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Senior Human Rights Officer



Competition # : 35423 

Department: Human Rights Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/23/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is an independent government agency tasked with administering the Human Rights Act. The Commission focuses on two key areas: 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. Through this work, the Commission is helping to build inclusive communities and protect human rights in Nova Scotia.


The Dispute Resolution Unit is an active unit within the Commission, employing approximately 60% of the Commission’s workforce. The unit’s work is highly sensitive and focuses on the resolution of complaints related to allegations of discrimination through various methods, such as resolution conferences and investigations.


For more information about the Commission, visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


Under the direction of the Manager, Dispute Resolution, the Senior Human Rights Officer is responsible for oversight of service-delivery and ongoing development of the Commission’s Dispute Resolution unit. The position provides leadership to the intake, resolution, and investigation of complaints alleging violations of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act using a variety of restorative approaches. The SHRO provides training, coaching, mentorship, and ongoing support to Human Rights Officers in carrying out their duties.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Law, Social Work or Social Sciences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with case management, investigations, dispute resolution, and leadership in service-delivery is required. In addition, you possess:


  • Well-developed skills in coaching, mentoring, and providing feedback.
  • Strong investigating, interviewing, facilitation, and mediation skills.
  • Experience providing and/or overseeing service-delivery to a large, diverse population.
  • High degree of cultural competency and experience working with equity-seeking communities.
  • Experience with restorative approaches and trauma-informed practice.
  • Knowledge of the Human Rights Act, related legislation, and case law.
  • Experience working with discrimination and harassment complaints and an understanding of systemic discrimination.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong writing skills in report writing and editing including in formal case analyses.
  • Ability to manage time-sensitive tasks and competing demands while respecting deadlines; and
  • Strong judgment and ability to work independently.


The following would be considered assets: supervisory experience; experience working in a quasi-judicial or administrative decision-making body; a law degree; a conflict resolution credential.


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.



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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


This is a full-time permanent position based in Halifax. The position will require some travel within the province.


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
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  PR 16  

Salary Range:  $2,688.50 - $3,288.59 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:



 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