Job Posting 99655

Child and Family Advocate
Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of Kelowna
Thompson & Okanagan
Kelowna, BC
closes in 8 days (Fri, 8 Mar)
full time  •  $53,000-63,000/year

We at LoveHR are pleased to support the Kelowna Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in doing their important work in the child protection within our community, by recruiting a compassionate human service professional to join their team as a Child and Family Advocate.

Dedicated to creating better outcomes for children impacted by abuse and their families, the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna has been providing compassionate and trauma-informed care with a holistic approach to protecting children from abuse since 2020.  

The Child and Family Advocate plays a pivotal role in providing support, advocacy, and referral services to child/youth victims and their families in a culturally sensitive environment. As a critical member of the multi-disciplinary team, you will ensure a consistent support for the family throughout the entire process by carrying out the following duties:

  • Conducting intake meetings,
  • Coordinating interviews and services with appropriate multi-disciplinary partners,
  • Addressing all immediate needs and concerns of the families,
  • Liasing with victim and community services to facilitate access to supports in diverse areas,
  • Providing families with information, resources, and introduction to the centre and the process,
  • Fostering a safe, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment.

Additionally, the Child and Family Advocate will participate in regular team meetings, debriefs and case reviews. Active participation in agency-wide initiatives such as fundraising events and public presentation will also be expected.

NOTE: The Child and Family Advocate does not provide counselling, specific legal advice, investigation, or medical intervention.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a degree in a related human/social service field with 3+ years of recent and related experience, including immediate crisis support. They will have a sound understanding of child and adolescent development and trauma, and extensive knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act, the child welfare system, relevant legislation, and available victim services. Prior training in working with people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges is also desirable. Excellent communication, organizational, and relationship building skills, together with computer proficiency, collaborative mindset, ability to take initiative and prioritize competing demands, are necessary competencies to carry out the role successfully.

New hire must be comfortable around service animals, possess a valid BC class 5 driver’s license with appropriately insured vehicle, and be able to complete the RCMP enhanced security clearance.

This is a full-time position with some flexibility of work hours to accommodate client needs (primary work schedule Mon-Fri). Besides fair pay, the CYAC employees enjoy comprehensive benefits, a work environment committed to wellness, and a team of dedicated, caring and talented professionals working together to make a difference for the children and youth in our community.

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