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Social Worker 3 (Consolidated Allegations Investigations Team)

Date: Feb 12, 2021

Location: DARTMOUTH, NS, CA, B3B 0K5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29161 

Department: Community Services


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Persons.


If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process to be considered.


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:


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. Reporting to the Service Delivery Manager, you will provide supervision to Social Workers who conduct foster home and adoption probation home investigations in accordance with the Child Welfare Policy and CAIT Protocol, and provide a broad range of departmental programs and services.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Casework Supervisor (Social Worker 3), you will provide supervision in social work techniques, as well as policies and procedures on a daily basis for the CAIT team, as well as provide advice, guidance and direction to our caseworkers working with ANS families involved in protection and long term. You will distribute and assign cases and are responsible for the ongoing case audits and caseload reviews. You must actively deal with difficult and complex cases using social work techniques and ensure a high level of professional service to the public.


You are responsible for communication and follow-up of information between management and staff, inspiring and motivating staff engagement, planning and implementation of new services, ongoing improvement of current services and the development of strong relationships within the team and across the region. You will also work collaboratively with the program specialist(s), regional supervisors and relevant community agencies and non-profit groups.


Qualifications and Experience


You will have a Bachelor of Social Work plus five (5) years of related experience.  You must be registered (or eligible for registration) with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.


You possess a good theoretical and practical knowledge of social worker practices, departmental process, family functioning, child development, services to persons with disabilities, and effective strategies with individuals and families. You have effective interpersonal and communication skills, sound judgment, strong organizational skills, and the ability to provide effective leadership in complex and difficult situations. Supervisory experience would be 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.



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


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. . While present in the office, time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about. You may often be required to work beyond regular business hours, and often on short notice. Personal resiliency is essential to meet the physical and emotional demands of this position. This position is subject to a high degree of stress; you must be able to work under pressure and in crisis situations.


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 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 - $3,404.96 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