CO-OP: Diversity and Inclusion Student


Who We Are

In 2018 and 2019, the Nova Scotia Public Service was named a Top Diversity Employer for its efforts in creating a workplace that reflects, at all levels, the people of Nova Scotia, and providing an environment for employees that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Instrumental in that recognition and objective is the Public Service Commission’s Corporate Diversity and Inclusion unit. The unit provides strategic leadership, advice and support to the Nova Scotia Government on diversity, inclusion and respectful workplaces.

The Opportunity

Do you enjoy helping others succeed? Are you a champion for equity and inclusion? Do you thrive in building and fostering diverse and positive relationships?

If you answered yes to these questions we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore with the Public Service Commission as a summer/co-op student, Diversity & Inclusion.

Your Story

You are currently enrolled as a student in a related field and returning to school in the fall of 2019 (or in the next applicable semester for the education program) This could be the right job for you if you have the following skills and experience:

  • Project management experience, i.e. developing, implementing, and evaluating employment equity, diversity and inclusion policies, guidelines and/or programs.
  • Intercultural and diversity ability and interest when reviewing policies, programs and practices while identifying and working collaboratively to remove systemic barriers for all marginalized groups.
  • Competencies which may be evaluated may include Conceptual Thinking, Effective Interactive, Communication, Initiative, Intercultural Diversity Proficiency, Outcome Focus, Partnering & Relationship Building and Strategic Orientation.

Other Considerations

This is designated for an Indigenous or racialized person, including Mi’kmaw or African Nova Scotian student.


As a part of a dynamic team you will provide research and policy support on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues, especially those related to systemic barriers preventing members of equity-seeking groups from fully participating to their full potential in provincial government workplaces.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Actively contributing in the creation of healthy, respectful, and engaging work environments. Research and policy development support on diversity and inclusion, particularly related to employment equity and unconscious bias.
  • Support the development and implementation of systemic strategies to identify and remove systemic barriers in recruitment, advancement and retention of a diverse public service
  • Conducting, coordinating, critically analyzing, and reporting on research, drawing from qualitative and quantitative sources.
  • Contributing to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, guidelines and programs designed to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces.
  • Fostering positive partnerships to achieve desired results with various groups and stakeholders; this will include the design and facilitation of consultative or engagement processes.
  • Researching, developing and advising on current and best practices in diversity, inclusion and employment equity policies, programs and tools.

Application Details

Other Considerations

This position is designated for an Indigenous or racialized person, including Mi’kmaw or African Nova Scotian students, or a person with a disability.

This is a Co-op position. Please contact Student Placement Officer, Peggy Gordon (