SRCE-22-657, Child and Youth Care Practitioners, Multiple Locations

Strait Regional Centre for Education

The Strait Regional (0052) invites applications from qualified candidates for the posted vacancy.  In accordance with the CUPE (3100) Collective Agreement , senior qualified candidates will be given preference. Candidates who apply for more than one position, may rank their applications in order of preference. Please also indicate if you wish to be considered for subsequent arising vacancies.

As part of the public education system in Nova Scotia, the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) was established on April 1, 2018, to deliver the public school program focusing on supporting student learning, achievement, well-being and overall success.  The Strait Regional Centre for Education, with the support of approximately 1,050 employees, works diligently to achieve its mission “to empower our children and youth, within safe, equitable and inclusive environments to embrace a changing world as responsible, contributing and successful lifelong learners.”  In 2021-2022, the SRCE operates 20 schools with approximately 5,787 students; and approximately 345 children are attending pre-primary programs at 14 school locations.  Located in the northeastern part of Nova Scotia, the Strait Regional Centre for Education’s jurisdiction encompasses the counties of Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond, an area of approximately 11,000 square kilometres with a population of 53,125 (Census 2016).

The Child and Youth Care Practitioner falls within the CUPE Local 955 job classification. Salary and Benefits information for this position can be accessed by clicking this link  CUPE Local 955 Collective Agreement.

The goal of the Strait Regional Centre for Education is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all levels, of the students and families we serve. These position are available only to applicants from peoples of African Nova Scotian, African Canadian and African ancestry, Mi’kmaw/Indigenous ancestry, First Nation ancestry, and persons who identify with a disability.


Work Schedule: 7 hrs/day; 12 month position 

Deadline for Applications:  02/29/2024,  at 11:59 pm.

Effective Dates:   03/04/2024   



Child and Youth Care Practitioner-four positions  (worksites to be determined within the SRCE)


The CYCP  will provide the following services in each of the schools:

  • Working with students directly in education settings, identifying services for students who have difficulty coping in school/education settings with self-regulation, social skills and developing positive relationships
  • Facilitate professional learning opportunities and promote the use of evidence based curriculum  resources to support health promotion in the area of mental wellness and pro-social behavior.
  • Support schools in the  development of welcoming, supportive and inclusive school and classroom environments through proactive, preventative, positive behavior supports, which recognize and value cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Support the promotion of curriculum that develops resiliency in students
  • Explicitly teach emotion words to students P-8 using progrmas such as Path’s and the healthy living curriculum
  • Promote, model and coach social communication, social skills and problem solving in  small group and large group situations
  • Work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, specialists, parents and others to support the implementation of appropriate interventions and programming for assigned students.
  • Apply evidence informed interventions related to social emotional learning and culturally responsive pedagogy.  Specifically they will be trained in PATHS to support individual and whole school implementation
  • Participate in team meeting for individual students and contribute to success plan
  • Compliment the roles of the existing SchoolsPlus team and provide services of identified gaps based on individual and school based needs


Essential Requirements:


  • Completion of a post-secondary diploma or certificate such as Nova Scotia Community College: Child & Youth Care Practitioner Program diploma is required.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be of African Nova Scotian, African Canadian and African ancestry, Mi’kmaw/Indigenous ancestry, First Nation ancestry, and/or persons who identify with a disability.


Desirable Requirements:


  • Experience working in an educational setting
  • Membership in the NS Child and Youth Care Workers’ Association
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Nonviolent crisis intervention
  • First aid Mental Health for adults interacting with young (National training)




Your application must include at least three (3) work-related references; one must be your most recent supervisor.    The Strait Regional Centre for Education appreciates your expression of interest for employment.  Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. All candidates short listed for interviews will have references check prior to being interviewed.  Candidates can check on the status of their applications in Successfactors under My Applications.

 All employees of the Strait Regional Centre for Education must provide a current (within the last 3 months), and clear Criminal Record Check-Vulnerable Sector and Child Abuse Registry prior to employment with the Strait Regional Centre for Education