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Autism Consultant (Education Officer 3)



Competition # : 35513 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/27/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is leading the transformation of the early years and public education system in Nova Scotia. We are doing this by designing an innovative curriculum, facilitating excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring an inclusive education experience, and working closely with our partners in education. This will provide children, students, and families with a strong foundation for success. This department is a perfect fit for those that want to be part of the future of public education in the province by supporting student learning in a progressive and responsive policy environment.


The Student Services and Equity Branch is dedicated to collaborating across the Department to build a Nova Scotian educational system that is inclusive, equitable, culturally/linguistically responsive and a safe learning environment for all learners

About Our Opportunity


The Autism Consultant works collaboratively to promote autism awareness as well as develop and enhance programming and services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders within the context of Nova Scotia’s Inclusive Education Policy and MTSS Framework. You will assist in the implementation and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of programs and evidence-based practises to support students with ASD, grade Primary to 12 including the transition into school and high school leaving.  


As a consultant within Student Service and Equity Branch your may be asked work on initiatives related to the Inclusive Education Policy or collaborate with consultants on other initiatives within the Branch. You will liaise with other government departments and agencies, educational organizations, and associations.


As the Autism Consultant, reporting to the Director of Student Services, you will provide leadership, training, and appropriate staff development to support learners with ASD in the public-school system.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide leadership, support, and direction to Regional Centres for Education and CSAP on a range of issues, programming and initiatives that support students with ASD
  • Provide leadership in identifying and promoting evidence-based practises regarding assessment, programming, and intervention to support and promote the well-being and achievement of students with ASD  
  • Research and evaluate new developments and best practices related to supporting the students with ASD through an inclusive education lens and MTSS framework.
  • Work collaboratively across government and outside agencies in relation to initiatives and programs that support students with ASD. Consult with colleagues within/outside the province in relation to current trends and practices.
  • Collect, review, research and compile reports and prepare correspondence as requested for the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Senior Management and Director of Student Services.
  • Provide strategic support and insight for EECD and regional/CSAP staff in addressing issues arising in schools for students with ASD and their families. This includes liaising with families and Regional Centres for Education, CSAP and EECD staff to support resolution for cases presenting challenges to resolve.
  • Ensure the simultaneous release of documents in both French and English and performs other related responsibilities as may be required by the Director.  

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have a Master’s degree in Education, Psychology or Speech Language Pathology, and eight years related experience, including experience in developing and carrying out professional development, programs, and services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder grades P-12. 


You work well independently and can work collaboratively as a contributing member to multidisciplinary teams and committees.  You can build productive relationships with non-governmental and governmental members (both internally and externally). When dealing with colleagues, you exercise tact, diplomacy, and sound judgment.


You have extensive knowledge regarding ASD and its impact of learning, language development and social communication throughout the lifespan. You are familiar with current evidence-based practises including Applied Behavioral Analysis approaches, current programs used in Nova Scotia schools for students with ASD, the principles of inclusive education, and MTSS. You have experience supporting the transition of students with ASD into school as well as transition from high school to further education or workplace opportunities.


You possess knowledge of Provincial and Regional Education Centre or CSAP policies, guidelines and procedures and the rights and responsibilities of parents, students, teachers, and schools as they relate to individuals with special needs.


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. 



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for your career.
  • Engaging workplace: our employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have
  • Department specific flexible working schedules. 


Pay Grade:  PR 20  

Salary Range:  $3,288.59 - $3,872.05 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