Recent or Potential Grads – Social Worker

  • Location: DARTMOUTH
  • Deadline: October 19, 2022

Competition # : 36892

Department: Community Services


Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: 10/19/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African Nova Scotian and/or Racially Visible Persons. You must self-identify during the application process.


African Nova Scotian – is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Racially Visible Persons – persons, other than Indigenous people or African Nova Scotians, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.


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 Youth and Family Support (CYFS), Employment Support (ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support (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 supports and staff, to achieve desired and shared outcomes for all.


About Our Opportunity

Are you seeking a career where you have endless opportunity to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children and families?


Have you always wanted to build everlasting relationships within your community, and work in an environment where you are supported to be creative, challenged, and where you have access to continued professional and personal growth and learning?


At the Department of Community Services, we are hiring Social Workers across Nova Scotia. As a Social Worker, you will join an interdisciplinary team who work together to assist children, families, and their communities in fulfilling their potential. You will have an opportunity to help someone be heard for the first time and bring about change in a positive way. We’re here to support our Nova Scotians, and we offer our employees the opportunity to utilize and expand on their full range of skills in a rewarding, dynamic environment.


Notice to Pending Social Work Graduates: If you are a few months from graduation of your BSW/MSW program, you are encouraged to apply.


Primary Accountabilities

As a Social Worker, you are responsible for ensuring 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. In this role, 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
  • Engaging in the planning, development, 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

You are a strong team player whose passion is positivity. You are empowered to impact change and are compassionate, reliant, and resourceful. 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 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.



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 offering and eligibility criteria.


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.


Additional Information

Two (2) temporary opportunities are available with anticipated end dates of March 31, 2023 and June 30, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


What We Offer

  • Reimbursement for registration fees to the NS College of Social Workers.
  • Out of province applicants may be eligible to apply for moving expenses.
  • Flexible working arrangements including modified work weeks and an ability to partially work from home.
  • Career possibilities and progression, career guidance and coaching, and ongoing training for every stage of your journey.
  • Rewarding and versatile work where you will see the impacts you make, in and around your communities.
  • Engaging workplace; you are respected, supported, listened to, and valued.


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


  • Employee and Family Assistance Programs.
  • 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.


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.


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