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Curriculum Consultant/Education Officer 3 (Jr. & Senior High School) (Designated Position)

 

 

Competition # : 29914 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 4/22/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

 

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following group will be considered: African Nova Scotians  

 

If you are a member of this equity group, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us

 

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 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 African Canadian Services Branch is located within the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is dedicated to collaborating across the Department to build a Nova Scotian educational system that is equitable, culturally responsive and a safe learning environment for African Nova Scotian/Black learners.  ACSB is dedicated to advancing the holistic development, well-being and scholarship of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners.

 

The African Canadian Division was established in February of 1996 to implement the Department’s response to the BLAC Report on Education, Redressing Inequity Empowering Black Learners.

 

ACSB’s mandate is located at the following link: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/acs/home

 

The Division was established in February of 1996 to implement the Department’s response to the BLAC Report on Education, Redressing Inequity Empowering Black Learners.

About Our Opportunity

 

The Curriculum Consultant, African Canadian Education is a key member of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and a member of the African Canadian Services Branch, EECD.

 

The Curriculum Consultant is a subject matter expert with respect to that which nurtures and inspires African Nova Scotian learners. The consultant has a demonstrated understanding of the African Nova Scotian cultures, histories, knowledges and will work directly with EECD staff, Regional Centres for Education (RCEs) and conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) and with internal and external stakeholders such as other government departments, authorities, agencies, post-secondary institutions, professional associations and nongovernment organizations to ensure EECD commitment to Inclusive education for all student. The Consultant provides strategic leadership to inform the development and implementation of policies, programs, standards, curriculum, leads projects, supports and services for the public-school system.

 

The Consultant is responsible for collaborating, leading and managing professional learning and educational initiatives and support for education entities for the implementation of inclusive policies, programs and resource supports and services for all learners in both English and French first and second language.

 

This position reports to the Executive Director or Director.

Primary Accountabilities

 

  • Adherence to Nova Scotia’s Inclusive Education Policy
  • Lead project work focusing on areas of expertise in alignment with NS Inclusive Education Policy.
  • Develop curriculum resources, learning and teaching materials strategies which reflect the cultures, traditions, and histories of African Nova Scotians, and people of African ancestry for use in the public-school system
  • Identifies, develops and implements programs and resources which reflect African Nova Scotian and African culture, traditions, and history to meet the needs of all learners in the public-school system of Nova Scotia.
  • Provide support to all teachers and support staff through planning and organization of professional development in an inclusive education system to improve student achievement and well-being
  • Responds and provides direction to Ministerial requests, develops information notes for briefings and media relations as required.
  • Actively leads and participates in strengthening student outcomes by building partnerships, relationships and integrated services delivery across government, agencies and communities, as appropriate
  • Advises and provides expertise to support the NS public school program and services based on evidence-informed practices as well as research into current population-level indicators and outcomes in achievement and well-being for all students.
  • Represents EECD on committees with stakeholders to establish policies and protocols in relation to programs, services and related legislation in support of Inclusive Education

Qualifications and Experience

 

As the successful candidate you have a Masters’ Degree in Education, plus eight (8) years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience in successfully supporting and inspiring African Nova Scotian students’ educational excellence, at the elementary or secondary levels; experience within the fields of Africentricity and/or Africentric education.

 

Experience is required in working with teachers and regional centres for education in the areas anti-racist practice, inclusive education human rights education, equity, accessibility, and cross culture teaching. Demonstrated experiences in identifying, developing, and implementing curriculum learning resources and materials and demonstrated experience in developing professional learning resources. 

 

You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams), Google Suite, have strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities.

 

In addition, you also possess the following:

 

  • Forward-looking and anticipatory in proactively researching, analyzing data and identifying key trends related to the achievement and wellbeing of school-aged children and youth in the context of equitable inclusive education.
  • Well-versed competencies in project management, change management, transition and implementation planning, research and developing background papers and other discussion notes as required.
  • You work well independently, and in team environments
  • You apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusive practice to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same.
  • You have extensive knowledge in the research principles of inclusive education, specifically as it applies to Black learners and the opportunities necessary to impact achievement and wellness.

Qualifications and Experience (Con't)

 

  • 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 are forward thinking and looking
  • You have a demonstrated ability to foster inclusive, anti-racist, and culturally responsive environments in the workplace and in schools
  • You are able to plan, execute and implement strategic direction with attention to timelines and budgetary allocations

 

Past experiences in the development of student and professional learning resources will be 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.

Equivalency

 

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

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. 

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 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.  

 

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.