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Social Worker - The Employment Office

Sep 26, 2019
Bella Bella, British Columbia

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  • Enjoy working in a supportive environment with a growing, world-class, First Nations Organization.
  • Make a difference in the lives of the children and families in the beautiful community of Bella Bella on the BC Central Coast.
  • Receive a competitive salary plus signing bonus, relocation assistance and subsidized housing!

About the Organization

Heiltsuk Kaxla Society (HKS) is a non-profit, Aboriginal child and family services agency located on the BC central coast. HKS serves the Heiltsuk people by delivering child and family services. With a mission to work with and support children, families and other agencies, HKS is mandated to ensure that children are safe, uplifted and respected while being grounded in their culture with a strong sense of belonging.

About Bella Bella

The island village of Bella Bella is located on Campbell Island, north of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, and about 3 kilometers north of McLoughlin Bay.

The community has 1,500 people with full access to a large range of outdoor activities centered on the ocean, a daycare, elementary school, high school, hospital, BC Ferries route, airport with regular flights to Vancouver, RCMP station.

Located on the central coast in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, this area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, camping, kayaking, and whale watching.

About the Opportunity

Are you enthusiastic about embracing new initiatives and challenges?

Heiltsuk Kaxla Society has an exciting opportunity for a passionate and understanding Social Worker to join our close-knit team in Bella Bella on a full-time basis. 

Reporting to the Director of Practice, you will be responsible for monitoring care homes, supporting families, and collaborating with the Executive Director, Director of Practice, Child Safety Team, the Ministry of Child and Family Development and a variety of other service providers to ensure that the highest level of care and support is provided to the Heiltsuk Kaxla Society caregivers. 

More specifically, some of your key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting interviews and gathering information to identify needs and referring to appropriate services/programs
  • Reviewing ongoing family support plans and assessments and consulting regularly with families, stakeholders, and supervisor
  • Attending case conferences, talking/healing circles, court, and mediation when required
  • Liaising with stakeholders and assisting the Ministry of Family and Community Development in reducing risk factors and maintaining the family unit
  • Networking and partnering with inter-agencies in developing essential services, programs, and community events 
  • Managing caseload and preparing the necessary documentation and paperwork required to meet file audits, and also maintaining timely and accurate case management and quality of service
  • Recruiting resources, facilitating placements, providing orientation/training, and financial support to caregivers
  • Conducting SAFE home studies, monitoring/maintaining standards for care homes and completing annual reviews
  • Identifying and referring caregivers to resources and supports, and advocating for caregivers benefits and services as applicable
  • Developing internal and external publications and documents as needed
  • Organizing and/or participating in caregiver recruitment, training events, professional development, and agency/team meetings

To qualify for this role, you will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Youth Care, Social Work or a related field combined with at least 2 years of experience in the child welfare field, family services or child and youth care. A C3 delegation will be considered an asset.

A strong understanding of child welfare systems is important, as are the following:

  • SAFE Certification (asset)
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and a recent driver’s abstract
  • Knowledge of the Child, Family, and Community Service Act and other applicable legislation, such as AOPSI
  • An understanding of the impact of colonization on Aboriginal people
  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn about the Heiltsuk Nation, culture, traditions and values

This role is well suited to an outgoing individual who has exceptional time management skillsand the ability to work under pressure, multi-task with a high degree of organization, and meet competing deadlines. Outstanding problem solving and both written and oral communication skills are essential.

Above all, you must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and establish positive working relationships with a variety of teams/groups, community members, organizations and other stakeholders.

About the Benefits

You will be rewarded with a highly competitive salary depending on qualifications and child and family services experience. The organization truly values its employees and supports training and professional development in a casual team environment.

The Heiltsuk Kaxla Society offers a family-friendly workplace, with fantastic working conditions and benefits, including:

  • Full Benefits (Short, Health, Extended Health and Pension)
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation
  • Paid Statutory Holidays
  • Regularly scheduled social events
  • Two roundtrip tickets from Bella Bella to Vancouver annually
  • Signing bonus, relocation assistance and subsidized housing
  • Professional development opportunities

This position is an extremely satisfying and rewarding role giving you the chance to finish each working day knowing you have truly made a difference to your colleagues and the organization.

If you're looking for a position that is guaranteed to provide you with satisfaction - Apply Now!

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