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Administrative Assistant (Secretary 2)



Competition # : 32204 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/5/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) is a free service of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice that helps you make or receive court-ordered maintenance payments when your court order is enrolled with the program and can take steps to enforce maintenance orders when payments are not made. The MEP operates under the laws set out in the Maintenance Enforcement Act.


About Our Opportunity


Under the direction of the Director, Maintenance Enforcement Program, as the administrative assistant, you provide secretarial and administrative services for the Maintenance Enforcement Program. The mandate of Maintenance Enforcement Program is legislated by the Management Enforcement Act.


Primary Accountabilities


  • provides secretarial and administrative support.

  • upon consultation with the Director, determines policies and procedures for general office operation.

  • interacts with departmental officials on operational and administrative matters.

  • communicates, on behalf of the Director, with other Government Departments and the general public on Program matters.

  • answers correspondence and requests for information, often of a confidential nature.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you have a one-year business course in addition to three years related experience. An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience would be considered.


Excellent typing, transcribing skills, organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills are required. As well, you are proficient in Microsoft Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). You demonstrate an ability to be a self-starter and work under minimum supervision. Demonstrated experience working in a dynamic, continuously evolving environment would be an asset. 


This position requires an in-depth knowledge of the Program's mandate, policies, procedures and activities, as well as considerable initiative, judgement, and discretion in order to resolve non-routine issues and inquiries.


As this position requires a high degree of independent action, you must be well organized to establish own work schedule and to ensure that office and administrative deadlines are met.  


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:


  • Four years or more of directly 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


Additional Information


This competition has been opened to fill 1 permanent, full-time vacancy.


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 for Nova Scotians
  • Department specific flexible working schedules



Pay Grade:  CL 18  

Salary Range:  $1,579.09 - $1,766.79 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