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Sheriff, Sheriff Services



Competition # : 34056 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/19/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible system of justice, including court administration and security.


The Division provides administrative support to the courts listed: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (including Family Division), Provincial Court, Family Court, Small Claims Court, Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court. The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases.


Sheriff Services is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. Our employees contribute to the maintenance of a just, peaceful, and safe society by maintaining responsibility for Court security, the transportation of prisoners, and service of civil documents in the Province.


For more information on the Department of Justice Court Services please visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


As Sheriff, you are accountable for the performance and delivery of Sheriff Services (both operationally and managerially) to all levels of court. This includes managing human, financial and technical resources.


Primary Accountabilities


Your responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


  • Developing and implementing policies, procedures, and training programs.
  • Managing risk relating to the operational functions of Sheriff Services.
  • Ensuring policies and operating procedures are applied and adhered to by the Sheriff’s office to effect Court security, prisoner management and transportation.
  • Facilitating staff compliance with legislation such as the Civil Procedures Rules and other related Acts and regulations.
  • Performing accounting and banking procedures related to the Sheriff Trust Account.
  • Serving, administering, and executing various Court documents and orders.


In this position, you provide support for and deliver excellent customer service to the Judiciary, while maintaining effective working relationships with the legal community, other government departments, senior Court officials, and the public.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you hold a university degree and several years of management experience. An equivalent combination of education, training, or experience may be considered. Through your experience, you are familiar with Court systems, and understand Safety, Court security and transportation of prisoners in custody.


In addition, you possess the following skills/qualifications:


  • Administrative, management and human resources skills.
  • Proven ability to manage change within a unionized environment.
  • Experience leading and building a team, achieving consensus and cooperation among staff.
  • Excellent communication and public relations skills.
  • Talent in liaising and developing professional relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop, plan and implement policy, procedures, and training programs.
  • Understanding of accounting and fiscal management practices.
  • Experience in the administration of a Use of Force program.
  • Working knowledge of relevant Federal and Provincial Acts, regulations, and rules including the Civil Procedure Rules.


The following would be considered assets: An operational understanding of weapons systems in a law enforcement environment, including critical incident management. A background in Justice, policing, security, or civil enforcement related environments.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.
We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. 




Based on the employment status and Union agreement, 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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • Regular overtime work required
  • Travel throughout the province is required
  • Must be able to work in urgent, crisis situations
  • Will work under time pressure and with competing priorities
  • Will work in a dynamic continuously evolving environment


Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time position based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View News Release

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 10 

Salary Range:  $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 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