Manager, Civic Events, Halifax Regional Municipality

Job Posting
7381BR – Manager, Civic Events

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the permanent, full-time position of Manager, Civic Events in Regional Recreation Services, Parks & Recreation. HRM is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality’s core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.

Reporting to the Director, Regional Recreation Services, the Manager of Civic Events is responsible for the overall strategic management, direction and staffing for the section and is accountable for development and delivery of programs and services within event management.

The Manager leads civic event delivery, special events strategy, support, and funding programs, HRM’s film program, and the municipal role in tourism. They are responsible for policy development and implementation of HRM corporate policies with sound fiscal and financial management. The Manager supervises, directs, and oversees a team of professional staff and assignments and provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public on a wide variety of issues and complex and sensitive professional assignments. The Manager also acts as liaison between event management for-profit and not-for-profit event organizations, tourism and destination management agencies and elected officials.

The Manager is responsible for fostering and maintaining productive, positive relationships with citizens, community stakeholders, HRM business units, external agencies/departments, and Regional Council.

For a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, please email


Education and Experience:

  • University degree or master’s degree in business administration, public administration, event management, or recreation administration;
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of related and progressive experience in an entertainment or events organization; and,
  • Proven track record of successful results, including demonstrated success in performance management and labour relations.

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of special event management principles and delivery, community events development models and theory, event tourism and destination development principles, strategic planning, research, and analysis;
  • Sound financial management; knowledge of human resource principles and performance management with an emphasis on labour relations and understanding of collective agreements;
  • Knowledge of service level agreements and change management principles; knowledge of risk management;
  • Knowledge of Key Performance Indicators evaluation tools and measurement;
  • Knowledge of national and provincial event safety standards and protocols for gatherings;
  • Knowledge and understanding of arts and entertainment stakeholders and community;
  • Knowledge of culturally appropriate ways of working with underrepresented groups;
  • Knowledge of hotel and tourism industry professional community;
  • Ability to anticipate issues of community groups, Council, and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to provide high-quality, strategic advice on strategies for event delivery and cultural asset management, and funding policies;
  • Strong analytical capabilities and excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Exercise tact, diplomacy, respect, and good judgment;
  • Solid communication, management, leadership, organizational, and motivational skills; and;
  • Thorough evidence-based decision-making and strong problem-solving skills.

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion. Interviews, testing, and in-person recruitment activities are being conducted in adherence with current COVID-19 Public Health protocols.

COMPETENCIES: Valuing Diversity, Networking/Relationship Building, Visioning, Strategic Thinking & Innovation, Customer Service, Decision Making, Developing
Others, Communications, Managing Change, Value & Ethics

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full time

HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday; 35 hours per week

SALARY: NU09 on the non-union salary scale; $94,540 – $129,990. Salary to be commensurate with experience.

WORK LOCATION: Alderney Gate, Dartmouth

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to 11:59pm on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

(position # 78601870)

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