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Manager, Special Projects



Competition # : 37281 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/5/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Correctional Services Division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adults and young persons. Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: Community Corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program’s target group.

Community Corrections has 22 offices across the province from Yarmouth to Sydney and is responsible for the supervision of both adult and young persons serving community-based sentences. Probation Officers also supervise those released from custody on conditional releases and prepare pre-sentence investigations to assist the Courts in the sentencing process.  Evidence-based Program facilitation and supports to specialized courts in areas of domestic violence, mental health and wellness are also part of the role of a Probation Officer as well as Restorative Justice casework and collaboration with community justice agencies.

Five (5) adult correctional facilities (1 Female and 4 Male) and one (1) youth centre provide the safety and security of persons in custody while providing programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with their successful, reintegration into the community.

Nova Scotia Correctional Services utilizes an evidence-based approach in both Community Corrections and custodial facilities. Core Correctional Practices (CCP) is the foundational practice that drives reintegration and rehabilitation practices deployed within Correctional Services. Utilizing CCP, Correctional Services staff can effectively interact, manage behaviour, and help facilitate change, within target populations.

For more information on the Department of Justice Correctional Services please visit our website: http://

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Chief Superintendent, Correctional Services, as a Manager, Special Projects, you will be accountable for one or more projects on a strategic level within the department and horizontal delivery between other government departments.


In this role, you will identify, define and manage overall projects that impact multiple internal and external stakeholders and will be responsible for consultation, promotion, budgeting, contract management, communications, and/or development of the overall project and project plans.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role as a Manager, Special Projects, you will be responsible for-


  • Managing and delivering required outcomes for one or more projects and providing direction and/or development of the project and project plans.
  • Developing and/or delivering a plan for significant aspects of internal and external communications.
  • Identifying shortcomings and suggesting improvements to existing processes, systems and procedures, then delivering a plan for a change management program.
  • Taking responsibility for delivering a prescribed budget for the project and conducting complex analyses on budget progress. Developing action plans to address budget and/or operational business/project plan deviations as they occur throughout the fiscal year.
  • Delivering on the established outcomes by managing day-to-day relationships with clients, contract service providers, and project team while working within an established contract management plan.
  • Delivering outcomes by mentoring, coaching, and monitoring the project team to facilitate project objectives and ensures appropriate project management methodologies and best practice are followed.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a university degree in a relevant discipline and progressive management experience.  An acceptable equivalent of experience and training may be considered.


As an ideal candidate, you have experience in project management, implementation and delivery; contract management; budgeting. Related experience in a correctional setting would be preferred.  You also have experience in process improvement, mentoring and coaching.


You are a progressive thinker who has experience managing teams and acts & directs resource independently towards organizational goals. You have the ability to think critically and make decisions and work well in a challenging work environment to create new and innovative practices Relationship building and fostering are key characteristic required for this role.


The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework. During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.


For more information, please visit LEADS (


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



The Government of Nova Scotia 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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • Work from a regular office, however occasional travel around province is required
  • Will on occasion, be expected to enter any of the dayrooms located throughout the Provinces adult correctional facilities. This may involve interaction with inmates.

Additional Information


This competition is to fill a Permanent employment opportunity based in Dartmouth.


In your cover letter please outline your project management and other relevant experience to this position.


A valid driver license is required for this position. Also, the successful applicant will be required to receive an enhanced (secret) Security Clearance, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.

What We Offer


  • 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:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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.


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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