New Job Financial Services Officer 1 In Nova Scotia

Financial Services Officer 1

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $3,496 - $4,106 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 11/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible.

We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and invest.

About Our Opportunity

As the Financial Services Officer (FSO), you will be responsible for administering the general accounting function including account reconciliation, financial and comparative analysis of contract records and progress payments.

You may also be responsible for the review and analysis of various transactions in determining recoverable and cost shared items including the Federal and Municipal Cost Share Agreements and monitoring of electronic interfaces with particular large volume vendors.

As the Financial Services Officer you will report to a Financial Services Officer 3 or may report directly/indirectly to the Manager, Financial Advisory Services.

Primary Accountabilities

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Administer and perform day to day operations of procurement and accounts payable by ensuring proper documentation, verification, authorization, job costing and account coding.
  • Administer and ensure the yearly recovery from the Federal and Municipal Cost Share Agreements.
  • Review and verify contracts, cost sharing agreements, purchase orders, standing orders, tender requisitions and request for purchases to ensure proper accounting function for the process of invoices and billings.
  • Ensure accounts are reconciled, adjusted and/or cleared, including reconciling all holdbacks in the capital program, troubleshooting, and reconciling electronic interface errors.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have two years of post-secondary professional accounting training along with three years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.

As the ideal candidate you have a sound working knowledge of accounting and finance procedures and policies. You have an awareness of regulations, policies and generally accepted accounting/auditing principles. You utilize spreadsheet applications, understand reports, and handle administrative detail. You also can work independently as well as part of the team.

You possess exceptional time management and attention to detail skills to provide accurate, consistent, and timely financial information. You also have communication (written and verbal) and relationship building skills to interact and maintain relationships with various internal and external stakeholders.

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.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Additional Information

This is a Temporary employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 13, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release.

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: TE 18

Salary Range: $1,748.13 - $2,052.93 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 [email protected].