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Prevention & Early Intervention Specialist



Competition # : 31942 

Department: Community Services

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/5/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Community Services (DCS) works collaboratively with community, social enterprise, other departments of government, and not-for-profits to ensure vulnerable children, families and individuals receive the supports they need to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. We are committed to a social service system that helps people be as independent and healthy as possible, and to reach their full potential.


We offer various programs including Child, Youth & Family Support, Employment Support & Income Assistance, Homelessness and Disability Support Programs. 


For more information on our Department please click here:

About Our Opportunity


The Prevention & Early Intervention Specialist is accountable for contributing to and providing recommendations to the development, planning, monitoring, budgeting and evaluation of effective policies/procedures.


You will lead a coordinated, comprehensive regional service delivery of Child Welfare prevention & early intervention programs which enhance and improve outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk children, youth and their families.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Specialist, you contribute to the consistent, effective and efficient delivery of the prevention and early intervention programs region wide. You achieve this through:


  • Interpreting and clarifying legislation, standards policies and procedures for staff, management, clients, supported agencies, and the community, and by developing program and service delivery improvements.
  • Recommending legislative, regulatory and policy and standards changes to meet changing client needs and resource allocations, through consultation with staff at all levels, with community groups and with other provincial departments.
  • Providing expert advice, program performance results, and other statistical data related to Child Welfare prevention and early intervention programs in the region to senior management, by developing and implementing systems to monitor performance, and program costs at the regional level.
  • Fostering community collaboration/program support and development, by advising and negotiating with community organizations in the region on collaborative delivery of services which promote the safety and well-being of children, youth and families and sustain them over the long-term. 
  • Coordinating and integrating the prevention and early intervention services provided in the Region by service providers, including government organizations, community groups and individuals to ascertain what assistance/support is being requested or offered that support Departmental goals and clients.
  • Providing support and discretion to program professionals, supervisors, and managers by proposing solutions to complex/problematic cases in a timely fashion.
  • Facilitating effective communication within the service delivery continuum,  and between service delivery and program division (Head Office), by acting as liaison with program divisions in head office on all matters related to policy, program development, standards, delivery models and system enhancements.
  • Researching and preparing case specific briefing notes, letters and Ministerial Inquiry responses.

Qualifications and Experience


As our next Specialist, you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in clinical areas related to health and/or social sciences; or a related Master’s degree. You also have several years experience working in the delivery, development, or management of programs that address children, youth, and families across social determinants of heath.


Computer capabilities such as Word, Excel, and Outlook are required. You must have excellent organizational skills, strong and effective communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal abilities which are critical to the successful performance of this position. You must be strategically orientated and can engage and mobilize various community partners and stakeholders.  You must be able to 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 have an ability to forge strong relationships of trust and collaboration across diverse groups and communities. You are committed applying anti-racism and other equity lenses in all areas of your work.


Your creativity and problem-solving abilities are critical to effectively respond to complex, sensitive issues and to recommend actions impacting vulnerable Nova Scotians. You employ strong analytical skills and develop resourceful strategies in partnership with community-based organizations.


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.



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.



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


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. You will have daily contact with the public, various Government Departments as well as other local Agencies and Institutions. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.

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:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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.


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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