Public Employment Opportunity

Family Court Counsellor II

Correction Notice
Assessment Criteria #5 has been updated.

6 Nov 2019

Competition Details

Referral Number
Employment type
1 Permanent Position
Supreme Court Services
Position Group
NAPE - General Service
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Happy Valley - Goose Bay
Closing Date
20 Nov 2019
Salary (scale)
$37.26 - $43.91 CG-42

Labrador Allowance: with dependent $5,878, without $2,939

Travel Allowance: $911 for employee and $702 per dependent



Position Details (What is this?)

The Department of Justice and Public Safety ensures the impartial administration of justice and the protection of the public interest through the dual offices of the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice and Public Safety. Responsibilities of the department include family justice services, fines administration, support enforcement, policing, the sheriff’s office, adult secure custody, adult probation services, secure youth justice services, victim services, and administration of the courts. The department also both represents and provides legal services to the Crown including legal advice to departments, litigation, prosecution and legislative drafting services. The Department of Justice and Public Safety aims to improve public protection and access to justice in a manner that is sensitive to the diverse needs of its clients.
Family Justice Services provides services for families experiencing separation and divorce. The program assists parties in resolving custody, access and/or child support matters as an alternative to litigation in family law. While reporting directly to the Regional Manager, the Family Court Counsellor II is a lead position that may provide direction and guidance to other staff as required.  This is a highly confidential and independent position which delivers a range of services including mediation, counselling, conducting in-house and community information sessions, intake assessments, screening clients for the incidence of violence/abuse/power imbalance and referring clients to appropriate community-based resources where necessary. Travel to coastal communities is required from time to time. The position performs other related duties as required. 

Merit Criteria (What is this?)

Screening Criteria
  1. Degree in social sciences (equivalences will be considered)
  2. Experience in alternative dispute resolution/mediation
  3. Experience in Family Court practices (asset)
  4. Experience in leading others (asset)
Assessment Criteria
  1. Knowledge of conducting mediations and alternative dispute resolution processes
  2. Knowledge of family dynamics (parent/child relationships)
  3. Knowledge of family court practices and applicable legislation (asset)
  4. Facilitation skills
  5. Ability to communicate effictively (verbal)
  6. Ability to think critically
  7. Ability to make decisions
  8. Ability to manage time and tasks
  9. Ability to lead others
  10. Relationship Building
  11. Professionalism

Conditions of Employment(What is this?)

Conditions of
  1. Recent and satisfactory enhanced security clearance
Conditions of Acceptance
Applicant Information

For more information about this opportunity please call Liam Parfitt at (709)634-4062.

  • This position is considered a "Position of Trust" and therefore, a job offer may be subject to a satisfactory security check.
  • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values diversity in the work place and is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Disability related accommodations and alternate formats are available upon request at any stage of the recruitment process by contacting, 709-729-0130 or toll free at 1-888-729-7690.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Applications must be received on or before the closing date stated for this job posting.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit an application that demonstrates the required merit criteria.
  • Applications that do not clearly demonstrate the required criteria will be screened-out.
  • All applications must contain accurate contact information, including current mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • All information submitted as part of this application must be factual, complete and current to date of submission.
  • This competition may be used to fill future similar vacancies with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

How To Apply

Applications, quoting Competition Number JPS.19.20.R0629, should be submitted

By Mail
Human Resource Secretariat, Strategic Staffing Division
50 Mundy Pond Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6
By Fax
(709) 729-6737

For more information about this opportunity please call Liam Parfitt at (709)634-4062.