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Director, Public Safety

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3J9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27946 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/4/2020

About Us


We are responsible for public safety initiatives in the province, including oversight, governance and advice to police, private security services and firearm licence holders, as well as enforcement of community safety processes and crime prevention initiatives.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Executive Director, as Director, Public Safety, you are accountable for the vision, leadership and management of divisional operations including:

  • The Private Security Unit for regulation of the private security industry in accordance with the Private Investigators and Private Guards Act and the Police Services Act;
  • The Firearms Safety Unit for administration of the Provincial Firearms Safety Program in accordance with the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code;
  • The Security Information Management Services Unit in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act;
  • The administration of the Provincial Proceeds of Crime in accordance with the Assets Management and Disposition Act and Criminal Code;
  • The Provincial Public Safety Investigative Section and the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes (Rewards) program pursuant to the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act (SCAN) and the Criminal Code;
  • The Cyberscan Unit pursuant to the Intimate Images and Cyber Protection Act;
  • The Policing Services Section for adequate and effective level of policing and public safety and security across Nova Scotia and in government pursuant to the Police Act, Criminal Code, Motor Vehicle Act, RCMP Act, Domestic Violence Intervention Act, Anti-Terrorism Act, Involuntary Psychiatric Assessment Act, Sex Offender Information Registration Act, Cross-Border Policing Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


Primary Accountabilities


-Leads and manages special and major projects as delegated by the Executive Director and other senior government officials.
-Ensures the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy workplace, demonstrating the leadership competencies, respecting corporate human resources practices, promoting teamwork and individual development, maintaining internal communication, monitoring revenues and expenditures, adhering to procurement guidelines, acquiring goods and services in the most cost effective manner, and accurately forecasting budget requirements for the fiscal year.
-Ensures an effective level of policing is delivered to communities across Nova Scotia by developing, implementing and monitoring systems to facilitate consultative and advisory training and inspection services to Chiefs of Police, Municipal Boards of Police Commission, RCMP Advisory Boards, governance authorities, regulatory groups, police professionals, investigators, and community and crime prevention groups in accordance with the Police Act and government and departmental policies and procedures.
-Establishes, implements, and reviews the Asset Management & Disposition Program including the development and review of policy and procedures that allow for the exchange of information from federal and provincial prosecution services, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders.
-Manages the Major Unsolved Crimes Program and Security Information Management Service including the development and review of policies and procedures relating to collection, storage, and dissemination of information solicited from the public in relation to a major unsolved crime or collected from Security Intelligence Services and police relating to Security and Emergency planning.
-Makes recommendations to the Minister regarding the inclusion of cases into the Major Unsolved Crimes program and payout of rewards. Responsible for assessing complex issues to provide a recommendation to the Minister.
-Provides security briefings to the highest level of government officials including the Premier and their Public Safety and Antiterrorism Committee. The incumbent will oversee and be accountable for security briefings and contingency plans in the event of terrorism instances.
-Oversees and provides leadership for the delivery of the following core mandates: Crime Prevention, Public Safety Investigations.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this position, you hold an undergraduate degree, in addition to several years of progressive leadership experience in areas such as Public Safety and/or Justice. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


You are successful in partnering with a variety of stakeholders to implement strategies that enhance public safety. You also have experience in developing programs and policy solutions that are responsive to client needs, while respecting regulatory and legal boundaries. You hold extensive knowledge of legislation governing both criminal and quasi criminal matters. Experience making decisions in areas such as budget, divisional structure, programs, enforcement, auditing, and risk management is important.


Furthermore, you have experience developing and maintaining professional working relations with internal and external partners.  You are results oriented, well organized, and capable of prioritizing and delegating work under tight timelines. An ability to adapt to a continuously evolving environment is essential. As an effective coach, you engage staff at all levels in support of the division’s common strategy and vision. You have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as demonstrated facilitation, and negotiation skills.  You demonstrate an understanding and respect of cultural differences and are committed to promoting diversity. Lastly, you can make strategic and critical decisions in urgent, or complex and ambiguous situations.


This position requires up to Level III Government of Canada security clearance.


The following competencies are important for this position: Analytical Thinking; Strategic Orientation; Innovativeness; Adaptability & Flexibility; Initiative; Effective Interactive Communication; Partnering & Relationship Building; Intercultural & 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.




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.


Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time position based in Halifax.




Pay Grade:  EC 14 

Salary Range:  $3,903.65 - $4,868.11 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



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