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Captain, Correctional Facilities



Competition # : 30568 

Department: Justice

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/17/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adults and young persons. Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: community corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program’s target group.


Community Corrections has 22 offices across the province from Yarmouth to Sydney and is responsible for the supervision of both adult and young persons serving community-based sentences. The sentences include probation, conditional sentence, custody and supervision, conditional supervision and Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision.  Probation officers also supervise those released from custody on conditional releases and prepare pre-sentence investigations to assist the Courts in the sentencing process.  Evidence based Program facilitation and supports to specialized courts in areas of domestic violence, mental health and wellness are also part of the role of a Probation Officer as well as Restorative Justice casework and collaboration with community justice agencies.


Four (4) adult correctional facilities and one (1) youth centre provide the safety and security of person in custody while providing programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with their successful, reintegration back into the community.


Nova Scotia Correctional Services utilizes an evidence-based approach in both Community Corrections and custodial facilities. Core Correctional Practices (CCP) is the foundational practice that drives reintegration and rehabilitation practices deployed within Correctional Services. Utilizing CCP, Correctional Services staff can effectively interact, manage behavior, and help facilitate change, within target populations. For more information on the Department of Justice Correctional Services please visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


As the Captain, you are responsible for supervising Correctional Workers/Officers and ensuring secure custody and control of adult remand and sentenced offenders.  Your responsibilities include regular security and maintenance inspections of the facility to ensure that proper cleanliness and security standards are being maintained.  The incumbent is responsible for the development and evaluation of subordinate staff.  This includes implementing necessary correction and developmental action, attendance management, shift scheduling, participation in the recruitment process and correctional programming.  As the Captain you will conduct special projects, investigations and fine calculations, working regularly with Correctional Services policies and procedures, standing orders, and directives.

Primary Accountabilities


Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the administration and operation of a provincial correctional facility including the safety of offenders, staff and the public
  • Maintaining the daily facility schedule and ensuring these are delivered consistent with schedules (i.e. cleaning, group program activities, etc.)
  • Managing the admission and discharge of offenders ensuring the validity of warrants produced
  • Ensuring the effective management of human and financial resources
  • Assigning and delegating work assignments, workloads and directives as well as participating in the recruitment, selection, placement and retention of staff
  • Chairing the Unit Review Boards for transfers and discipline of offenders in accordance with the Corrections Act and Policy and Procedures
  • Participating in the Institutional Review Board for participation of offenders in programs and Temporary Leaves of Absence in the community
  • Supervising the operation of mechanical and electrical systems

Qualifications and Experience


You will have a High school diploma, completion of a Correctional Officer certificate program and several years of experience as a Correctional Officer or Corrections Youth Worker.  You will have previous supervisory experience and a university degree from a recognized institution.  Experience keyboarding and working in a computerized environment would be an asset.

During the interview, as the successful candidate, you will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of currently accepted correctional strategies and philosophies all in the aspects of correctional facility operations.  You understand offender management, crisis management and prevention, safety and security, administrative routines and allocation of human and material resources.  You will also have effective communication and interpersonal skills with strong leadership abilities to support the development of rapport with institutional staff and offenders.  Sound decision-making and problem-solving abilities are also a requirement.

As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate an attitude towards offenders and the criminal justice system that is compatible with the objectives the Department of Justice, the Correctional Services Division and the goals of the Correctional Facility.

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency, Team Leadership, and Partnering & Relationship Building.

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.



An acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience in other areas of Corrections, Criminal Justice, Policing, or Court Services may be considered

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

Working Conditions


  • This is a 24-hour operation and a tobacco/drug free environment, must be available to work any and all shifts in a 24/7 operation
  • Frequently must deal with physically and verbally abusive offenders and have been spit on, assaulted, threatened and could be surrounded by hostile offenders at any time when completing rounds or involved in interventions. May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Approximately 95% of your time is spent inside the facility consisting of physical rounds, interviewing, conducting meetings, planning or overseeing operations including interventions
  • Responsible for considerable contact with the offender population and there is a need to be constantly alert, letting your guard down can result in a life or death situation
  • Under constant pressure to meet deadlines, decisions, direction and frequently must deal with unpleasant public, staff and offender contacts

Additional Information

This is a permanent position based in Sydney, 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:  EC 10 

Salary Range:  $2,783.77 - $3,487.73 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