At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous children and families are upheld, honored and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honor the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.
- Are you committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and to the Federal Act, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families?
- Do you want to gain more experience working with Indigenous children, families, and Nations from within a Delegated Aboriginal Agency?
- Join an Agency that strives to provide services to strengthen Indigenous families culturally and spiritually!
ABOUT THE AGENCY AND OPPORTUNITY:
VACFSS is recognized as a provincial leader in Restorative Practice and has a strategic priority to share our experiences in developing and implementing VACFSS Indigenous child welfare policies and practices. At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous children and families are upheld, honoured and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honour the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.
We are looking to second two MCFD Senior Social Workers to VACFSS’ Child Protection Program who are committed to restorative practice to support the work we do with children, families, and communities. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to restorative practice and work in the spirit of VACFSS’s five values: Integrity, Belonging, Humility, Respect, and Strength Based Practice.
A complete job description for the position will be provided at the time of the interview.
The secondment will be a reciprocal learning exchange of professional development within a ‘House of Learning’ context. Seconded workers will be provided with:
- Opportunities to learn from VACFSS Policies – Keeping Our Children Safe and Raising Our Children Together
- Restorative Supervision session to learn and further enhance Restorative Practice
- Regular meetings with the VACFSS’ Elders and Knowledge Keepers
- Opportunities for community engagement through participation in VACFSS’ events and ceremonies
- Access to VACFSS’ Staff Cultural Clinical Counselor, Elder
- Access to Indigenous Cultural Teachings as coordinated by the Agency
- Eligible for the VACFSS flex days program
- Relational Engagement
- Collaborative Planning and Decision Making
- Emotional Competency
- Cultural, Spiritual Expression
- MSW or BSW or BA in a related field
- Minimum 3 years of fully delegated C6 child protection experience – Intake and/or Family Service
- Experience working with Indigenous children and families
- Knowledge of Indigenous cultural competencies
- Commitment Strength Based Practice and Restorative child welfare
- Valid class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance
SUBMISSION OF INTEREST:
Please send your Expression of Interest by filling out a job application form here: https://www.vacfss.com/join-us/apply-for-a-job/. Please include an updated resume and cover letter that outlines how you meet the requirements listed above and what you hope to gain from the learning exchange.
Positions will be opened until filled. Short-listed candidates meeting the above requirements will be interviewed for suitability.
If you have questions about this posting and secondment opportunity, please contact Donald Robertshaw, Child Protection Operations Manager by email: Donald_Robertshaw@vacfss.com.
- This position requires Union membership
- Applications will be accepted from applicants of all genders
- Applicants are required to have a reliable working vehicle and a valid class 5 driver’s license
- Preference may be given to Indigenous candidates as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.
- This position requires the incumbent to be available in the office and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Remote work is unavailable. Participation of the in-office rotational schedule is required
Situated on the unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Stó:lō nations.