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Counsellor 2 (A)-(B) (Residential)

Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: KENTVILLE, NS, CA, B4N 4H2

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28566 

Department: Community Services


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/19/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The staff of Community Services help thousands of Nova Scotians in vulnerable situations.  We offer various programs, including Child, Youth & Family Support, Employment Support & Income Assistance, and Disability Support Programs.  The Department of Community Services (DCS) is committed to a social service system that helps people be as independent as possible and reach their full potential. We want a system that makes it easy for Nova Scotians to find the services they need, and we want those services to be there for years to come. Simply put, we want better results for Nova Scotians, and we need your help to get this done!


For more information on our Department please click here:

Residential child caring facilities provide community-based placement options for children and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services or Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s Services with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral problems, and who require a higher level of supervision and structure than is available in family foster care.


About Our Opportunity

Under the direction and supervision of a Team Leader, the Counsellor provides care programming and care of children and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services who reside in a residential facility setting. The residential facilities operate twenty-four (24) hours of the day; seven (7) days per week.


Primary Accountabilities


You are responsible for accurate reporting, file maintenance, crisis intervention, and assistance with developing programs and activities.


You will both lead and co-lead pre-approved psycho-educational youth programming (social and emotional learning). You will role model, lead and/or participate in role plays, and provide support to assist youth development.


Qualifications and Experience


You will have an approved child & youth care worker diploma from a provincially approved post-secondary institution.


You demonstrate a sound knowledge of physical, psychological and emotional needs of a youth in care and the family unit. Your ability to work independently or in a team towards the objectives of the established case plans is essential. You also demonstrate knowledge of normal/abnormal child development and financial management.


You have effective communication skills (oral & written) and the ability to facilitate groups. You will have knowledge of various software packages, such as the Microsoft Suite. ICM would be considered an asset.


Previous Child Welfare experience is also considered an asset.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions

Facility environment differs substantially from normal office conditions due to constraints on space, and management of harmful and/or aggressive behaviour.


While we take precautions, it must be recognized that a possibility exists of being verbally and/or physically assaulted by children or youth.


The work environment operates twenty-four (24) hours of the day and seven (7) days a week with scheduled rotating employee shifts which may cause considerable disruption to one’s personal life.


Additional Information


You must have a valid driver’s licence and have the ability to travel when responding to various work site locations.  Travel expenses will be covered in accordance with the collective agreement, policies and procedures.

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 31, 2021. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  TE 18 - TE 21  

Salary Range:  $1,739.43 - $2,301.10 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. 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