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Officer in Charge (Unit Supervisor)



Competition # : 32881 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/19/2021 (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 persons 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 Unit Supervisor/Officer in Charge you are responsible for the operational oversight of the Nova Scotia Youth Centre by ensuring the delivery and co-ordination of resident programs within the unit.


Primary Accountabilities


  • responsible for the general administration and security of the cottage/institution
  • conducts investigations as required
  • coordinates a unit team to ensure appropriate case management procedures are developed to meet the needs of each assigned young person, as well as YCJA Legislative requirements
  • responsible for performance management, attendance management, coaching and disciplinary recommendations for employees
  • directs all institutional operations by assuming responsibility for security, scheduling, program services and liaison with Correctional Services administration


Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity, you hold a Bachelor's Degree (Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, or Education), supplemented by several years of direct experience in youth-oriented program delivery, preferably in a correctional setting (or an acceptable equivalent). Well-developed supervisory, human resource, interpersonal and communication skills are essential. You must have knowledge in use of force, and experience in personal and physical security. Experience in a computerized/automated environment, and knowledge of Restorative Practices would also be considered an asset.

During the interview, you will be required to demonstrate:


  • knowledge and understanding of currently accepted correctional strategies and philosophies in all the aspects of correctional facility operations;
  • understanding of behavior management, crisis management and prevention, safety and security, administrative routines and allocation of human and material resources;
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills with strong leadership abilities to support the development of rapport with institutional staff and young persons; and
  • sound decision-making and problem-solving abilities.


As the successful candidate you demonstrate an attitude towards young persons and the Youth Criminal Justice System that is compatible with the objectives the Department of Justice, the Correctional Services Division and the goals of the Nova Scotia Youth Center.

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



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


  • Correctional facilities are open 24/7 operations.
  • The incumbent may be required to respond at any time (nights and weekends) to incidents occurring on site.
  • The nature of the work environment may bring incumbent into contact with individuals who are verbally abusive and physically threatening.
  • The correctional facility environment differs from the normal office conditions due to constraints on movement, and security provisions.


Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time position based in Waterville, Nova Scotia.


This is a 24-hour operation and a tobacco/drug free environment. You must be available to work any and all shifts in a 24/7 operation.


Must possess a valid driver's license. Upon appointment, you must provide a current Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate. You must be able to pass appropriate background checks, and any other testing as deemed warranted (this may include, but is not limited to psychological testing, polygraph test, and Pre-Employment Questionnaire).

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.
  • 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