Student Researcher/Poverty Coalition Coordinator

The Student Researcher/Poverty Coalition Coordinator will support the Colleges advocacy by engaging with organizations and activists to build a coalition to address Nova Scotia’s deep-rooted social inequities in order to address poverty. These groups are developing a coalition that will provide leadership and advocacy towards public policy to reduce poverty and related inequities in Nova Scotia.

This is a temporary full-time position that starts June 4th, 2018 and will end August 31st, 2018.

The Student Researcher/Poverty Coalition Coordinator will provide critical research to develop and enhance the College’s programming. Projects will include researching compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma amongst Nova Scotia social workers and building resources to support social workers and social worker employers towards greater well-being.

Job Responsibilities


  • Conduct literature reviews on assigned research topics to evaluate emerging trends and theories;
  • Use the College’s database to engage with members and stakeholders on research topic;
  • Produce reports on the research topic for membership engagement.

Community Organizing:

  • Work with coalition partners to build a greater understanding of the experiences of poverty;
  • Support the coalition to build its capacity as a province-wide organization focused on education and advocacy on public interest issues related to poverty;
  • Support the coalition to build an infrastructure that enables extensive grassroots-led initiatives while also powerfully framing their causes and directing campaign momentum towards sharp political goals and shared activities;
  • Work with the coalition to develop political and action priorities;
  • Support the development of working groups on political action priorities;
  • Develop a plan to connect and welcome grassroots organization and individuals to the coalition and grow membership.


  • Develop a project plan to develop core branding for the coalition;
  • Develop a communications plan for external and internal communications for the coalition.


  • Use project management tools to develop objectives for core projects;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/Registrar.


  • Canadian Citizen;
  • A student at an accredited University between the ages of 15 and 30;
  • Completed a minimum of one year in social work program and be enrolled in the fall (preference given to MSW students);
  • Be a self-starter and capable of self-direction
  • Foundational understanding of social work practice in Nova Scotia;
  • A basic understanding of research practices;
  • A basic understanding of Community Development practices;
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • A passion for social work and ethical practice.


The position pays $20 hour for 35 hours a week.

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.

How to Apply

Send your CV and Cover Letter to the College’s Executive Director/Registrar, Alec Stratford at by May 13th, 2018.