Maintenance Enforcement Officer
The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.
Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445
Maintenance Enforcement Officer’s (MEO’s) are located in Yellowknife and report directly to the Manager, NWT Maintenance Enforcement. They are delegated their statutory authority to enforce court orders and agreements by the Administrator, through the Maintenance Orders Enforcement Act.
Enforcement action is prescribed by Territorial and Federal legislation as well as established policies and procedures. It is conducted on a case-by-case basis following extensive research and analysis of the particulars of each case. MEO's exercise considerable discretion in determining investigation and enforcement proceedings. MEO's are required to maintain an appointment as a Notary Public to take oaths and affirmations from clients and other staff members.
MEO’s deal extensively with the public at large, other GNWT departments, employers, court staff, lawyers and representatives of Maintenance Enforcement Programs in other jurisdictions (nationally and internationally). From time to time MEO's are also required to provide instructions to legal counsel and even participate in the court process.
Each MEO is assigned a caseload of approximately 300 files, which have a potential life expectancy of 20+ years. Files are administered through a case management process of which financial accuracy is a crucial component. Annually, over $5 million dollars is collected and processed through the Maintenance Enforcement Trust Account. Currently the files registered with the Program have approximately $15 million in outstanding arrears.
MEO’s are expected to act as promotion and public relations officers for the program.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Diploma in public administration, business administration, social work or other human services field along with two (2) years of related experience which includes working in a legal environment or financial collections.
Job Opening Information
Job Opening ID # 18033
Closing Date: January 27, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time
Diversity and Inclusion
The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.
Criminal Records Check
Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.
Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.
The salary range for this position is from $42.45 per hour to $50.71 per hour (approximately $82,778 - $98,885) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.