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Job Number:  38865
Family Group Conference Coordinator
Job Posted: Friday, 13 October 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 3 November 2017
(41 days ago)
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $52,329.92 to $69,104.56

Job:                     Family Group Conference Coordinator (FGC Coordinator)

Status:                 Term – Regular Full-Time until June 12, 2019

Location:              471 East Broadway, Vancouver BC

Hours of Work:     8:30 - 4:30 Monday to Friday

Classification:       Delegated Social Worker – Grid 24

Salary:                 $52,329.92 - $69,104.56

Closing:                October 31, 2017


At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Aboriginal children and families are upheld, honoured and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honour the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Aboriginal programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.




Reporting to the Collaborative Practice Team Leader, the FGC Coordinator works collaboratively in a neutral role with the social worker, immediate and extended family (kinship), community members and other supports identified by family to develop a plan of care to address child protection concerns. The Coordinator works collaboratively with the Social Worker to ensure that the family understands the issues identified in the in the structured decision making tools and also explains how the process is intended to deal with these issues.


The Coordinator, coordinates, facilitates and helps to implement the co-operative family directed intervention planning process that is available to families whose children are identified by the Director to be in need of protection. It provides a non-adversarial route for developing risk reduction plans but is not intended to replace the court process. The parents will have the option of using this method or choosing alternative methods of dispute resolution including court. The participation of the immediate and extended families is a vital part of this initiative. This process allows the families to be directly involved with the creation of the plan or if necessary, in a supervisory role.


Most integral to this process is the Coordinator works to ensure the family is supported by allowing the family to identify their own strengths, supports and to implement the meeting in such a way that honors and reflects their cultural identity, practices and protocols when identified.




Planning and Facilitation by:

  • Interviewing the client and family.
  • Assessing the problem.
  • Providing information about the organization to the client and family.
  • Contacting the clients and families to assess the willingness to participate in programs.
  • Family Group Conferences are family driven processes that involves a private family time component and is not time limited.
  • Collaborative Planning Conferences are scheduled 90 minute meetings utilized to address immediate safety planning for families.
  • The coordinator will also facilitate other meetings at request of the Team Leader such as; Integrated Case Management meetings and other informal family planning meetings.


Provides and prepares all professional participants to ensure clarity of roles by:

  • Providing information and referrals to other community service providers, resources and professionals as deemed necessary.
  • Contacting Social Workers assigned to the case and ensuring that all relevant information concerning risk and safety concerns involving client and family are met.
  • Working with a professional team and liaising with colleagues and other professionals.
  • Meeting with families in their homes or communities to identify conference participants and to clarify confidentiality and potential safety issues.


Integrated Case Management:

  • Ensuring that the family has an advocate or support person to attend the meetings and any important conferences as required.
  • Ensuring that the views of the child and/or children are always heard.
  • Developing an analysis and plan of action around issues of resistance or reluctance.
  • Explaining the goals and effectiveness of their participation in the process.
  • Establishing an atmosphere of safety and respect that supports the strengths and integrity of the family.
  • Involving the family members to establish guidelines about how they would like the discussions to happen.


Maintains case files by:

  • Preparing and submitting meeting notes in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring that any changes made to the Family Plan are well documented.
  • Preparing and providing information on assessments, progress reports, completing caseload statistics for client files and providing this information to the Supervisor.
  • Ensuring the FGC data system is accurately updated with the required information.




Education, Training and Experience:   

  • MSW or Master’s degree in a related social services field; or BSW; or BA Child and Youth Care; or BA in a related social services field with 3 years of experience working in child and family services/child welfare setting
  • C-6 delegation training to be provided  


Job Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have a positive attitude with a non-judgmental committed desire and concern to help children and empower families.
  • Knowledge of First Nations living off reserve in urban areas and the systemic barrier challenges experienced by them.
  • Knowledge of diverse First Nations kinship practices within communities as well as an urban environment.
  • Knowledge of the Child, Family and Community Service Act.
  • Must have a strong sense of ethics, trust and safety regarding personal boundaries.
  • Good investigative skills and knowledge of extended family practices within Aboriginal communities.
  • Possess an excellent understanding of family support teams, guardianship and social services.
  • Ability to establish effective and efficient working relationships with Management, Supervisors, Clinical Staff and other professionals.
  • Excellent facilitation, problem-solving/conflict resolution and emotional development skills. Accept feedback constructively; work independently and as part of a team.
  • Computer Skills for Microsoft, Outlook and the Internet.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a safe reliable vehicle are required for this position.



Interested applicants may apply at www.vacfss.com or by using the following link: https://vacfss.wufoo.eu/forms/r1dbtk6v16t2lzf/.   


Preference may be given to qualified Aboriginal candidates per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Apply on the agency website of www.vacfss.com using the online application of the Employment Opportunities webpage: https://vacfss.wufoo.eu/forms/r1dbtk6v16t2lzf/
Contact Details:
Jeremy Bara
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services
745 Clark Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J3

Tel: 6048757028
Fax: 6048726729
www:   www.vacfss.com/

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