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Company Name:
Pathways Community Services Association
Approximate Salary:
45000.00 Per Year
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Part Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Family Strategist and Support Worker

Mentor Home Family Support Worker


Pathways Community Services Association is an Indigenous agency that draws jointly from the strengths and guidance of Indigenous teachings and traditions and from evidence-based practices in human services to support vulnerable children, youth and families. We are seeking a Family Strategist and Support Worker for our Mentor Home Program for Indigenous Youth.


The Mentor Home program is a community-based residential program designed to meet the individualized needs of Indigenous youth ages 12-to 17 years. Youth live in family homes that are similar to foster homes with the support of youth workers and cultural knowledge keepers. Through the supports available in the program, youth stabilize, form caring relationships, and gain the skills, readiness, and confidence to prepare them for healthy adult life.


This newly created position will provide each family with customized support based on each family’s skill and experience levels, as well as, the presenting concerns of the youth placed in their home. This position seeks to address the behavioural challenges that the families are encountering by providing individualized, targeted in-home consultations, organizing and facilitating ongoing training sessions for all of the parents involved in the program, and providing coaching and education to youth workers in the program on strategies to help the youth and family. Placement preservation and family-strengthening are key markers for success in this role.

The ideal candidate will have:    

·     degree in Human Services, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

·     willingness to embrace Aboriginal culture as a pillar of practice and to add to their knowledge and understanding in this area

·     5+ years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families

·     a passionate commitment to improving the lives of youth in care and a practice orientation that favours strength-based, innovative approaches that non-professionals can implement

·     strong teamwork and communication skills

·     familiarity with the impact of trauma, FASD, and grief and loss

·     good organizational and data management skills

·     willingness to be available to families some evenings. You will offer some trainings on weekends

·     a reliable vehicle and valid driver's license is essential.


We offer a positive and supportive team environment that encourages holistic health and wellness. We invest significantly in learning and development opportunities for our staff. We provide a competitive salary, benefits package, 3 weeks holidays,

and a Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. We will begin reviewing candidates immediately.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position but will only contact people selected for interviews.