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Social Worker (Multiple Locations)

 

Competition # : 35591 

Department: Community Services

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Various

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/31/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

 

We’re hiring Social Workers across the province! Several Permanent, Term, and Temporary opportunities are available today!

 

 

If you are a soon to be graduate of your BSW/ MSW program, you are encouraged to apply! 

 

 

Opportunities are available in any of our 30 offices. You can explore our office locations here.

 

 

As a Social Worker with DCS, you will have endless opportunity to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children and families. You will build everlasting relationships within your community, and work in an environment where you are supported to be creative and challenged. At the Department of Community Services (DCS) we are a large and diverse department where you have access to continued professional and personal growth and learning.  

 

What We Offer

 

  • Reimbursement for registration fees to the NS College of Social Workers.
  • Flexible working arrangements including modified work weeks and an ability to partially work from home.
  • Out of province applicants may be eligible to apply for moving expenses.
  • Career possibilities, guidance and coaching, and ongoing training.
  • Rewarding and versatile work where you will see the immediate impacts you make, in and around your communities.

 

Based on the employment status, we also offer a wide range of benefits such as:

 

  • Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP)
  • Travel and car allowance.
  • Three (3) weeks vacation to start, and annual pay progression.
  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance.
  • Pension.
  • General Illness (Short and Long Term).


Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

 

Primary Accountabilities

 

Social Workers ensure the health, safety, and well-being of children in the care of the Minister and those who remain in the care of their parents where concerns exist about their health and safety.  Daily, you actively work to engage people and communities to build resilience, address challenges and trauma, and create change. Every day is different, and you will encounter unique challenges with responsibilities ranging from:

 

  • Investigations of child protection concerns or providing protection services to families and children
  • Counselling individuals and families
  • Planning, developing, and monitoring of case plans
  • Participating in risk assessments, court testimonies, and clinical evaluations
  • Planning for and supervising children in care of the Minister
  • Recruiting, preparing, assessing, and supporting foster and adoptive parents

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

A completed Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work is required as well as a valid drivers license. You must be eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW).

 

You are also:

  • A strong team player
  • Empowered to impact change
  • Compassionate, reliant, and resourceful.

 

You are understanding of child development, family dynamics, trauma-informed care, counselling, community resources, and are well versed in effective intervention strategies. Your problem-solving skills and experience, combined with your creative thinking, work to strengthen, and improve the support provided to children and families.

 

In accordance with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings full vaccination is a condition of employment for this opportunity.

 

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.

 

Working Conditions

 

Most of your work involves meeting with clients in their homes or with providers. This necessitates considerable driving time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. While present in the office, your time is spent a comfortable office environment with flexible working options available.

 

On a rotating schedule, you will be required to provide child protection services for your designated area, after regular business hours. This will include working on weekends and reporting to the provincial after-hours response team. You may be required to work beyond regular business hours on short notice.

 

Your personal resiliency is essential to meet the physical and emotional demands of this position. You will be immersed in high stress and crisis situations, with plenty of support and resources accessible to you. You must be able to work under pressure and be personally and professionally committed to working with culturally diverse individuals in an inclusive manner.

 

 

Pay Grade:  PR 09 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,099.96 - $3,250.64 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.

 

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.