Join our team: Professional Practice and Advocacy Consultant

Position Summary

The position is accountable for organizing professional development opportunities and supporting social workers to achieve their professional development requirements. The position reviews, develops and evaluates policy regarding professional standards. Finally, this position is responsible for membership and community stakeholder engagement. This includes developing, implementing and facilitating advocacy and community development activities in solidarity with members and community partners that advocate for the values of the profession. 

Employment Equity 

NSCSW 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.

Compensation 

  • This is a FTE permanent position; the salary range is $35.78 – $44.72 per hour.
  • The NSCSW offers a defined pension plan through the NSHEPP.
  • The NSCSW offers competitive extended health benefits.

Job Accountabilities 

Professional Development Services 

  • Supports the Professional Development Committee to develop and implement ongoing professional development opportunities across Nova Scotia, including an annual conference. 
  • Ensures the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities are grounded in current research and/or best practices.
  • Performs ongoing evaluations of the professional development opportunities to ensure the offerings are aligned with supporting members achieve their professional development requirements and highest standards of professional competency.
  • Leverages all social media platforms in the provision of professional development opportunities. 
  • Serves as a bridge between staff and the professional development committee, advises the chair and committee members, and assists the committee by providing strategic advice and facilitating communications, action, and collaboration.

Professional Standards

  • Supports the Professional Standards Committee to conduct reviews and supports the development of the NSCSW’s professional standards.
  • Serves as the main resource for members’ queries related to professional development requirements.
  • Serves as a bridge between staff and the Professional Standards Committee, advises the chair and committee members, and assists the committee by providing strategic advice and facilitating communications, action, and collaboration
  • 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, materials, educational sessions, information and programs involving professional standards. 

Advocacy and Community Development 

  • Supports the Social Justice Committee to review, develop and evaluate the NSCSW’s social justice goals.
  • Serves as a bridge between staff and the Social Justice Committee, advises the chair and committee members, and assists the committee by providing strategic advice and facilitating communications, action, and cooperation.
  • Writes research statements, including policy papers, press releases, and backgrounders and campaign content.
  • Monitors media, government legislation, ministerial programs and provincial budget estimates to be able to respond publicly to emerging issues. 
  • Applies knowledge of practice consultation issues and trends to influence policy development and outcomes for the betterment of the social work practice.
  • Determines projects that can be supported by the College to support enhanced social justice and work in partnership with organizations to develop statements and policy on issues that are aligned with the NSCSW positions. 

Promotion of the Profession

  • Supports the Editorial Committee in the delivery of 3 Connection magazines a year.
  • Serves as a bridge between staff and the Editorial Committee, advises the chair and committee members, and assists the committee by providing strategic advice and facilitating communications, action, and cooperation.
  • Coordinates Social Work Month and works with CASW to support and facilitate local activities.
  • Coordinates the presentation of various social worker awards and scholarships, including organizing events for the presentation of the award or scholarship.

Communication and Member Engagement       

  • Provides input and direction to multi-dimensional communication efforts with both members and the general public.
  • Develops internal and external communication strategies with the Communication Coordinator for the Colleges’ members.
  • Responsible for creating an awareness of various activities across the province by identifying the content of information to be posted on the College’s website and/or through paper communications and industry mail-outs.

Knowledge/Experience

  • A master’s degree in social work. (A specialization in community development is an asset.) 
  • Excellent knowledge of social work professional development standards, standards of practice, and code of ethics.
  • Knowledge of adult education theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and development.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and implementing professional development offerings utilizing all social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated research and evaluation skills.
  • Must be an RSW in Nova Scotia or eligible for registration.  
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience as a social worker is required.
  • Must hold a current driver’s license that is valid in Nova Scotia, have access to a motor vehicle and be willing to travel.

Competencies

  • Outstanding writing and communication skills 
  • Create social media content, including text, image, and videos
  • Excellent community development skills
  • Proficient macro practice advocacy skills
  • Sound project management skills 
  • Requires strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • This position must have a solid understanding of the NS Social Workers Act, Regulations and By-laws.

Application

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Alec Stratford, Executive Director/ Registrar at [email protected] by March 12, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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