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Job Number:  37005
Early Intervention Family Support Worker #HL-327-EIFSW
Job Posted: Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Closing Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2017
(62 days ago)
WJS Canada
Region: Northern Alberta Type: Full time
Location: High Level, AB (2 hrs north of Peace River) Salary: Wage: $ 23 - $25/hr


Early Intervention Family Support Worker job in High Level, AB #HL-327-EIFSW

Full time position

Schedule:  40 hrs/wk with a flexible schedule (days, evenings & weekends)

Wage: $ 23 - $25/hr


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of local families?


We are currently recruiting an Early Intervention Family Support Worker who works directly with families, youth and children in High Level, AB and the surrounding community.


WJS Early Intervention services provide timely and practical parenting techniques to deal with family problems. By addressing both teen and parent issues, WJS Canada helps families prepare for and meet challenges successfully and before legal intervention. Staff begins work with parents by establishing a relationship and assessing parents’ strengths and areas of struggle with regards to parenting. We meet wherever it is convenient, preferably in the family home. WJS staff and parents work together to learn what the family hopes to accomplish, set realistic and important goals and recognize and encourage the family’s strengths. We identify what the family needs, find solutions that build on the family’s strengths and lead to necessary changes, make a plan for who will do what and when it will be done, and agree on the next steps. WJS staff work with parents to establish routines in the home, help with budgeting and money management and teach nutrition and healthy eating. We also work with youth aged 12-17 focusing on mentorship, parent teen conflicts, self esteem and conflict resolution.


Once the parents and the WJS staff have determined that they have met their goals and addressed the concerns that led to their referral, staff will offer to close services with the family and offer follow-up for three to six months to support parents with maintaining the positive changes they have made. We connect families to other community resources to help build their support network after the WJS staff is no longer available.


Our work with families revolves around healthy child development which starts with the attachment relationship between the child or youth and the parents. Attachment formation is the foundation for the child’s development of their relationship capacity, self-regulation and emotional/social growth. Because attachment is critical for the child, we incorporate the principles of neuro-development to help guide families towards parenting practices that will reinforce healthy development. We assess the extent children and youth’s behavior is filtered through and shaped by trauma. By interpreting the trauma, we can help parents respond in ways that reduce the children’s distress and open up opportunities for change. Our work with parents also appreciates the extent their parenting is shaped by their past and culture. Our role is to help parents build on their strengths and find ways to successfully and safely raise their children.


Our employees enjoy:

  • Flexible hours of work.
  • Comprehensive benefit plans for full time employees.
  • Training and development programs to increase your knowledge and skills and ignite your career!
  • Inspiring, challenging and rewarding work where you will make a difference each and every day you work.
  • Appreciative teams, Appreciative clients, Organizational Recognition and Rewards.


What WJS Canada does: WJS Canada’s mission is “Strengthening people and communities with innovative, individualized services”. The support we provide for families emphasizes building relationships to enhance the family’s strengths and achieve goals that address their needs for support in areas of struggle. Services are individualized and based on the family’s belief that their own internal resources can be strengthened and that other helpful skills can be developed. For more information on WJS, services & career opportunities, visit www.wjscanda.com


Where we work: While WJS serves individuals in many communities across Canada this opportunity is in High Level, Alberta. High Level, Alberta, a town in northern Alberta, with a population of 3,641.  located midway between Edmonton (733 kms south) and Yellowknife, NWT (725 kms south north). With the abundance of unspoiled nature surrounding High Level there are many opportunities for sightseeing. The Mackenzie region has numerous kinds of wildlife including bison, bear, deer, wolves, wolverines, coyotes, fox and many different species of birds. The community offers many different outdoor activities to suit an active lifestyle including baseball, golfing, camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skating, hiking, cross country skiing, bird watching and motocross. For more details visit http://www.highlevel.ca/visitors.


Your role within WJS:

The Early Intervention Family Support Worker job in High Level, AB is responsible for facilitating planned interventions and services aimed at strengthening and preserving families by providing home-based, family-centered services to promote the protection and well-being of children in their homes, as well as support and educate parents toward improvements in their parenting abilities.  The Family Support Worker reports to the Program Manager.



  • The Family Support Worker will provide early intervention services/support to families within the community up to 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.
  • Must be prepared to travel to family homes within the service area.
  • Evening and occasional weekend work is required at times, as this is the time when families with children are together and are often the most stressful time for families.
  • Be highly motivated, and able to work independently, you work with youth who need intervention and are at risk of suicide or harming themselves, or youth living a lifestyle that is considered high risk ( i.e. prostitution, drugs, etc)
  • Compassionately use your knowledge of youth development, behaviour management, positive discipline strategies and family dynamics to provide education (ex. parenting skills) and support services to families in their own homes.
  • Help families connect with community resources & support networks to enhance family functioning.
  • Follow prescribed case management plans, including maintaining accurate client file & program documentation and record of client activities and consulting on case files.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with local Child & Family Services, support networks, outside agencies and community resources
  • Call upon your knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and Alberta Family and Social Services policies and procedures as they relate to the Family Support Services Program.
  • Represent WJS family support services in a professional manner with Alberta Family and Social Services and the community.
  • Assist in evaluating service deliverables and contribute information/recommendations for improvements.


**All applicants must provide a current (within 3 months) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check prior to confirmation of employment with WJS Canada. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, prepare accordingly.


As an ideal candidate you possess:

  • A Diploma or Degree in Youth Work, Social Work, Social Service, Human Services, etc.
  • Experience in family support/intervention, youth work, mental health, FASD, trauma, a related human service field or equivalent
  • Clear Criminal Record and Child Welfare Intervention check
  • Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
  • Valid First Aid / CPR Certificate
  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training and cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset
  • Experience working with computer software systems
  • Adaptability and flexibility
How to Apply:
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Applications will be accepted until August 14, 2017
To apply for the Early Intervention Family Support Worker job in High Level, Ab, please apply with a resume and cover letter outlining your education and experience as it applies to this position. Include Competition # HL-327-EIFSW with your submission.
Contact Details:
Attn. Laura Demeester Lead Practice Specialist, High Level Family Services Centre
Email: at
Online: www.wjscanada.com
Fax: (855) 465-5502
www:   www.wjscanada.com

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