C6 Delegated Social Worker (Full Time)

Company

Northwest Inter-Nation Family and Community Services (NIFCS)

Description

Building on Strengths

Empowering Others

Keeping Children Safe and Connected to their Families & Traditions

If these statements resonate with you, please consider this opportunity to join the NIFCS team as a C6 Delegated Social Worker. There are two (2) opportunities, based in Terrace and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Position Summary: Reporting to the C6 Team Leader, the C6 Delegated Social Worker is responsible for the provision of social work services and mental health and addictions counselling to the assigned communities, to achieve an optimum psycho-social functioning, prevent unnecessary deterioration and promote client independence. The successful candidate will be working closely with the Mental Health Team, Community Health Team, Program and Clinical Team.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Ensure ongoing management of cases in accordance with the agency policy, First Nation standards and Ministry Child Protection Standards.
  • To conduct child protection investigations including assessing immediate safety needs of children, developing safety plans and making verification decisions in collaboration with member First Nations and Team Leader;
  • To determine when children require admission to the Agency’s care to ensure their immediate safety and assist in the coordination of Customary Care Agreements;
  • To develop and maintain effective and therapeutic casework relationships with clients with the objective of reducing the risk of harm to children;
  • To develop a family-based service plan to reduce risk to children and address identified child protection concerns based on mandatory assessments contained in the Child and Family Services Act and any other affiliated policies, and legislation;
  • Provide emergency services to the family within the scope of agency policies;
  • Monitor and evaluate progress with the family towards establishing goals;
  • To assess and make decisions related to family reunification plans for a child in care and implement such plans where appropriate;
  • Coordinate services and responsibilities of other service providers working with the family;
  • Provide consultation to other service providers as requested;
  • Make referrals to other agencies with the objective of reducing the risk of harm to children.
  • Utilize strategies and community-based family-centred conferencing to work on a voluntary basis with families with the court being utilized as a last resort.
  • Assist in preparing the child in care for independence by:
  • Ensure life skills are learned through appropriate placement and support of placement; and,
  • Maintain current and comprehensive social history of the family on the case file and provide relevant information to the child.
  • Protect client privacy and confidentiality in accordance with legislation, NIFCS policies and standards.
  • Actively facilitate and/or participate in group programs, program evaluation and quality improvement.
  • Use sound professional judgment and acts in accordance with all NIFCS policies and procedures and standards of practice set forth by the College of Social Workers.
  • Maintain professional competence and knowledge of current practices by participating in professional development and on-going research.
  • Work as a member of an inter-professional/multi-disciplinary team and in collaboration with agencies/services in the community, and family members, wherever appropriate, for the purpose of consolidating and coordinating client treatment.
  • Provide After Hours Services frontline coverage as required.
  • Ability to follow Agency policies, procedures and protocols, and Ministry legislation, regulations, standards and directives.
  • Perform other duties within the scope of the position, as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • All employees of NIFCS are required to submit a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Screening, comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), its regulations and all occupational health and safety policies and procedures. Further, to work evening and flexible hours and attend cultural awareness training among other training.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with C6 Child Protection Delegation.
  • Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

Education / Work Experience

The successful candidate must have:

  • A BSW, MSW degree or BA in child and youth care degree.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a community or clinical setting and working with the Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing strong and positive relationships with children, parents, foster parents or other caregivers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with professionalism.
  • A willingness to travel to provide backfill on an as needed basis to our satellite offices.
  • A valid BC Driver’s License.

Skills

  • Demonstrate a high level of competency with computers and information technology (e.g., Microsoft Office applications, Internet etc.).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of social work interventions, practice methods and professional skills.
  • Knowledge of other community resources, treatment centres, social service networks and organizations.
  • Good understanding of the roles of other healthcare professionals and complementary therapies.
  • Strong mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to respond or assist in emergency situations.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills in English to establish and maintain a wide range of contacts with health care professionals and community organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and make independent decisions, think critically, and be innovative to create/modify strategy or intervention techniques to suit the individual needs of clients.

Working Conditions

  • Most of the time is spent with clients in offices or the client’s home. Time will also be spent in consultation with other professionals such as mental health and addictions counsellors, psychologists, physicians, nurse practitioners, or other persons concerned in a specific case.
  • Exposure to many hazards, g., infection, violence, harsh weather conditions, working alone, uncontrolled substances and other. It is important that the employee be able to identify hazards, have the knowledge and training to handle any situation.

Compensation & Benefits

  • You can expect a supportive work environment, a total compensation package which includes a competitive wage, extended health and dental benefits.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
  • Wage range is $28.65 to $38.53 per hour.
  • An eligibility list may be established to fill permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

Submission Deadline:

  • We invite all interested parties to apply by emailing your cover letter and resume in the strictest confidence.

How to Apply

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