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Social Worker 1(A)-(B)-2 (DCS) (Training Consultant)

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29322 

Department: Community Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/11/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African Nova Scotian.


If you identify as a member of this equity group, 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


As the Social Work Training Consultant, you develop and deliver Child, Youth & Family Support (CYFS) core services and other training in the field to support child welfare service delivery and consistency of practice across the province.  You also deliver child abuse protocol training to staff in regulated childcare settings and key stakeholders in the childcare sector, in cooperation with staff from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.


The training team at DCS is updating and delivering the mandatory core training required under the Children and Family Services Act.  In addition, the team is developing curriculum to support the rollout of new protocols, policies and procedures.  This position will assist the team in meeting deadlines associated with updating curriculum and delivering training, all the while ensuring accuracy, alignment with legislation and relevancy.


Whether you are experienced in writing curriculum and facilitating training and development, or have an interest in developing those skills, you will be supported and developed in the role.  If you enjoy working in a learning and development environment as part of a dynamic team which contributes to best practice in the field, you are an ideal candidate for this job.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Social Work Training Consultant, a few of your key responsibilities will include:


  • Assessing training needs and priorities for employees;
  • Designing, planning, organizing, and delivering training programs & materials;
  • Presenting information with a variety of instructional techniques or formats to enhance job skills; and
  • Monitoring and evaluating training to ensure program effectiveness.


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. You will have an in-depth knowledge of child welfare programs in order to deliver mandatory training under the Children and Family Services Act. Knowledge of the various provincial Standards and protocols is critical as well as demonstrated expertise in the areas of risk assessment, case planning, child development, family dynamics, interviewing techniques and the Children and Family Services Act.


Curriculum development, understanding of adult learning, and/or experience in facilitating training will be considered an asset.  Must have effective interpersonal leadership and communication (both verbal and written) skills. Requires proficient skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint Presentations and Outlook.


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


The majority of your work will be in an office or in a training / classroom environment with frequent opportunity to move about. You may be required to work beyond regular business hours.


You must be able to travel to various work site locations across the province and transport training materials. On occasion, a flexible work schedule is required to enable training to be provided on evenings and weekends.


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 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