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Jobline: Communications Advisor - The Government of Nova Scotia


Competition # : 42679 

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 20-May-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Established in 1990 as the first statutorily-based independent prosecution service in Canada, the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) operates under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General of Nova Scotia. The Director of Public Prosecutions oversees all prosecutions within this jurisdiction, while Crown Attorneys, reporting to the Director, conduct prosecutions independently of the Attorney General. These prosecutions encompass charges laid under both the Criminal Code and Nova Scotia statutes, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.The mandate of the PPS is to ensure fair and equal treatment in the prosecution of offences. The service’s Head Office supports approximately 200 employees spread across 14 offices throughout the province.At the PPS, we strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are not only welcomed but celebrated. We encourage applications from individuals who share our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). 

About Our Opportunity

Are you a seasoned public relations professional passionate about crafting communication strategies that resonate with internal and external audiences? We are actively seeking a professional like you to join our dynamic Head Office team at PPS. In this pivotal role, you will support the Senior Director of Strategic Communications in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative communication strategies and special projects. Your expertise will be instrumental in enhancing awareness and understanding of PPS's vital work.  

About You

As the successful candidate you must have:

•    A university degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in journalism, public relations, electronic and digital media communication, or a closely related field.

•    At least seven years of recent, related work experience OR five years of experience combined with a master’s degree in journalism, Public Relations, electronic and digital media communication or a closely related field. 

•    High proficiency and experience using key applications within Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365 (e.g., Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Teams).

•    A proven track record of developing and implementing successful internal and external communications strategies (includes measurable results).

•    Experience in media relations, preferably as a spokesperson, as well as the ability to develop media reports and stay up to date on issues, topics and trends related to Public Relations, communications, and the work of the PPS.

•    Exceptional writing and editing skills, with experience writing and adapting content for a variety of audiences and communication channels. 

•    Excellent knowledge and experience in research and analytical techniques, as well as experience using analytics to make strategic communications decisions.

•    Ability to complete work independently, and as part of a team. 

•    Excellent relationship building skills.

•    Excellent organization skills and ability to effectively manage competing priorities. 

•    Ability to thrive in a fast-paced working environment and deliver accurate communication materials within tight deadlines.Additional education, certification and/or experience in the following areas would be considered an asset:

•    In-depth knowledge of the Canadian justice system, specifically, the criminal prosecution processes, and the open court principle 

•    Change Management

•    Plain language writing

•    Facilitation (adult learning)

•    Political science 

•    French language skills

•    Driver’s licence

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.


Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees

Additional Information

Some in-province travel may be required as part of this role. This opportunity is for permanent employment, based out of the PPS’s Nova Centre Office in Halifax. 

What We Offer at the Provincial Government


  • 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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,351.92 - $4,189.95 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.


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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


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