Job Posting 57900

Family Service Specialist
WJS Canada
Northern Alberta, Cold Lake, Alberta
closes in 64 days (Wed, 25 Mar)
casual or on-call  •  $27 - $33/hr

Family Service Specialist (Casual) - Cold Lake

Competition Number: J0919-0974
Job Number: J0919-0974
Job Type: Casual/On Call
City: Cold Lake, Alberta
Hours of Work Per Week: 10-20
Scheduled Days & Hours Each Week: Variable hours - In addition to office hours, this position involves quite a bit of weekend and evening work to accommodate home visits, supervised visits, and travel.
Compensation: $27 - $33/hr
Closing Date: Until suitable candidate hired


The Program
Emphasizing healthy relationships and individual strengths, our team of highly skilled Family Service Specialists at WJS Canada, assist youth, children and families to work to overcome areas of struggle and set and achieve new goals. Family services are based on the belief that the family’s own internal resources can be strengthened and other helpful skills can be developed.


The Position
WJS Canada is looking for a Casual/On Call Family Service Specialist in our Intervention program, to provide high quality supports to children, youth and families with complex issues in Cold Lake, Alberta and the surrounding community. A key component of this Collaborative Service Delivery based position is supporting children and families to connect with resources and organizing service delivery with external agencies and professionals within the community of Cold Lake and surrounding area. You will be determining family needs through assessments and creating service plans in collaboration with families to build upon strengths and future successes.

Working a flexible schedule of 10-20 hours/week. Applicants must be able to meet with families with complex issues in their homes and the community, when they need the support most (often evenings and weekends when families are together).


In Your Role You Will
• Be a self-motivated, independent individual who is comfortable working with families with complex issues and is willing to work together in a team environment,
• Establish trusting relationships with children and families, while assisting them in the development of interpersonal, communication skills, daily living skills, and other areas of interest.
• Provide flexible and responsive client centered support to address children, youth, family or caregiver needs through individual program plans while respecting choices, decisions and needs of families.
• Provide individual and group counseling as appropriate.
• A key component of this position is supporting children and families to connect with resources and organizing ongoing service delivery with stakeholders.
• Collaborate and/or work as a team with community systems (i.e. school), specialized service providers, volunteers and extended family members.
• Conduct visits in the family home and/or community and be available for evening/weekend visits and/or on standby as required.
• Attend supervised visits with families that are involved with the Child and Family Services.
• Transport individuals or families as required.
• Accommodate and respect cultural, social and religious heritage.
• Liaise with Child and Family Services and other external agencies/professionals involved with families served.
• Attend regular meetings with contractors and community interagency meetings
• Promote the child and family related program services offered by the Cold Lake Family Services Centre and develop initiatives to support children, youth and families.
• Follow up on closed case files to ensure continued family safety and implementation of individual program plans.
• Administrative duties including typing/filing reports, compiling monthly reports, etc.


*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 3 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.


As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Diploma in Social Services, Bachelor of Social work or similar education. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
• 3 years social work experience working with families with complex issues (addictions, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, etc.) in a human or family services field.
• Demonstrated knowledge of therapeutic and intervention theories and the stages of child development;
• Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills and interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of diverse communities and to resolve conflict in an effective manner;
• Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
• Strong understanding of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
• Valid CPR/First Aid and WHMIS
• Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset.

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