Job ID #1044608
Human Services Worker 5
Alberta Children's Services, Wetaskiwin. A successful society is defined by its people and the opportunities available for them to fully and actively participate in all aspects of life and provide for themselves and/or their families. The Ministry of Children's Services works alongside the Ministry of Community and Social Services to foster a society in which families are secure and resilient, individuals have safe, sustainable employment, vulnerable Albertans have the supports they require, and no one is left behind. You can be part of helping us make a difference!
The Ministry of Children's Services leads child care & intervention, early childhood development, foster & kinship care, adoption, and improvements for children & youth.
To find out more about our work visit: https://www.alberta.ca/ministry-childrens-services.aspx
Central Region Children's Services has opportunity for a 2 permanent Child Intervention Caseworkers in our Wetaskiwin Child Intervention office. We offer Intervention services based on the philosophy that children, youth and families should have input into the decisions that affect their lives. Through the early resolution of issues, we support families and communities, enabling them to provide nurturing, safe environments for their children. Using a child-centered, family focused approach, we strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, sound individuals.
Familiarity with the effects of trauma on child development, family dynamics, child behaviour management and techniques around issues of FAS/FAE, sexual abuse, aggression and suicide; and knowledge of various disorders affecting children including post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol, separation and loss; will provide the foundation of your intervention practice.
Candidates for this position should be self-motivated, open to challenges and eager to work with children and families to improve outcomes and maximize their potential. Experience in building positive relationships with stakeholders, community agencies and families are competencies required for this position.
Caseworkers negotiate and determine appropriate programs and services to meet children's and family needs. They establish and maintain strong working relationships with community and department resources. This position will be responsible in providing case planning and management of a variety of agreements/orders (Family Enhancement, Custody, Supervisory, Temporary Guardian and Permanent Guardianship). The successful candidate will assess the need for services and negotiate an appropriate Family Enhancement, Concurrent, or Transition to Independence plan. Other duties include evaluating client progress/compliance, providing family support and working with children in care in their transition into adulthood. Determining and assessing risk to children through the investigation process, developing concurrent plans, making referrals to community resources and developing public awareness of child abuse issues and resources are also key responsibilities of these positions.
The successful applicant requires above average oral and written communication skills. You must be extremely organized and have the ability to prioritize, as this position requires polished time management skills. Further to this, the application and understanding of conflict resolution and sound investigative and assessment skills are required. You must be able to develop strategies for engagement in an assessment/investigation. You will also possess a sound knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and related legislation, policies and standards.
Bachelor of Social Work with 6 months related experience. Current or Previous GOA experience with Child and Family Services will be considered an asset. Direct experience working with children, youth and families is considered an asset. Child Intervention experience is considered an asset. Experience working with or training in Indigenous culture will be considered an asset. Child and Youth Family Enhancement Act knowledge or experience will be considered an asset. Knowledge of signs of safety will be considered an asset. Child intervention practice strategies will be considered an asset. If you possess any of these assets please outline them in your resume. Please clearly indicate the length of time, in months, of your related experience.
Equivalencies will be considered and these are:
Master of Social Work (no experience required);
OR related university degree and 2 years related experience;
OR related diploma and 3 years related experience.
Successful applicants who possess a MSW, BSW or a Diploma in Social Work are required to register with and maintain registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers prior to the commencement of employment.
Please note there are 2 permanent positions located in the Wetaskiwin Office.
Some weekend and evening work may be required.
Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Ministry. Travel is a requirement of this position: therefore, the successful candidate must have a valid Driver's License and access to a reliable vehicle.
As part of the selection process, candidates may be invited to complete a written knowledge test. Please note that candidates will be contacted via email to book testing or interviews. Please ensure you provide a current email address in your resume.
Successful candidates will undergo pre-employment security screening. In order to expedite this process, please be prepared to present a recent (completed within the last 6 months) Criminal Records Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector screening check at the time of the interview. Successful candidates will also have a Children’s Services Intervention Check completed.
Delegated Caseworkers are expected to participate on an after-hours on-call rotation.
As per the Health Professions Act, successful applicants must be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) to be eligible for this position, if: (a) they have a degree in social work from any university in North America that is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) or the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); or (b) they have graduated from an approved social work diploma program in Alberta; or (c) they have, within the last five years, been a registered, certified or licensed social worker in another province or with a member of the Association of Social Work Boards. Please be prepared to provide your registration details at the time of interview. For more information please visit http://www.acsw.ab.ca/
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta.
Salary: $2,532.32 - $3,273.50 bi-weekly
Closing Date: September 12, 2017
How to Apply:
1. Online applications are preferred via www.jobs.alberta.ca. INDEED.CA Users: You will not be able to apply through the INDEED website, please go directly to the above website.
2. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.
3. As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
4. Please include a valid e-mail address as interview invitations will be sent out via e-mail.
If you are unable to apply online, please contact Dana Polutnik at 403-340-5610.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted via e-mail.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Dana Polutnik at Phone: 403-340-5610 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.
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