Position: Program Coordinator
Contract: April 27 – August 31, 2020

Location: Kentville (1), Truro/New Glasgow (1), Bridgewater (1) and Sydney/Glace Bay/North Sydney (1)

The Program

The Career Rising program is an exciting opportunity offered to youth age 15 – 19 years living in several rural communities across Nova Scotia. The program runs through a partnership between Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and the Department of Community Services. During July and August, this skills development program provides two weeks of training and orientation for youth to gain employability skills in preparation for their six-week work experience with local employers within the labour sectors.

The Program Coordinator Role
Joining the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council team, the Coordinator is a vital role focused on connecting with the registered youth in their region throughout their Career Rising journey. Acting as a liaison, the Coordinator will develop and maintain relationships with the youth and their family as well as the employers participating in the program. The Coordinator will provide updates to the Program Manager and represent their region when collaborating with their local Community Services office.

This position involves connecting with previous and new employers to recruit work experience placements for their region. Along with the Program Manager, the Coordinator will attend Information Sessions and Youth Meetings to promote the program and meet registered youth. The Coordinator will supervise and help facilitate the two-week training and orientation component where community facilitators conduct sessions.

Once the youth begin their work experience, the Coordinator’s role will shift to support the youth as they navigate the work force. Duties will include, completing scheduled check-ins with the employer and the youth as well as collecting payroll hours on a bi-weekly basis. The Coordinator will also support the youth or employer to find a solution for any daily urgencies (transportation, illness, emotional support).

General Duties


  • Work in consultation with the Program Manager to recruit potential placement opportunities
  • Attend Returner Retreat (overnight experience for returning youth) May 29 – 31 in Truro
  • Attend Info Sessions and Youth Meetings with Project Manager to promote program
  • Help develop and oversee day-to-day program activities for two-weeks including working with presenters and arranging tours/site visits


During Program

  • Oversee and coordinate the Career Rising program in one designated region by acting as a liaison between youth, their employer and the local office
  • Supervise and co-facilitate training/orientation weeks where youth complete scheduled training and certification related to employability, the labour sectors and team building
  • Maintain communication with employers by visiting placement sites regularly (bi-weekly) and connecting through phone calls to check in and offer support
  • Document and report successes and concerns with all parties involved (youth, their family, the employer)
  • Act as liaison to local Community Services office
  • Act as a mentor for participants in the program and support youth with job coaching as needed
  • Document weekly feedback from youth and employer
  • Submit report (Communication Log) to Program Manager as required
  • Address any concerns from feedback and/or notify Program Manager
  • Any other duties related to the program agreed upon and specified by the Program Manager


  • Graduate or currently completing post-secondary program in related field (degree in Child and Youth Study, Community Studies, Education, Psychology, Sociology or diploma in Child and Youth Care or Social Services, etc.)
  • Demonstrated previous experience working with youth
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Professionalism while collaborating with all resources involved
  • Comfortable leading a group of 15 – 20 youth
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle for employment site visits
  • Current and clean Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record Check required for start date
  • Personal laptop and cell phone
  • Must reside in the region you apply for
  • Must be available to attend staff training April 27-29 in Dartmouth, and weekend retreat May 29-31 in Truro


40 hours per week (must be accessible some weekends and evenings), $1280 bi-weekly
Mileage for visiting employer sites and Coordinator training
Monthly phone allowance


Interested candidates can submit cover letter and resume outlining their qualifications to:
Jessica Briand
Youth Program Manager

Application deadline: March 28, 2020 @ 4:00PM

We appreciate your interest! Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted