• Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: June 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Competition # : 35462 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 6/23/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following groups will be considered. Those that identify as Indigenous or African Nova Scotians and/or Other Racially Visible Persons and Persons with Disabilities.

If you are a member, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us

The Department of Labour, Skills & Immigration (LSI) works to provide fairness, safety, and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn, and work to their highest potential. We have a staff of more than 500 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia. Together we are responsible for safety, labour standards, apprenticeship, immigration and population growth, and many other facets of everyday life.

The Immigration and Population Growth branch has a large mandate. We are responsible for attracting, integrating, and retaining immigrants and interprovincial migrants to our province. The impact of our work is felt both on a macro level, as we help businesses succeed and help our population to grow, as well as on a micro level, as we make decisions every day that impact the lives of people choosing to make Nova Scotia home.

A small but growing and passionate team, we are continually evolving to ensure that we meet the needs of the province.

About Our Opportunity

The Director of Programs is accountable for the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of immigration and settlement funding programs in Nova Scotia.   As the Director you work collaboratively with senior leaders in other departments to identify new programs and initiatives that will further develop and strengthen opportunities in Nova Scotia which are aligned with the goals of the province.

The Director ensures programs operate in accordance with federal immigration law and regulations, reflecting provincial departmental legislation and policies, as well as objectives of the provincial population growth. As the Director you are also responsible for recommending and approving programs to senior leadership within the Department.

This position reports to the Senior Executive Director.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Contribute to increasing immigration levels through the effective development, promotion, marketing, and management of programs/activities that aim to attract, recruit and select immigrants to come to Nova Scotia.
  • Contribute to meeting immigration retention objectives through the effective design, implementation, and management of settlement programs/services to help immigrants integrate within Nova Scotia’s communities, labour market and business sector.
  • Contribute to the effective operation of the department by managing program staff and financial resources such as hiring, staff training and performance planning; promoting diversity and a healthy workplace; promoting teamwork and individual communication; monitoring grants and contributions.
  • Contribute to the effective leadership of the department by providing communications advice to senior officials on immigration programs and services. This includes preparing briefing notes, reports, and Cabinet submission; contributing to business plans and accountability reports; serving as one of the office media spokespersons.
  • Contribute to advancing labour market, economic and social objectives by developing and managing federal and provincial relationships, as well as relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders throughout the province.

Qualifications and Experience

To be considered for this leadership opportunity, you hold a university degree in a related field with substantial senior leadership experience in programs and policy. You are a recognized leader, a strong and effective communicator, and you possess experience in leading teams. You are committed to open communication, collaboration and consultation with staff, partners and stakeholders and are recognized for your personal and professional credibility, creative problem-solving ability, and in-depth experience leading cross-organizational programs and initiatives.

In addition, you possess:

  • The ability to make program decisions, in a complex legislative environment.
  • The ability to make informed decisions in accordance with federal law and regulations, while considering provincial departmental policies, as well as the objectives of the provincial immigration strategy.
  • The ability to foster strong collaborative relationships and networks with employees, and senior leaders across government.
  • Demonstrated focus on improving the workplace by building a diverse workforce, providing growth opportunities for team members, and enabling autonomy and innovation.
  • Demonstrated problem resolution skills.

Would be considered an asset:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and expertise in immigration programs and initiatives
  • French-speaking

Competencies that are viewed as important for this position are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Effective Interactive Communication, Intercultural Diversity Proficiency, Partnering & Relationship Building, Team Leadership, Developing Others, Self-Awareness & Personal Impact.

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.


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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information

This is a full-time permanent position based in Halifax.

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 for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade:  EC 14

Salary Range:  $4,184.42 – $5,230.52 Bi-Weekly

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