Community Connection Worker

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Esquimalt Nation is hiring!


Esquimalt Nation mission is to build a legacy for present and future generations of Esquimalt Nation members by ensuring our work is rooted in the teachings and natural laws that flow from the Sacred Trust. We promote and advance holistic health, self-sufficiency and safety of Esquimalt Nation members by offering meaningful programs and services and working with our partners for mutually beneficial goals.



Community Connection Worker


Full-time 80 hours biweekly                                                   $35.60-$45.78/hour


Position Summary
The Community Connection Worker is an integral member of the Esquimalt Nation Community. This position works within the Health and Programs Departments to provide a range of outreach services to children, youth, and their families. The Community Connection Worker will work in collaboration with the Health Department, the Administration, and the Esquimalt Nation Community to provide crisis intervention to children, youth, and their families, in addition to consulting with program staff to ensure prevention and healthy family development. The Community Connection Worker will provide a wide range of supports to Nation members including referrals to treatment facilities and local resources, assistance with legal challenges and obtaining legal aid, domestic violence and housing crisis supports and support to families dealing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). This position may assist in the development and facilitation of support and prevention groups for adults, children, and youth at Esquimalt Nation, as well as provide on-one-one support to members navigating complex systems.


Primary Responsibilities


·       Works within the inter-disciplinary team to build capacity toward developing evidence-based programs and training for communities and related health staff and partners.

·       Provides consultation, education and information to individuals, families, community, and caregivers about external and internal resources.

·       Works to infuse cultural ceremony, tradition, and customs into and around related duties where appropriate and as needed.

·       Collaborates with community health staff, Traditional Healers, families, and community resources as needed.

·       Develops, recommends, and implements practices and procedures to improve quality access to external resources available to community and provides advocacy to address barriers of service.


Outreach and Referrals

·       Provides services such as assessment and crisis intervention, consultation with outside agencies, schools, and hospitals.

·       Maintains appropriate client/administrative records.

·       Promotes and maintains effective working relationships with members and families, physicians, schools, and hospitals to coordinate services, secure input, cooperation, resolve conflicts, influence outcomes and encourage healthy interactions between community members and outside resources.

·       Provides support to members who require to obtain legal support and/or legal aid for issues relating to criminal/family matters.

·       Provides support to members who are navigating the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and other related government agencies.

·       Evaluates outcomes to ensure effectiveness of services through continuous follow-up plans and actions.

·       Provides referrals to external agencies, internal services, Traditional Healers, and other culturally relevant resources.

·       Provides referrals to treatment centers for members experiencing substance abuse issues, eating disorders, elder abuse or ministry concerns regarding elders, and/or other significant personal challenges.

Other related duties as assigned.


TEAM Core Competencies
·       On time, ready to work each day.

·       Desire to serve the Nation members and the ability to put the greater good before personal feelings and resentments.

·       Belief that traditional processes of inclusiveness, dealing with conflict, respectful communication, and the connectedness to the spirit of the land is the respectful way to carry out all Nation business.

·       Share in a spiritual base upon which to build all conduct and decisions.

·       Share in a commitment to living life today following the teachings of the elders, we honor the Esquimalt Nation traditions and will attempt to use them in our daily work life.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
·       Knowledge of Esquimalt/Indigenous people and culture.

·       Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with people from various backgrounds.

·       Understanding of child and youth psychological, social, and cognitive development.

·       Knowledge of behavioral, emotional, and mental health problems and disorders.

·       Demonstrated ability to provide comprehensive assessments.

·       Ability to conduct crisis intervention services.

·       Demonstrated ability to maintain clinical/administrative records.

·       Sound judgement and ability to articulate findings.

·       Demonstrated ability to create and manage treatment plans.

·       Knowledge of inter-generational trauma


Training, Education, and Experience
·       BSW or BA in a related field plus 1 years’ experience, or Child and Youth Care or relevant discipline plus 2 years’ experience.

·       Social Services/Social Work diploma plus 2 years’ experience.

·       Minimum of 3 years of full-time experience working with children, youth, and their families, with responsibly for providing a wide range of community based mental health services and/or referrals.

·       Trauma Informed Practice training.

·       Cultural Safety Training.

·       Experience working with Indigenous Communities (preferred).

·       Pursuant to Section 41 of BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit), with the required combination of education and experience.

·       Class 5 drivers license and a reliable car.


Critical Success Factors
Committed to our guiding principles:

·       Every individual reflects the whole.

·       Connect our spirituality to our work.

·       Promote self-sufficiency.


Resumes can be sent to: Community Connection Worker Posting Link


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