Recent or Potential Grads: Corporate Strategist (Designated)

  • Location: Halifax
  • Competition Number: 43077
  • Deadline: June 14, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous Person, African/Black Nova Scotian and other Racialized Persons, and Person with a Disability.

See the Nova Scotia Government’s Employment Equity Policy for more information, including additional details on the designated groups.

 About Us

The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration works as a trusted partner to grow the population, develop our current and future workforce, and foster inclusive, safe, and fair workplaces. This includes welcoming people from across Canada and the world, helping people prepare for job opportunities and build the skills they need, promoting safe work environments and helping employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities. We work together to create a future where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

The Skills and Learning Branch provides a continuum of programs and services for individuals and employers that support learning achievement; inclusive engagement; labour market readiness, attachment, and participation; and workplace performance, all contributing to an inclusive, responsive, and productive workforce for the province. We achieve results by working respectfully with our staff and partners to develop new ideas, remove barriers and increase access for underrepresented groups and support innovative approaches to labour market development.

About Our Opportunity

The Corporate Strategist, Student and Graduate Employment, will develop, refine and assess government employment programs, including Graduate to Opportunity, the Cooperative Education Incentive, and the Student Summer Skills Incentive. Working in partnership with Department colleagues, other provincial government departments, agencies and offices, the federal government, and the post-secondary system, the Corporate Strategist will work to ensure that programs are meeting their goals, and responsive to labour market conditions and contributing to the mandate of the Department and Provincial Priorities.

Primary Accountabilities

The Corporate Strategist is responsible to maintain all program data and reports, using the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS) and its associated business information tools.

They will monitor and assess program performance and trends, government priorities and labour market trends, and provide sound advice to the Director, Student and Graduate Employment on opportunities for continuous improvement, policy refinement, communication strategies and strategic investment. Working with the Team Lead, they will ensure the accurate and effective documentation of all internal processes and procedures and support the consistent application of process, procedure and policy.

They will build relationships with representatives from equity-seeking communities with an eye to improving accessibility and inclusion in all programs and services delivered by the Division. They will take an active role in the promotion of programs and conduct outreach to the business community to raise awareness, ensure programs remain relevant, and consult on large program changes.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree and several years of related public service experience or Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the principles and techniques of research, evaluation, data analysis and the development of program performance measures.
  • Sound understanding of policy and program development and documentation, strategic planning and program management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to cultivate productive relationships and networks.
  • Ability to work under tight timelines and exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Experience preparing cabinet submissions, developing briefing materials, and working with central agencies will be considered an asset.
  • Manage, coach, and monitor the Program Assistant, including setting and evaluating performance targets.

The candidate will be committed to their personal learning journey, actively promote inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA), and contribute to a safe and healthy workplace for divisional staff.

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.

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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.


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


The Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

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 11

Salary Range:  $3,351.92 – $4,189.95 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:

Click here to apply as a Current NS Government Employee

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

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