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.
- 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:
The Team Leader is directly accountable for the quality of service to clients and for setting and monitoring standards in a manner that is culturally sensitive to Indigenous people. The Team Leader provides direct supervision and coaching to coordinators in their day-to-day work with agency social workers in the various program areas. The Collaborative Practice Team Leader provides vision, direction, guidance and leadership to his/her direct reports and others, including Knowledge Keeper/Elder Facilitator. The Team Leader will be expected to facilitate family meetings as well as provide coverage for mediation scheduling as needed.
The Team Leader will demonstrate practical knowledge of the day to day running of a Collaborative Practice 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 Program and 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 Aboriginal community. The successful candidate will be required to lead and develop staff within VACFSS’ Restorative Practice Policies Keeping Our Children Safe and Raising Our Children together as well as coach and mentor staff using VACFSS’ Restorative Supervision model.
A complete position profile will be made available to candidates 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
- Masters of Social Work; or a Bachelor of Social Work; or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) plus;
- 5 years of Child Welfare experience in child protection services with 3 years of Collaborative Practice facilitation experience.
- Experience working with indigenous families utilizing a restorative approach to practice
- Supervisory training and;
- C6 Delegation
- Knowledge of Indigenous cultural competencies
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.
Position 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 Alison Grundle, Child Protection Practice Manager by email: email@example.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. Participation of the in-office rotational schedule is required
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for staff. VACFSS will consider its obligations to accommodate those staff who are unable to be vaccinated.