New Job Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3) In Nova Scotia

Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3)
Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3)

Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3)

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $5,087–$6,183 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 14-Aug-23 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Public Safety and Security Division is committed to supporting the safety and security of Nova Scotians by collaborating with various stakeholders and communities across the country. We provide a range of programs, supports, and services, which are in accordance with provincial and federal legislation. We are committed to ensuring services are accessible and representative of the communities we serve.

The Public Safety and Security Division is comprised of the following Units:

  • Policing Strategies
  • Crime Prevention
  • Public Safety Investigations
  • Corporate Security
  • Provincial Firearms Program
  • Security Programs Office
  • Service Dog Program

For more information on the Department of Justice Public Safety and Security Division please visit the following link:

About Our Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Department of Justice as a Program Specialist within Public Safety and Security Division, Policing Strategies Section. The Program Specialist is responsible for the development, administration, and management of government programs and initiatives throughout the province relating to public safety.

Primary Accountabilities

Reporting to the Project Manager- Public Safety and Security Division, the Program Specialist:

  • Provides independent, specialized professional expertise for the administration, management, and delivery of government programs. Analyses relevant information and drafts briefing notes, reports, and recommendations to management.
  • Synthesizes information from internal and external sources to ensure timely and relevant information is provided to management. Supports contract and/or agreement management, communications, and implementation planning for initiatives and programs.
  • Plans, develops, evaluates, promotes, and monitors new initiatives using current and emerging technology. May supervise and/or provide advice and guidance to junior program coordinators and/or support staff to facilitate program objectives.
  • Drafts correspondence in response to questions and concerns from key interested parties and the public. Supports senior colleagues in the development of internal and external communications.
  • Works with Finance colleagues to monitor budgets and forecasts through timely and effective coordination and analysis of operating expenditures to produce financial reports.
  • Manages relationships with justice partners and service providers and may participate on working groups and committees. Helps the department by obtaining consensus between two or more internal parties who may have different interests.
  • Provides guidance and data analysis when required on interpreting and applying knowledge of legislation and policies, such as jurisdictional scans.
  • Uses comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on planning, organizing, prioritizing, and overseeing activities to efficiently meet departmental objectives.
  • Duties may also include ones that are more administrative in nature, such as data entry and liaising with justice partners to gather or disseminate requested information. May perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

You have a Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years of related experience or a Master’s degree plus 2 years of related experience working in business administration, law enforcement and/or public safety. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

You are comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. You have strong interpersonal skills and can develop contacts and relationships within an organization to achieve organizational goals.

You have above average communication skills including excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills. An advanced level of experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Office is required and candidates’ writing and time management skills will be tested during the interview process.

You have professional experience working with a wide range of partners and navigating an extensive network of professional relationships including key contacts such as Government, consultants, law enforcement and community organizations. You are able to work independently and exercise sound decision making skills.

Knowledge and experience with program development and public engagement processes are considered assets.

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.

Competencies required are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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

Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting and may involve sitting for long periods of time. Travel throughout the province may be required. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week. You may be required to work overtime on occasion.

Additional Information

This is a Permanent employment opportunity based in Halifax.

Some travel may be required to our offices in Truro and Cape Breton.

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: PR 13

Salary Range: $2,543.38 - $3,091.70 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].