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Manager, Family Navigation/Assessment Program



Competition # : 37215 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/6/2022 (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 administration of justice. Court Services administers court operations, delivers services to the public, and provides administrative and clerical support to the judiciary.


About Our Opportunity


As the Manager, Family Navigation/Assessment Program, you develop and implement policy for, and manage the personnel of, the Family Navigation/Assessor Program (the “Program”).  In doing so, you collaborate with Court Services personnel and the judiciary.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Manage a province-wide team of social workers and a psychologist who assist family justice litigants in navigating the court system and conduct Voice of the Child Reports and Parenting Assessments while evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities, policies and procedures for the Program.
  •  Identifying deliverables, terms of reference, estimated resources, work requirements, implementation and evaluation of the Program.
  •  Promote partnerships with the judiciary, stakeholders, government agencies and other departments.
  •  Ensure Voice of the Child Reports and Parenting Assessments are completed on time and within budget by managing the available human resources.
  •  Manage province-wide training for Program staff and external service providers.
  •  Assisting with the development of departmental and divisional policies, department and divisional business plans, Accountability Reporting and Ministerial briefings.
  •  Support department initiatives through policy development, advice, consulting and steering committee participation.



Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity you have a Master of Social Work, or an acceptable equivalent, with several years of managerial and/or supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


As the successful candidate, you are familiar with court systems and have a proven ability to coach and develop others. You build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with others while working with a broad array of internal and external stakeholders including Senior Management, Court Administrator, Chief Judges, the Judiciary, and other agencies. Your expertise will allow you to be a credible resource for clients.


You hold experience in policy development/implementation, and you understand and apply the principal of judicial independence in the development, and implementation of policies. The position requires you to be a self-starter who is result-oriented. In collaboration with the Court Services division, your keen analytical skills allow you to review processes, and initiate solutions.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills specifically in relation to proposing recommendations to senior leadership are required. The successful candidate must be able to make sound decisions that involve broad accountability. Decisions typically relate to the prioritizing of resources contingent in business planning initiatives. This position also requires strong problem-solving skills.


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.


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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.


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


  • Majority of time is spent in a comfortable office setting.
  • May be required to work overtime.
  • The position involves pressure to meet tight deadlines and expectations of role.  


Additional Information


This is a full-time 3 year Term employment opportunity based in HALIFAX with an anticipated end date of January 30, 2026.


A valid Nova Scotia drivers license is required.


This position will require an enhanced level of security screening for external applicants.


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 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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