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Family Support Worker (Counsellor 2(A)-(B))

Date: Nov 26, 2018

Location: TRURO, NS, CA, B2N 3K3

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/10/2018  


Community Services 


Family Support Worker (Counsellor 2(A)-(B)), Term, TRURO  


Competition # 17550  



Who We Are


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 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:


A Day in the Life of a Family Support Worker


The Family Support Worker (Child Welfare) provides families and youth in care with the knowledge and attitudes that are essential to home management, child rearing, health maintenance, independent family functioning and individual independence. You will play an enabling and supportive role with the family and youth in care, assisting with the assessment of client’s needs, counselling and education to promote enhanced child / youth management, life skills such as self-esteem, parenting, child development, communication, anger management, problem solving, household management, safety and nutrition.


What Makes a Great Family Support Worker


Approved child & youth care worker diploma from a provincially approved post-secondary institution; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be acceptable. Previous Child Welfare experience is an asset.  A sound knowledge of physical, psychological and emotional needs of a youth in care and the family unit. An ability to work independently or in a team working towards the objectives of the established case plan. Knowledge of normal/abnormal child development and financial management. Effective communication skills (oral & written) and the ability to facilitate groups. Knowledge of various software packages, i.e. MS Word, MS Outlook and ICM would be considered assets. Candidates must be able to travel in responding to various work site locations. This position may require flexible work hours.


What You Need to Know


Please note this is a Term opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 22, 2020.



Pay Grade:  TE 18 - TE 21  


Salary Range:  $1,671.00 - $2,211.00 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.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact



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