Executive Director, Climate Change, Nova Scotia Government – Halifax

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The Executive Director, Climate Change leads the provincial effort on climate change mitigation and adaptation with a focus on policy, program and regulation development, implementation and evaluation as well as creating positive stakeholder relationships and effective communications internal and external to government.

Competition # 6861 

Executive Director, Climate Change, Permanent, HALIFAX  

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Posting Closing Date: 12/8/2017  

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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Department Overview

The Climate Change team provides direction and leadership in the development and implementation of the provincial vision, strategy, regulatory frameworks and programs that enables Nova Scotia to exercise responsible, long-term stewardship of its environment,  and effective and efficient reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Duties

The Executive Director, Climate Change leads the provincial effort on climate change mitigation and adaptation with a focus on policy, program and regulation development, implementation and evaluation as well as creating positive stakeholder relationships and effective communications internal and external to government.

Other responsibilities include:

  • implementation and effective operation of a complex carbon pricing program;
  • stakeholder engagement, policy analysis and research, development of legislative and regulatory tools and providing advice/recommendations to senior leaders;
  • collaborating with officials from across departments and governments on the design and implementation of climate change mitigation programs and policies;
  • developing and leading interdepartmental, divisional and regional team projects and representing the Province/Department on committees and at regional, national and international meetings.

The Executive Director must remain current with broadly based scientific knowledge on GHG emissions, sources and best practices in carbon pricing, and other GHG mitigation policies/approaches. They are required to incorporate new knowledge and best practices in the Nova Scotia policy context.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business or other relevant post-secondary concentration plus several years related experience or an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience is required.  Solid record leading teams at a senior level.

Demonstrated experience in the following fields are required:

  • field of carbon pricing and climate change policy;
  • leading teams through complex regulatory policy development related to carbon pricing and/or climate change policy;
  • research, planning, project management, critical thinking and analysis;
  • effectively engaging and building alliances with stakeholders who hold disparate views on contentious issues.

Expert knowledge of current key climate change policies, programs and plans as well as a strong understanding of how they may affect stakeholder groups is required. An understanding of climate science, GHG accounting and MRV, industrial processes and climate policy is also required.

The ability to apply theory and best practice to identify creative, practical and defensible approaches to overcome challenges is an asset as is the ability to recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues.

Experience building, empowering and leading multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental and/or interdivisional problem­ solving teams is required. Excellent verbal and written communication and persuasion skills are required. The willingness and ability to share data, ideas and experiences with colleagues that may assist with policy planning or partnership building is a strong asset, as is the ability and desire to forge strong relationships of trust and collaboration across all levels of government and all sectors.

Competencies

  • Change Leadership
  • Decisiveness
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Partnering & Relationship Building
  • Strategic Orientation
  • Team Leadership
  • Self-Awareness & Personal Impact
  • Intercultural Diversity Proficiency

Pay Grade:  EC 16  

Salary Range:  $4,247.00 – $5,309.00 Bi-Weekly

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.

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 or will result in termination of your employment.

For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca

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