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Social Worker 1(A)-(B)-2 (Consolidated Allegations Investigations Team)

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: DARTMOUTH, NS, CA, B3B 0K5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia

 

 

Competition # : 29160 

Department: Community Services

Location: DARTMOUTH

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021 (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: https://novascotia.ca/coms/.

 

About Our Opportunity

 

The Consolidated Allegations Investigations Team (CAIT) is a dedicated team responsible for all child protection protocol investigations in foster homes and adoption probation homes across the province of Nova Scotia.

 

Under the provisions of the Children and Family Services Act, and in accordance with the Child Welfare Policy and CAIT Protocol, you will conduct foster home and adoption probation home investigations, and provide a broad range of departmental programs and services.

 

Social Workers are appointed by the Minister of Community Services, as outlined in section 6 (1) of the Children and Family Services Act:

There may be appointed by the Minister, in accordance with the Civil Service Act, such persons as the Minister may designate to carry out duties in accordance with this Act and the regulations.

 

Primary Accountabilities

 

You will primarily conduct foster home and adoption probation home investigations, as well as provide a broad range of departmental programs and services Including the assessment of homes, training and supports services to foster parents; and planning and supervision of children in care and custody.

 

Qualifications and Experience


You must have completed your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW); or are a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who is currently classified and practicing as a social worker in the field of child welfare. Previous child welfare experience will be considered an asset.

You must be eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.  Knowledge of child development, family functioning, child abuse and neglect, as well as effective intervention strategies with individuals and families is required. Knowledge of the Children and Family Service Act is a definite 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.

 

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

 

This position is part of the CAIT team that is responsible for all child protection protocol investigations in foster homes and adoption probation homes across the province of Nova Scotia.  This position may involve extensive travel within the province.

 

The majority of the work involves meeting with clients in their homes or service providers at their place of business. This necessitates considerable driving time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. While present in the office, time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about. There may be opportunities for flexible work options.

 

Often required to work beyond regular business hours, often on short notice. Personal resiliency is essential to meet the physical and emotional demands of this position.  Subjected to high degree of stress and must be able to work under pressure and in crisis.

 

Additional Information


You may be eligible for reimbursement of your registration fees to the NS College of Social Workers.
 

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.
 

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:  PR 09 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,028.21 - $3,139.57 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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.