Director, Legal Services

  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Aug 16, 2018
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

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 under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Division Overview

The Legal Services Division, Department of Justice 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 over 150 lawyers, paralegals, researchers and administrative professionals, the Division is one of the largest law offices in the Province and is responsive to its clients’ needs. Operating within government, the Division adds value to the services and advice it provides because it understands the corporate environment in which government operates.

The Division has extensive experience with legal issues that uniquely affect the Crown and offers a full range of legal advice to government departments and agencies and represents government in civil legal proceedings before all levels of courts, bodies and tribunals, and in arbitrations and mediations.


This position works collaboratively with the Executive Director, other Divisional Directors and Team Leads as a senior management team within the Legal Services Division. The Director is accountable to develop clear objectives and deliver results in a fiscally responsible manner. In doing so, the incumbent exercises strong leadership skills, provides strategic direction and energizes individuals on the team to strive towards excellence in the provision of legal services. The Director sets appropriate expectations and standards to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of legal services and is responsible for managing the Division collectively with the senior management team.

The Director is required to make decisions based on the analysis of information presented, sometimes in the face of ambiguous or conflicting situations. They are therefore required to put systems in place to proactively monitor risk and determine acceptable risk tolerances.

The Director is required to provide strategic, effective and efficient counsel and advocacy to senior management in other Departments and to the Deputy Minister of Justice. The incumbent works horizontally across government using a systems-thinking approach and is a creative problem solver who can develop innovative solutions to complex problems and relationships.


The Director, Legal Services will be an individual with strong interpersonal and communication who is comfortable making strategic decisions in ambiguous situations. As the successful candidate, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Eligibility to practice law in Nova Scotia with a minimum of 10 years’ legal experience and significant management experience.
  • A comprehensive understanding of Crown law.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication and influencing skills
  • An ability to build effective new relationships across government and utilize existing networks in a political or complex environment.
  • The ability to solve complex problems using innovative solutions.
  • The ability to embrace change and create a clear compelling vision of the purpose of the change for others.
  • Experience leading and managing a team of professionals, including facilitating development opportunities and succession planning.
  • The ability to promote an organizational perspective and leverage limited resources for the benefit of the organization.

Civil litigation experience will be considered an asset.


  • Decisiveness
  • Strategic Orientation
  • Team Leadership
  • Self-Awareness & Personal Impact
  • Partnering & Relationship Building
  • Intercultural Diversity Proficiency
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Change Leadership

Pay Grade: MCL 32

Salary Range: $3,838.00 - $6,093.00 Bi-Weekly

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

Government law


10 years’