The Project Director, Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure is a strategic portfolio leadership position charged with the authority to enhance project management systems and methodologies to ensure the successful planning and delivery of the Cellular for Nova Scotia (CNS) and Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative (INSI) projects. This empowered role is pivotal in driving comprehensive telecommunications expansion, rigorously working to meet policy objectives, and optimizing project outcomes to be completed on time, within scope, and on budget. With a keen focus on strategic alignment and operational excellence, the Project Director is central to achieving the project delivery milestones and setting new standards for project management within the portfolio. The role must proactively address competing stakeholder interests while delivering on the overall goals of the program.
At the heart of our mandate lies a steadfast commitment to serving Nova Scotians, placing their needs and aspirations at the core of every decision and strategy. The Project Director will champion innovation, adeptly navigating within the defined parameters of current projects while also remaining agile and resourceful in the face of the portfolio's ongoing evolution.
On October 26, 2023 the Government of Nova Scotia, aiming to guarantee cellular service across the province, announced the Cellular for Nova Scotia Program with an investment of $47.3 million. Managed by Build Nova Scotia, the initiative seeks to enhance telecommunications infrastructure in underserved areas. Nova Scotia is advancing towards becoming a leading province in Canada with high-speed internet coverage for 99.99% of residences and businesses.
What you'll do
Strategic Portfolio Leadership
Spearheads the CNS and INSI projects, driving them to operational completion by guiding internal teams and external parties to achieve the desired outcome within the telecommunication sector.
Project Planning and Execution
Develops and manages comprehensive project plans, status updates, detailed scope, budget, and schedule for the telecommunication infrastructure portfolio to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in meeting policy and connectivity objectives.
Systematically ensures comprehensive project documentation, recording all phases of project development and execution to guarantee transparency, facilitate knowledge transfer, and provide a reliable foundation for future reference and compliance.
Continuously seeks opportunities for improvement in all aspects of project delivery, employing innovative solutions and leveraging technology to overcome challenges and exceed expectations.
Team Management and Contractor Liaison
Supervises, motivates and supports project personnel in line with organizational HR practices and monitors the performance of contracted service providers to ensure cost-effective delivery within contractual agreements.
Quality and Standards Compliance
Oversees deliverables to ensure they adhere to established standards and excellent practices in the telecommunications industry, maintaining the integrity and reliability of cellular and internet services.
Identifies and acts proactively to potential project risks, especially those unique to telecommunications infrastructure, prioritizing and implementing mitigation strategies to minimize impact on project delivery.
Maintains robust communication and routine updates with project sponsors, stakeholders, and government entities, while actively participating in or leading relevant scientific, regulatory, and technical advisory groups.
Procurement and Contract Management
Manages the procurement of project resources and services in compliance with procurement policies, ensuring all contractual engagements support project goals and offer value for money.
Public and Stakeholder Communications
Collaborates closely with the internal Marketing and Communications (MarCom) team to effectively implement marketing and communications strategies.
Resource Optimization and Performance Management
Ensures the validation of project results through rigorous analysis, benchmarking against industry standards, and incorporating feedback from critical stakeholders to confirm that project outcomes not only meet but surpass the expectations and requirements within the telecommunications sector.
Ensures effective use of human and financial resources by setting performance targets, fostering a diverse and respectful workplace, ensuring team cohesion, and managing budgets in line with financial forecasts.
What you'll need
Bachelor of Engineering, Science, Telecommunications, Computer Science or related degree is required. Master's degree would be considered an asset.
This position requires a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.), Certified Environmental Technician (CET), or equivalent technical certification, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent experience.
At minimum, several years of related experience is required.
Previous project management experience in the telecommunications or related technology project space is a significant asset.
Portfolio management experience including managing multiple projects is a significant asset.
Proven experience leading and motivating people to achieve the completion of complex projects which impact a variety of key stakeholders.
We're looking for
A little bit about us
Build Nova Scotia
Build Nova Scotia is the Province's Crown Corporation responsible for leading sustainable development of high-potential property and infrastructure across our province to drive economic and population growth. In short, we build things-and how we build them matters as much as what we build. We engage Nova Scotia's diverse communities to lead and support projects that create inclusive, sustainable places that people love. We leverage our projects and programs as tools to bring people together in pursuit of keeping Nova Scotians healthy, connected, and thriving no matter where they live. A thriving community is a powerful thing, and we're doing our part to help communities reach their full potential by stewarding projects that enhance quality of life and community well-being, build local pride and momentum, and grow our economy.
Our goal is a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the clients we serve. Build 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 application.