Deputy Registrar, Driver Testing and Training Services



Competition # : 41830 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 26-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting road safety professionals to help our Province achieve big things.


The Registry of Motor Vehicles Division at the Department of Public Works (PW) is responsible for the administration of drivers and vehicles in the province. We are responsible for the policies, legislation, and regulations that guide Road Safety and operate in a proactive regulatory environment.  We maintain records regarding vehicles, driver licensing, medical fitness, driver competency, collisions, and compliance, all working together to ensure a safe road network.


About Our Opportunity


The Deputy Registrar of Driver Testing/Training is responsible to oversee and manage key operational areas within the Registry related to all aspects involving drivers and vehicles. 

Primary Accountabilities


The Deputy Registrar responsibilities involve administration of the Motor Vehicle Act, Off Highway Vehicles Act and all corresponding regulations.  Program area oversite includes driver licensing evaluation and examination or re-examination, and responsibility for licensing of driving schools and instructors. The Deputy Registrar conducts hearings as required by the Act and works with the Registrar and other Deputy Registrar's in establishing policies and procedures. The Deputy Registrar is recognized as the Departmental expert on driver testing/training and represents the Department on national and international committees in this regard.



Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity if you have a bachelor’s degree along with several years of related experience; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


You have previous experience conducting critical analysis of existing business processes, providing creative solutions to realize operational efficiencies and to reduce costs and errors. You have demonstrated experience assigning, monitoring and examining the work of staff, managing time and identifying staff training and professional development needs.


You possess exceptional communication (Written and Verbal) and relationship building skills and are able to build and maintain communication and collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders A thorough knowledge of the Motor Vehicle Act and supporting regulations and policies is needed. The ability to work independently and work well under pressure is important given the significant and important nature of the workload. Analytical and problem solving skills are necessary when resolving issues and leading the implementation of program changes. 


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.

Please go to the following link for more information: LEADS (

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.





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.




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.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Typically located in comfortable office environment.
  • Much of the time is spent in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.
  • Regularly reads and interprets multiple sources of information, regular requirement to type, read and work on a computer.
  • May experience pressure with deadlines and need for accuracy.

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 12 

Salary Range:  $3,561.95 - $4,452.43 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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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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