Director, Legal Support and Operations

  • Full Time
  • Halifax
  • 100 - 125

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG
Closing Date: (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
About Us
The Department of Justice, Legal Services Division is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia.
The Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia. Justice lawyers participate in a broad range of legal issues, providing legal services to the Crown and promoting the fair and lawful administration of public affairs in accordance with the law. As the Government’s law firm, we are committed to providing excellence in client service.
The Director, Legal Support and Operations, shares accountability and team resources with senior leaders in creating the strategy to achieve the Department’s Strategic Outcomes.
This position is accountable for the success of this unit in delivery of support services to the Legal Services Division. This position oversees two broad business processes: the effective triage of support staff and the general operational support of the Division. It is essential that the incumbent work collaboratively with fellow Divisional Senior Management in all related aspects, including selection of technologies and software, policy development, service standards, work planning, monitoring and metric evaluation and continuous improvement.
This position is accountable to develop clear objectives and deliver results in a fiscally responsible manner, by demonstrating strong leadership skills, strategic direction and by building and supporting a dynamic, competent team that strives for excellence and continuous improvement. The Director sets appropriate expectations and service standards to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of support of the operational environment in which law is practiced.
The Director is required to make decisions based on the analysis of information presented, sometimes in the face of conflicting situations, or when there is associated risk. They are, therefore, required to put systems in place to proactively monitor risk and determine acceptable risk tolerances.
Qualifications and Experience
The Director, Legal Support and Operations will be an individual with strong interpersonal, communication and technology skills, who excels in a delivery focused environment. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Outstanding written and verbal communication and influencing skills with an ability to build effective relationships to operate successfully in a political or complex environment.
Experience in the development, analysis, coordination, and assessment of business cases with a solid understanding of case management technology.
Experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring performance indicators to support outcomes-oriented decision making at the organizational level.
Experience leading and managing a team and the ability to work with minimal supervision and exercise sound judgment.
The ability to successfully lead an organization through change.
Experience in project management and facilitating large groups.
Experience working in a legal or government environment would be considered an asset.
The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework. During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.
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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.
Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.
Additional Information
This competition is for one (1) permanent position based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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.
Pay Grade: EC 14
Salary Range: $4,461.45 – $5,576.81 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 job page:
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 .