Social Program Officers and Coordinators
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Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, develop policy and implement or administer programs in areas such as consumer affairs, employment, home economics, immigration, law enforcement, corrections, human rights, housing, labour, family services, foreign aid and international development. They are employed by government departments and agencies, hospitals, educational institutions, consulting establishments, professional associations, research institutes, non-government organizations and international organizations or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Immigration and citizenship consultants conduct research, advise clients and prepare immigration, citizenship and visas applications. They may also represent clients at tribunals and before administrative bodies. (National Occupational Classification)
Settlement counsellors work predominately for nongovernmental, community-based settlement organizations or government agencies i.e. libraries or school boards to provide support to immigrants and refugees to adapt to life in Canada and participate in the life of society. (CERIC – Settlement Counsellor Career Pathway)
This profile page includes information about: This profile includes information about: Program coordinators and officers, Human Rights Officer, Immigration consultants, and Settlement counsellors.
Find detailed information about the occupation, incl. typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions and information
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Settlement Counsellor Career Pathway – CERIC
- Development Job Profiles – My World Abroad
- Human Rights Career Paths – Humanrightscareers.com
- Eco Canada Career Profiles
- Charity Officer Job Profile- UK Prospects
- Careers in Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Fundraising Officer-Job description
A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a social science or related discipline, or in business administration is usually required. A master's degree in a social science or related discipline or in business administration may be required. Registration with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (formerly the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) is required for regulated Canadian immigration consultants. (National Occupational Classification)
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Management / I.H. Asper School of Business
- Health Studies - Family Health (formerly Family Social Sciences)
- Faculty of Social Work
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S
- Settlement Worker- Job outlook for Canada
- Interview with an Outreach and Engagement Manager
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)
- College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Manitoba 211- Directory of Social Service Organizations in Manitoba
- Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)
- Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) - Part of the Inter-council Network
- Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)
- Devex - Social enterprise and media platform for the global development community
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
- Manitoba Government
- Job Bank - Federal Government
- Community Economic Development Job Board (CCEDNet)
- MANSO Job Board
- Work In Non-Profits.ca
- Charity Village - specialized job board for Canadian non-profit professionals
- United Nation Careers