Nova Scotia Department of Justice – Family Court

POSITION: Full Time Term Position – Family Psychologist – Competition #41363 – Closing Date: 02-Feb-23
ORGANIZATION: 
Nova Scotia Department of Justice – Family Court
LOCATION:
 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Link to on-line posting: https://jobs.novascotia.ca/job-invite/41363/

About Our Opportunity
Under the general supervision of the Manager, the Family Psychologist is responsible for the delivery of the Family Court Assessment Program (FCAP) within the province of Nova Scotia. Responsibilities include completing Expert Reports, including Psychological reports, Parenting Assessment reports and Voice of the Child reports, testifying as an expert witness before the Supreme Court (Family Division) in family justice matters, assisting with the development, implementation, evaluation and enhancement of policies, and planning for the Family Court Assessment Program. A high level of judgement, independent decision-making and discretion is required in exercising the duties of the Family Psychologist in accordance with the policies, procedures and best practices set out by the division.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Development and implementation of policies for Psychological assessments, Parenting assessments and Voice of the Child assessments conducted within FCAP, and assists with program formulation, development, implementation and compliance monitoring.
  • Prepares court ordered assessments and reports and testifies as an Expert Witness.
  • Develops and enhances professional networks with other justice partners and community organizations that support litigants who have experienced inter-personal violence.
  • Promotes the FCAP to various internal and external partners and advocates for their participation.
  • Contributes to the development of the division’s strategic, business and training plans by providing input and feedback to the Manager and Director.
  • Provides input to management on operational policy/procedures and policy development, informing system changes; develops/presents and/or participates in training/presentations and special projects related to the FCAP.
  • Maintains a sound working knowledge of all relevant legislation and of the policies, procedures, and directives governing the program and applies them accordingly as an employee of the FCAP.
  • Promotes diversity, a healthy workplace, and teamwork through ongoing education, communication, and support to colleagues.
  • Completes mandatory training as required.

Qualifications and Experience

You possess a Graduate degree in Psychology plus 2+ years related experience.

Must be registered, or eligible for registration, with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and able to practice independently, without the direct supervision of a psychologist.

In this role, you are required to have experience working with children and families, conducting interviews and completing assessments. Case management and knowledge of the justice system will be considered an asset. The ability to deliver respectful, professional, competent and timely service with vulnerable children and families with diverse backgrounds is essential.

Our successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, good organizational ability and strong interpersonal skills including the ability to mange conflict, problem solve, and work as part of a team. You will demonstrate empathy, warmth and tact along with an in-depth understanding of human dynamics, family systems, and knowledge of child development and the impact of different environments on children. Sound judgment and the ability to work independently with self-confidence and decisiveness are also important in this role.

Access to reliable transportation and a willingness to travel is required. The ability to speak French would be considered an asset. The above qualifications will be assessed using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Equivalency

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Benefits

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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Stressful work environment given extensive exposure to high emotional issues and dealing with clients in crisis
  • Mentally challenging due to a high demand for accuracy and attention to detail with a high volume of work
  • Possible exposure to domestic disturbances and aggressive attitudes toward government officials
  • Travel is required to attend meetings and offer services in courts and clients’ communities

Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity based in Halifax with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2026.

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.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade

EC 11 Salary Range: $3,238.10 – $4,047.67 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.

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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.

The Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible administration of justice. Court Services administers court operations, delivers services to the public, and provides administrative and clerical support to the judiciary. For more information on the Department of Justice Court Services please visit our website: https://novascotia.ca/just/Court_Services/