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Job Number:  58060
Guardianship Social Work Assistant
Job Posted: Thursday, 3 October 2019
Closing Date: Monday, 14 October 2019
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $46,876.47 - $53,008.76

Position:                             Guardianship Social Work Assistant

Status:                                Regular Full-time Term (2 years)

Hours of Work:                  8:30 - 4:30 Monday to Friday (35 hrs/week)

Closing:                              Open until position is filled

Salary:                                $46,876.47 - $53,008.76 annually               

Classification:                    Grid 13, BCGEU

Location:                            3284 East Broadway, Vancouver BC

  • Use your child welfare expertise to make a lasting difference in Vancouver's Aboriginal community!
  • Receive a competitive salary of $$46,876.47 - $53,008.76 PLUS a comprehensive benefits package!
  • Take on a challenging role that provides membership in the Public Service Pension Plan!

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.



In accordance with legislation, the permanency Social Worker assistant (GSWA) provides support to guardianship planning for urban Aboriginal children and youth in the Continuing Care of the Director of Child Welfare through inclusive, trauma-informed and restorative child welfare practices. This is enacted when working in partnership with the child’s family, extended family, community, Band or Nation to: (1) Gather the child’s Circle; (2) Listen, assess and find solutions; (3) Create security, belonging and well-being; and (4) Keep the Circle strong.


The work of the GSWA is guided by the values of belonging, respect, strengths-based practice, integrity and humility. It is conducted in accordance with practice standards, legislation, and VACFSS’s philosophy of service delivery, in pursuit of a balanced and harmonious Aboriginal community.


This position reports directly to the Team Leader in the Guardianship Program.


A complete position profile will be made available at the time of the interview.



  • Maximize collaboration by contacting those in the child/youth’s Circle as partners in planning, as directed by the Guardianship Social Worker and Team Leader. Work with each member by discussing their role within the child/youth’s Circle

  • Seek to identify and plan for permanency options from the child’s Circle. This may include family finding work, completing genealogies, file mining, and collaboration with the child’s community

  • Consult with the Social Worker and the child/youth’s Circle to develop a permanency plan that focuses on their views and the four quadrants of permanency: (1) Relational, (2) Cultural, (3) Physical and (4) Legal.
  • Educate/refer children and family to community services, in addition to VACFSS ceremonies and services

  • Support the child/youth entitled under the Indian Act or considered for membership status with their Indigenous community through registration

  • Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of various Indigenous groups in Canada as well as protocols associated with accessing community contacts and Elders. Demonstrates a good knowledge of Indigenous service structures including Band Administration, Band Social Worker functions, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and cultural resources in the community. Demonstrates ability in working with VACFSS Staff, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Demonstrates a practical ability to participate in Aboriginal ceremony

  • Has a practical knowledge and understanding of Restorative Aboriginal Welfare practices and the ability to reframe colonial practice into this model. Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the Children Family Community Services Act (CFCSA) and VACFSS program policies and their interconnectivity in practice. Also, demonstrates the ability to develop genograms, facilitate community homecomings, and an understanding of permanency from a restorative practice perspective. Demonstrates the skill to utilize the Integrated Case Management (ICM) and the Management Information System (MIS) and other data basis and complete comprehensive file reviews

  • Clearly communicates orally and in writing in a respectful manner.

A complete job description will be made available to candidates during the interview process.




Education, Training and Experience:      

  • A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or;
  • A Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Care or;
  • A Bachelor degree specializing in a related human services field plus relevant experience

Job Skills and Abilities

    • Solid understanding of the Child, Family and Community Services Act
    • Awareness of resources available to Aboriginal clients, and knowledge of the referral process
    • Demonstrates the ability to maintain controlled emotional involvement in dealing with self and with others.
    • Ability to form therapeutic relationships with difficult to engage with children and youth
    • Ability to work with family, extended family, Bands, Nations, and Community
    • Demonstrated ability to work from a trauma informed practice
    • Applies the Aboriginal concept of relational engagement to persons-served, to other employees and to the land from an Aboriginal Worldview
    • Applies the process of traditional problem solving utilizing collaboration and consensus in analyzing and developing appropriate solutions to problems, evaluating a course of action, reaching decisions and modifying decisions based on changing circumstances or information
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle


  • Computer skills for Microsoft Word and Outlook



In exchange for your contributions, you will receive a competitive salary benefits package, including:

  • Medical, extended health, and dental
  • Group life
  • 100% employer-paid premiums
  • 3 weeks of vacation
  • Eligible for the VACFSS flex program after passing probation
  • Membership in the Public Service Pension Plan


Interested applicants may apply at www.vacfss.com or by using the following link: Apply Online.


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 online through the Agency website of www.vacfss.com using the online application: 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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