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Health Care Decision Consultant (Program Admin Officer 3) Temporary



Competition # : 38419 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/31/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The office of the Public Trustee of Nova Scotia is an independent corporation sole that is responsible for the administration of the estates of infants, of deceased persons, incompetent persons, and missing persons and which acts as statutory decision maker under the Hospitals Act, the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act and the Personal Directives Act.

About Our Opportunity


As the Health Care Decision Consultant, you will investigate referrals from health care providers, hospitals, administrators of continuing care homes and administrators of facilities such as group homes who request statutory substitute decisions from the Public Trustee under the Hospitals Act, the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act and the Personal Directives Act on behalf of incapable persons. You will consider the referral, gather additional collateral information as necessary and make decisions regarding health care, home care, and placement to a continuing care home, as well as medical and psychiatric treatment.  The Consultant will communicate with health practitioners, administrators, advocates and other ministries concerning the role of the Office of the Public Trustee and issues of mutual concern in relation to clients receiving health services.

Qualifications and Experience


You possess a Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field (nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy) and are licensed or eligible for licensure with your respective college plus 5 years related experience.  An equivalent combination of education and experience (in an acute or long-term care facility, a community health care setting, or a social and health care agency making front-line case management decisions, treatment decisions or providing advocacy services or rights advice) may be considered.  A post-graduate degree is considered an asset in this role, as is detailed knowledge of the policies and procedures used in the Office of the Public Trustee.


As our successful candidate, you will demonstrate the ability to work on a professional team and manage a high volume of competing priorities regarding complex and sensitive issues in a professional manner.  You will have excellent knowledge and understanding of legislation and common law relating to health care decisions, as well as policies concerning long term care placement and home care services. 


In this role, knowledge of computer systems, software and applications is necessary to access data and generate information.  You also require analytical skills and an understanding of the health care sector, including issues related to mentally incapable adults.


Our successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills including the ability to negotiate and mediate difficult conversations.  You will be skilled in conflict resolution and be able to establish and maintain professional relationships with others (including peers, clients, stakeholders, relatives, attorneys, financial guardians, health care professionals, administrators, colleagues and the public) under stressful and sensitive circumstances.


The Consultant requires organizational and case management skills and ability to meet response deadlines, set work priorities and work under pressure.  Attention to detail is required. As the successful candidate, you will have a keen awareness of the cultural, sociological and religious aspects to be considered in making appropriate treatment decisions on behalf of individual clients.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Additional Information


The incumbent must possess a valid driver's license.


This is a temporary employment opportunity with anticipated end date of July 21, 2023.  The appointment status (‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,543.38 - $3,091.70 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. 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