Schedule: 8:30-4:30 Flexible 32 hrs/wk (4 full days) including evenings & weekends to accommodate supporting children & family schedules and Supported Family Time visits.
Number of Positions: 1
Collaborative Service Delivery
Intervention supports for children, youth and families having Children's Services involvement.
Using a Signs of Safety and a strengths-based approach, the program works with youth, children & families in their communities and on the respective metis settlements to support the development of healthy daily living skills, self-esteem, conflict management, parenting, addiction, mental health, healthy interpersonal, home management, financial skills, and other areas of necessary support or interest as identified by youth and family.
The program also helps families and youth access community resources/programs (recreation, child care, employment supports & job coaching, addictions support, family counselling, etc.) in Fort McMurray and nearby Wood Buffalo and build a support network for future growth and success.
Within the community and surrounding area, the Family Support Worker II provides supports to families to successfully and safely raise their children, by building on their strengths and learning new skills such as daily routine for children, attachment, child development milestones, healthy family conflict resolution and so on.
With children and youth, we focus on mentorship, parent-teen conflicts, self esteem and conflict resolution. Supports are designed for the youth’s particular situation and focus on building resilience, life skills and developing positive relationships with friends and family.
Preference for qualified Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) applicants with strong cultural ties to the community. Fluency in an Indigenous language (Cree, etc.) would be considered an asset.
Supervised out of the Fort McMurray WJS Canada Family Services office.
This position requires a reliable vehicle, as travel in and around Ft McMurray and Wood Buffalo is necessary. A company vehicle may be provided.
In Your Role You Will
• Travel to family homes and communities in the service area
• With input from the youth and families develop goal-based service plans and ensure accurate client file management which involves timely documentation and record of client activities.
• Evening and occasional weekend work is required, as this is the time when families with children are together and is often a stressful time for families.
• Connect children & families with support networks, outside agencies and community resources and organize ongoing service delivery.
COVID-19: Please be aware that governments and/or funders within our service sectors are mandating services be provided by employees that are fully immunized against COVID-19. Proof of immunization will be required at time of hiring.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 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 or Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Social Service Worker, Addictions, etc.
• 2+ years social work experience in family supports, intervention, youth work, trauma informed care, kinship or foster care, etc.
• Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
• Previous experience in developing community events and projects to engage with youth and families, is desirable.
• Knowledge of indigenous culture is an asset
• Experience working with computer software systems
• Highly motivated, and able to work independently
What WJS Canada does
WJS keeps families strong through a variety of programs and services, including:
• Family Reunification, Preservation and Support
• Home Visitation
• Supported Family Time
• Child in Care Services
• Foster and Kinship Care and Support
• Personal and Family Counselling
• Driver Escorts for Families
Our Employees Enjoy
• Employer-paid Dental & Extended Health with 100% prescription coverage, Employer-paid AD&D and $5,000 Dependent Life, 3 weeks annual vacation and more!
• Professional development and job-specific training
• Focus on self-care and a supportive team environment
• Flexible hours
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