Solution Architect (Computer Services Officer 4)




Competition:           #43535


Salary:                     $3,107.16- $3,649.33 Bi-Weekly / $80,786.16 - $94,882.58 Annually (PR 17)


Position Type:        Full-Time Permanent (35 hours a week)


Benefits:                 Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick/Family Leave, Health, Dental, and Defined Benefits Pension


Location:                Halifax


Department:           Cyber Security and Digital Solutions


Union Status:         NSGEU-NSPG


Closing Date:         July 22, 2024 @ 11:59PM Atlantic Time




At the Department of Cyber Security and Digital Solutions (CSDS), we prioritize people and are dedicated to driving digital transformation that meets modern expectations. Our mission is to support government departments and partners in their digital transformation journeys, ensuring that digital services are user-centered, efficient, and impactful for all Nova Scotians. 


We don’t just implement digital solutions; we navigate the complexities of digital transformation by modernizing outdated systems and ways of working. Our role is to make a real difference by ensuring that our digital services are accessible and user-friendly. 


At CSDS, we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recognize that the people who use government programs and services come from all walks of life, and it’s essential that we reflect the communities we serve. We are committed to creating an environment where diverse perspectives and experiences are valued, and where all talent can thrive. By embracing these values, we deliver better, more accessible, and inclusive public services. 

Our Team


Working in the Digital Health Enablement Division of CSDS, you will be part of the Business Solutions Health Portfolio team that provides project intake services 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.  You will be a key member of various multi-disciplinary teams, delivering digital solutions to enable better Healthcare for the people of Nova Scotia.

Key Responsibilities


  • Lead the design of technical solutions that prioritize usability, data security, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, balancing input from multiple stakeholders.


  • Guide projects through the Architecture Review Board (ARB) approval process, ensuring that solutions align with provincial technology standards and best practices.


  • Document and communicate solution architectures, ensuring all parties are aligned and that deployments serve the citizens of Nova Scotia effectively and efficiently.


  • Collaborate with operations and technical teams within CSDS to facilitate aspects of solution implementation.


  • Provide consulting and advisory services to leadership and teams within CSDS and our Health partners and participating in RFP development and evaluation.

Qualifications and Experience


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology with 5 years of related experience, or a combination of education and experience deemed equivalent.


  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to provide innovative IT solutions in a fast-paced environment.


  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to competing priorities, contentious issues, and challenging deadlines.


  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, with the ability to build relationships, gain consensus, and drive change.


  • Effective communication skills, with experience working at a strategic level to understand business challenges and craft comprehensive solutions.


  • Independence in high-level operations with a strong sense of curiosity and commitment to continuous learning.


Benefits & Perks


At the CSDS with the Government of Nova Scotia, we are committed to providing a fulfilling work environment with numerous benefits and opportunities:


  • Work-Life Balance: Maintain a healthy work-life balance with a 35-hour work week.


  • Secure Your Future: Take advantage of our defined benefits pension plan for a stable retirement.


  • Generous Time Off: Enjoy all national/civic holidays, 18 sick days, and family leave provisions.


  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Accommodate your needs with various options for flexibility, such as hybrid schedules.


  • Employee and Family Support: Access our Employee and Family Assistance Programs for resources and guidance.


  • Support in Times of Need: Receive short- and long-term disability assistance when required.


  • Cross-Sector Collaboration: Experience the power of collaboration as you engage with various government departments. Unlock a world of knowledge, expertise, and connections, contributing to the betterment of our province.


  • Growth & Development: Open doors to professional growth within the department and beyond. Explore diverse career paths in specialized areas such as digital service design, cybersecurity, enterprise risk, digital platform services, and mission IT.


  • Lifelong Learning: Continuously expand your knowledge and skills through training and development programs.


  • Professional Advancement: Immerse yourself in the government landscape and discover endless opportunities for learning, advancement, and making a meaningful impact.

Join the Department of Cyber Security & Digital Solutions and experience the benefits of a fulfilling career, supported by comprehensive perks, career development opportunities, and a diverse range of paths to explore within our department and across the government.


Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $3,107.16 - $3,649.33 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