Job Posting 72325

Specialized Placement Resources Consultant
Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
3284 East Broadway, Vancouver BC
closes in 25 days (Tue, 31 Aug)
full time  •  $72,724.97 to $83,014.85 per year

At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous 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 Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.



Reporting to the Resources Program Manager, the Specialized Placement Resources Consultant (SPRC) will assist with advancing the required knowledge and resources needed to support the complex needs of children and youth in VACFSS care.  This includes requirements for additional planning and support within their caregiver placements, accessing direct relief and professional support for the caregiver, the development and monitoring of a child specific placement, assessment and/or focused intervention until stabilization is achieved. Planning and coordination of support to caregivers must be child and youth focused with a view toward providing available support and resources to engage a child and youth in a therapeutic process, prevent placement breakdown, achieve stabilization and/or to identify appropriate long term care placement within a home and community setting.  The position will work collaboratively with other programs via integrated case management planning and the VACFSS Child Placement Review Committee.


The SPRC will track research and wise practices within the field of Indigenous child welfare to ensure that quality and current training is available to caregivers via the VACFSS Residential Resource Program, and the caregiver support contracted resources accessed by VACFSS.  The successful candidate will assist in the development of in-house training for social workers and provide consultation for strengthening resource support to strengthen and enhance care for children and youth in care.


Key Functions:

  • Coordinating short term/stabilization assessment and therapeutic placements/supports for children in care.
  • Liaison for staffed residential resources.
  • Liaison with subcontracted residential care resources.
  • Participation with staffed specialized child specific resource recommendations, budgeting, and negotiations.
  • Research and procurement of sustainable therapeutic child third party caregiver homes.
  • Participation on Child Placement Review Committee with Guardianship and Child Protection Managers/Consultants
  • Research/Training, and Special Projects
  • Quality of Care Reviews within VACFSS Residential Resources Program
  • Clinical Consultation with VACFSS staff
  • Clinical Consultation and practical support, tracking and contract management of Inter-Provincial Caregiver homes and 54.1 transfers of Guardianship

Key Competencies:

  • Relational Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Collaborative Planning and Decision Making
  • Emotional Competency
  • Resilience
  • Cultural, Spiritual Expression


A complete job description will be provided to candidates at the time of interview.



Education, Training and Experience:

  • A Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master in a related human services field; and
  • A minimum of 5 years working with Indigenous clients and communities in a child welfare setting including:
    • Specialization in residential resources with a focus on child and youth development
    • Knowledge of and commitment to inclusive foster care
    • Development of curriculum for staff and caregiver training
  • Delegation C3 preferred but not required.



  • This position is open to male and female applicants
  • This position requires Union membership
  • This position requires use of a personal vehicle and a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • This position requires the incumbent to be available in the office and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Participation of the in-office rotational schedule is required.



In exchange for your contributions to VACFSS, you will receive a competitive salary and a comprehensive 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


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