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Solution Architect (Computer Services Officer 4)



Competition # : 37855 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Nova Scotia Digital Service (NSDS), a division of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (SNS-IS) 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.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager, Health Portfolio, you will be part of a team that provides project intake services to NSDS for Nova Scotia Health (NSH), Isaak Walton Killam (IWK) Hospital, Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), Office of Professional Healthcare Recruitment (OPHR), Office of Mental Health and Addictions (OMHA) and Department of Seniors and Long Term Care (DSltC).  Our work also includes technology projects that are part of Nova Scotia’s Health Care Redevelopment program.  These redevelopment projects represent a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to rethink how healthcare is delivered today and for next generations.


You will be a key member of various multi-disciplinary teams that deliver IT enabled solutions to best meet the needs of users whilst aligning with Provincial technology standards and industry best practice.  Specifically, you will be responsible for:


  • leading the team in the design of the technical solution and delivering a technical architecture with consideration for usability, data security, sustainability, and cost whilst balancing input from business stakeholders, application analysts, cyber security, vendors, NSDS infrastructure groups and others.
  • guiding Health projects through the phases of the Architecture Review Board (ARB) approval process, from conception through to implementation of the live Production system.
  • documenting and communicating the solution architecture to all concerned parties and managing the process to ensure the best and most cost-effective solutions get deployed to serve the citizens of Nova Scotia.
  • Engaging directly with NSDS operations and technical teams to coordinate certain aspects of implementation
  • provide consulting and advisory services to leadership and teams within NSDS and our Health partners and participating in RFP development and evaluation


About You


To be successful in this role, you will have bachelor’s degree in information technology + 5 years related experience; or graduation from a recognized Information Technology Program + 5 years and 6 months related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.  You are a critical thinker who provides innovative information technology solutions in a fast-paced environment, and quickly adapts to competing priorities, contentious issues, and challenging deadlines.  


As the ideal candidate, you are someone who enjoys building relationships and gaining consensus through strong stakeholder management, are willing and able to evoke change, and are keen to make a difference. Key components of success will be effective interactive communication skills (both verbal and written) and demonstrated experience working at the strategic level to identify and understand business challenges and determine how enterprise architecture can reach across multiple disciplines to help form a solution.  You must also be a self-starter who can operate independently at a high level with general direction only. A strong sense of curiosity is very important as the position involves constant learning.


Candidate’s qualifications and competencies will be assessed using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be accepted in place of education requirements. 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:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $3,001.65 - $3,525.41 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