November 27th, 2023

We're Hiring: Workforce Strategy and Development Officer

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Job Title: Workforce Strategy and Development Officer

Reports To: Executive Director

Employment Status: 12 month full-time contract 

Salary: 60-70K (competitive, based on experience)


The Workforce Strategy and Development Officer will work with the Screen Nova Scotia Executive Director, staff and Screen Nova Scotia’s workforce development committee to develop the Nova Scotian screen industry’s workforce and support resources.

The Workforce Strategy and Development Officer will develop and execute a strategy that will assess the screen industry’s growth trajectory and identify any knowledge and/or skills gaps needing to be filled in order to respond to current and future workforce demands provincially. Working in collaboration with industry, unions and guilds, as well as government and education institution stakeholders they will develop and execute roadmap tactics to respond to the growing demand for an increased film and television workforce in the province.    


Screen Nova Scotia is a membership-based industry association and film commission, dedicated to building a strong and sustainable future for the province’s production sector. The organization is guided by a volunteer board of directors and an active membership that works in all areas of film, television, and animation. As we expand our team and our offerings, all employees will assist with general office support as needed and understand that flexible work hours are sometimes necessary.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of all Nova Scotians, at all job levels. Screen Nova Scotia has a mandate to increase diversity in the screen industry, and we welcome applications from those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQIA+.  If you are a member of one or more of these communities, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

Who we are looking for: The successful candidate will be passionate about growing Nova Scotia’s screen industry. A history either directly with, or adjacent to, the film & television industry is required. Past experience in education, curriculum development and grants/funding administration will be considered an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assess the gaps, needs and current trends of Nova Scotia’s production workforce and provide a strategy that offers rational and tactical measures to respond to workforce needs. 
  • Assess short-, medium- and long-term impacts on Nova Scotia’s workforce (i.e. number of jobs, departmental deficiencies, and production coverage), including the impact of SNS’s programming (i.e. jobs created and increase in crew activity).
  • Develop and oversee SNS’s professional development activities, considering overlap with internal infrastructure projects that could be leveraged to contribute to the development of our workforce.
  • Consult with emerging and established regional crew members, educational institutions, job placement agencies, and other regional stakeholders regarding workforce and career development opportunities, including the promotion of SNS’s infrastructure and resources such as our Production Guide.
  • Coordinate facilitation and logistics of SNS’s workforce, and professional development, events. Provide measures of success from facilitated events and programming.
  • As part of the strategy, set and track measures of success for SNS’s existing workforce development and professional development opportunities in addition to new programs and resources created from this position.
  • Oversee the public face of SNS’s digital production guide including recruitment, profile maintenance, and analysis of data (participation by region, department, position, etc).
  • Develop the content and resources for a SNS Workforce Development webpage. Create and compile departmental assets for folks interested in working in Nova Scotia.
  • Identify and secure provincial and stakeholder funding sources for curriculum development and administration.
  • Plan, track, and reconcile project budgets for workforce development activities, ensuring planned budgets meet both SNS’s key success objectives and needs identified through industry analysis.
  • Assist SNS’s Industry Services & Locations Manager in facilitating conversations with local film and television production vendors to ensure continued growth and business attraction for Nova Scotia’s production industries.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

The Workforce Strategy and Development Officer is required to demonstrate the following abilities/knowledge base:

  • A knowledge of, and interest in, the film and television production industries, locally, provincially and nationally; particularly knowledge of, and interest in, Nova Scotia’s industry development and growth;
  • Experience working within in the local, regional, provincial and/or national film and television production industry; including but not limited to working with producers, film vendors, film crew, unions, workforce development agencies, and funding bodies;
  • Experience in strategy development and execution;
  • Administrative experience; including creating project budgets, management and implementation;
  • Experience in education systems of any kind, including curriculum development is an asset;
  • Strong program creation and administration background;
  • Experience with event/conference planning and facilitation is an asset;
  • Confident working independently but also able to accept direction and seek guidance as necessary;
  • Organised, effective record keeper;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and time efficiently;
  • Ability to exercise professionalism at all times;
  • Database knowledge – demonstrate the ability to work with various online systems (Google Drive, grant management software, etc.)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication, ensuring consistency with overall value proposition, tone, and brand;
  • Proven capacity to work collaboratively with others as part of a team, with independent problem-solving abilities;

Financial Responsibility:

The Workforce Strategy and Development Officer will be responsible, in conjunction with SNS Management, for overseeing and reporting on budgets related to those programs that fall under their areas of responsibility.

Interaction with Clients and Public:

The Workforce Strategy and Development Officer will be required to interact with SNS’s film industry client base, including unions, guilds, film crew, film vendors, and other industry stakeholders, and respond to external inquiries.

Physical Demands:

There are no day-to-day physical demands associated with the Workforce and Strategy Development Officer position. From time-to-time there will be setup related to various activities that SNS is involved in that may require the Workforce Development Officer’s physical support.

Working Conditions:

In general, SNS operates on a 35-hour work week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday (with an hour for lunch).  Due to the nature of SNS’s activities, the Workforce Strategy and Development Officer can expect to very occasionally work unusual hours, mainly evenings and weekends as required.  We offer a hybrid working schedule, three days per week in the office and two days per week outside of the office.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to: Executive Director 
  • Contacts: Regular contact is required with the Executive Director. Frequent communication/discussions with management and technical support staff.

To apply: Interested candidates can apply with a cover letter and resume to before 5:00 p.m. AST on Friday, January 5th, 2024. Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.