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Company Name:
Pathways Community Services Association
Approximate Salary:
50000.00 Per Year
Location:
Calgary, Alberta
Country:
Canada
Industry:
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Associate Degree

Family Wellness Partner

“A group of people coming together to work as one”

In partnership with Children’s Services Indigenous Services Office (IS), Mahmawi-atoskiwin works alongside individuals and their families to create a Family Wellness Team.  The program is an alliance of three agencies:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Enviros and Pathways Community Service Association. Mahmawi-atoskiwin staff engage with families to address the concerns that brought them to involvement with Children’s Services. We do this by connecting children and families with Indigenous culture and ceremonies, enhancing family wellbeing and safety, and reuniting children with family or into an alternate living situation.

 

Position Description

The Family Wellness Partner (FWP) reports to the Mahmawi-atoskiwin Team Leader working in close consultation with Children’s Services (CS) case workers. As the primary contact person for the child/youth and/or family, Family Wellness Partners address child intervention concerns and work to promote family wellness, connection and reunification. This role works as a cultural connector for families and also as a source of professional support and accountability for the families.  A key element of the role is building capacity and resilience within families.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting families during their involvement with CS in the home and community
  • Build parental capacity, provide crisis management and safety plan with families and CS.
  • Evaluate family needs and support families in meeting them
  • Willingness to learn about, participate in and embed ceremony and incorporate traditional ways of meeting needs in services. This may include meeting in Circle, with Elders, opening with a smudge and prayer, accessing a cultural resources specialist
  • Establishing positive relationships with families and youth, advocating on behalf of families (where needed)
  • For families with children in care, FWP’s assist with driving and supporting visits between children and their parents
  • Provide on-call support to families on a rotation basis (approx. once per quarter), and driving families to sweat lodges (approx. once per quarter)
  • Collaborate with other members of the team including families, colleagues, partners
  • Ensure all documentation requirements including reporting is completed timeously
  • Ensure outcomes, assessments, service plans etc. are current and up to date
  • Contributes to a positive, supportive and rewarding work environment
  • Work a flexible schedule including some evenings to meet the needs of the families

Education, Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Diploma or Degree in Human Services preferred or a related degree with experience.
  • Minimum three years’ experience with In-home Support and family work
  • Knowledge of Children’s Services and child development
  • Previous work with Indigenous families is an asset
  • Understands the impact of intergenerational trauma, uses a trauma-informed approach to service delivery
  • Strong leadership, engagement and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Problem solving, organizing, planning & analytical skills
  • Qualities and characteristics essential to working with people affected by trauma including empathy, compassion, self-awareness, flexibility, good listening skills, self-care, comfort with the unknown.
  • Proficient computer knowledge of Microsoft Office, current First Aid and CPR
  • Clear security clearances
  • Use of a reliable vehicle with $2,000,000 liability, permission to carry passengers and business coverage on the vehicle.
  • Valid driver’s license and a driver’s abstract with minimal demerits

We offer the opportunity to be part of a creative and positive work environment, a competitive salary, supports for professional development, opportunity for advancement, and the chance to be part of a team that supports children, youth and families to thrive within a culturally responsive community. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  We regret that we are unable to accept telephone inquiries.