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.
- Engage in restorative child welfare practice with Vancouver’s Indigenous community!
- Receive a competitive salary of $79,530.36 to $90,884.16 per year PLUS a comprehensive benefits package!
- Take on a challenging role that provides membership in the Public Service Pension Plan!
The objective of the Child Protection Program is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and to work towards the preservation of families. The Child Protection Program provides a continuum of services, from preventive programs which support and maintain families, to services that ensure permanency for children in care.
Purpose of Position:
Reporting to the Practice Manager, the Team Leader is responsible for planning, developing, managing, coordinating and evaluating the delivery of services within a Child Protection team. The Team Leader is directly accountable for the quality of service to children and families and for setting and monitoring standards in a culturally relevant manner. This position has broad responsibility to work with diverse community partners with respect to the delivery of a range of services and is pivotal in establishing and implementing the multi-disciplinary approach in service delivery. This position provides direction, leadership and support to staff for professional and integrated service delivery, and must ensure adequate clinical support is provided as well as a broad range of staff training and development.
The Team Leader will demonstrate practical knowledge of the day to day running of a Child Protection Team in a child and family service agency serving a large urban Indigenous population. The successful candidate will have:
- Working knowledge of Child, Family and Community Services Act and related legislation including the Federal Act, “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families”, AOPSI, delegation, policies, provincial and government systems as well as a clear understanding of risk factors relating to the protection of children in all environments.
- Practical working knowledge of the BC Risk Assessment Model.
- Strong knowledge of Indigenous cultural practices, history, ceremonies, values and beliefs.
As a member of the larger Child Protection team, as well as the VACFSS Leadership team, the Team Leader contributes to team activities, shares ideas/information and experience with team members, and demonstrates commitment to team decisions and goals.
The Team Leader will demonstrate and model the values of belonging, respect, strengths-based practice, integrity and humility. The Team Leader’s practice will be conducted in accordance with practice standards, delegation, legislation, and VACFSS’s philosophy of service delivery, in pursuit of a balanced and harmonious Indigenous community.
A complete position profile will be made available to candidates at the time of the interview.
Education, Experience Training:
- Masters of Social Work; or a Bachelor of Social Work; or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) plus;
- 5 years’ experience in child protection services of which 3 years must be recent fully delegated C6 Experience working with Indigenous families utilizing a restorative approach to practice
- Supervisory training and;
- C6 Delegation
Job Skills and Abilities:
- Sound knowledge of Child, Family and Community Services Act and other relevant Acts and statutes
- Ability to provide direction, guidance and training to staff
- Ability to work with Indigenous clients in a respectful and strength-based way, and to incorporate cultural practices, values and beliefs
- Ability to assess risk and make appropriate decisions that meet the best interests of the child
- Ability to assess situations and provide direction that ensures good case planning and management
- Ability to work collaboratively with clients, professionals, members of the community and multi-professional groups
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
- Good computer skills
- Good time management and organizational skills
- Tact, sound judgment and ability to manage stress.
- Relational Engagement
- Collaborative Planning and Decision Making
- Emotional Competency
- Cultural, Spiritual Expression
- This position requires Union membership
- This position is open to applicants of all genders
- A valid Class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle with business class insurance are required to perform the duties of this position.
- This position requires the incumbent to be available in the office and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Participation of the in-office rotational schedule is required.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for staff after November 22, 2021. VACFSS will consider its obligations to accommodate those staff who are unable to be vaccinated
- Extended health and dental
- Group life and AD&D
- Employee and Family Assistance Program
- 100% employer-paid premiums
- 3 weeks of vacation
- Public Service Pension Plan
- Access to VACFSS’ Staff Cultural Clinical Counselor, Elder
- Access to Indigenous Cultural Teachings as coordinated by the Agency
- Eligible for the VACFSS flex program after passing probation
Applicants may apply by completing the Application on the Employment Opportunities webpage www.vacfss.com or by using the following link: https://www.vacfss.com/join-us/apply-for-a-job/. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference may be given to Indigenous candidates as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.
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.