Band Representative Services Lead

Washagamis Bay First Nation is hiring a Band Representative Services Lead! For more information about this LEAP job posting, check out the details below!

Position Summary:

Washagamis Bay First Nation is currently seeking a full-time Band Representative Services Lead. The Band Representative Services Lead Worker will work under the direction of the Social Services supervisor the Band Representative Services Lead provides advocacy and support to families who are involved with any Child and Family Services agency to ensure that the rights of our children and families are respected. The Band Representative represents all Washagamis Bay First Nation band membership children, regardless of location, before the courts; will ensure the heritage, cultural traditions, identity and rights of Washagamis Bay First Nation children are protected and preserved by all parties involved in child welfare matters. Band Representatives are available to WBFN members located both on-reserve and off-reserve. Band Representatives Services Lead will always ensure that, according to the Child and Youth Family Services Act (CYFSA), that the least intrusive measures are exercised by any Child and Family Services agency with WBFN members.

 

Employer Name: Washagamis Bay First Nation
City: Kenora
Province: ON
Postal Code: P0X 1C0
Application Deadline: May 24th, 2024 at 4:00pm
Email: kdrew@gggroupinc.ca
Hours of Work: Full-Time
Job Type: Full-Time
Wages: To commensurate with education and experience

Duties of this LEAP Job Posting:
  1. Administration
  • Communicate with Chief & Council when needed.
  • Seek Band Council for approval of Plan of Care.
  • Meet timelines as required according to applicable legislation.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of the Child & Family Services Act, the policies and procedures of the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Customary Care Provision and Kinship Care as CAS options rather than apprehension; including completing and filing court forms, and attending court appearances on behalf of WBFN.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters related to clients and families.
  • Accurate and comprehensive record keeping including up-to-date case logs.

2. Case Management

  • Prepare Plans of Care, including recommendations for placement of children.
  • Complete all relevant case-related information and documentation.
  • Prepare, serve, and file additions or amendments to the Client’s Plan of Care
  • Ensure client files are maintained and updated on a regular basis including a review of the client’s Plan of Care.
  • Complete required research on child, confirming they are a member of Washagamis Bay First Nation, as well as any history of the child or family in relation to the First Nation.
  • Coordinate Case Management conference with all community services involved to monitor client’s Plan of Care.
  • Monitor status of case and implementation of the plan for the child(ren) involved.
  • Data collection, and submission of reports.
  • Accompany Children and Family Service workers during investigations.
  • Initiate information gathering and/or compilation of information related to client case file.
  • Complete case review meetings with all necessary parties.
  • Coordinate preparation of the Plan of Care.

3. Client Care

  • Ensure that Temagami First nation band members are fully aware of their rights and that those rights are always being upheld and protected.
  • Consider the needs of the child(ren) and identify available resources.
  • Interact with children in custody and Crown Wards.
  • Interact and support children through adoption proceedings, court hearings, meetings with parents and custodians, as well as with Native and non-Native agencies and legal services.
  • Provide support, advocate to maintain family units, and advocate for satisfactory solutions to family problems.
  • Ensure effective delivery and monitoring of practices, adhering to relevant strategies to safeguard children who are in care.
  • Be personable and able to develop effective and trusting relationships, as well as develop rapport with clients.

4. Legal Skills

  • Gather evidence, prepare arguments, produce, and prepare witnesses, and prepare draft orders.
  • Prepare for and attend settlement conferences as set out by the new Court Rules.
  • Complete oral and written presentations in court, as required.
  • Engage Legal counsel to support the preparation of court documents and to represent the First Nation in court on complex matters.
  • Attend court hearings on child welfare cases when needed as a representative of the First Nation.
  • Prepare, respond to, and process legal documents as required by the Ontario Court of Rules.
  • Monitor status of the case and discuss potential settlements.
  • Advocate and support alternative dispute resolution approaches in place of formal court proceedings.

5. Liaison

  • Interact with First Nation members and families.
  • Act as a liaison for WBFN when interacting with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services and other service-related agencies with a high degree of understanding.
  • Develop working relationships with other First Nation Band Representatives, Agencies and Legal Counsel.
  • Liaise with WBFN Social Services programs, including but not limited to, Family Well-Being Program, Jordan’s Principle, NAADAP, HBHC, cultural programs, and visiting professionals to assess client(s) progress and suggest alternative plans if appropriate.
  • Work and liaise with Child and Family Service Agencies.

6. Duties

  • Flexibility – must be able to work varying hours including days, evenings, and weekends with minimal notice, as required.
  • Travel – must be able to travel with minimal notice.
  • Other duties related to the Child Services Band Representative position as required
Qualifications for this LEAP Job Posting:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must possess any of the following:

 

  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work/Law Clerk/Child and Youth Work or a  similarly related field.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in social services or a related field within a First Nation community.
  • Advanced knowledge of the CYFSA and proceedings involving First Nation children.
  • Experience working with Family Law and alternative dispute resolutions considered an asset.
  • Experience working with Indigenous people, organizations, and communities.
  • Experience working with children, youth, and families.
  • Strong negotiation skills, techniques, and advocacy.
  • Excellent time-management.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • High efficacy of multi-tasking.
  • Excellent computer skills for reporting and presentation purposes, and general office use.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, community members, Chief & Council, and government agencies.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations.
  • Exhibit strong written, verbal, and evaluation skills.
  • Excellent case, file, and stress management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and the ability to take initiative.
  • Possess a valid G Class driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle. Must also be eligible for community insurance if using a First Nation vehicle.
  • Must be able to provide and maintain a clean Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
How To Apply to this LEAP Job Posting:

Along with their resume and cover letter, applicants must submit a current vulnerable sector check and three references.  Application packages must be submitted by Date: May 24, at 4pm to:

 

kdrew@gggroupinc.ca

 

Hiring Committee

Washagamis Bay First Nation

BOX 626

Keewatin, Ontario

P0X 1C0

 

Note:  We thank all those who have expressed an interest in this position; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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