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Development Officer (Planning & Develop Officer 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(B))



Competition # : 35779 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: WINDSOR

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/7/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage supports communities across the province to be welcoming, inclusive and accessible, providing a great quality of life for Nova Scotians and a memorable experience for visitors. We value the collective diversity of our heritage and our people and believe in the transformative nature of culture to help create healthy, active, growing communities.


Tourism Nova Scotia, a division of CCTH, is focused on attracting visitors to the province and maximizing the value of tourism to Nova Scotia’s economy through experience and sector development, business coaching, marketing and visitor servicing.

About Our Opportunity


The Tourism Development Advisor is responsible for fostering the growth and development of tourism as a key economic sector in Nova Scotia by formulating and implementing product and experience development initiatives.  As a Tourism Development Advisor, you lead and implement initiatives that improve the market-readiness of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry, products, experiences, destinations, and attractions. As a member of the Experience Development Team, you’ll implement specific initiatives and priorities identified in Tourism Nova Scotia’s plan and advise a range of tourism partners, from businesses to communities and organizations, with a consumer-focussed and strategic approach.


This position develops and enhances strategic partnerships and alliances among private sector, community, and other tourism stakeholders, as well as interests at the provincial, regional, and national levels. 


This position reports to the Manager, Experience Development.

Primary Accountabilities


The Tourism Development Advisor is also responsible to:


  • Provide advisory services and counselling to community groups, private sector, and government in the planning and development of tourism.
  • Handle a number of active project files and coordinate the necessary evaluation, management and monitoring tasks in a timely and professional manner.
  • Communicate tourism information to a range of audiences to foster the growth and development of tourism as a key economic sector in Nova Scotia.
  • Aid communities, industry and other levels of government in the preparation and implementation of tourism strategic plans.
  • Initiate and coordinate strategic product research on existing and emerging tourism product areas.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role, you have a bachelor’s degree preferably in Tourism, Public Relations or Business, with two years related work experience in tourism development.  Experience in related fields such as planning, communications, or economics with a tourism concentration will be considered.  


You have strong written and verbal communication skills, including the essential ability to develop and deliver professional presentations and program materials.  You demonstrate strong project management skills, strategic orientation, creativity, and persuasiveness through individual initiative by developing and leading new projects. You’re a team player with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills, demonstrating sound judgement and discretion.  You can effectively manage meetings, handle difficult situations and represent Tourism Nova Scotia at various meetings.  


You are also experienced in using various computer software applications including (but not limited to) Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you possess: 

  • Public sector experience, including knowledge of public sector policies, programs, and services.
  • Written and verbal communication skills in French language are considered an asset.


The above qualifications 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 training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application (such as equivalency of 6 years of related tourism development experience working in tourism industry).




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


Must have a reliable vehicle with the ability to travel independently within the province and occasionally outside of the province throughout the year.

Additional Information


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of June 14, 2023. The appointment status ('term', 'temporary' or 'casual') is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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 for Nova Scotians
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  PR 05 - PR 13  

Salary Range:  $1,730.03 - $2,913.59 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