Job Posting 88750

Family Counsellor - Family Preservation and Reunification
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, BC
closes in 30 days (Fri, 30 Dec)
full time  •  Starting at a GS12B Step1 $62,189.20 per year

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Family Counsellor

Family Counsellor Vancouver Family Preservation and Reunification Competition #98-22





We are a community-based, not-for profit organization with approximately 80 social services programs and 420 employees across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We provide counselling and other essential services to the most vulnerable people in our communities. For over 90 years, we’ve inspired and supported those who need help reaching their full potential. We work to ensure children are nurtured, youth find optimism, adults feel empowered, and parents make choices that build strong families.

We provide a supportive workplace for our staff and professional, effective services for our clients, including counselling, therapy, advocacy, education and community services.


Here’s what we can do together:

The Family Counselor at Vancouver Family Preservation and Reunification provides services primarily to families that promote healthier family functioning and linkages to community resources. This position provides a variety of parenting education, support and counselling to children and families referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


What you bring:

  • Masters degree in social work or clinical counselling or equivalent education and experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
  • Class Five Driver’s License and personal vehicle
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Knowledge of child welfare policies and practices
  • Working knowledge of different parenting strategies and the ability to share these strategies with families
  • In-depth knowledge of child development and child abuse dynamics
  • An understanding of integrated case management/wrap around service delivery
  • An understanding of child and adolescent stages of development
  • Superior crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to work with families that may present multiple service needs related to poverty, addictions, violence, child abuse or neglect, and mental health issues
  • Ability to provide counselling in a variety of approaches that best fits client needs either virtually, in the office, in the community or in their homes
  • Ability to support and encourage equity, diversity and social justice in the work place
  • Knowledge of Computer operating systems, i.e. Microsoft Office 365, Excel, SharePoint, MS Teams
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required

Your key contributions:

  • Provide a variety of parenting education, supportive interventions and counseling services that promote healthier family functioning
  • Provide support and counselling to children and families referred by MCFD and linkage between the family, the community, MCFD, subcontracted resources and other professional services
  • Advocacy of the child and/or family, particularly in regard to housing, health, basic needs or schooling
  • Assessment of family and/or child functioning and needs within expected time frames


What we offer you:

FSGV supports employee growth and development and offers opportunities for you to grow your career with us, when you are ready. We also value and recognize the importance of work-life balance, flexibility and wellness; we know that this work is not easy, and we believe that great teams, great bosses and a great culture is important to supporting resilience. Family Preservation and Reunification is a culturally diverse team who value inclusion, equity and diversity.  We are actively engaged in individual and organizational learning and advocacy in support our justice and equity goals and strategies.

Work Hours: 35 hours per week.  This is a permanent, full time position.


Location: 4103 Fraser Street at East King Edward with the possibility of working remotely


Salary: Starting at a GS12B Step1 $62,189.20 per year


Posting End Date: Until filled



Flexible scheduling

Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time) and growing to more +

Possibility of remote work/ hybrid work (ie 2 days in office and 3 days work from home)

Three (3) paid household leave days a year

One paid Wellness Day a year

Paid sick pay

A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity

Two and a half paid Agency days for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time)

Five paid days for education leave/year (pro-rated for part-time)

One paid Moving Day/year

Subsidized professional association annual dues

Fun team-building activities organized by our Social Committee

Celebrations to recognize milestones such as long-service awards, the birth of a child and retirement


Health and Welfare benefits (if applicable):

Generous group health/dental benefits after 3 months.

Three flex options for health/dental coverage depending on the coverage you need

Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)

Employee Assistance Plan

Long Term Disability Plan

Group Life Insurance, Travel insurance, ++



Pension plan enrollment after 12 months



How to apply:

If this describes you, please submit your application to us through our website,

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the communities we so proudly serve, while encompassing the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations including queer, trans, and two-spirit people. In our words and actions, we recognize the challenges for those facing inequalities, while acknowledging our privilege, as we continuously strive to remove bias and reduce barriers that individuals may experience in the hiring and job-seeking process. We invite feedback from all applicants who apply for roles with the Agency.

If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #98-22 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to    for follow-up. **if you are an internal candidate, please indicate “Internal Candidate” in the Comments section at the bottom of the online application**

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