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Human Rights Officer

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3R4

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/11/2018  


Human Rights Commission 


Human Rights Officer, Casual, HALIFAX  


Competition # 17544  



About Us


The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has a unique role within Nova Scotia. It is an independent government agency currently with two key areas of focus: providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level, and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement, and policy development.


We’re helping build inclusive communities and protecting human rights in Nova Scotia.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Dispute Resolution, you will undertake the impartial review, investigation and resolution of inquiries and complaints brought to the attention of the Human Rights Commission.  You will conduct research and analysis of complex issues of fact and law using restorative approaches. In addition, you will evaluate the systemic impacts of policies and practices, and determine appropriate courses of action within legal requirements.


In this position, you will write clear and concise case analyses that fairly and appropriately summarize the issues of the complaint, taking into consideration legal precedents and respecting the writing style consistent with Commission standards.  Preparation of clear settlement agreements is also a responsibility of this position.


About You


As the ideal candidate, you hold a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in a related field such as Law or Social Sciences), or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with research and analyses of case law is required. In addition, you possess:


- strong investigative, interviewing, facilitation and mediation skills;

- knowledge of the content and intent of the Human Rights Act and related legislation, the theories and principles of human rights, and the dynamics of systemic discrimination;

- demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal);

- sound report writing skills to prepare formal case analyses;

- the ability to manage a high volume caseload while respecting deadlines;

- strong judgment.


The following would be viewed as assets: experience with restorative approaches, experience in the investigation and resolution of complaints, as well as experience interpreting policies, procedures and regulations.


Other Considerations


Two full-time vacancies are anticipated to be filled from this posting.  The expected end date for both positions is February 2019; however, the positions may be extended.



Pay Grade:  PR 04 - PR 14  


Salary Range:  $22.71 - $41.39 Hourly


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.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact



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