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Trust Officer (Program Admin Officer 3)

Date: Feb 17, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 1H6

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29124 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/10/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Public Trustee of Nova Scotia is independent of government. It is set up as a corporation to protect the financial and personal well-being of its clients, and offers a wide range of unique services.


The Public Trustee is committed to the proper administration of estates of deceased persons, incompetent persons, children, and missing persons. It is also committed to provide informed consents for health care, placement to a continuing care home or home care services using an approach that is client-centred, respectful of human rights and freedoms, and in the client’s best interests if prior wishes, values, and beliefs are not known.


About Our Opportunity


As the Trust Officer, you will be responsible for the management and administration of assigned estates of deceased persons, incompetent persons and trusts for adults, minors and custodianships.


Primary Accountabilities


You will pro-actively administer the assigned accounts in accordance with the terms of governing documents and relevant legislation in an efficient, accurate and timely fashion to ensure seamless delivery of quality client service. In this role, you will identify and implement a proactive approach to account administration (according to client needs) and will seek out, develop and implement innovative solutions for client service and financial performance which are consistent with trust law and the procedures established by the Public Trustee Office.


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have a Bachelor’s degree (in a related field such as Business or Commerce) with five (5) years of administrative experience with estate, trust and guardianship accounts. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


Working knowledge of accounting, budgeting, investments, income tax and personal trust administration is required.  In addition, you must be knowledgeable of community services, programs, acts, legislation and trust law regarding the elderly, incompetent and deceased estates and infant trusts.


Furthermore, you have excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and multitask under pressure while meeting deadlines associated with taxation, estate administration and audit requirements. You have effective verbal, written and electronic communication skills working effectively with clients and staff.  Your sound judgement and decision-making abilities give you the ability to work with minimal supervision.


The following are considered assets:


  • MTI Estate and Trust Professional designation issued by the Canadian Securities Institute;
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Securities course;
  • Previous experience and/or the ability to deal with sensitive/complex personal and family dynamics, the grieving process and conflict; and
  • Knowledge of Public Trustee Act.


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.




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


  • The nature of this work is at times stressful, and emotionally charged.
  • This work requires the ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Will work in a dynamic environment of varying complexity, and continuous change.


Additional Information


This is full-time 1 year term position with a projected end date of June 16, 2022 based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,899.09 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