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Secretary 3



Competition # : 37193 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/30/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Maintenance Enforcement and Victim Services Division provides program supports to Nova Scotian families and victims of crime. Operating under the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the division assists families and children through the administration of child support and maintenance payments when a court order is enrolled with the Maintenance Enforcement Program, also with legislated authority to take steps to enforce maintenance orders when payments are not made. In addition, the division provides provincial-wide victim services supports for victims of crime, including crimes involving domestic or sexual violence.

For further information on services and mandates of these programs, refer to our websites at and

About Our Opportunity

As the Secretary 3 you will report to the Executive Director, Maintenance Enforcement and Victims Services, and provide independent executive-level administrative support to the Executive Director through the effective management, coordination and efficient operation of the office in a highly confidential environment.

You will act as a primary contact for the Executive Director, and act as liaison for departmental staff, other departments across government, external stakeholders, and the public. You will develop and prepare professional documents (e.g., presentations, reports), compose and prepare correspondence on behalf of the Executive Director.  You will be responsible for the management of the Executive Director’s electronic calendar and arranging meetings (assuming responsibility for all logistics, including organizing material required for meetings, agenda preparation/distribution, records accurate minutes/record of decision).

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide routine and non-routine secretarial and office duties for the Executive Director
  • Manage and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Executive Director’s office
  • Serve as main point of contact and quality control for a large volume of inquiries (including ministerial), providing quality assurance of documents
  • Maintain paper and electronic files in accordance with record management requirements
  • Researching material, compiling information, and providing reports including the development of briefing books
  • Scheduling, recording, and distributing meeting information
  • Organizing travel and accommodation requirements and preparing and processing expense claims
  • General office duties such as ordering supplies, processing invoices, and photocopying

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role, you have completed a one-year business or administrative course and have a number of years of progressively more responsible experience, preferably including experience providing senior level administrative duties.  An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.


You are a self-motivated individual who works well independently, and participates fully in a team environment, you value the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work. You possess excellent interpersonal skills, grammar, proofreading and secretarial skills with exceptional organizational skills with the ability to manage competing priorities.  Your have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with an ability to address and manage client inquiries both in person and by phone.


You have direct experience tracking, composing, and editing correspondence and are well versed in maintaining paper and electronic files in accordance with record management principles.  As well you will have experience in calendar management including scheduling and organizing appointments for multiple partners.


You have demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) both hardware and software and experience with accounting, and knowledge of STAR/STOR.


Competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Adaptability and Flexibility, Attention to Detail, Client Orientation, Effective Interactive Communication, Initiative, 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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Most of work is performed in a comfortable office setting
  • Light physical activities (sitting, standing, walking, bending, lifting light weight objects, intermittent periods of keyboarding etc.)
  • Need to concentrate on a variety of sensory inputs for intermediate durations at a time requiring close attention several times daily
  • Period or pressure to meet deadlines, need for accuracy, repetitious work, and or some disruption of personal life because of work, work schedules or need to travel

Additional Information

This is a Permanent employment opportunity based in Halifax. 

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 05 

Salary Range:  $1,820.12 - $2,275.14 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