New Job Child And Family Support Worker (Counsellor 2(A)-(B)) In Nova Scotia

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

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

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $3,710–$4,908 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Community Services


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 09-Aug-23 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At the Department of Community Services (DCS), we are a large and diverse department providing a broad portfolio of programs and services including Child and Family well-being (CFW), Employment Support Services(ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support Program (DSP).

Through our services, we advocate and help vulnerable Nova Scotians be independent, self-reliant, and secure. We work collaboratively across the province with a strong dedicated network of support and staff, to achieve desired and shared outcomes for all.

About Our Opportunity

Are you looking for an opportunity where you will have profound and positive impacts on the lives of children and families? Are you looking for an environment where you can establish positive connections and build everlasting relationships within your community? Do you want to work in an environment where you have access to continued professional and personal growth and learning?

The Child and Family Support Worker provides support and assistance to the Child Welfare Social Workers who are working with children, youth and families connected to the Department in Child Welfare. Daily, you will have an active role in working with children, youth and families to build resilience and inspire change.

Primary Accountabilities

Working alongside the Social Worker, you will have a substantial impact on the lives of children and families and are an integral part of the Child Welfare team. A few of your key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting Social Workers with documentation (risk assessments and file closures)
  • Attending risk meetings, team meetings and court with Social Workers
  • Accompanying and assisting with home visits
  • Supporting in the development of Case Plans, Access Plans, and court documentation
  • Aiding the Social Workers in making collateral contacts

Qualifications and Experience

You have completed a Child & Youth Care Worker diploma from a provincially approved post-secondary institution. An undergraduate degree in Social Sciences is considered an asset.

You are understanding of child development, family dynamics and community resources. You are knowledgeable in in the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of children and youth in a family setting as well as in care. Key qualities of yours include:

  • Working collaboratively in a team environment to strengthen and improve the support provided to children and families
  • Developing and working towards the objects of case plans
  • Compassion, reliance, and resourcefulness
  • Effective communication skills (oral & written) and the ability to facilitate groups
  • Knowledge of various software packages, such as Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Experience with the department case management systems (ICM/CCM), or previous Child Welfare experience are considered assets.

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.


This is an excellent career opportunity for many, and we do consider an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:

  • A related bachelor’s in social science (such as Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or Community Studies)
  • A completed diploma in Disability Supports or Social Services

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Working Conditions

Most of your work involves accompanying the Social Worker and meeting with clients in their homes. This necessitates considerable driving time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.

While present in the office, your time is spent a comfortable office environment.

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.

Additional Information

A valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle is required.

This is a TERM employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of July 31, 2024. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer

  • Flexible working arrangements including modified work weeks.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Pay Grade: TE 18 - TE 21

Salary Range: $1,855.00 - $2,453.99 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 [email protected].