JOB TITLE: Kinship Family Connections Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Ubuntu Manager
SALARY: $46 995 – $55 282/year
HOURS: 37.5 hours/week including weekends and evenings to meet families’ needs

 

Job BACKGROUND

Connecting children and families through shared humanity:

The Ubuntu CSD (Collaborative Service Delivery) Program is an innovative approach to child and family support, which leverages a network of partner agencies and Children’s Services to create customized supports for children, youth, and families in North East Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Ubuntu offers a continuum of culturally aligned, community-based, family and child centered services. Collectively, with Boyle Street as the lead agency, Ubuntu is one point of access to a streamlined set of services that leverages the expertise of five networks to meet the needs of our families, children, and youth. Entitled the C5 (Collaborative Five) – Ubuntu works collaboratively with Boyle Street Community Services, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, and Terra Centre for Teen Parents.

This position is based out of the C5’s North East Hub – 14023 Victoria Trail.

Boyle Street Community Services offers an attractive benefits package after successful completion of probationary period. Professional development is provided and required in the development of the Kinship Family Connections Coordinator.

JOB Purpose:

The Ubuntu Kinship Program is seeking a Kinship Family Connections Coordinator – an integral member of the service team who is responsible for relentlessly seeking out significant family, friends, and natural community supports who can be life-long connections for each child and youth. With a strong vision of permanency from the onset of an open family file, the KFCC will be capable and prepared to seek more family connections and increase natural networks, thereby increasing long term connections and safety. The KFCC would have a strong capability to utilize the Family Finding and Signs of Safety models to develop family searches, family mapping, file mining and extensive family meetings. The KFCC will be an essential person to coordinate, facilitate and conduct family meetings in circle format to address family matters, family healing and permanency.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establishing strong, trusting relationships with family members while working towards an effective permanency plan for children and youth.
  • Preparing families for the Kinship program, while understanding of the importance of Kinship in a child’s life.
  • Report writing, meticulous organization of files to Kinship Accreditation Standards, and financial management of Kinship family needs as per Kinship policy and procedure.
  • Assisting families to complete necessary task to become an approved Kinship home.
  • Organizing, facilitating, mediating family group conferencing, and planning, sharing and healing circles with families.
  • Building Ubuntu staff capacity for group facilitation, conflict resolution, family finding.
  • Assisting Kinship caregivers to build healthy, safe relationships with child/youth’s biological parents.
  • Maintaining accurate records, files, and documentation to track permanency planning.
  • Contribute to a positive team environment by demonstrating the values of accountability, reliability, respect, and creativity
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with CFS and community partners.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Degree or diploma in the Human Services Field. Candidates with extensive relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Family Group Conference certificate or any group facilitation/mediation certification is an asset. 

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Strong understanding of Kinship policy and standards.
  • Strong relationship building skills and ability to advocate for families, children and youth.
  • Trained to facilitate family group conferencing and Family Circles.
  • Trained in mediation and conflict resolution practices.
  • Strengths-based approach in motivating families.
  • Strong documentation skills for report writing.
  • Ability to work with children and families within a range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Cree or other First Peoples languages is an asset.
  • Experience in Family Finding and Signs of Safety practices.
  • Knowledgeable in Aboriginal culture and traditions. Openness to cultural inclusion and accommodation.
  • Ability to have constructive conversations with team members.
  • Ability to maintain strong boundaries.

Experience:

  • Three or more years of experience working with families in the human service field is required.
  • Understanding of the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act and guiding legislation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Aboriginal and multicultural communities.
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Development, Toxic Stress, and the Social Determinants of Health
  • An understanding of poverty, racism, intergenerational trauma, marginalization and how these factors impact those we serve.
  • Valid Alberta driver’s license and reliable vehicle are required. Please note that transporting families in personal vehicle is required, including some highway driving and out of town travel.
  • Criminal Record Check, Child Welfare Information System check, and Drivers Abstract completed within 6 months is required by start date (Note: Processing times may take several weeks to complete these checks).

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include Kinship Family Connections Coordinator in the Subject Line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position.

Closing Date: May 7th, 2018