RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS – Program Administration Officer 3 (Designated) (African Nova Scotian) –

  • Deadline: May 23, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Competition # : 39004

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: DIGBY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​5/23/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following group will be considered: African Nova Scotians.
If you are a member of this equity group, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us

African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) is a vital link that connects government and the African Nova Scotian community. ANSA promotes understanding of African Nova Scotian issues; draws attention to the priorities that matter to communities; and supports concerns that need be addressed. These efforts are essential to help government better serve African Nova Scotians.

For more information on the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs please visit:  African Nova Scotian Affairs – Government of Nova Scotia

About Our Opportunity

As the Program Administration Officer, you will be responsible for the administration and promotion of various government and African Nova Scotian Affairs sponsored programs and the administration of the African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) grant program.  The Program Administration Officer will have knowledge, awareness and an understanding of the history and culture of the African Nova Scotia community.

The Program Administration Officer, builds and facilitates networks of community groups, and provides educational and community developmental tools, and monitors the community environment. The Program Administration Officer provides adequate services resulting in opportunities for self-reliance and increase positive and social development of the community.

The Program Administration Officer represents the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, by working to develop and enhance strategic partnerships and alliances among community stakeholders, while encouraging communities to work together.

This position reports to the Director, Government and Community relations.

Primary Accountabilities

In this position, you will be responsible for building relationships that will promote and support community and government initiatives. This will include providing support, direction, planning tools and advice to community groups. As a trusted community partner, you will work directly with community groups to facilitate workshops; lead information sharing sessions and deliver presentations to build community capacity.

  • Promote opportunities for members of the community and community groups by providing information and advice regarding relevant government programs and services.
  • Responsible for the administration and promotion of the African Noa Scotian Affairs Grants and Contributions program.
  • Assisting with the department’s strategic planning process, by designing, developing, modifying, and/or implementing programs, and by providing advice, analysis and interpretation.
  • Support and promote access to government programs and services by responding to requests for information, maintain current knowledge of the available resources, provide navigational support for grant writers, and conducting environmental scans of the communities to identify emerging local issues.
  • Monitor programs and community issues by researching, analyzing, investigating (independently and/or with community) to develop resolution of issues.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role, you will have a Bachelors’ Degree or other relevant post-secondary field of study, in addition, you possess 5 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

You have direct experience working in Historical African Nova Scotian communities and an understanding of issues affecting the Nova Scotian African population. In addition, you have experience administering programs, conducting research, strong report writing skills and engaging with various stakeholders to assist with the implementation of programs, projects, or services.

You possess exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), you have excellent interpersonal skills, strong partnering and relationship-building skills, excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills that allow you to navigate. You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint. You have experience with research capabilities, analytical skills (able to take complex or high volume of data and transfer into lay terms). Familiarity with strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities.

In addition, you will act with the greatest discretion and confidentiality, and communicate with sensitivity in all situations.  You work well in team environments or independently adhering to deadlines while maintaining confidence, tact, diplomacy, and sound judgment.  You adapt to changing environments, exhibiting flexibility, and taking the initiative approach when required. You Other assets include experience, knowledge, and awareness that provide an understanding of the history and culture of the African Nova Scotia communities.

Preference will be given to applicants who are from the Digby region, for which the position serves.

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.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered.

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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

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:  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).

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


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