Aboriginal Family Services Development Coordinator

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society
Posted 7 days ago
Salary: $31.50-$33.00 per hour
Part Time

Job Description

Job Summary: Provides family preservation and family reunification services to the Aboriginal Community of the West Kootenay region. Provides cultural input (cultural case management) into family needs assessments and service plans in collaboration with MCFD. Advocates for and connects families to culturally-appropriate resources. Coordinates and facilitates various cultural gatherings including the COINS Traditional Parenting and Personal Healing Program and drum circles. Provides cultural support to other service providers working with Aboriginal families. This is a maternity leave position that commences June 5 2023 and ends on January 1 2025.

Reports to: Executive Director

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responds in a timely manner to referrals from the Ministry for Children and Families, Child Protection; provides cultural consultation into family assessments and service plans.

  2. Provides counseling one to one and family counseling.

  3. Provides cultural consultation to child/family workers throughout the region providing service to Aboriginal families.

  4. Assesses child and family readiness for other service interventions.

  5. Contributes to family-based intervention plans within program guidelines or as established by the MCFD Social Worker and the family/caregivers.

  6. Connects families to culturally-appropriate resources; provides information on and referrals to other community service providers, resources, and professionals, as required.

  7. Advocates on behalf of Aboriginal families to ensure that their service needs are being met.

  8. Participates in Integrated Case Management meetings and meets regularly with social workers to report client activities and progress, discuss case planning issues and concerns, and evaluate the effectiveness of the service plan and interventions.

  9. Works with staff in community agencies and schools to develop and deliver group programs that are responsive to the needs of Aboriginal families.

  10. Liaises with community service providers and other professionals to coordinate service provision, promote the program, and facilitate referrals.

  11. Assists in the development and implementation of community education strategies that are designed to raise awareness and educate the Aboriginal community regarding healthy family functioning.

  12. Participates in the identification and development of new services and strategies for Aboriginal families

  13. Maintains related records and statistics as required by program guidelines.

  14. Assists with program evaluation activities.

  15. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or in a related human/social service field. Two (2) years recent related experience in a human/social service field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Qualified persons of Aboriginal ancestry and an understanding of the local needs of the Aboriginal community will be given preference.

Job Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated Aboriginal cultural competence and a good understanding of the West Kootenay Aboriginal community and resources.

  2. Some understanding of the Child, Family and Community Act within MCFD, or at least a willingness to learn.

  3. Excellent skills in needs assessment, supportive counseling, group work, and case management.

  4. Strong ability to communicate with Aboriginal families who have experienced difficulty in coping and relationships and who may be functioning in unhealthy ways.

  5. Clear written and verbal communication.

  6. Ability to work as a positive productive member of a small clinical team, Integrated Case Management teams, and community development forums.

  7. Ability to work well independently and recognize and request support and consultation when needed.

  8. Competent computer abilities in MSWord, Email, Internet, data management.

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Requirements: This position requires the incumbent to travel throughout the West Kootenay region. The Coordinator must have a reliable vehicle, road emergency equipment, business insurance that includes $3 M liability, and a criminal records check.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:


Job Type: Part-time Part-time hours: 30 per week

Salary: $31.50-$33.00 per hour


Dental care Extended health care Flexible schedule Paid time off RRSP match Vision care Schedule:

Day shift Monday to Friday Ability to commute/relocate:

Castlegar, BC: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required) Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-05-15 Expected start date: 2023-06-05

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