Overall Purpose: The Community Support Worker will join the Community Services Team with the goal of providing culturally-safe and trauma informed approaches to planning, coordinating and implementing processes that will foster an improvement in the quality of life for Members and enhance community wellbeing. The Community Support Worker will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders with the common goal of supporting healing and fostering resilience through culturally-rooted community programs and services.
- Accepts referrals from community support agencies, Community Services Manager, and Social Development worker for individuals and families requiring additional support.
- Collaboratively develops and implements plans by identifying community needs, establishing long and short-term goals and providing resources to support community individuals and families.
- Meets regularly with other staff, professionals, organizations or agencies as required to carry out work plans in support of community members.
- Advocates on behalf of community members with other agencies or institutions, such as schools, band social development, MCFD, and courts.
- Prepares clients for court by attending case conferences, explaining the purpose, ensuring clients have access to legal counsel and explaining expected court behavior and appearance.
- Acts as a navigator for community members with connections to social, economic, recreational, employment and educational services in the community that meet their needs.
- Provides prevention activities/services and healing interventions that support children, families, and individuals in home and community.
- Develops a work plan and organizes life skill building and other skill training sessions as required by community members and collaborating with other agencies to ensure effective use of time and training dollars.
- Create and oversee annual budgets, complete reporting as required for all funding agencies, Council and Senior staff.
- Create information packages for Members who are in need of crisis, mental health, addictions and other supports.
- Acts as a positive role model for individuals and families in the community and promoting healthy lifestyles within the community by information sharing, liaison activities, agency promotion and other services in regard to mental health and addictions.
- Attends community meetings and events to build relationships with community members.
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Minimum Diploma in Social Work or in Child and Youth Care or (equivalent combination of social work education and experience).
- Minimum 3 years working within the social work type field or experience dealing with families and individuals.
- Excellent interview skills and experience in facilitation.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of unique and diverse traditional practices of First Nation cultures is preferred.
- Strong understanding of social, economic, political and historical concerns in Indigenous communities is preferred.
SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Ability to provide a high level of care, guidance and support to children, caregivers and families.
- Ability to handle stressful situations in a calm, effective manner.
- Ability to work independently and build effective interpersonal relationships.
- Ability to self-regulate, meet deadlines, have attention to detail and respect confidentiality.
- Strong emotional intelligence
- Working knowledge of social theories and practises
- Proficiency in the use of computer programs for word processing, databases, spreadsheets and email.
- Must have a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Hours of work: 35 hours per week
- Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday
- May be requested to work occasional evening or weekend
- Place of work: Wei Wai Kum Administration office
- May be required to travel to other locations reasons related to the job.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a clear Criminal Record Check.
Salary Range: $51,597.00 – $66,885.00
Job Type: Full-time
Persons of First Nations Ancestry will be given preference
Please mail, email or fax a resume and cover letter to:
Merci Brown, Senior Manager of Operations
Wei Wai Kum First Nation
1650 Old Spit Road
Campbell River, BC V9W 3E8
Only those short-listed will be contacted