Department of Agriculture (Nova Scotia, Truro)
Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator; 2 Permanent
Date: Jul 26, 2019
Apply By: 8/9/2019
Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator; 2 Permanent, TRURO
Competition # 19339
EOI Close Date: 08/02/2019
The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities. Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.
More specifically, the Regional Services Division provides primary producers and entrepreneurial clients and rural organizations with locally based services and programs that are focused on industry competitiveness and delivered through a coordinated approach across the Province. Core objectives include outstanding client service, partnerships, leadership development, cooperation and collaboration with the goal of growing the industry, strengthening communities and creating a sustainable and profitable agricultural industry.
Within the Regional Services Division, the Regional Programming section provides provincial level support to staff in the regional offices, through coordination, development of networks, research, and resource development.
About Our Opportunity
As the Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator, you will work as a part of a tight knit team to provide programming support for the delivery of regional extension programs. You will act as leader in identifying opportunities and innovations in regional programming for youth development, agricultural education, beginning farmer support, and agricultural extension programming. The position also plays a critical role in promoting public trust in agriculture, disseminating information on key topics in agriculture including innovative farm technology, climate change, soil health, biodiversity, and agricultural research. You will also have the opportunity to develop resources and support regional staff in program deployment, coordinating with regional staff, industry stakeholders, and other government departments. You will be encouraged to identify innovations and efficiencies in service delivery to a diverse group of clients.
You have a B.Sc. in Agriculture or equivalent.
As the successful candidate, you also demonstrate:
- effective coordination skills;
- the ability to partner with a variety of stakeholders (government, industry, agri-business) and develop and maintain a strong network of farmers, agricultural professionals, and organizations;
- a practical knowledge of the agricultural industry locally and globally;
- a demonstrated ability to communicate and to deal effectively with people (written and verbal);
- the ability to develop work plans and work effectively, both independently and in groups;
- leadership skills and the ability to take on independent initiatives;
- the ability to maintain good working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Experience with program development would be a strong asset.
Access to reliable transportation is required for this position. You must be eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists.
There is potential for work location flexibility based on Department of Agriculture regional office availability.
* Please note, one of these positions is a designated position that is restricted to persons belonging to the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Community or the African Nova Scotian Community. Please note, you must identify to be considered for this position.
Pay Grade: PR 06 – PR 12
Salary Range: $1,760.00 – $2,728.00 Bi-Weekly
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.
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 electronic application.
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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca.
For more information or to apply contact:Lynn Silver
Tel: 902-678-7410 Ext. 204