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Child Welfare Specialist (Designated)



Competition # : 35470 

Department: Community Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/25/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Racially Visible Persons, and/or Persons with a Disability. You must self identify at the application stage.


Indigenous - persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.


African Nova Scotian - is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Racially Visible Persons - persons, other than Indigenous people or African Nova Scotians, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.


Persons with Disabilities - persons who, for the purposes of employment, identify themselves or believe that an employer is likely to consider that the workplace environment may create a barrier due to a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, hearing, neurological psychiatric or learning disability.


About Us


The Department of Community Services (DCS) is a large and diverse department that provides a broad portfolio of programs and services designed to help the most vulnerable people of Nova Scotia be independent, self-reliant, and secure. This is achieved through working collaboratively internally across all divisions of the department, and externally with a significant network of service providers, other departments, and levels of government, to achieve the desired and shared outcomes for the citizens who seek services and the department as a whole.


The Department is responsible for a broad range of social services including those under Child Youth and Family Support (CYFS), Employment Support (ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support Program (DSP).


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of Child Protection and Children in Care, the Child Welfare Specialist has the authority, accountability, and responsibility to provide recommendations towards the development, planning, monitoring, budgeting and evaluation of effective policies and procedures, and to provide a coordinated delivery of Child Welfare programs and services.


Your lived experiences are critical in supporting our rapidly changing diverse demographics in Nova Scotia and specifically our children and families who access our services and identify as being of African descent, Indigenous, Racially Visible, and/or persons with disabilities.  With your experience, you will contribute to our department’s growth and ensure an inclusive, cultural lens to strategic decisions and services that fit the needs of children, youth, and families.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Child Welfare Specialist, you provide regional leadership, functional direction, and support to frontline child welfare staff in interpreting policy and procedures, as well as promoting and implementing the strategic vision of the Department.


You have a pivotal role in leading and supporting child welfare supervisors through regular, coordinated meetings as well as ad hoc consultations as necessary.  You will be called upon to participate in project activities related to child welfare transformation, including focus groups, training and policy development and revision.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a minimum of a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and five (5) years of supervisory experience in child welfare; or a Master of Social Work degree and three (3) years of experience. You must be registered and in good standing (or eligible for registration) with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.


You have excellent organizational skills, effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders (both verbal and written) and strong interpersonal abilities. You demonstrate a positive profile while making difficult decisions within a complex multi-system environment.


You are highly motivated, adaptable to change, and have demonstrated experience in situations requiring innovative and proactive solutions. You must be able to demonstrate good judgement and make sound decisions which support the goals of the department. You must possess an in-depth knowledge and expertise with respect to child welfare programs and policies, as well as the Children and Family’s Services Act.  Computer capabilities are required.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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


About 50% of the time this position involves office work and approximately 50% of the time this position involves driving to district offices in the region for meetings. There are some occasions when the Child Welfare Specialist is dispatched to another region. Frequently, the Child Welfare Specialist is engaged in multi tasking, and deals with multiple issues that all require immediate attention or a same day response.


Additional Information


Flexibility is required given the demands of this role which may require working outside regular business hours. In addition, you may provide coverage for other Child Welfare Specialists throughout the province, as needed. You may be called to court to testify as to a report that has been written, or to respond to issues of policy and procedure.


Flexibility with worksite location may be negotiated during offer stage. It is important to note that this position is intended to support child welfare offices within the central region of the Province.


A valid driver’s license is required, and you must be able to travel to various work site locations as required.


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 1, 2023. 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.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 Bi-Weekly   


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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