Band Social Development Officer (Full Time)


Gitsegukla Band


We are currently looking for a professional to fill the role of Band Social Development Worker for our organization. This is an exciting opportunity to have a positive impact on the everyday lives of a First Nation community. Gitsegukla is located on Highway 16, approximately 40 km southwest of Hazelton, BC, and 100kms East of Terrace, BC. This is a professionally and personally rewarding opportunity for someone who wants to make an important difference in people’s lives, while working in a beautiful part of BC.

Key Accountabilities and Scope:

The Band Social Development Worker is responsible for keeping accurate records and files of all clients and assisting clients in social assistance applications and related tasks.

General areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Social Assistance:

  • Administers and implements the social assistance program on the Gitsegukla Reserve
  • Receives and reviews applications for assistance and determines entitlement in a manner that is fair and respectful to client
  • Determines the eligibility and needs of applicants for social assistance; Completes the necessary documentation and determines if they qualify
  • Prepares, adjusts and signs social assistance Budget and Decision forms, completes monthly data summaries and issues cheques to individual recipients in adherence with Gitsegukla finance policies
  • Provides advice and support to those clients requiring special needs
  • Assists relevant agencies in duties related to child welfare and protection
  • Encourages/assists clients to participate in self-help / employment programs
  • Prepares work opportunity/job creation funding applications and implements subsequent projects
  • Searches and applies for any relevant program funding that increase the scope of social development services for the Gitsegukla First Nation. At minimum, these programs include INAC programs such as: National Child Benefit Reinvestment (NCBR), Active Measures/Work Opportunity Programs, and Family Violence


  • Handles and safeguards confidential client information
  • Maintains up-to-date client files including monthly statistical information, records of client interviews, home visits, etc.
  • Prepares correspondence related to those duties required as Band Social Development Worker
  • Acts as the Band representative on Social Development matters and interpret the programs offered in the community
  • Attends and/or facilitates workshops dealing with social development topics and issues
  • Keeps informed of any changes in policy affecting the Social Development program
  • Participates in training initiatives that will enhance skill development and/or employment efficiency
  • Participates in all team meetings
  • Manages program budget and reports monthly expenses to Band Administrator

Human Resources Management

  • Oversees the work of the Band Social Development Worker Assistant and homemakers in accordance with Band standards, policies, and performance expectations


  • Provides information to Band Members as required as Band Social Development Worker
  • Attends any inter-agency meetings and keeps management informed of meeting developments
  • Provides information to Band Members as required to ensure that they are well informed of their rights and obligations as potential social assistance recipients


  • Assists in the preparation of relevant reports to Council or Community
  • Prepares monthly Social Development reporting including:
  • Social development Financial and Statistical Report (SDFSR)
  • National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) Monthly Tracking Report
  • Annual proposal-driven programs including National Child Benefit Reinvestment (NCBR), WOP, and Family Violence
  • Any other required periodic reporting related to Social Development programming or funding
  • Meets with Band Manager on a regular basis to provide verbal update on all activities under the social development portfolio
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary in the performance of the position and as assigned by the Band Administrator

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development funding and reporting guidelines
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, file management and case management skills
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Ability to meet reporting deadlines
  • Knowledge and skill in computers, specifically MS Word and MS Excel
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to interpret policy and assess eligibility for all programs that fall within the social development funding area
  • Ability to work within a team and individually
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Respectful
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity

Experience and Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Band Social Development Training
  • Certificate in Human Services or equivalent
  • 2+ years of work experience in the field of Social Development
  • Experience working with First Nations issues, cultural traditions and history is a necessary requirement
  • Ability to successfully and periodically undergo an appropriate criminal records review and

The deadline to provide your application is Friday, June 14, 2019

Closing Date

Jun 14, 2019

How to Apply

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