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Manager, Staff Wellness and Clinical Service



Competition # : 35491 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/26/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Correctional Services Division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adults and young persons. Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: Community Corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program’s target group.


Community Corrections has 22 offices across the province, from Yarmouth to Sydney, and is responsible for the supervision of both adults and young persons serving community-based sentences. The sentences include probation, conditional sentence, custody and supervision, conditional supervision and Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS).  Probation Officers also supervise those released from custody on conditional releases and prepare pre-sentence investigation reports to assist the Courts in the sentencing process.  Evidence-based program facilitation and supports to specialized courts, in areas of domestic violence, mental health and wellness, are also part of the role of a Probation Officer, as well as Restorative Justice casework and collaboration with community justice agencies.


Four (4) adult correctional facilities and one (1) youth centre provide the safety and security of person in custody, while providing programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with their successful reintegration back into the community.


Nova Scotia Correctional Services utilizes an evidence-based approach in both Community Corrections and custodial facilities. Core Correctional Practices (CCP) is the foundational practice that drives reintegration and rehabilitation practices deployed within Correctional Services. Utilizing CCP, Correctional Services staff can effectively interact, manage behaviour, and help facilitate change within target populations.


For more information on the Department of Justice Correctional Services please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity


The Manager, Staff Wellness and Clinical Service (SWCS) develops, implements, monitors, evaluates programs/services and related policies/procedures for the provision of crisis intervention, interim clinical mental health counselling, mental health assessment, suicide risk assessment, and clinical case plan development for management and staff working within correctional facilities across the province’s Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice.


Using a person and relationship-focused approach, the Manager, SWCS is responsible for connecting with employees and using communication techniques (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, trauma informed, reflective listening) to promote the employee's self-advocacy and help them to articulate their challenges, priorities and/or goals. The Manager, SWCS provides employees with the best and most direct route to the resources that can assist with their inquiry. The support services may be internal to our organization or out in the community/health care system.


The incumbent works co-operatively with the Division’s current Manager, SWCS and in consultation with a contracted clinical advisor to deliver immediate preventative and interventive strategies to employees of Correctional Services in Nova Scotia. The incumbent’s focus will be on counselling and clinical support for employees. The incumbent will assist with assessment of the success of present programs and services and helps in defining new programs and services that can respond to the identified needs and challenges.  Careful records must be maintained to assist in the evaluation and continuous improvement of the initiative.


Support promotion awareness and education to employees and managers in all sections of Correctional Services throughout the province. Assists in the development of tools and identifies speakers that can help to reduce the stigma of mental illness.


The Manager, SWCS will assess suicide risk/crisis as part of their mental health assessment, followed by the development of a case plan, including referral to longer term community-based supports.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Develops policies and procedures consistent with federal and provincial legislative reviews
  • Develops, implements, and monitors evidence-based or best practice services that meet the needs of all Correctional Services staff, including facility staff, probation officers and youth workers
  • Offers education to all staff of Correctional Services on relevant topics
  • Performs clinical assessments, as required
  • Collaborates and case conferences with allied services, as appropriate
  • Provides clinical and general social and personal counselling to clients
  • Develops interim, short-term clinical case plans and psychosocial assessments for clients
  • Liaises with staff of the District Health Authority, the Department of Community Services, and other community resources in Nova Scotia and other provinces
  • Maintains a database of the number of referrals, reason for contact, number of sessions and follow-up actions/referrals

Qualifications and Experience


You possess a Master of Social Work, are registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and have several years of progressively more responsible experience in a related field.  You have clinical counselling experience, which includes supporting clients who have experienced trauma. Preference will be given to those with related experience providing mental health services to First Responders.


You have a professional approach to responsibilities, effective interpersonal communication, organizational skills, and the ability to set priorities, as well as tact and independent judgement.  You also have effective partnering and relationship building skills to communicate with internal and external stakeholders, including marginalized communities.  You will have experience developing policy and procedures, auditing, and inspection reviews.


Previous experience providing adult education would be considered an asset.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and 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.



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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • In performing daily duties will have considerable contact with all staff of Correctional Services, which at times includes working in Correctional Facilities.
  • At times there is considerable pressure to meet deadlines, make decisions, provide direction, and frequently deal with difficult situations with clients and/or their family.

Additional Information


This is a re-post of competition 34664 and is to fill a Permanent employment opportunity in Halifax.


In accordance with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings full vaccination is a condition of employment for this opportunity.

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