1PT, 20 hours/week
Opportunity # MA-IN-09/2013
“A group of people coming together to work as one”
In partnership with Child and Family Services Authority’s Aboriginal Services Office, Mahmawi-atoskiwin works alongside individuals and their family to create a Family Wellness Team. Mahmawi-atoskiwin works through a model that is based on traditional Aboriginal teachings and western practice. Mahmawi-atoskiwin is an alliance of three agencies: Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Enviros and Pathways Community Service Association.
The Lodge Keeper meets with families to provide support and education regarding healthy family living. The areas they support include parenting education and training, home maintenance and cleaning, nutrition and meal planning, and financial management. This support is provided through meeting with the parents and families. Often the children are placed outside of the family home and the Lodge Keepers role is to work with the family to address the concerns that have been identified in the plan. Part of the role of the Lodge Keeper is to assist with transporting the children to the visit which provides additional opportunity to build relationships with the family.
While they take on many of the roles of a traditional in-home worker, they also have a strong knowledge of cultural and community resources which families may need to access in their healing journeys. They will work from a culturally-informed perspective, understanding the Aboriginal community and culture with knowledge of Aboriginal resources. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Provides support to parents who are having visit with their children. This support is focused on meeting the needs as they are presented in the Family Wellness Plan
- Ensures that families have access to the Cultural Resource specialist
- Establishes positive relationships with families and youth
- Provide Crisis intervention, crisis management and safety planning with families
- Advocates on behalf of and provides support to families
- Creates and maintains a positive, supportive and rewarding work environment.
- Works effectively with other members of the team to meet the individual needs of all youth in the program as well as their identified natural supports.
- Adheres to agency best practice as outlined by the team when working with young people
- Manages crisis situations effectively using problem solving and de-escalation skills
- Document, implement and revise service plans, progress and discharge reports in cooperation with the family and other involved programs
- Work a flexible schedule that meets the needs of the families
- Degree or diploma in Human Services preferred or a related degree with experience.
- Minimum of one year experience working with families and youth who are involved with CFSA
- Possess knowledge of child and Family Services and the Family Enhancement Act
- Previous experience in-home work with Aboriginal Families is an ideal
- Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong problem solving, organizing, planning and analytical skills
- Supportive team player
- Proficient computer knowledge of Microsoft Office as well as excellent oral and written skills
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- A criminal record check with vulnerable sector search and intervention check
- Use of a reliable vehicle with $1,000,000 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.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by quoting the above opportunity number for consideration. No phone calls please, only qualified candidates will be contacted.