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Staff Sergeant (Site Manager, Sheriff Services)



Competition # : 30613 

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 Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible system of justice, including court administration and security.


The Division provides administrative support to the courts listed: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (including Family Division), Provincial Court, Family Court, Small Claims Court, Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court. The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases. For more information on the Department of Justice Court Services please visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


As Site Manager, Sheriff Services, you are accountable for the efficient and effective delivery of Sheriff Services by managing and directing operational resources, monitoring performance, and developing Deputy Sheriff staff at justice centers throughout the province. You are responsible for one justice center, court facility or operations center. You perform all management functions related to the bargaining unit staff at that site, such as performance appraisals, discipline, scheduling and allocation of resources, budget management, risk management and communications. In addition, you provide support to all levels of court relating to the Sheriff Services mandate, court security, prisoner transportation and document service. The Site Manager, described as a 'sheriff's officer', is included in Section 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada under the definition of a peace officer; therefore, is entitled to exercise the authority of a peace officer in Canada.


Primary Accountabilities


-Delivers an efficient and effective service to client stakeholder groups by directing and coordinating all courthouse/facility security, prisoner transportation, prisoner management, jury management and civil enforcement/document service activities at a designated worksite(s). This includes interpreting court orders properly and acting on the orders as required.

-Responsible for the operational maintenance and financial management of a large fleet of Sheriff Services vehicles.

-Ensures staff compliance with Sheriff Services policies and procedures by leading a qualified and well-trained staff, by mentoring personnel, developing skills, and managing staff performance through the performance appraisal and development process

-Manages responses to operational pressures by overseeing the development of risk assessments, both dynamic and pre planned, contingency and emergency plans, with respect to all duties and functions performed by Sheriff Services by gathering, analysing, and interpreting sensitive information from various sources; writing operational plans and directing the execution of such plans whilst complying with relevant OHS legislation; manages the use and assignment of weapons including being proficient in the use of weapons, in accordance with policy.

-Accountable for local resource planning and delivery, and staff scheduling to ensure the overall strategic goals of Sheriff Services are met by ensuring tactical plans are implemented and monitored, interpreting court orders and documents accurately, and taking remedial action where necessary.


Primary Accountabilities continued


-Enhances standards of client service delivery by developing and building strong relationships with client groups such as the police, Correctional Services, Crown and Defence Counsel, Judiciary and court staff, and public, and responding innovatively and creatively to client needs including the first level of investigating and resolving public complaints; monitors service standards and implements corrective action where required.

-Delivers a cost-effective service by being fully accountable for assigning, directing, and managing resources in a fiscally responsible manner; approves budgetary spend within authorized limit; is responsible for maintaining administrative control over budgetary spend within the assigned worksite.

-Ensures the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy, respectful workplace, demonstrating the leadership competencies, respecting corporate human resources practices, promoting teamwork and individual development, maintaining internal communication, monitoring revenues and expenditures, adhering to procurement guidelines, acquiring goods and services in the most cost-effective manner, and accurately forecasting budget requirements for the fiscal year.

-Manages other special projects, conducts reviews or investigations as assigned by Sheriff Services senior management, relating to the Sheriff Services mandate.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you hold a university degree in an appropriate discipline, i.e. law, safety/security, public administration, business administration, in addition to several years of relevant experience in the public service or justice system. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. You also have experience in several of the following areas: Sheriff Services operations, asset (fleet) management, performance management, scheduling and allocation of resources, budget management, risk management and communications.


In your work, you are effective at building strong relationships with client groups such as the police, Correctional Services, Crown and Defence Counsel, Judiciary and court staff, and public, and responding innovatively and creatively to client needs. Furthermore, you can analyze and problem-solve effectively, and partner collaboratively with stakeholders to achieve common goals. You can make effective decisions during urgent situations and possess initiative.


Completion of a Sheriff Services mandatory training, which includes Use of Force, Weapons, understanding legislation, preceded by medical, physical, and psychological testing, as well as significant background checks to ensure suitability are all required.


The following competencies are important for this position: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Effective Interactive Communication, Interpersonal Understanding, Intercultural & 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.





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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • Regular overtime work required
  • Responding to late hour or weekend/holiday calls regarding transport service requirements or officers seeking operational direction is common
  • Will work under time pressure and with competing priorities
  • Will work in a dynamic continuously evolving environment


Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time 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 08 

Salary Range:  $2,353.54 - $2,882.42 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