Child and Youth Worker Full-time contract position (approximately 1-year) Location: London
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, holistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. The Centre provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the southwest region. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. We are also mandated to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of a Child and Youth Worker to join our interdisciplinary staff team at our London site.
The Child and Youth Worker is accountable for the provision of social development of young community members, up to the age of 18. This occurs through effective assessment of the client’s needs, appropriate service planning and ongoing case management to support the client. This position requires knowledge of and collaboration with, the surrounding Indigenous communities as well as, First Nations/Inuit and/or Métis populations in and around London.
A minimum of three (3) years direct experience working with Indigenous youth and families in a counselling, social development or other related health setting. Experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) people in community based settings and fluency in a local language would be considered an asset.
Post-secondary education in Child and Youth Counselling or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience in a related health care discipline
Training and/or certification in Addiction/Substance Abuse and Mental Health screening would be an asset
Effective assessment and case management skills to balance the needs of the Centre’s clients
Proven ability to develop holistic plans of care with the client and ensure a connection with the appropriate resources
Ability to work with youth and families in crisis and to provide appropriate supports
Knowledge of FNIM Traditional Teachings, Culture, Values and History
Awareness of Health and Wellness issues pertaining to FNIM People
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
Computer proficiency including proven ability to use relevant technology (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, EMR)
Knowledge/ Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of Traditional teachings; experience in referrals to various agencies
Communication, effective listening and interpersonal skills
Ability to adhere to ethical standards of practice (confidentiality, conflict resolution, etc.)
Ability to work within a community based organization, with referrals to/from various agencies
Effective computer skills
Organizational skills and time management
Participate in training and group documenting
Maintaining a client statistical reporting system as per program policy
Reports for legal, CAS, school, physician or other agencies as warranted
Conducting initial assessment for all assigned clients as directed by the program facilitator
Generate and document client progress and individualized program plans and evaluate progress of treatment
Participate in case management meetings with staff
Valid class “G” license and access to a reliable vehicle
Ability to maintain good attendance and punctuality
Vulnerable Persons Sector check required
A current and satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Check is a condition of employment
This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
Please Note: This position is based on annual funding and is a full-time contract for approximately 1-year @ 35 hours (5 days) per week. Salary is subject to experience and funding. Comprehensive benefit and optional pension package included.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however, hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and 3 references (minimum two references must be from a supervisor or manager) to: