The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Real Estate and Property Management
Full-time - Permanent
$79,752.74 - $103,678.56 / year
Competition Number: MET 23177

Manager, Building Services
Metropolitan District
Location: HRM
Type of Employment: Full Time, Permanent
Union Status: Excluded (Non-Union)
Competition # MET 23177
Closing Date: November 24, 2023

Reporting to the Director, the Building Services Manager is responsible for the day-to-day care, operation, and integrity of the Public Housing portfolio in the region. The incumbent is responsible to meet or exceed operating and financial performance measures and targets, and to minimize the life cycle cost of all buildings and grounds.

What you'll do


• Formulate the Metro District's capital asset management strategy on both a short and long-term basis including unit and building inspections; provision for planned preventive maintenance; routine maintenance; major renovation; retrofit and repair programs; capital replacement programs; as well as maintenance of drawing and project files and a building database to ensure all assets of all buildings are uniquely identified and recorded.
• Prepare annual maintenance budgets and ensure operations of the maintenance services department are within authorized budget.
• Ensure contractors' and consultants' conformity to tender documents and that all agreements are administered properly and that statutorily obligations are satisfied.
• Implement the maintenance strategy by determining which work will be tendered and which work will be completed by existing employees. Ensure the use of YARDI Work Order and Purchase Order routines to schedule and manage this work and to provide measurable performance indicators.
• Follow proper procurement guidelines and ensure that a proper inventory of equipment and materials (including vehicles) is acquired, maintained, and controlled using prescribed purchase orders, vehicle logs and material requisition forms.
• Arrange for immediate response to all emergency situations including the provisions of Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act.
• Coordinate and monitor a program of building system testing and inspections that comply with applicable codes and NSPHA policies (fire alarm testing, water testing, elevator inspection, etc.).

What you'll need


• Bachelor's degree in a related field plus seven years' related experience, preferably managing a large portfolio of residential properties, and that includes at least four years' experience managing diverse employee groups, including non-unionized and unionized staff, as well as managing contractors and working/dealing with tenant groups.
• Extensive knowledge of property management and building maintenance, building systems, including electrical, mechanical and architectural.
• Fundamental understanding of budgets, finance and buildings system design and construction.
• Demonstrated experience in project management.
• Excellent knowledge of NSPHA policies and procedures, Housing Services manuals and Circular Letters along with a sound knowledge of building and safety codes such as Municipal Bylaws, the Building Code, the Fire Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act and related legislation such as the Residential Tenancies Act.
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Ability to meet deadlines with accuracy in a multi-tasking environment; and
• Possess a valid Nova Scotia driver's license with access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.


• Knowledge of Yardi Property Management software.
• Current Emergency First Aid and WHMIS certifications.
• Certified Property Manager (CPM), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM), or Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations.
• Journeyperson certification in a building trade.

Competencies required at this level of work are leadership skills and teambuilding skills, Data Analysis, Detail oriented, Managerial skills, Organization skills, Communication, Client service,

If you are a team player, who is passionate about improving the lives of Nova Scotians, you are the candidate we are looking for to join our team. We will assess qualifications using one of more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks. Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. Checks may include one or more of the following: criminal background checks, driver's abstract, and confirmation of education credentials.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Building Services Maintenance Management Procurement Seniors Housing Social Housing Strategic Financial Planning

A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency

Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency (NSPHA) is the provincial government agency responsible for the administration and delivery of affordable housing solutions for low-income Nova Scotians.

We contribute to the prosperity of Nova Scotia by helping individuals and families find a home that's right for them, at a price they can afford, in a healthy and vibrant community that offers the services, support and opportunities they need. We accomplish this by working closely with other levels of government as well as private and community partners.

Across its districts, NSPHA provides more than 11,200 safe, affordable homes as part of its Housing Services to seniors and families. District offices manage the day-to-day operations of Nova Scotia's housing stock. Their responsibilities include administering tenant applications and placements, collecting rent, resolving tenant issues, and maintaining and repairing properties.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Based on the employment status, eligibility, and union agreement, the NSPHA offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs and flexible working schedules.

Classification: MC 22
Salary Range: $79,752.74 to $103,678.56 Annually
Work Week: 35 hours

Note: This is not a Civil Service position.

We are committed to employing staff who are representative of the diverse community we serve. If you are a member of one or more of the following designated groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your cover letter or resume: 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 application.

To Apply

Please merge your cover letter and resume into one document when applying. In the cover letter or resume, please quote the competition number and name.

Apply through Career Beacon.

Submissions must be received by midnight on the closing date. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.