and cost-effective delivery of our infrastructure projects by partnering closely with:


  • The Planning and Design Groups within BIAM;
  • Housing Nova Scotia and Provincial Housing Authorities staff; and
  • Other associated groups within Government such as Client Departments, the Office of the Fire Marshall and Procurement Services


Primary Accountabilities


As the Senior Project Manager, you will:


  • Work with client departments and staff within the BIAM section to develop project scope documents along with realistic project budgets and schedules for use in business case preparations.
  • Assist with the portfolio of Government’s public housing projects and ensure they are delivered to high quality standards in a safe, cost effective and timely fashion.
  • Assist with the monitoring of budgets, schedules and cash flows for the capital building program and assist the project management teams in effectively forecasting the work and maintaining the schedule.
  • Ensure that projects are safe, ready to occupy and that the end of construction activities are conducted in a way that ensures proper coordination and involvement by client departments and stakeholders during the turnover process.


You are the key point of contact who keeps the department seniors and financial managers and the stakeholder departments advised of the status of the projects.


As a key member of the Building Infrastructure and Asset Management 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


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have significant experience managing with progressively responsible experience for the repair and maintenance of large-scale building and small-scale housing portfolios and experience with building new infrastructure projects or leading teams that manage portfolios of large-scale buildings or small-scale housing projects. 


As the successful candidate, you must a bachelor’s degree and 6 years related experience; or and equivalent combination of training and experience.



The following are considered assets:


  • Engineering Degree
  • Architecture Degree
  • Formal project management training and a Project Managers designation (ie PMI PMP) considered an asset



In addition to the above, to be successful in this role you will: 


  • Be an excellent communicator who maintains good relationships with colleagues, clients, industry, senior management, and people supervised and can lead difficult conversations and negotiations when required
  • Be a critical thinker with the ability to solve problems and adapt to competing priorities and changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment
  • Have a knowledge of, and experience with Nova Scotia government legislative requirements dealing with building design and construction
  • Have extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Nova Scotia government budgeting and procurement requirements
  • Have familiarity with the development and management of construction budgets and construction schedules.
  • Have familiarity with facility repair and maintenance programs
  • Have familiarity with the various methods of new capital project delivery.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A related master’s degree and four (4) years of related experience.
  • A related 2-year diploma and eight (8) years of related experience.


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.


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.


Additional Information


This opportunity is for a 1 year term.


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.


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 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