Status: Full-Time – 35 hours per week Contract position until March 31, 2022, with the possibility of an extension)
Location: Mississauga & Brampton
Compensation: $25.00 per hour
Indus Community Services is an accredited, not-for-profit community benefit organization that has served local communities for over three decades. We are a registered charity, supported by our donors and by all three levels of government. Through our professional staff, we are a leader in the provision of culturally responsive services to newcomers, families, women & seniors.
Vision: To be leaders in building strong and inclusive communities. Mission: We are a community benefit organization focused on building resilient and healthy communities by offering person-centered, anti-oppressive programs and services.
Under the general guidance of the Manager – Crisis Counselling, the incumbent will provide settlement services to newcomer families and refugees, addressing their settlement needs including advocacy, counselling, empowerment and safety (ACES) needs through appropriate workshops, and one-on-one settlement counselling support.
Responsibilities and Duties:(but not limited to)
Settlement Services – Information & Referral
Provide culturally and linguistically specific information, referral, orientation and counselling services to meet the social, cultural, economic and educational needs of refugees; such as accessing health care, housing, education, legal and social services
Assist clients in understanding and adapting to Canadian society, practices and procedures; guidance on way of life, institutions, laws, etc.
Work with community and government agencies regarding services to ensure quick and seamless integration of refugees into Canadian society
Facilitate appropriate referrals and access to services in the community
Plan and facilitate educational workshops on settlement issues
Document needs and gaps in services for refugees
Interpret for clients where language is a barrier
Provide crisis intervention and short-term supportive counselling and emotional support to newcomers, refugees and their families experiencing crisis
Work with newcomer women to assist them to transition to a violence free life and regain stability
Assist clients experiencing crisis to assess their situation, provide information and assistance in naming appropriate strategies, provide information and referral to appropriate community resources
Conduct assessment, intake and assume case management responsibilities
Complete risk assessments and assist in developing safety planning for clients and their children
Input client information into database, document accurate record of abuse and maintain up-to-date records of service delivery and client case files
Develop individually tailored safety and transition plans, goal setting, problem solving and conflict resolution for clients at risk
Provide individual and group counselling and support services
Identify community resources and provide court support
Organize and conduct case conferences for clients
Participate in community-based committees and collaborate with community groups to respond to clients’ needs
Liaise with community & network partners, agencies & groups to enhance working relationships & promote the organization’s services & programs
Plan and facilitate the “Women’s Wellness” groups and HEAL groups
Complete all required statistical and narrative reports
Train and mentor volunteers and student placements
Participate in staff and team meetings, and professional development opportunities as required
Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills:
Post-secondary education in Social Work, Social Service Worker, Sociology, Human Services, with previous work experience in settlement services and crisis counselling
Demonstrated experience in the client-centred case management service delivery approach
Extensive knowledge of the immigration system, and services available to assist newcomers, refugees and their families
Well-developed knowledge and sensitivity of settlement, social and cultural issues and barriers experienced by women and children, who have experienced abuse and a demonstrated capacity to develop and implement programs to effectively respond to these issues and barriers
Demonstrated skills in case management, assessment and intervention, clinical writing, advocacy, conflict resolution techniques, mediation, anger management and non-violent crisis management
Knowledge of the criminal justice system, VAW/CAS, other relevant legislations and resources/support services available to women and children in the community
Ability to maintain confidential records and documentation, in addition to writing objective and descriptive contact notes
Ability to multitask while maintaining high level of accuracy in data collection
Ability to network & liaison with internal programs and external service providers & facilitate the development of partnerships
Solid interpersonal, administrative, organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, analytical and research skills
Self-directed, self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills with strong group facilitation and presentation skills
Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment and a strong understanding of inclusive and equitable service delivery
Demonstrated verbal & written English communication skills and Arabic is required
Computer proficiency in Windows Office Suite, email, internet and experience using a database system
Proficiency in MS Office, Email and internet applications
Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and to work from any one of Indus’s sites
A Police Vulnerable Sector Check and iCARE Clearance will be required from the successful candidate
Interested candidates are invited to submit their application, including a complete resume of qualifications and experience, electronically to by 12:00pm, April 16th, 2021. Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of “Settlement Counsellor - ACES (Arabic Speaking)” - (insert your name)’
This job posting is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Indus Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse populations we serve. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise Human Resources during the recruitment process. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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Contact Details Vinitha Miranda, Manager - Human Resources
Indus Community Services, 3038 Hurontario Street, Suite 206, Mississauga, ON 905-275-2369
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