RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS- Manager Employee and Public Engagement (Designated)

  • Deadline: March 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Competition # : 38473 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 3/31/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous Person, African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Person, and Person with a Disability.

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.

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

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.

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


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 the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re 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

As the Manager, Employee and Public Engagement, you will provide proactive leadership in building and sustaining a culture of staff, partnership and public participation in strategies and initiatives that are critical to advancing the department’s vision of “Healthy Nova Scotians”. You will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to activate engagement opportunities, sustain engagement platforms, facilitate topical conversations, improve communications, and build reciprocal trust with staff, community partners and Nova Scotians. You will also support regular leadership communications and messaging involving the Deputy Minister’s office and departmental staff.

The position reports to Director, Equity and Engagement Initiatives, with two direct reports (Project Manager, Employee Engagement, and Project Manager, Public Engagement).

Primary Accountabilities

  • Provides leadership support to implement employee and public engagement strategies and reports, such as Employee Engagement Strategy, How’s Work Going? Survey, community engagement conversations in health, and other related strategies and initiatives.
  • Provides outcome-based approaches in building and sustaining staff capacity through key employee engagement tables, such as the Employee Engagement Network.
  • Leads the development of a Public Engagement Community of Practice for staff, ensuring consistent approach, evaluation and practice of public engagement across the department.
  • Builds public engagement capacity and relationship between DHW and key health partners, such as NSHA and IWK.  Ensures partners work towards holistic public engagement outcomes to inform health policies, programs and service delivery for Nova Scotians.
  • Supports partnerships at existing local tables that are important to inclusive and geography-based community engagement in health, such as the Community Health Boards in partnership with Nova Scotia Health.
  • Establishes and supports system-level engagement programs and hubs that are important to keep staff, partners and Nova Scotians engaged, such as SharePoint, EngagementHQ, etc.
  • Liaises with key educational institutions and grassroots organizations to promote and partner on the practice and importance of public engagement within the health sector
  • Builds community capacity and opportunities, through grants, mentorships and partnerships
  • Manages the development and/or operation of aspects of the internal and external communications by implementing direction from senior leadership.
  • Influences programs and legislation to establish collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders (internal staff, institutional stakeholders – community-based groups, advice to departmental leadership executive members to minister).
  • Ensures the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance, promoting diversity, and a healthy and respectful workplace.

Qualifications and Experience

]You hold a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with extensive experience as a manager of people, and practice proficiency in the areas such as public engagement, communications, leadership, journalism, strategic planning, public policy, and project management.  An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. In addition, you:

•    Collaborate effectively with various stakeholders across community-based sectors, departments, and institutions, to achieve collective goals and objectives.
•    Have a strong disposition for creativity, innovation, looking at the big picture and thinking outside the box, in starting, improving or leading new or existing programs
•    Possess excellent communication skills, with the ability to influence staff, partners and stakeholders through engagement, speaking, writing and making presentations.
•    Understand and have strong familiarity with industry-standard public engagement approaches and methodologies, such as the IAP2 public engagement spectrum
•    Have an excellent background in project management principles, with the ability to lead and manage staff and community-based engagement projects from start to finish, including developing project briefs, work activity breakdowns and progress reporting.
•    Have working relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders, equity populations, religious organizations, newcomers and other key stakeholders
•    Possess the ability to collect and facilitate data collection, research initiatives, focus groups, committees, and community conversations, and using feedback and evidence to inform policies, new programs and other opportunities relating to employee and public engagement.
•    You understand equity, inclusion and proactive engagement, and how they are important to moving the vision of the department forward.

Required competencies for this position include Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness & Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.

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  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.

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 12

Salary Range:  $3,561.95 – $4,452.43 Bi-Weekly

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