Workplace Mental Health Consultant (Designated)

  • Location: Halifax
  • Competition Number: 43087
  • Deadline: July 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Department: Public Service Commission

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African/Black Nova Scotian and other racially visible persons. Lived experience in a historical African Nova Scotian Community is an asset for this position.

See the Nova Scotia Government’s Employment Equity Policy for more information, including additional details on the designated groups.

About Us

To help strengthen psychological health and safety for Nova Scotia government workers, Workplace Mental Health delivers a range of information, resources, events, supports, services and training designed to increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma.  In 2018, the Office of Workplace Mental Health began as a pilot partnership between the Public Service Commission, Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (N.S.G.E.U.), CUPE Local 1867, and the Nova Scotia Public Service Long Term Disability Plan Trust Fund.  Our purpose is to support employees in the public service achieve overall wellness so they can better participate in the workplace and foster healthy relationships with self, at home, at work, and in their communities.

About Our Opportunity

If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of employees as well as being part of a team making strides towards addressing workplace mental health using an approach focused on preventing injury and illness and promoting diverse and healthy environments, come and join us.  You would be part of a team of nine, reporting to the Director of the Office of Workplace Mental Health.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Provide supports and services focused on promoting positive mental health, preventing psychological harm, and supporting interventions for those experiencing mental distress.
  • Navigate individuals to appropriate resources.
  • Ensure confidentiality of information is maintained and that it is accurately entered into the Workplace Mental Health client relationship management system.
  • Develop and implement training, presentations, and resources.
  • Develop and foster positive relationships with provincial government employees, mental health and wellness service supports, and community organizations.
  • Design custom supports tailored to the needs of specific teams within government.
  • Promote workplace factors that support psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Qualifications and Experience

This could be the right job for you if you have the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Post-secondary education along with several years of related life experience in the field of mental health. Life experiences may include having been a user of mental health services; supporting a family member or friend; and/or as service provider.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Experience partnering and building positive relationships.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver information, resources and supports that foster well-being and mental health in the workplace.
  • Awareness of the impacts of social determinants of health, trauma, oppression, inequities, and systemic barriers.  And an understanding of the complexities facing those living with mental health challenges and/or mental illness; as well as available support and resources.
  • Demonstrated use of a solution-focused approach with the ability to initiate tasks with little supervision.
  • Proficiency in computer software applications such as Microsoft Office and email (i.e. Outlook) and related business applications.
  • Strong community connections and resources in the community are an asset to this position to develop and strengthen partnerships.

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.  Please follow LEADS (novascotia.ca) for more information.

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.

Equivalency

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

Benefits

Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions

  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Travel is required to attend meetings and offer services

Information Session

Please join us for a virtual information session on our Workplace Mental Health Consultant position with the Public Service Commission. During this session you will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the department, role, and application process. This session will be held on June 24, 2024 at 12:00 pm, AST and hosted by the Director of Workplace Mental Health with the Public Service Commission – Workplace Mental Health.

You may join here:
Microsoft Teams meeting – Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here: Join the meeting now

Please note: your name will be displayed to all those who register for this session.

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:  $3,351.92 – $4,189.95 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.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:

Click here to apply as a current NS Government Employee

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.

Interested applicants may apply on the link below:

https://jobs.novascotia.ca/job/HALIFAX-Workplace-Mental-Health-Consultant-%28Designated%29-NS-B3J3N8/581982017/