RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Communications Director (Designated) – Government of Nova Scotia

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: June 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Communications Director (Designated) – Hiring Pool

Competition # : 39284 

Department: Communications Nova Scotia

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 6/16/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Racially Visible Persons, and Persons with a Disability. You must self-identify during the application process.


Indigenous – persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit


African Nova Scotian – is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Racially Visible Persons – persons, other than Indigenous people or African Nova Scotians, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.


Persons with Disabilities – persons who, for the purposes of employment, identify themselves or believe that an employer is likely to consider that the workplace environment may create a barrier due to a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, hearing, neurological psychiatric or learning disability.

Please note, we also have Competition # 39288 – Communication Director which is a non – designated posting.

Information Session

Please join us for a virtual information session to find out more about the Communications Director position and an opportunity to ask questions. This session will be held on June 8, 2023 at 10:00 am, AST and hosted by Managing Director of Communications Planning.

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Primary Accountabilities:

CNS is government’s central communications agency. The Communications Director helps make Nova Scotians aware of and understand what their government is doing and why. This work must be guided by an departmental mandate communications plan.


A creative thinker and collaborator, the Communications Director has extensive experience delivering strategic communications to diverse audiences through digital and traditional channels.  The Communications Director advises and builds relationships with senior officials and colleagues in- and outside of government to develop, implement and evaluate innovative communications strategies.


Leading a team of communications professionals, the Communications Director manages effective delivery of high-quality and inclusive communications in a fast-paced environment while coaching and mentoring others.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, social/political science, or an acceptable equivalent (see equivalency below)
  • Seven (7) years’ recent experience in professional communications/public affairs and/or journalism, or an acceptable equivalent (see equivalency below)
  • Significant experience developing and delivering communications strategies, including use of digital channels and analytics and recognition of the need to be accessible and inclusive by design
  • Proven success communicating in a complex environment to broad and diverse audiences
  • Experience managing people, events, priorities and competing interests
  • Experience briefing a Minister, Deputy Minister and/or Senior Executives/Officials for media interviews, committee/special appearances, etc.


Relevant post-secondary degree, diploma, or graduate certificate, plus 7 years of recent professional communications experience.
**Definition of professional communications experience = professional writing experience, social media experience, media relations experience, experience interpreting complex information for a public audience, preparing and delivering briefings to senior-level officials.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


  • Solid understanding of the public-sector environment
  • Leadership experience
  • An understanding of Nova Scotia’s unique social, historical and demographic make-up
  • French language skills


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 competition will include a two-phased screening approach. Those meeting the qualifications will be required to pass a written test to secure an interview. The interview process will also include the requirement for candidates to do a presentation on a pre-determined topic which will be shared in advance of the interview date.

Reference checks will also be performed.

This is a Term employment opportunity. 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 13

Salary Range:  $3,918.14 – $4,897.66 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.


Interested applicants 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