Case Social Worker
PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION IN WEST VANCOUVER
- Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government
ABOUT THE SQUAMISH NATION
Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory. Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Case Social Worker to join our Child & Family Services team in West Vancouver.
As per the tripartite Agreement signed by Chiefs & Council, the Province of BC and Canada, this is delegated (C4) intermediate social worker position which has the responsibility to act, on behalf of the Superintendent of CSFS, as the delegated legal guardian of Squamish children who have been taken into care (including off-reserve children). As an intermediate Social Worker position, the incumbent will be responsible for a semi-advanced caseload, for assisting in investigating MCFD Child Protection cases of child abuse or neglect and for making referrals, via Manager, to appropriate resource as necessary. Additionally, performs guardianship, resource and family support service functions. This position advocates for the families associated with Children in Care. Incumbent must have proven demonstrated proven previous work experience with case social work caseload at the intermediate level.
Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts intakes (including off-reserve), interviews, home visits, referrals, screens and client assessments according to Squamish Nation policy, AOPSI practice standards, the Child & Family Services Act, etc. Assists parents with voluntary care/ interim care/ special needs agreements, develops and formalizes contracts between clients and other resources.
- Participates in weekly interdisciplinary case management to receive case assignments. Works with team to arrange children-in-care placements, identify barriers to family unity, develop individualized family care/ child-in-care plans, offering traditional Squamish Family Conferencing and makes referrals. Participates in progress reviews and casework goal planning sessions with team members.
- Maintains caseload and paperwork for straightforward and complex cases, controls localized budgets, authorizes payments including relief/respite, maintenance, etc. Completes confidential reports, residential/guardianship related documents/recordings, child and family social histories, caregiver home studies, quality of care reports and assessments. Monitors and evaluates progress towards established goals of each case and ensures case and resources files contain clear, accurate, and orderly records for possible usage as court evidence.
- Undertakes guardianship role and responsibilities.
- Coordinates work with the Ministry of Child & Family Development staff and legal counsel when Squamish Nation families and children are in court. Communicates the court process to clients and families, coordinates access to legal counsel, acts as a witness, maintains effective working relationship with legal counsel and attends court or arranges legal services on the child in care’s behalf.
- Participates in case conferences and consults with other stakeholders. Coordinates services with the Ministry of Child & Family Development, police and Squamish Nation Peacekeepers regarding protection interventions and investigations. Renegotiates or terminates contracted services, assists in alleviating community crises and travels to Squamish Valley to conduct job duties or discuss cases when required.
- Builds relationships, promotes program awareness and represents department. Presents information on divisional programs in a way that promotes Squamish Nation culture and traditions. Promotes on a regular basis, through various means, community education and awareness about child physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, and other child protection related concerns, and the Child & Family Program services/resources available to address these conditions. Maintains effective relationships with relevant government contacts and other stakeholders.
- Provides and coordinates ongoing support and training for foster families with children in care. Encourages foster parents, caregivers and others in child residential care services, to receive the support therapy necessary to address personal healing needs, such as family relationships, separation and loss, and stress issues related to providing for children in their care.
- Conducts initial home visits, home studies, and ongoing assessments/reviews of the overall health and well-being of the caregivers. Uses specialized assessment tools to assess caregivers skills and strengths. Conducts family background research, quality of care reviews, searches/studies/recruits caregivers and approves applications for respite care. Coordinates respite funding, payments, transitions, etc. and provides respite in emergency cases.
- Participates in the coordination of permanent or temporary residential care for children that have been brought into care via Removal, Voluntary Care Agreements or Special needs Agreement. Recruits new extended family care parents through approaching community task groups, and follows up on inquiries and referrals from other caregivers.
- Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
- Participates as member of the Case Management and Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Teams.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or relevant/related degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
- Designated C4/Level 13 Social Worker or must obtain within a set timeframe.
- Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers or must obtain within a set timeframe.
- 2 - 3 years of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in the job description, including, social work, resource work, caseload management, counselling, Squamish Nation cultural knowledge and First Nation child welfare, etc.
- As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to child care, court testimony, life planning and analyzing problems, etc.
- Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications – Outlook (Email), Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Working experience with Best Practices is preferred or must be willing to learn.
- Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
- Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
- Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
- Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
- Must be willing to travel to the Squamish Valley 4-6 times per month
- Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
- Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.
The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.
Salary: $64,033 to $75,333 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.
If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today!