New Job Financial Accountant In Nova Scotia

Financial Accountant
Financial Accountant

Financial Accountant

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $6,916–$8,646 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 1/20/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, we work to preserve the fiscal capacity of government by providing financial leadership, analysis, and advice for ongoing fiscal sustainability of the Province. 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, forecast updates, and year-end financial statements, as well as review departmental submissions to Executive Council and its sub-committees to ensure government plans are coordinated and financial elements are thoroughly understood.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. We encourage you to self-identify during the application process in your cover letter and resume.

About Our Opportunity

The Department of Finance and Treasury Board is looking for a strong team member and communicator with very good relationship-building skills, who is interested in joining a professional team with a focus on technical financial accounting matters in the public sector and that will engage with departments, entities, and other professionals to facilitate solutions.

The overall purpose of the Financial Accountant is to provide expert accounting advice and consulting services on complex corporate accounting and financial issues to all organizations within the government reporting entity, as well as sound financial reporting in compliance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.

This position reports to the Director, Financial Accounting.

Primary Accountabilities

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Researching, analyzing, recommending, and implementing Canadian public sector accounting standards to be used by the provincial government and its controlled entities.
  • Providing technical financial accounting advice to senior management, departments, and entities.
  • Preparing year-end consolidated and unconsolidated financial statements and related financial documents.
  • Coordinating and preparing clear, accurate, and timely accounting opinions, facilitating presentations, and training sessions, researching, and drafting accounting policies, and providing insightful accounting advice on an on-going basis.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors accounting policies based on sound research and recommendations to support the financial reporting objectives of the Province.
  • Contributing to Canadian public sector accounting standards by preparing critical evaluations and formal responses on behalf of the Province.
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis of information requested by Statistics Canada and for revenue estimates, and assessment of net debt impact of Cabinet Submissions.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a professional accounting designation (CPA – CA, CGA, or CMA) and have three to four years’ related experience. The skills required for this position include: demonstrated strong technical competence in applying the Canadian public sector accounting standards, researching, analyzing, and recommending solutions to other technical accounting issues, preparation of consolidated/ unconsolidated financial statements and reports, working knowledge of ERP accounting software and other applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as current knowledge of the various other accounting frameworks. Strong analytical and excellent communication skills are essential.

The successful candidate must be able to work well in a team environment as well as work independently on complex assignments with minimal supervision. The ability to build collaborative working relationships within government, simultaneously manage multiple assignments with conflicting and urgent deadlines, and exercise discretion at all times with sensitive and highly confidential information is also required. The candidate must also demonstrate attention to details, the utmost accuracy, and exceptional analytical, writing, and organizational skills.

A working knowledge of the government’s financial reporting processes and requirements would be considered assets.

The ability to travel occasionally may be required for training purposes.

Candidates must clearly identify in their cover letter that they meet the qualifications listed above.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:

Analytical Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Innovativeness, Adaptability and Flexibility, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examinations, oral presentations, interviews, and reference checks.


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


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.

Additional Information

This is a full-time Term employment opportunity based in Halifax with an anticipated end date of January 5, 2024.

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 and arrangements.

Pay Grade: EC 12

Salary Range: $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:

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].