New job Executive Director, Geoscience and Mines Branch in Nova Scotia

Executive Director, Geoscience and Mines Branch

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $9,953 - $12,470 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Energy and Mines

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 10/8/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Geoscience and Mines Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, studies, manages, and promotes mineral and other geological resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from the sector. The Branch includes the Geological Survey and Mineral Management divisions consisting of a diverse team of geologists, mining engineers, technicians, information management specialists and administrative assistants (approximately 39 FTE) responsible for administering the Mineral Resources Act and delivering mineral resource, environmental, and data management/dissemination programs, mineral-investment promotional activities, and providing geoscience and mineral sector development advice to government, the public and mineral industry stakeholders.

About Our Opportunity

Reporting to the Deputy Minister, Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, the Executive Director of the Geoscience and Mines Branch is accountable for the design and implementation of strategies, programs, information systems, policies, legislation, and regulations to provide for promotion, sustainable development, economic growth, and efficient utilization of the province's geological resources. The Executive Director will provide trusted, relevant, timely and accessible information and advice to government on all issues related to administration of the Mineral Resources Act, geological resources and their development, resource development, land use and protection initiatives, as well as information required for assessing the risks to human and ecological health and safety from geological hazards.

Primary Accountabilities

As the successful candidate, you will lead the Geoscience and Mines Branch in providing relevant, timely and accessible information and advice to government required for the effective administration of the Mineral Resources Act, growing the minerals sector, understanding and developing the Province's geological resources, as well as geoscience information required for assessing the risks to human and ecological health, public safety, and the Province’s infrastructure from geological hazards. The Executive Director will be the Province’s representative on Assistant Deputy Minister level Federal/Provincial/Territorial intergovernmental working groups on mines.

Qualifications and Experience

As a minimum, you will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience, Geological or Mining Engineering, or a related technical discipline, plus a minimum of 5 years of progressive experience as a senior manager in a related field. The incumbent must be eligible for registration with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia or the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience gained from serving as a senior bureaucrat in a government resource-management department, or a government department responsible for administration or regulation of mining and/or public geoscience. The incumbent must be familiar with Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s natural resource management and public geoscience institutions, the role of government in the regulation and administration of mining and public geoscience, current trends and issues in mining, public geoscience, resource and land management in Nova Scotia and Canada, and Aboriginal consultation as it relates to mineral resource development in Nova Scotia and Canada.

As the successful candidate you will have proven experience in Management of Human and Financial Resources.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Courageous Decisiveness, Horizontal Thinking and Action, Change Leadership, Inspirational Leadership, Outcome Focus, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

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.


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


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.

Working Conditions

Most of the Executive Director’s time is spent in an office and at a desk with frequent opportunities to move for formal and informal meetings with staff and colleagues. Infrequent visits to staff in a field environment and at mine sites may require highway driving, off-road travel, and walking over rough terrain with moderate exertion. Field and mine visits will require wearing personal protective safety equipment such as goggles, hard hats, and appropriate footwear. Out-of-province travel to meetings, conferences and mineral industry trade shows will be required.

Additional Information

The Executive Director is the senior government official responsible for government's legislation, policies and programs related to geoscience and mineral resource development. These are applied across a spectrum of issues including mineral resource development, economic development, land and resource management, environmental protection and site remediation, geoscience, program management, and public health and safety (related to geoscience hazards). The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that timely and relevant geoscientific and mining knowledge and advice is provided to government on matters of public policy that require this input, and for ensuring programs and information systems related to geoscience and mineral development are in place to impact public policies, deliver programs and information, and meet the priorities of government and the needs of stakeholders.

The Executive Director is an individual with a high level of geoscience and/or mining engineering expertise, and professionally registered as a P.Geo. or P.Eng., knowledge of how to work as a senior bureaucrat across senior levels of government and other government departments, credibility with senior management, staff and stakeholders. The Executive Director functions with a high degree of independence.

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

Pay Grade: EC 16

Salary Range: $4,976.46 - $6,234.89 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.

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