Associate Deputy Minister

Province of Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS
$12,216–$15,270 a monthPermanent

Department: Communications Nova Scotia

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Government Officials - NSPG

Closing Date: 6/6/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Special Note:

Please note that this competition may also be used to fill other Associate Deputy Minister vacancies that arise within the Nova Scotia Public Service.

Diversity Statement:

We don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity and belonging. We strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcomed and valued. We strongly encourage applications from members of equity communities (Indigenous People, African Nova Scotia and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities), from members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, and those that equally value and champion equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

Our Opportunity

Reporting to Deputy Ministers, Associate Deputy Ministers across the Nova Scotia public service share common leadership responsibilities but also hold unique portfolio accountabilities related to their Departmental assignments. Associate Deputy Ministers are appointed by an Order in Council and are subject to reassignment of their departmental portfolios. Largely, ADMs are accountable for:

  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with appropriate public and private sector organizations in the delivery of our programs and services.
  • Creating inclusive work environments where every employee feels supported to succeed.
  • Participating as a member of the departmental executive team and the pan- government Associate Deputy Minister Committee, championing key initiatives arising from the priorities of the department or Government.
  • Leading a significant portion of a department’s operation or portfolio as well as oversight of considerable fiscal and human resources.
  • Creating and maintaining effective working relationships with partners from government, community, other government jurisdictions, and private sector.
  • Providing strategic options, comprehensive policy advice, briefings, recommendations and perspectives to the Deputy Minister and Minister on functions, activities, and issues of the department.
Primary Accountabilities

The Associate Deputy Minister (ADM), Communications Nova Scotia, works collaboratively with clients and partners to lead government’s full-service communications agency. CNS provides a range of effective and meaningful communications strategies, services and products for departments and agencies across government that are relevant to informing and engaging with Nova Scotians. The ADM provides leadership in all Agency initiatives and is a strategic advisor to government on communication and marketing activities, the implementation and support of a corporate service delivery model, and in recommending consistent communication policies and strategies that support the priorities and direction of government on behalf of Nova Scotians.

Your Qualifications

You have effectively driven system transformation in a customer facing operation with a constantly changing landscape. In past executive roles, you have provided strategic oversight and leadership direction on significant policy and service agendas and related emergent issues that have impacts across multifaceted systems. You have proven ability to bring innovative solutions and sustainable change. You easily initiate and nurture collaborative relationships that benefit your organization. You lead by building and motivating a high performing team whose commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is paramount to their success. Your colleagues and direct reports recognize you as a leader who encourages them to reach their greatest potential. Collaboration, systems thinking, innovation, and accountability are characteristics of your leadership style. Your decision making is driven with the citizen and community at the heart of the matter.

You have a post secondary degree (a Masters would be an asset), and experience in the fields of communications, public relations, marketing or journalism will be beneficial.


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.


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: SO1

Salary Range: $6,107.97 - $7,634.94 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.

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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 [email protected].

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