New Job Lead, Safety, Security & Business Continuity In Nova Scotia

Lead, Safety, Security & Business Continuity
Lead, Safety, Security & Business Continuity

Lead, Safety, Security & Business Continuity

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $5,716–$7,145 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Community Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 3/10/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

About Us

At the Department of Community Services (DCS), we are a large and diverse department providing a broad portfolio of programs and services including Child Youth and Family Support (CYFS), Employment Support (ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support (DSP).

Through our services, we advocate and help vulnerable Nova Scotians be independent, self-reliant, and secure. We work collaboratively across the province with a strong dedicated network of supports and staff, to achieve desired and shared outcomes for all.

About Our Opportunity

We are recruiting for a Program Lead to develop, guide, and lead critical areas within our Safety & Security Unit, Strategic Services Division. Through planning, coordination, evaluation, and implementation, this position is responsible for the support and development of the department's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Policy & Program, Facility Security & Initiatives and Business Continuity Management.

As Lead, reporting to the Manager of Facilities and Security, you will work closely with divisions across DCS to oversee, guide, develop and support the development of policy and programs. You will play a key role in various levels of consultation, evaluation, and recommendations supporting department wide outcomes and priorities while ensuring they are in line with government priorities and legislation.

Primary Accountabilities

We count on your leadership and expertise to:

  • Provide consultation and leadership in the support, development and updating of department plans in the areas of OHS, Security and Business Continuity.
  • Lead physical security risk assessments & audits.
  • Ensure departmental plans meet all policy, regulation, and legislative requirements.
  • Consult with staff to evaluate and update current plans and program initiatives.
  • Support department OHS & JOHS committees, Labour Management Committees and cross government working groups.
  • Consult and collaborate with government colleagues.
  • Be a forward thinker, keeping aware of new trends and how they can enhance department safety and continuity programs.
  • Develop and monitor service standards, practices and appropriate evaluation mechanisms that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services.
  • Lead the preparation and documentation of policy documents, business requirements, functional requirements, business cases, and workflow processes.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field with several years of demonstrated related experience. Though not necessary, it is considered an asset if you have:

  • experience and/or education in Occupational Health and Safety and Business Continuity;
  • previous experience with policy development, program development;
  • experience leading others; and
  • previous experience in evaluation of security programs (facilities).

You should have:

  • Strong writing skills;
  • Experience in writing and reviewing policy documents;
  • Experience working within an operational environment and meeting tight deadlines; and
  • Proficiency with computers and a variety of computer software such as Microsoft Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, TEAMS and Sharepoint).

A few of your key qualities also include:

  • Being highly organized and analytical, combined with strong time management skills;
  • Skillsets in leadership, relationship building, and team collaboration;
  • A strong collaborator with a capacity to create a culture where idea generation and innovation are supported;
  • A high degree of problem-solving skills to introduce, promote, and implement new ideas within the division;
  • Working well under pressure;
  • Ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement, and a high degree of confidentiality;
  • Understanding of, and will promote, the importance of diversity, culture, and inclusion within your team and in the development of all strategies, policies, standards, program design, and initiatives; and
  • Decisiveness and effective communication (verbal and written).

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.


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.


Based on the employment status 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

This role is primarily based in a comfortable office environment. You will be required to travel on a regular basis throughout Nova Scotia. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.

Additional Information

You may be required to provide support in our CYFS facilities, as such, in accordance with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, full vaccination is a condition of employment for this opportunity.

This is a two (2) year Term opportunity until approximately March 2025. 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
  • Department specific flexible working schedules

Pay Grade: EC 10

Salary Range: $2,858.01 - $3,572.52 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].