PLEA Community Services is currently seeking a Temporary Full-Time Services Coordinator for our U-Turn/U-Link program. This temporary term-contract is proposed to start as soon as possible and end on February 1, 2023. This position requires BCGEU membership.
Clients within this program are children/youth in the care of the Director from 9 to 18 years of age. Occasionally clients may be under nine years old. Clients may present with behavioural and emotional disorders, moderate mental health, development or medical issues and may be involved with youth justice, mental health, medical services or other community services. Clients require moderate supervision, support, intervention and motivation within the range that can be delivered in a family caregiving model. Clients may be from any area of British Columbia, many of whom are Indigenous. Children or youth may or may not be in a school or work program.
This job ensures the quality of services provided to clients meets their specific needs, through the development and coordination of effective assessments and service delivery plans and the oversight of Family Caregiver* homes where clients reside.
*For the purposes of this job description, the term ‘Family Caregivers’ is used interchangeably with Respite Family Caregivers and Respite Family Home Caregivers.
Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number 2022018SC1. If the position is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides orientation and training to new Family Caregivers, regarding the specific expectations of the program, the circumstances of the clients, and the responsibilities of each member of the client’s care team.
- Supervises and maintains regular contact with Family Caregivers throughout the client’s placement. Problem-solves with family caregivers and clients on issues related to family functioning, using techniques such as active listening, conflict resolution, and de- escalation methods to resolve the identified challenges, needs and risks.
- Maintains regular in-home visits and conducts regular risk assessments to ensure the compliance of Family Caregivers with health and safety standards, contract obligations and the agency’s policies and procedures. Develops strategies to address or prevent issues in the homes and follows up with Family Caregivers to ensure the strategies have been implemented.
- Ensures all caregiving and respite files are in compliance and are current, accurate and complete through regular reviews. Addresses any issues in record keeping (e.g. providing additional training or requesting additional information) as necessary.
- Coordinates all aspects of the client’s care (i.e. from intake to discharge). Ensures all relevant parties have the information necessary to effectively deliver the services outlined in the client’s service, safety and risk management plans.
- Conducts comprehensive assessments of client needs, makes referrals to other service providers, and leads the development, implementation and review of the client’s service, safety and risk management plans.
- Represents the program in the integrated case management process and in meetings with referring authorities, care team members and other professionals to report on the client's progress, address case planning issues and concerns, evaluate the effectiveness of the service delivery and make adjustments when necessary.
- Completes necessary client and program reports as per the timelines required by the program. Ensures that all documentation pertaining to service delivery is current, accurate, complete and in compliance with the program’s policies and procedures.
- Responds to client critical incidents and emergencies. Recognizes potential crises, analyses such situations accurately and implements strategies (e.g. de-escalation) to resolve them and prevent future occurrences. Complies with all internal and external reporting responsibilities.
- Verifies the accuracy of Family Caregivers' pay information and inputs accurate pay and billing information. Reviews Family Caregivers expenses and approves for reimbursement, when applicable.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated teamwork, leadership and supervisory skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially with regard to the completion of reports, de-escalating high-intensity situations and resolving crises.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative, make sound decisions, execute action plans in high pressure situations and be accountable for results.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to build trusting and effective relationships with agency staff, professionals, families and clientele.
- Demonstrated organization and time management skills.
- Proficient client and risk assessment skills.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task, and to work under the pressure of deadlines.
- Demonstrated presentation and facilitation skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively advocate for clients.
- Demonstrated ability to find available resources to solve problems and achieve goals.
- Demonstrated ability to be sensitive and understanding of individuals’ social realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, poverty and lifestyle.
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues and trends related to vulnerable youth and the behaviour/issues that may present, such as criminal activities, mental health issues and disorders, sexual issues, fire- setting, self-harm, suicidal and aggressive behaviours, physical and sexual assault, limited cognitive and social functioning, alcohol and/or drug related compromises and ongoing active use, oppositional defiance, conduct disorders, PTSD, ADHD and ADD, poor boundaries and impulse control.
Education and Knowledge
- Bachelor’s degree in child and youth care, social work, criminology or psychology.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, database systems and web-based conferencing tools.
Training and Experience
- Two (2) or more years recent related experience working with vulnerable children and youth involved in youth justice, mental health, medical services or other community services, and their families/Family Caregivers, as well as experience working in a residential, community care, licensed or foster home setting.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
- Satisfactory Centralized Services Hub Clearance by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
- Use of Personal Vehicle. This position requires travel in the Lower Mainland.
- A valid B.C. Driver's License (Class 5 or Class 7), and suitable driver's abstract.
- The usual hours of work in this position are based on a Monday to Friday flextime scheduling arrangement including days, evenings, and occasional weekends, of 35 working hours per week.
- Documentation that applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.
- As a Public Service employer and to meet our funding obligations, PLEA requires successful applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.
Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history, and licensure.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.