Legal Services Supervisor

Legal Services Supervisor

Competition # : 41763

Department: Justice

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 21-May-24 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Who We Are

The Legal Services Division (LSD) is the government’s law firm, providing a full range of legal advice and services to support government operations and help government achieve its corporate priorities. With a staff of more than 160 lawyers, paralegals, researchers and administrative professionals, the Division is one of the largest law offices in the Province.

At LSD, we don’t just accept difference – we want and celebrate a supportive culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging!

For more information on the Department of Justice Legal Services Division please visit our website:

Who You Are

You’re a natural leader that strives for their team’s success. You are comfortable inspiring others with your communication skills, whether they be senior leaders, lawyers or legal support professionals. You see value in collaborate across roles and organizations, and you can create a path forward from uncertainty. You’re enthusiastic and committed to exploring new opportunities that help your team learn and grow.

You share our values of Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Accountability and Public Good, have a passion for service excellence, and actively promote and encourage the importance of people, teams, diversity, and culture.

Your Role & Its Impact

As the Legal Services Supervisor, you will:

Be an integral part of a leadership team working to ensure effective and efficient provision of a range of legal services to support government operations.

Build relationships and interact tactfully and diplomatically with various stakeholders.

Demonstrate flexibility and creativity in problem solving, action management, team building, and staff motivation.

Ensure the provision of effective legal support to the family services team.

Have significant independence and accountability for the delivery of an extensive range of managerial responsibilities for a team of 7 legal support professionals, ensuring alignment with core human resources, financial, business, and administrative systems and processes, such as:

All HR responsibilities for the team (recruitment and selection, performance planning and development, performance management, attendance, and absence management).

Onboarding and training new users.

Setting standards and best practices for the team.

Decisive and effective prioritizing and delegating tasks, including ensuring deadlines are met by others with little margin for error.
Procuring required resources.

Contributing to continuous improvement by developing new and revised legal and business processes to support the smart deployment of resources.

Being the main point of contact for all legal administration and corporate services needs for the team.

Promoting a positive, healthy, safe, and secure work environment.

How You Can Make An Impact

Genuinely share knowledge with others to build a strong, collaborative team.

Be a key partner in influencing the development of the Division’s overall mission, purpose and mandate, and be a critical part of ensuring the Division’s effective operation.

Have a continual awareness of legal and legislative changes and ensure these are communicated to staff in a timely and effective manner.

What You Bring To The Table

Your ability to:

Successfully supervise a team to ensure success by allowing them to meet their fullest potential while ensuring service standards are upheld.

Engage collaboratively across all roles in the organization.

Creatively problem solve in restrictive timeframes.

Balance demands and manage time with competing priorities over multiple projects, and in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to work with new and evolving technologies.

Work in complex legal environments.

Your experience in:

Legal Field;
Supervising a team of legal support professionals; and
Onboarding and training.

You have successfully completed a paralegal or legal assistant diploma or certificate from a recognized post secondary institution, plus several years of directly related experience supervising a team.


An acceptable combination of your education and experience may be considered.

We recognize that everyone brings different skills and experiences to the table and that not everyone “checks all the boxes”. We encourage you to apply anyway! Demonstrate any equivalencies you have in your application. Tell us why you’re the right fit for the job.


Based on employment status, 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 the link on our job page to learn more about our various benefits offered and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

May be required to work overtime on occasion.

Travel to Sydney and Halifax is required a few times a year.

Pressure to meet deadlines and ensure accuracy of work.

Work is most often completed in a comfortable office environment and flexible work arrangements are available.

Need to concentrate on a variety of sensory inputs requiring due diligence and attention, to interpret effectively and accurately while under tight deadlines.

Additional Information

This is a permanent opportunity based in the Truro office.

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.

What We Offer

An opportunity to fundamentally reshape the way programs and services are delivered.

A close-knit, collaborative team of leaders and an engaging workplace where our employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in.

Department-specific flexible working schedules, to support your life at and outside work.

Forward-thinking policies and strategies.

Career development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.

Countless career paths and resources to develop yourself.

Pay Grade: EC 08

Salary Range: $2,211.68 – $3,041.05 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.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link on our jobpage

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

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 05/21/2024