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Program Administration Officer

Date: Feb 8, 2019

Location: NEW GLASGOW, NS, CA, B3J 3B7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 2/22/2019  


Communities, Culture & Heritage 


Program Administration Officer, Permanent, NEW GLASGOW 


Competition # 17992  



About Us


African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) works with government and the African Nova Scotian community to enhance cultural understanding and assist in the delivery of services that meet the unique needs of African Nova Scotians. ANSA is a connecting point to and for the African Nova Scotian community, it promotes and facilitates positive change, understands African Nova Scotian issues while drawing attention to the priorities that matter to communities, as well as supports concerns that need to be addressed.  These efforts are essential to help government better serve African Nova Scotians.


About Our Opportunity


ANSA is a vital link that connects government and the African Nova Scotian community to assist, support and enhance the delivery of services, and be a partner in developing innovative solutions.  This position will play a key role to connect community to government programs and services.


In this position, you will be responsible for building relationships that will promote and support community and government initiatives. This will include providing support, direction, planning tools and advice to community groups. You will work directly with community groups to facilitate workshops, lead information sharing sessions and deliver presentations to build community capacity. In addition, you will promote opportunities for members of the community and community groups by providing information and advice regarding relevant government programs and services.  You will also be responsible for the administration and promotion of the African Nova Scotian Affairs Grants and Contributions program. You will represent African Nova Scotian Affairs, by working to develop and enhance strategic partnerships and alliances among community stakeholders, while encouraging communities to work together.


Other responsibilities include assisting with the department's strategic planning process, by designing, developing, modifying, and/or implementing programs, and by providing advice, analysis and interpretation. Furthermore, you will support and promote access to government programs and services by responding to requests for information, by maintaining current knowledge of the available resources, by providing navigational support for grant writers, and by conducting environmental scans of the communities to identify emerging local issues.  Lastly, you will monitor programs and community issues by researching, analyzing, investigating (independently and/or with community) to develop resolution of issues.


About You


To be successful in this position, you possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Public Administration, Business or other relevant post-secondary field of study. In addition, you possess 5 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. You have direct experience working with and awareness of issues affecting the Nova Scotian African Community.  In addition, you have experience administering programs, conducting research, and engaging with various stakeholders to assist with the implementation of programs, projects or services. The following skills are also critical:


  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • strong partnering and relationship-building skills;
  • strong research, analytical skills (able to take complex or high volume of data and transfer into lay terms);
  • excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills;
  • tact, diplomacy and sound judgment;
  • intercultural and diversity proficiency;
  • strong report-writing skills;
  • adaptability and flexibility;
  • initiative;
  • able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • competency and experience in an automated, computerized environment; and
  • the ability to work and communicate with sensitivity and confidentiality.


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.


Other Considerations


This is a designated position reserved for candidates who self-identify as African Nova Scotian. This is a full-time permanent position based in New Glasgow.



Pay Grade:  PR 13  


Salary Range:  $2,291.00 - $2,786.00 Bi-Weekly


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.


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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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