Nova Scotia L&F searching for Director, Corporate Development

Will developing “a culture of transparency and accountability” (Lahey Report) be amongst the responsibilities?

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The position was posted Dec 4, 2018, “Apply By: 12/18/2018”.

It’s not clear if this is a replacement for Peter Geddes, Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Support Services at Lands and Forestry (L&F), or a new position.

Given the very short interval between posting the position and the deadline for applying, it seems likely they have already identified a desired candidate.

The diagram below is contained in a document released under a FOIPOP (July 27, 2018) in response to a request for “A copy of the briefing book created for the new minister in July 2018”.

The FOIPOP document provides a lot of the information about the operation of the department that one might expect to be available via the department’s website but for the most part is not.

From a FOIPOP document; cited at the bottom as “intended for Public Use”. Click on image to access the document.

As I have commented under Who Does What, “The NSDNR website does not provide much detail about who does what at DNR beyond listing some of the staff in various sections. There is next to no information about the qualifications and backgrounds of directors and staff. There are no annual reports describing activities and outcomes over the previous year in any detail”, i.e. there is very little public accountability.

I note in the FOIPOP document that “The Executive Director of the Policy, Planning and Support Services Branch (PPSS) is responsible for “identifying issues of a corporate nature that do not directly relate to any of the operational branches”, so perhaps public accountability would fall in that category and perhaps the new appointee will address this issue.

DNR must deeply and pervasively embrace a culture of transparency and accountability. It must institute the information management, sharing, and distribution systems needed to put that culture into routine operational practice. – from Recommendation 146 in An Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia Executive Summary Conclusions and Recommendations (Aug 2018)


Contents of the Job Advertisement:

Director, Corporate Development

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Apply By: 12/18/2018

Lands and Forestry

Director, Corporate Development, Permanent, HALIFAX

Competition # 17501

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province’s Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

We are recruiting for a Director of Corporate Development with the Policy, Planning and Support Services Branch of Lands and Forestry who will provide strategic oversight and management of our diverse facilities and information assets. This is your opportunity to make high impact decisions and improvements while helping to achieve operational effectiveness and ensuring overall efficiency and long-term financial viability.

About Our Opportunity

As the Director of Corporate Development, you will be responsible for the oversight of the department’s information management program which includes business intelligence, facilities management and related business processes and client service delivery. This work is essential in order to meet the diverse and continually changing needs of the public, internal and external clients and partners. You will lead a diverse team in the delivery of research and information services, the management and delivery of facilities and infrastructure and in the delivery of a reliable and secure information management program and associated structures to support department operations.

As the department lead for business continuity planning and enterprise (strategic and program) risk management, you will work collaboratively across the organization to develop supporting frameworks, policies and evaluation tools to develop a unified approach in establishing these programs across the department. You may also be regularly involved in:

coordinating and facilitating a wide range of complex planning projects and corporate initiatives using best practice management principles to propose efficiency and effectiveness measures for improvements in program outcomes and enhancements;
providing strategic and operational oversight for the public Research and Information Services Centre; and
providing direction and management for the effective, efficient and responsive functioning of a wide range of core infrastructure services, operations and functions (eg. infrastructure renewal and space planning for multiple locations)

About You

As the successful candidate, you will have a post-secondary degree in a related discipline (such as Commerce, Public Administration and/or Business) with several years of progressive related management experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. You will have demonstrated experience in human resource, financial and project management as well as the ability to lead diverse teams to achieve success.

You possess exceptional communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to build and maintain strong business relationships. You are a collaborative individual with demonstrated presentation and negotiation skills and possess the ability to effect positive change in a dynamic environment. You encourage new ideas, offer innovative solutions and utilize technologies that enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of your work.

You have experience in a leadership role employing strategic solutions and designing risk management strategies to meet project outcomes. You have a broad understanding of information management, information systems and technology innovations and are comfortable with presenting and delivering specialized information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

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.

Pay Grade: EC 12

Salary Range: $2,918.00 – $3,647.00 Bi-Weekly

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

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

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