Band Social Development Worker (Full Time)

Company

Gitxaala Nation

Description

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

A. Income Assistance
Administers the Income Assistance program as prescribed by ISC

 Takes applications, completes assessments, and refers clients to other services, as required. Completes Budget and Decision forms to determine eligibility.
 Issues assistance as prescribed by the program and according to current rates as set out in the Social Development Policy and Procedures Handbook
 Ensure that monthly renewals are reviewed prior to preparing a Pay List
 Maintain an accurate budget to reflect funds received from funding agencies
 Ensures recipients maintain a progression training/employment plan to facilitate the return to work; that they work in collaboration with the Social Development Worker, the Continuous Learning Centre Staff and other employment coaches.
 Maintains secure and organized filing systems and records management procedures that ensure client confidentiality and inputs client data into the Nation’s secure data base system (AIS)
 Completes quarterly Income Assistance Reports, Annual Statistical Reports and other reports, as required and provides reports to Council as required
 Participating in seminars, workshops and training programs to upgrade skills and knowledge relevant to the position and stay knowledgeable and current regarding all income assistance policies and procedures
B. Social Development
The BSDW opens the door to opportunities for the unemployed, low-income families and those with disabilities so that they have access to social and employment programs designed

to assist with the daily living activities and the promotion of employability. The SDW assists in the development of community resources, capacities, and services designed to enhance the social functioning of individuals and the Gitxaala community as a whole:
 Deliver a Family Violence Program to the community, referring families and individuals to support services
 Deliver a National Child Benefit Program to the community
 Deliver an Adult-In-Home Care Program
 Collaborate with Nation Departments and/or External Agencies such as Housing, MCFD, NIFCS, etc. to help develop initiatives

pertaining to:
o Child & Family Services
o Revitalize the “Reclaiming our Children”
o Homelessness & Underhoused Strategy
o Outreach Worker
 Works with clients to understand their desires, needs and limitations
 Participates on committees, teams and task groups working towards the alleviation or resolution of social problems

C. Communications

The BSDW:
 Interacts with clients and staff in an empathetic and respectful manner at all times
 Provides information to Gitxaala citizens as required
 Is able to communicate with clients who may have comprehension difficulties to ensure that the information being communicated is understood
 Works with the Gitxaala Team, particularly the Health, Education, and Finance staff to ensure that there is coordination between programs and opportunities, and that funds are well spent
 Ensures that resources are being well-spent in a fair and transparent manner
 Provides clients with the best possible service

QUALIFICATIONS
University degree in a discipline related to Social Work. While stated preference is for a university degree, Gitxaala Nation will consider candidates who demonstrate equivalent combination of education and experience.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:
 3 – 5 years’ experience at the management level in addition to formalized training.
 Experience working with Indigenous organizations

 Knowledge and experience with Social Work initiatives
 Proven ability to liaise effectively with government, private and public sector, and community agencies to establish, nurture and maintain relationships
 Ongoing hands on support to Staff
 Experience in budget development and management
 Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
 Possess effective time management skills; ability to multi task; prioritize; strong organizational skills and effective decision-making abilities
 Good working knowledge of: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Outlook and database software.
 Other duties as required

How to Apply

Applications/Resume with references can be forwarded to:
Norman Ridley, Payroll Clerk
Email: n.ridley@gitxaalanation.com
DEADLINE: Until a Suitable Candidate is Found
Copy of the Job Description is available upon request