New Job Project Manager (Program Admin Officer 4) In Nova Scotia

Project Manager (Program Admin Officer 4)
Project Manager (Program Admin Officer 4)

Project Manager (Program Admin Officer 4)

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $6,183–$7,262 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 5/22/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians. Along with our partners, including Nova Scotia Health and the IWK Health Centre, we are committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.

About Our Opportunity

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians? We have an exciting opportunity in the Health Information, Performance and Planning division at the Department of Health and Wellness for a Project Manager.

The Project Manager is responsible to execute key project management deliverables for Digital Health Programs, within the Health Information, Performance, and Planning division. You will work closely with peers and cross-functional teams on the delivery of emerging strategic digital health initiatives.

Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Portfolio for Digital Health Programs, you will lead the initiation, planning, execution, and delivery of various projects in collaboration with stakeholders and project team members from the Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Digital Service.

This is a period of significant transformation for our health system, with a complex roadmap of Digital Health initiatives. This position has the opportunity, working with key vendors, business, and technology partners to deliver key projects, and to ensure successful implementation of those initiatives that align with departmental priorities.

Primary Accountabilities

Key accountabilities of the Project Manager include:

  • Lead, implement and promote the provincial strategic direction under the guidance and direction of the Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Portfolio
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and Nova Scotia Digital Services (NSDS) teams to support successful project delivery.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders from DHW, Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and NSDS to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve and build sustainable system and service delivery.
  • Lead and motivate high performing, dynamic, multi-disciplinary project teams promoting quality work, high levels of customer service in a cost-effective manner.
  • Lead and motivate high performing, dynamic, multi-disciplinary project teams while collaborating with key stakeholders from DHW, Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and NSDS to ensure quality work, high levels of customer service while identifying opportunities to improve and build sustainable systems and service delivery.

Quality Service Delivery:

  • Ensure a customer service focused approach throughout the project management lifecycle by defining a stakeholder engagement strategy to planning and project communications.
  • Understand and utilize the defined project management processes and policies as defined by the department and partner organizations.
  • Ensure appropriate project performance metrics are determined, monitored, and reported with respect to current practices and documentation, to meet and support the stakeholders needs.
  • Understand and utilize policies, procedures and guidelines that adhere with best practices and support the mandate of the DHW.

Visible Leadership, Partnerships and Relationships:
  • Support the Director, Digital Health Programs and the Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Portfolio with respect to technology projects and alignment with the strategic direction of the province of Nova Scotia and its partners, formal project management practices and reporting, financial planning, and performance measurement of projects.
  • Support other Project Managers, Program Managers and various project leads with education, training, and development of their project management skills, as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate for the Project Manager role will have Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (business administration or technical) plus a minimum of six-years experience in project management leading medium to large scale projects. A Project Management Professional (PMP) designation will be considered an asset. Experience in healthcare is considered an asset.

Project management experience leading medium to large scale technology projects as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) designation will be considered an asset. Experience in healthcare is considered an asset.
Experience in digital health systems is ideal, but experience in other technical project management environments is an asset. Increasingly, our projects are focused on data integration across multiple systems, as well as appropriate access for patients, and health care providers. More agile delivery methods and user-centric product design are key priorities.

Strong knowledge and skills in the areas of Project Management methodologies, project management tools and applications as well as experience in leading teams of staff with indirect accountabilities to other operational units.

Demonstrated problem solving, facilitation and decision-making skills are essential. You enjoy collaborating across functions and organizations, and you can create a path forward, despite differences of opinion.

Must possess superior verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively and equally with business and technical experts at all levels of government as well as external consultants and vendors.

You are recognized for your outstanding personal and professional credibility and bring a track record of strong relationship building with internal and external stakeholders, including technology partners.

Must be capable of working within an often stressful, time driven environment with the ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a complex and changeable business context.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Equivalencies include but not limited to:

  • Related Diploma and 6-8 years of progressive project management work experience


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

Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day (typically the hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, this may vary depending on operational needs)
  • Typically located in office environment, moderate travel required within and outside the province for meetings, speaking engagements, and to conduct presentations.
  • Most of time spent sitting with frequent opportunity to move, occasional lifting/carrying of office supplies, equipment, or files.
  • Involves a significant degree of sensory attention in assessing information, and/or presenting documents, submissions, both orally and in written form
  • Requires active listening and reading to focus on competing and varied interests and viewpoints of varied stakeholders and providing responses and explaining decisions as required.
  • Fast-paced environment where there are significant pressures from a variety of stakeholders and inputs which are often conflicting, pressure to meet deadlines while juggling operational issues.
  • Must deal with technical and support issues as well as issues raised by various stakeholders in the context of the established program frameworks, may be required to assess and interpret trends through complex and a large volume of information.
  • Stress is a factor - constantly balancing many different issues and considerations adds pressure, providing information to support sensitive, high-profile issues that are often subject to extensive scrutiny and criticism by senior leaders, executive team, and other stakeholders.

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: PR 17

Salary Range: $3,091.70 - $3,631.17 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].