Director, Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT)

Director, Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT)

Competition # : 41862

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 3/5/2024 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

At the Department of Justice, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity and belonging. We strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcomed and valued. We encourage applications from those that equally value and champion equity, diversity, and inclusion.

About Our Opportunity

The public trust and confidence in police and impartial, independent police oversight organizations is of the utmost importance for the administration of justice.

The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is a civilian agency responsible for providing oversight of policing by undertaking independent investigations of serious incidents involving police in the Province of Nova Scotia, ensuring public confidence in police oversight. The expanded operation of SiRT is contemplated pursuant to agreements in principal between the Province of Nova Scotia and each of the Provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, which upon completion of signed agreements will result in SiRT covering the Maritime Provinces.

The Director is responsible for the operational and administrative management of SiRT.

This position is responsible to the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and reports administratively to the Nova Scotia Deputy Minister of Justice, while maintaining operational independence.

Any current or former police officer in any jurisdiction is not eligible to be appointed as the Director of SiRT.

Primary Accountabilities

The responsibilities of the Director include but are not limited to:

Management of all investigative and non-investigative SiRT personnel and resources.

Direction and oversight of all SiRT investigations, ensuring impartiality, objectivity, independence, high investigative standards, and the timely completeness of investigative and annual reports.

Administration of the SiRT budget and related financial and administrative matters.

Qualifications and Experience

A university degree in law or other related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in criminal law procedure is required.

Experience with the law enforcement field other than experience as a police officer would be an asset.

Several years of progressive experience leading teams of professionals, that includes driving cultural change and change management.

Demonstrated experience as a champion of equity, diversity and inclusion and building a culture of fairness and accountability.

Experience developing and maintaining positive relationships with African Nova Scotian, Indigenous and other diverse communities and public interests.

Progressive experience in financial (budget) and resource management, and dealing with sensitive, complex investigations.

Strong written and oral communication skills, with superior report writing skills.
Experience implementing strategic plans is considered an asset.

French language skills is considered an asset.

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 equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Working Conditions

This position is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the successful applicant will be expected to travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, as required, sometimes on short notice with overnight stays.

Additional Information

This is a five-year term, Order in Council (OIC) appointment, with eligibility to be re-appointed for a second five-year term pursuant to the Nova Scotia Police Act.

The salary for this position is currently under review.

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.

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 [email protected].

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 03/05/2024