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Transition and Community Educational Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 3) (Designated)

 

 

Competition # : 32785 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/28/2021​ (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 (ACSB) 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.  The ACSB is dedicated to advancing the holistic development, well-being and scholarship of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners.

 

The African Canadian Services 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

 

About Our Opportunity

 

As an employee within EECD, and an integral member of the African Canadian Services Branch, you are accountable to the principles of inclusive education and collaborate with regional centres for education/conseil scolaire acadien provincial to identify and remove barriers to achievement and wellness for African Nova Scotian/Black students.  You work with external partners that have a mandate to advocate for students, provide supports to students and/or work with African Nova Scotian students and their families.  As the Transition and Community Educational Coordinator (TCEC), you play an integral role in the identification, development and implementation of support services for African Nova Scotian/African Canadian learners as they transition through the early years, P-12, post-secondary education and towards a career in the workforce. 

 

This position reports to the Corporate Strategist of the African Canadian Services Branch.

 

Primary Accountabilities

 

Provide an informed and evidence-based perspective on issues impacting African Canadian education from P-12 to ensure that Nova Scotia’s education system is equitable and culturally responsive with a focus on the importance of career decision making, mentorship, post-secondary access, retention and completion rates; course and credit connections between schools and post-secondary; financial barriers and matching programs to labour market needs. 

 

The TCEC works collaboratively with African Nova Scotian learners, parents/guardians, families, community groups/organizations, Regional Coordinators of Education, Student Support Workers, Regional Educators, Education Committees and other educational partners to empower and promote engagement in support of the holistic development, well-being and achievement of African Nova Scotian/African Canadian learners.

 

The TCEC will establish and maintain close working relationships with the African Nova Scotian community including both formal and informal service provider networks and community organizations; travel throughout the province and use a collaborative teamwork approach in all activities within the Branch as well as with other Divisions, Branches and Departments.  The TCEC will support the development and review of policies, provide analysis, strategic advice and make recommendations to management to ensure effective program delivery, office operations and service to the public. 

 

Communicate new developments to educators and assist in the development of supplemental education programs and materials which promote educational success. 

 

Ensure decisions are made and resources are allocated and used in alignment with the Inclusive Education Policy.

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

To be successful in this role you possess a bachelor’s degree from a related discipline plus 5 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

You have demonstrated successful experience working with African Nova Scotian/African Canadian communities and organizations, particularly in the non-profit sector and have knowledge of African Nova Scotian/African Canadian history, communities and an informed perspective on issues affecting African Nova Scotian/Black students

 

You have experience working within and/or alongside public education and are knowledgeable of the barriers and obstacles impacting the educational achievement of Black students.  As the TCEC you have the ability to strategically analyze and develop pilot projects and initiatives that are effective and demonstrate best practice program models that are aligned with the Inclusive Education Policy.  You have demonstrated experience developing partnerships, negotiating funding, and accurately evaluating program outcomes.

 

You have highly developed skills in proposal writing, assessment, and the development of recommendations in relation to training and professional development best practices. You have experience in transitional program planning, team case management programming, adult education programming and quality standards. You are proficient in developing and delivering professional development workshops/sessions.

 

You have a demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and maintain multiple reporting accountabilities. You possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills along with a sense of fairness and sound judgement.

 

You possess exceptional communication (written and verbal) and time management skills and are comfortable working under pressure to meet tight deadlines. You have strong analysis and facilitation skills with an ability to draft reports, presentations, work plans and other documents and charts to facilitate decision making. You also have previous experience in research and compiling information and data.

 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: Interview(s), reference checks, oral presentations, and written exercises.

 

Equivalency

 

An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

 

Additional Information

 

This is a repost of competition 30704. 

 

This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of February 1, 2023; however, the position status (“term,” “temporary,” or “causal”) 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:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly

 

 

 

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.