Family Finder Worker

Family Finder Worker

SP4 Social Services Worker 4

Regular/full-time

two positions

Department of Families

Winnipeg Child and Family Services Branch, Community Service Delivery

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 38547

Salary(s):   SP4 $56,040.00 – $77,714.00 per year

Closing Date:   February 6, 2022

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 6 months.

This position is designated to comply with the Public Health Orders related to COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirement.

In accordance with The Child and Family Services Act, The Child and Family Services Authorities Act and The Adoption Act, Winnipeg Child and Family Services (WCFS) provides a comprehensive continuum of child protection and family support services in Winnipeg. WCFS partners with the community to provide supportive and preventive services to families; protection services to children at risk of abuse and neglect; develops and provides basic and specialized placement services to meet the needs of children in care; and provides adoptive and post-adoptive services along with guardianship responsibilities to children, youth and families when reunification is no longer an option.  WCFS is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the role of a Family Finder Worker.  The work of the Family Finder Worker is based on a well-established practice model.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector, Child and Adult Abuse Registry Checks, Prior Contact Check and a Driver’s Abstract
  • Valid Manitoba’s drivers licence, access to a vehicle, and the ability to travel throughout Winnipeg and surrounding areas
  • Ability to work evenings or weekends 

Qualifications:
Essential:

  • Post-secondary degree in Social Sciences, BSW preferred. Other acceptable combinations of post-secondary degrees and related experience may be considered
  • Experience in case management within a child and family services organization including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation and closure.
  • Experience working with families and children using General Authority Practice Model or a similar strength and engagement based practice model.   
  • Experience applying family finding principles and practices while working with children and families.
  • Excellent crisis intervention and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and establish working relationships with children, families, internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with interpreting Child and Family Services Act, Adoption Act, Authorities Act, policies, procedures, regulations and standards. 
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing workload demands and meet time sensitive deadlines. 
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills  writing clear, concise documents and reports for a variety of audiences.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications (MS Office: Word, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams).  

Desired:

  • Experience with the Child and Family Services Information System (CFSIS).
  • Experience in facilitating meetings with families and internal and external stakeholders.

Duties:
Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor, the Family Finder Worker will use specially developed skills and techniques to find family/non-family members and lead family/agency teams to support the children. The Family Finder Worker will work collaboratively with the child’s case manager throughout the family finding process. Due to the nature of working with children in care and their networks, the Family Finder Worker must also be able to provide any service from within the full range of statutory child welfare services, for example, assessing child safety and initiating protection interventions.
 

Apply to:

Advertisement # 38547

Service Centre 4

Human Resource Services

600-259 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3B 2A9

Phone:  204-945-7518

Fax: 204-945-0601

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Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed by internal applicants. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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