About the Department
The primary responsibility of the Department of Community Services is to ensure the basic needs of individuals and families are met by providing financial support to persons in need and by protecting children and adults at risk. Most of the Department’s expenditures are in the form of direct payments to clients in need of financial assistance and to service providers who provide residential, vocational, preventative, and protection services to children and families, and persons with disabilities. Together, these programs and services form a secure and predictable social safety net for vulnerable Nova Scotians.
Transformation of Child Welfare & the Department of Community Services
In order to better provide services and meet the needs of Nova Scotians, DCS is embarking on a transformative shift in how programs and services are designed, delivered, and managed province-wide. Throughout this transformation, one area of focus working to improve results and outcomes for children, youth and families through our child welfare services. This area of transformation seeks to providing better supports and services for children, youth and families, while ensuring children and youth are safe from abuse and violence and an increased focus on prevention.
The Department of Community Services (DCS) is excited about the opportunity to have a post-secondary student join us as we progress through an innovative departmental transformation. While DCS will benefit from the fresh perspectives, ideas, and energy the successful candidate will provide, the department will offer unique opportunities to gain exposure to government processes/practices and to the various elements of large-scale public-sector transformation. The successful candidate will gain extensive knowledge of public sector transformation, social service delivery systems, government decision-making and communications, policy and program development, and other concepts relevant to your business degree.
The following skills and experiences are considered essential:
- Current enrollment in a university business cooperative education program;
- Basic knowledge of the Department of Community Services;
- Capacity to manage various tasks while maintaining task deadlines and multiple competing priorities;
- Strong written and verbal communication capacities; and,
- Experience completing and compiling research findings, conducting business analysis and preparing business cases, and/or formal report writing (including a strong working knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft products).
The following skills and experiences are considered assets but not required:
- Experience with drafting communication messaging;
- Experience with social service programs
Additionally, the right candidate for this position should be an individual looking to actively contribute to an innovative environment that is undergoing a major transformation. The successful candidate should be a self-motivated individual who wants to learn and is able to produce results when working independently or within a team environment.
The successful applicant will report to the Senior Policy Analyst – Child Welfare Transformation, Transformation and will provide support to the Transformation Support Unit. The TSU is responsible for providing corporate resources and support as DCS progresses through the departmental transformation both corporately and in each of its core program areas. Key activities associated with the Child Welfare work stream will include coordination, support and development of communications to internal and external stakeholders, development of templates and procedures, support resource management and as required, support to specific projects.
If you are interested in this Co-op Opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Student Placement Officer, Jennifer Currie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note this is Co-op opportunity with an anticipated end date of August 24, 2018.
Pay Grade: HOURLY
Salary Range: $17.15 – $20.85 Bi-Weekly
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.
For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca
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 application form, cover letter, or on your resume.