New Job Independent Legal Advice Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 102) In Nova Scotia

Independent Legal Advice Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 102)
Independent Legal Advice Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 102)

Independent Legal Advice Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 102)

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Salary : $3,719–$5,333 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 2/10/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Maintenance Enforcement and Victim Services Division of the Department of Justice helps facilitate court ordered child and spousal support and offers a range of services to help victims of crime. Within Victim Services promote victims’ rights and interests and advise government on issues relating to victims of crime; and work with justice partners and the community to develop policies and programs that address the needs of crime victims. We can help provide the victim, spouse, or relative, with information, support and assistance as their case moves through the criminal justice system. When criminal charges are laid, victims and family members can contact us directly for help. We provide a range of services including the following programs: Provincial Victim Services Program, Child Victim/Witness Program, Criminal Injuries Counselling Program, Victim Impact Statement Program, Restitution Program, Sexual Offense Legal Representation Program, and Independent Legal Advice (ILA) Program.

For more information on the Department of Justice Victim Services please visit the following link:

About Our Opportunity

As the Independent Legal Advice Coordinator you are responsible for the coordination/administration, interpretation, investigation, promotion, and provision of information of various government sponsored programs throughout the province. This includes assisting in the delivery and administration of new and existing programs, assisting in the investigation and resolution of complaints, assisting applicants regarding eligibility for existing programs. The Coordinator will be responsible for the Legal Advice program supporting those who have experienced sexual assault in Nova Scotia.

Primary Accountabilties

Outreach and Education

Preparation and delivery of public presentations

Increase awareness of sexual violence, victimization and promote program/services offered

Identify and organize program specific training and continuing education for program delivery partners

Program and Service Delivery

Prepare written and statistical program reports on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis

Administers, promotes, and interprets a variety of new and existing programs

Assist with preparation of funding proposals and budgets

Assist in improving processes to support effective program delivery and implementation

Interview, counsel, and assess applicant eligibility for various government programs

Advise and mediate complaints related to service for vulnerable victims of crime

Identifies needs and responds to questions and concerns from program users

Enforce provisions of various government legislation

Develop information materials (guides, manuals, etc.) related to program requirements and procedures for both public and internal use

Identify and collaborate with program partners to ensure efficient coordination of programs

Collect, update, and assess program feedback for the proposes of program evaluation

Qualifications and Experience

As the successful candidate you will have Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least one year of experience in client services in the community, with specialized exposure to the criminal justice and/or counseling fields (or an acceptable equivalent).

You are capable of managing and prioritizing a heavy workload effectively with excellent case management skills. As well you have strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to undertake delegated tasks and work independently. The competency you have developed in mediating complaints and proactively identifying and addressing the needs and concerns of the program users will be important in this role.

In addition to your strong communication skills, you will be able to actively listen and understand the unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings, and concerns of others. You will put to use your experience in working with various stakeholders, including the development of program plans, reviewing and updating programs, and assisting with program evaluation.

Experience working with victims of crime is considered an asset. Understanding of first-voice, trauma-informed and intersectional service delivery approaches is also considered an asset. Previous program coordination experience considered an asset. Knowledge of applicable government legislation (i.e. Victim’s Rights and Services Act, Criminal Code of Canada, and the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights) is an asset

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Include, but not limited to:

  • Masters degree in a related field
  • Two year diploma and three years of related work experience
  • Five years of related experience

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

  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Majority of time is spent in a comfortable office setting with frequent opportunity to move about at will
  • Some site visits as required
  • Work activities involve the need to concentrate on a variety of sensory inputs for intermediate durations at a time

Additional Information

This competition is to fill one Term employment opportunity based in Halifax, with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2025. The position type (term/temporary/casual) is dependent on the start date of the candidate.

Pay Grade: PR 06

Salary Range: $1,859.58 - $2,666.69 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.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. 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].