Recruitment Notice - Executive Director Public Safety - NS Department of Justice

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Job Title: Executive Director, Public Safety

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Justice  Executive Director, Public Safety, Permanent, HALIFAX  

Competition # 20341 

About Us 

We are responsible for public safety initiatives in the province, including oversight, governance and advice to police, private security services and firearm licence holders, as well as enforcement of community safety processes and crime prevention initiatives.

About Our Opportunity

As the Executive Director you are accountable for the vision, leadership and management of five operational areas of the provincial criminal justice system:

  • Public Safety Investigation Section which addresses complaints regarding residences in the province being used for illegal activities under the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act; 
  • Providing response to victims of cyber bullying via the Intimate Images and Cyber Protection Act
  • Policing Services Section which is responsible for the oversight, governance and standard setting for policing related programs in the province as well as the public safety and security of citizens pursuant to the Police Act, Criminal Code, Anti-Terrorism Act, and many other Acts; 
  • Private Security Unit which regulates the private security industry across the province in accordance with the Private Investigators and Private Guards Act,
  • Firearms Safety Unit which administers the provincial firearms safety program in accordance with the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code. 

You will continually promote public safety in the province by partnering with community and police leaders to establish good governance and managing the RCMP provincial policing services contract and the First Nations policing contract.  In addition, you will serve on many federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) committees; participate on DOJ’s Senior Management Team; and Chair the Government’s Public Safety Anti-Terrorism Committee (PSAT).

Providing advice to the Associate Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister and Minister of Justice on all matters relating to crime, organized crime, policing, public safety, anti-terrorism, firearms and private security will occur regularly.   As the Division has a very diverse and politically sensitive external client base, in this role you must lead a team of two Directors, five managers and forty-five staff to meet the ongoing challenges presented by this group.

You must develop, monitor and improve systems to facilitate ongoing business and financial planning that addresses the demands of overseeing an annual budget of $152 million dollars.

About You

As the successful candidate you will have an undergraduate degree along with several years of progressively more responsible leadership experience, or acceptable equivalent.  Comprehensive education, training, and experience related to public safety is considered an asset.  

You have a proven track record as an innovative leader and change champion, someone who can bring together partners around a common goal.  You have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain professional working relations with internal and external partners.  You are results oriented, well organized and capable of prioritizing and delegating high volumes of work under tight timelines, as well as exercising sound judgement under pressure.  An ability to adapt to a continuously changing and demanding environment is essential. You have the ability to coach, support and engage staff at all levels in the execution of the common strategy and vision for the organization.  You have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated facilitation, mediation and negotiation skills.  You demonstrate an understanding and respect of cultural differences and are committed to recognizing diversity, between and within cultural groups.  

Other Considerations  

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Change Leadership, Team Leadership, Effective Interactive Communication, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and 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. 

You must be eligible for a level 3 (top secret) security clearance.

The approximate annual salary for this position is $117,199 to $147,213.

Pay Grade:  EC 16 

Salary Range:  $4,507.66 - $5,662.07 Bi-Weekly

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 Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


Expiry Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019