Department: Community Services
Location: Flexible: New Glasgow, Antigonish, Truro or Amherst
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG
Closing Date: 10/4/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
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, and Disability Support Programs.
For more information on our Department please click here: https://novascotia.ca/coms/.
About Our Opportunity
The Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) Program Intervention Coordinator is part of a provincial team providing leadership, coordination, administration, reporting and communication for the service delivery response and opportunities funded by DCS and our partners.
This role is integral to ensuring accountability, transparency, fairness as well as enhanced skills training, employability for Nova Scotians.
As the Coordinator, you have a direct impact on clients, system outcomes, and our effective service delivery. Using your comprehensive knowledge and skills, we count on your ability to provide guidance and training to others. In addition to this, you will:
plan, develop, evaluate, promote, and monitor new and existing prevention and employability-related projects and programming;
ensure the effective and consistent management of contracted agreements including needs identification, assessment of activities, budget, organizational capacity, and outcomes;
work in partnership and proactively with key stakeholders including participants, community, employers and internal staff;
use labour market information, trends analysis and financial forecasting to create and administer a suite of community and departmental based program offerings that will result in enhanced skills training, employability and/or employment of Nova Scotians; and
maintain appropriate records and statistical information.
In this key role, you act in a leadership role in the coordination of regional activities and in collaboration with the ESS Program, other SD staff and our community/government partners. In addition, you will represent the Department on various committees focused on achieving client self-sufficiency through employment-related outcomes.
Qualifications and Experience
As our next Coordinator, you have completed your bachelor’s degree in a related field and have five (5) years of related experience in policy/program planning and development. Previous experience with Employment Support and Income Assistance, as well as knowledge of services and programs offered by the Department and other community agencies are highly desirable assets.
You must demonstrate effective communication skills (both verbal and written), are comfortable in the delivery of presentations, and facilitate the implementation/delivery of new programs. Essential to your success is your strong report writing for project proposals and strong ability to analyze data from multiple sources to draw appropriate conclusions and make suitable recommendations. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required.
Further to your strong analytical nature, you are creative, proactive and familiar with labour market trends, poverty and un/underemployment of individuals facing systemic barriers, mental health, addictions, and other issues that prevent sustained employment and income. You are comfortable acting in a leadership role, and demonstrate past experience with coordination of activities, programs, or services. You have a strong nature for multi-tasking, are task oriented, and able to work efficiently and effectively in a workplace environment that is constantly dealing with time pressures and conflicting pressures.
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. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:
A related master’s degree and three (3) years of related experience
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.
Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting with occasional travel throughout the province as required. You will have daily contact with various Department staff, other government Departments as well as other local Agencies.
Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
Your worksite location is flexible within the Northern Region including New Glasgow, Antigonish, Truro, or Amherst. Your worksite location will be determined at the time of offer negotiation and based on operational requirements.
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
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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.