Join our team: Regulatory and Candidacy Consultant

We’re seeking a registered social worker with:

  • Excellent knowledge of social work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Knowledge of ethical decision making
  • Experience with investigations in a social work setting
  • Knowledge of program and curriculum development, adult education, and monitoring and evaluation

Job accountabilities include the College’s complaint process, candidacy coordination and professional standards consultation.

Position Summary

The Regulatory and Candidacy Consultant is accountable to the Executive Director/ Registrar. The position provides strategic support through collaboration with the membership and the NSCSW team in order to regulate a high standard of ethical, competent social work practice. This role supports the NSCSW’s professional misconduct process and consults with the Complaints Committee and/or Discipline Committee. This position is the expert on regulation, investigations and professional social work conduct. The position is also responsible for overseeing a re-developed Social Work Candidacy/Mentorship program. This involves ensuring that mentors, candidates and employers have the tools and resources they need to complete this regulatory requirement.


  • $34.22 – $44.72/hour;
  • a defined pension plan;
  • a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Employment Equity

The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers is committed to the value of equity and strives to create an organization that represents the intersectional identities of Nova Scotians. Applicants from groups who have historically faced barriers to employment are encouraged to self-identify in their application.

Job Accountabilities

Complaint and Discipline Process

  • Provides strategic and administrative consultation to the complaints process from receipt of a complaint through to final resolution. This includes providing information to the public and social workers about the complaint process and ensuring timely investigation of complaints in accordance with policies and guidelines.
  • Serves as the main resource for the Complaints Committee and/or Discipline Committee; provides feedback and clarification on process, policy and legislation to the Complaints Committee for their review.
  • Consults with College lawyers regarding complaint/discipline as required. Ensures that social workers are in compliance with the terms and conditions of any Interim Settlement Agreements that are issued by the Discipline Committee.
  • Works to update the complaints process and to ensure that the process is effective, accountable and transparent.
  • Monitors costs and obtains approval from Executive Director/Registrar for expenses related to disciplinary matters.

Candidacy Coordination

  • Supports and develops the implementation of the Social Work Candidacy/Mentorship program;
  • Develops, reviews, updates and monitors Candidacy framework and curriculum;
  • Provides active supports to Candidates and Mentors to achieve objectives of the program;
  • Develops and supports Candidacy Mentor training;
  • Reviews and approves all Candidate files in partnership with the applications and Regulatory and Applications Administrator to ensure a high standard across all applicants
  • Identifies enhancements to the Candidacy Mentorship program and develops support tools;
  • Monitors and evaluates Social Work Candidacy Mentorship Program.

Professional Standards Consultation

  • Participates in support of the Professional Standards and Membership committees as an internal consultant.
  • Serves as a bridge between staff and the committee, advises the chair and committee members, and assists the committee by providing strategic advice and facilitating communications, action, and cooperation.
  • Collaborates with the committee’s volunteer leadership to set strategic direction, advance the committee’s agenda, and ensure programs and/or activities are planned and implemented according to the committee’s charge and duties.
  • Develops relevant events, educational sessions, information and programs, both topics and format in solidarity with member interest.
  • Develops and delivers presentations and/or workshops to interested parties.


  • A BSW with appropriate experience (An MSW is preferred).
  • The applicant should have excellent knowledge of the social work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and be knowledgeable on ethical decision making.
  • Experience with investigations in a social work setting.
  • The applicant would have knowledge of program and curriculum development, adult education, and monitoring and evaluation.


  • Have extensive project management experience.
  • Experience in administrative law and/or forensic social work would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of boards, councils, and regulatory environments is required.
  • Must have strong written and analytical skills. This includes legislative analysis experience, proficiency in writing reports, interviewing, and writing decision summaries of recommendations.
  • Must have excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to facilitate committee meetings
  • Must be able to meet deadlines for completing tasks.

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to Alec Stratford, Executive Director/Registrar ( by May 31st, 2019 at 4:30pm ADT.

About the NSCSW

The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers exists to serve and protect Nova Scotians by effectively regulating the profession of social work.

Our Pillars

The areas we focus on in order to deliver on our mandate:


We establish, maintain, and regulate standards of professional practice to ensure Nova Scotians receive the services of skilled and competent social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, qualified, and accountable to the people who receive social work services.

Member Services

We provide membership services to support Registered Social Workers in maintaining the highest standards of professional competency, and that enable participation in a broader provincial social work community.

Engagement & Communication

We engage with members, government, employers, community groups, and citizens to build a stronger social work community, and to advance the social work profession in Nova Scotia.


We engage with Nova Scotia’s social work community in advocating for improvement to social policies, programs, and social justice.

Leadership & Accountability

We provide responsive, accountable leadership to ensure the highest standards of social work for Nova Scotians.