The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Can work Remote
Education and Training

Learning Support Specialist (PS4)


Central Office

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Student and Career Services
Term, Full-time Position: Commencing approximately February 14, 2022 and ending approximately June 30, 2022
Application deadline is 11:59PM, January 27, 2022

Competition No. 2022-022

The salary scale for Professional Support 4 is based on twelve steps that range from $62,898.93 - $87,933.98. New Professional Support may receive up to a maximum of seven steps for relevant occupational experience which is $75,511.20 annually

This is a remote work opportunity. You must have a suitable work from home office space and be within easy commuting distance to any of NSCC's physical campuses. The successful candidate will have all computing requirements (computer, monitors, etc) provided to their home office.

For the 2021-22 Academic Year, based on public health guidelines, NSCC plans to return to more in-person learning, supports and services. You may be required to work on campus, remotely or a combination of both as the Academic Year progresses. This will be clarified further upon hire.

NSCC firmly believes a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our friends, families and communities protected from COVID-19 and the developing, fast-moving variants. With this in mind, please be aware that NSCC requires all employees and students working and learning on an NSCC campus be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees and students who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or other reasons will need to be tested and have a negative test result within 72 hours of being on campus, and follow Campus safety protocols.

What you'll do


What you will be doing…

Reporting to the Manager, Accessibility Services, the Learning Support Specialist is responsible for the delivery of learning strategies in support of student retention to help students improve their ability to achieve academic success and meet learning outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, assessing student learning needs and developing plans; identifying barriers to learning; consulting on learning issues; collaborating with Accessibility Services staff, the Centre of Teaching and Learning and other partners and stakeholders; supporting the work of the Learning Commons; and designing, delivering and evaluating programming.

This position prioritizes learning support services for students who self-identify with a disability and are not eligible for accommodations, including the design, delivery and evaluation of individualized interventions. 

What you'll need


You are a collaborative, team player who takes personal accountability to deliver on what is expected in your role and you strive for excellence every day. You understand your position as a role model to each of our students and as such, you demonstrate the utmost professionalism, integrity and respect for all persons in everything you do. You are committed to life-long learning, occupational currency and a belief in NSCC's mission. You bring a learning-centered perspective to everything you do. You think broadly, celebrate diversity of thought, and respect the uniqueness of individuals. You flourish in a dynamic, changing and sometimes ambiguous environment by keeping informed and connected within your role and the College. Is this you?

Qualifications and Occupational Experience:

  • The minimum educational qualification for this position is a post-secondary degree in a related discipline such as adult education, educational psychology, neuroeducation, or special education.
  • Learning Strategist Certificate is considered an asset.
  • You have a minimum of 3 years of recent and related occupational experience working with adult learners to develop learning or academic skills in academic settings, demonstrating application of learning theory and evidence-based practices. 
  • Experience developing and implementing individualized learning supports for students with disabilities, preferably in a post-secondary environment 
  • Experience designing and delivering learning supports in group and individual settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning and student development principles, disabilities and learning support interventions 
  • Experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) considered an asset. 
  • Strong demonstrated computer literacy skills including Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, PeopleSoft, case management systems, Brightspace, Assistive Technologies.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and influence skills; positive client service perspective.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with facilitation and training. 
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced, distributed environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and departments.

Relevant Skills and Knowledge

  • You demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • You possess excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to interact with a diversity of people and support resolution of issues
  • You are known for your superior customer service skills and are able to create a relationship of trust beyond the immediate interaction
  • Your superb team working skills enable you to contribute positively to a team environment
  • You have specific technical occupational knowledge and skill in helping a diverse student population succeed in both an online and in-person environment through the application of learning theories and strategies to academic interventions
  • You have specific knowledge and understanding of diverse populations including Indigenous populations.
  • You are able to design, implement and assess technologically-rich learning experiences for students and other stakeholders that model effective use of visual and interactive media
  • You seek to ensure that one's educational work with, and service to students, is inclusive of students participating in online and hybrid format courses and programs.
  • You acknowledge universal design principles to model and promote accessibility among students, colleagues, and educational partners
  • You have the ability to lead initiatives, programs and services that support student learning; such as, individualized interventions, study groups, targeted workshops, technology training and peer tutoring
  • You are known for your problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • You possess excellent coordination skills specifically related to working in a complex, face-paced environment
  • You have proven records and information management skills and abilities
  • Excellent communication skills while working with colleagues and serving students in both physical and virtual environments

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A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools - Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation - and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 82% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. NSCC makes things happen. We're growing the economy of Nova Scotia, we're producing highly skilled workers, and we're building communities. How are we doing it? By providing the most career-oriented education available in Nova Scotia today; by maintaining close links to industry; and by inviting exceptionally talented people to join NSCC's team of 2,000.Consider being a part of excellence in learning and having the chance to help build Nova Scotia's future while building your own. All NSCC positions are advertised every Tuesday and Thursday. To learn more about our hiring process, please follow this link:

Are you interested?

Work With Us

You will change lives. You will join committed individuals as we work to build Nova Scotia's economy and improve quality of life through education and innovation. As an NSCC employee, you will be part of that change.
You will find a place to grow personally and professionally with opportunities for professional development and collaborative projects.
You will do meaningful and challenging work in a publicly accountable and respectful working and learning environment that is diverse, safe and inclusive. You will have the freedom to enable innovation, improvement and excellence.
You will celebrate the uniqueness of individuals. NSCC campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq People. Nova Scotia Community College values diversity and inclusion and is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so by completing an online questionnaire with your application.

As a condition of employment, Professional Support employees at NSCC must complete a two-year (part-time) adult education program delivered by NSCC. This adult education program is a significant investment on the part of NSCC in the learning and development of new employees. To achieve regular status; all probationary, full or part-time Professional Support employees of the College must successfully complete the program within their probationary period. Term full-time Professional Support employees whose term appointment is twelve or more months are also required to participate in this program.

NSCC offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package. As a learning-centred organization, we provide opportunities for every NSCC employee to be a life-long learner. Candidates selected for interviews will be expected to provide at least three recent, occupational references. The successful candidate will be expected to provide official transcripts to show proof of academic achievements.

NSCC is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, NSCC will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Nikki Berrigan, HR Generalist at [email protected] Our Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy can be found here:

To apply for College jobs, click on the Apply Now button. First time users will be asked to set up an account with a username and password. There are three parts to your NSCC application: 

  1. Your Profile. You can import your resume or your LinkedIn profile to help populate your profile (click Import Options, top right) or you can complete the profile manually. One thing to note if you are using a resume or LinkedIn; they may not import synchronously with the profile and you may still need to make some manual adjustments.
  2. Your Cover Letter and Resume. Towards the bottom of the Application tab, you will see a place to attach or write your cover letter. You will also see a place to attach your resume. Although these two sections say they are optional; they are not optional and are required for a complete NSCC application. 
  3. Questions. Next to the Application tab, you will see a Questions tab. We will need you to complete these questions in order to submit your application. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late or paper applications.