• Location: Halifax, Kentville or New Glasgow
  • Competition Number: 40641
  • Deadline: October 11, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Department: Community Services

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 11-Oct-23  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


At the Department of Community Services (DCS), we are a large and diverse department providing a broad portfolio of programs and services including Child and Family well-being (CFW), Employment Support Services(ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support Program(DSP).

Through our services, we advocate and help vulnerable Nova Scotians be independent, self-reliant, and secure. We work collaboratively across the province with a strong dedicated network of support and staff, to achieve desired and shared outcomes for all.

About Our Opportunity

We’re hiring two (2) Financial Co-op Students to join our Financial and Administration team. In this role, you are responsible for assisting with project work, processing payments in a timely and efficient manner, and providing administrative support to the financial clerks.

Your work is performed in a fast-paced, highly sensitive, confidential environment.

As a student, you will gain extensive knowledge of the public sector, government decision-making and communications, and other concepts. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your abilities in a diverse environment that fosters collaboration and incorporates your feedback to enhance our services.

Primary Accountabilities

As the Financial Co-Op Student, a few of your key responsibilities will include assisting in:

  • Various project work (including work within Excel spreadsheets, SharePoint, and SAP)
  • Processing and verifying balances and payments related to vendors for program areas
  • Analyzing invoices and maintaining an accurate filing system for all vendor billing
  • Tracking and organizing various data in our database, SAP, and spreadsheets
  • Helping staff to address discrepancies and errors
  • Preparing monthly reports
  • Performing deposits and handling cash
  • Organizing filing, office inventory, typing various correspondence, and maintaining an accurate bring-forward system

You may assist the Financial Clerk in supporting the development of program, management and statistical (financial and operational) reports, and other administrative duties.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a business administration or commerce cooperative education program.

You possess strong computer skills and are proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). You also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines, and are flexible and adaptable to changing priorities. While not required, it is considered an asset if you have knowledge of the corporate financial management system (SAP).

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.

Additional Information

Two (2) opportunities are available with an anticipated start date of January 3, 2024, and an approximate end date of April 30, 2024.

Opportunities can be based out of our Halifax, Kentville, or New Glasgow offices. Please identify your preferred location on your application.

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:  HOURLY –

Salary Range:  $17.25 – $28.12 Hourly

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). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

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