Job Posting 99783

Family Support Worker
WJS Canada
Northern Alberta
Fort McMurray, Alberta
closed 9 days ago (Mon, 8 Apr)
full time  •  $26.25 - $33.39/hr PLUS health & dental benefits with monthly premiums paid by employer

Scheduled Days & Hours Each Week: 8:30 to 4:30 Weekdays Flexible for families - 40 hrs/wk may include some evenings & weekends to accommodate the families we service schedules


The Program
329-31 - Fort McMurray Family Resilience
WJS Canada's Family Resilience Program provides support to parents and or caregivers who have children, ages 7-18, in Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities. The Family Support Worker and the parents/caregivers together create a culturally responsive, customized plan, based on best practice and their specific needs. By building support around their family unit, WJS is able to help work towards life changing results, even in the most complex of cases. Individuals, community agencies, government services, teachers, victim supports and caregivers themselves can refer families to our program.

The Position
The Family Support Worker, provides services to families in the privacy of their own homes and their communities. Together, WJS staff and parents/caregivers find ways to successfully and safely raise their children, by building on their strengths and learning new skills such as daily routine for children, attachment, development milestones, conflict resolution and so on.

With families having children ages 7-18, we focus on developmental milestones, communication within the home, parent-teen conflicts, family discord, co-parenting and blended families, understanding the importance of routine and conflict resolution. Services are designed to fit the parents/caregivers particular situation which may include building a sustainable support network, positive relationships within the family and resilience for future growth and success.
This position requires a reliable vehicle, $2 million liability insurance, as travel to/within Fort McMurray and nearby communities is necessary as well as transportation of clients. 

In Your Role You Will
• Travel to family homes, meet them at the library, in a park, at the office, virtually and/or in their communities in the service area based on our contract in your own vehicle – travel reimbursed.
• Establish trusting relationships with families and their children, while assisting them in the development of interpersonal, communication skills, routines, and other areas of interest.
• Evening and occasional weekend work is required, as this is the time when families with children are together which can be a stressful time for families.
• Connect families with support networks, outside agencies and community resources and organize ongoing service delivery.
• Work with parents/caregivers who need support in building stronger self-assurance, conflict management with caregivers, addiction and mental health support and other items identified by the family.
• Client file management which involves timely documentation and recording of client involvement.

*** 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
• Social Work Diploma or Degree in Social Work, Youth Work, Social Service Worker, Addictions, etc.
• 2+ years social work experience in family support/intervention, youth work, trauma, etc.
• Previous experience in developing community events and projects to engage with youth and families, is desirable.
• Knowledge of Indigenous culture is an asset
• Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training and cultural sensitivity
• Valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and suitable driver’s abstract
• Valid First Aid / CPR Certificate
• Experience working with computer software systems (word, excel, data systems)
• Highly motivated, and able to work independently
Not sure you meet the requirements? We may be able to consider diverse combinations of skills, education and experience, so please apply.

What WJS Canada does
We are a national social services agency that provide community-based services to children and families designed to foster positive life changes and increase self-esteem. In 30 years we've grown to 700+ dedicated staff, serving 1,600 persons through 125 services. Furthermore, as a Certified B-Corp, we use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Our Employees Enjoy
• Employer-paid Dental & Extended Health benefits
• Matching RRSP plan for eligible employees
• Staff training and opportunities to learn/work in a wide array of programs.
• An empowering balance of independence and supervision.
• Best practices programming and innovative care.

We recognize that equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important element in our work and in our day to day lives.

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