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Restitution Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 1-2)


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Competition # : 31133 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/17/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Maintenance Enforcement and Victim Services Division of the Department of Justice helps facilitate court ordered child and spousal support and offers a range of services to assist victims of crime.


Within Victim Services we promote victims’ rights and interests and advise government on issues relating to victims of crime; and work with justice partners and the community to develop policies and programs that address the needs of crime victims. We can help provide the victim, spouse, or relative, with information, support and assistance as their case moves through the criminal justice system. When criminal charges are laid, victims and family members can contact us directly for help. We provide a range of services including the following programs: Provincial Victim Services Program, Child Victim/Witness Program, Criminal Injuries Counselling Program, Victim Impact Statement Program, Restitution Program, and the Sexual Offense Legal Representation Program. 


About Our Opportunity


As the Restitution Coordinator, you support the development of a provincial Restitution Payment Program. This program increases support for victims of crime through the provision of information, assistance and referrals.  In this role, you ensure restitution is requested in all appropriate cases with enforcement being carried out where possible. This position reports to the Manager of Special Initiatives and will coordinate contact with the Department of Justice Restitution Committee, which includes membership from senior members of the Public Prosecution Service, Public Safety, Court Services, Corrections and Policy Planning & Research Divisions. You also act as a resource to the Department of Justice on restitution issues.


Primary Accountabilities


-establish, implement, and coordinate a Provincial Restitution Payment Program.

-utilize electronic reporting to oversee all Court orders involving restitution to victims.

-ensure accurate and timely data collection and reporting. 

-coordinate research relating to restitution using internet and academic sources, as well as cross-jurisdictional review and consultation.  This research is used to develop best practices for enforcing restitution orders and increasing payment. 

-provide effective advice concerns raised by victims and offenders.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and one year of related experience. Related experience includes experience in program development and client case management, along with demonstrated experience interpreting and applying legislation, guidelines, policy and program directives. An acceptable equivalent of training and experience may be accepted. 


Your provide creative, ethical and workable solutions to politically sensitive issues in specific policy and program areas will be required.  This includes recommending strategies to improve the department’s response to issues, research or program operation, and how to implement strategies that maintain or improve operational efficiency. You also exercise a high level of confidentiality in dealing with sensitive and private information of victims, offenders and government. 


Your previous experience working with victims of crime, the criminal justice system and government is an asset.  Knowledge of computer software such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and JEIN would also be an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Include, but not limited to:

  • Five years of related work experience

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. 


Working Conditions


Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day

May be required to work overtime on occasion

Stress level may be higher than normal due to the nature of the work and type of confidential information exposed to, often dealing with difficult situations, persons under considerable stress, and experiencing traumatic events.


Additional Information


This is a temporary full-time vacancy based in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a projected end date of December 31, 2021.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  PR 06 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,805.02 - $2,588.45 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:



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 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