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Senior Software Developer (Computer Services Officer 4)



Competition # : 35401 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/19/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Who We Are

The Nova Scotia Digital Service (NSDS) is a team within government and we are putting people first. We are called a “digital” service for a reason – because we are helping government work the way that people expect things to work these days.
Our team is large, diverse, and passionate about making a difference in peoples’ lives. We believe in user-centered iterative digital service design, and practice internet-era ways of working.  Working at the NSDS means you will be a part of a team whose work makes a difference through designing, continuously improving and delivering the programs and services people need, alongside caring, compassionate, highly-skilled people.
At the NSDS, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging! 
The people who use government programs and services come from all walks of life. It is important that the NSDS reflects the people that we serve – so we can deliver better, and more accessible, and inclusive public services. We work hard to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are valued. We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive.


Who You Are


You are an internet-era software developer familiar with building reusable platform services.  You are passionate about people’s experiences and want to make people’s lives better.  You’re curious, and your humbleness helps you learn and grow. You love to collaborate across roles and organizations, and you can create a path forward from uncertainty. You are comfortable inspiring others with your communication skills whether they be senior leaders or technical teams. 
You share our values of Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Accountability & The Public Good, have a passion for service excellence and actively promote and encourage the importance of people, teams, diversity, and culture.


About Our Opportunity


As a Senior Software Developer, you will be part of a Platforms team that builds out reusable software services utilized by service delivery teams to deliver modern digital experiences to Nova Scotians. You will be responsible for developing secure and accessible services based on user input and meets business needs.

Specifically, we are interested in candidates who are adept at writing code and comfortable working in the open as part of empowered multi-disciplinary team, alongside product managers, service designers service delivery teams, and partners.   

Your Role & Its Impact


  • Build reusable software services and promote internet-era ways of working 
  • Promote a diverse and inclusive culture of teamwork and transparency by working in the open
  • Lead the design, development and integration of platform services and next generation products and applications 
  • Build minimal viable products and iterate through agile release cycles to deliver value to end users sooner.
  • Take responsibility for high-quality and open code that can be inspected, modified, and enhanced by anyone
  • Contribute to a multi-disciplinary team that designs, prototypes, builds and continuously operates important government services digitally
  • Work collaboratively with product managers, researchers, designers and policy professionals in an agile development environment
  • Implement toolkits and APIs that enable scalability, integration, performance optimization, accessibility, and security
  • Foster a digital culture working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and putting the user at the heart of the work
  • Participate in a software development community of practice for the Province of Nova Scotia and act as a digital ambassador across government
  • Promote resilience and responsiveness in the organization by being open and honest about challenges and the actions required to address unexpected developments

What You Bring to the Table


As a Senior Software Developer, you have a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology plus five (5) years related experience; or graduation from a recognized Information Technology Program plus five (5) years and six (6) months related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


To be successful in this role, you will be:

  • An experienced software developer who champions the importance of people, teams, diversity, inclusion and culture
  • A clear, articulate communicator 
  • Able to work under pressure, to tight deadlines
  • Good at building relationships within, and beyond government
  • Skilled with internet-era and agile ways of working
  • Passionate about making government services simple, accessible and secure
  • An advocate for removing the barriers and silos between the development and operation of software
  • Able to quickly learn new languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job
  • Able to develop and launch digital products and re-usable software services

You will also have knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Architecting and coding web-based software systems that are reliable, maintainable and secure.
  • Writing fully accessible interfaces according to WCAG standards
  • Delivering high-quality front-end and back-end code in languages such as .NET, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python,and C# and you’ve worked with technologies like React, Angular, Git, and Cloud environments
  • Open-source principles and technologies
  • Working with a range of databases including both relational and non-relational, open-source, and cloud-native
  • Developing APIs in a RESTful or SOAP style and employing open standards
  • Modular design such as Service-Oriented-Architecture, micro-services and containerization
  • Modern development and deployment techniques, including continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Automated tests to continuously validate your work
  • Complex integration especially with legacy systems
  • A strong commitment to customer service excellence, teamwork and collaboration 
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Developing service blueprints, designs and wireframes using a design suite such as Adobe XD;
  • Designing the end-to-end journey of a service including transactions, products and content across both digital and offline channels;
  • Removing complexity from services;
  • Deep expertise in design thinking/human-centered design; 
  • Ability to effectively engage with multidisciplinary teams to achieve business/policy outcomes 
  • Ability to work within a self-directed culture and navigate ambiguity

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. We recognize that everyone brings different skills and experiences to the table and that not everyone “checks all the boxes”. We encourage you to apply anyway! Tell us why you’re the right fit for the job.




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.

What We Offer


  • An opportunity to fundamentally reshape the way programs and services are delivered for an ambitious, complex organisation that serves nearly a million people and positively impact the lives of Nova Scotians. 
  • A close-knit, collaborative team of digital leaders and an engaging workplace where our employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. 
  • Forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules, to support your life at and outside work. 


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