Lifelong Connections Worker

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Children are our greatest gift from the Creator

Who We Are:  Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen People, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services’ (SCCFS) vision is to support the empowerment of the urban Indigenous community to continue the reclamation of traditional systems of caring for and protecting children so no child or youth will be placed into care.  As an urban Delegated Indigenous Agency, SCCFS is committed to providing child and family services strongly rooted in Indigenous cultural values and world views while ensuring urban Indigenous children and youth grow up connected to family, community, and culture.

Surrounded by Cedar receives its delegation through the Provincial Director of Child Welfare, who gives the agency the authority to undertake administration of parts of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA).  Under its current delegation agreement, Surrounded by Cedar administers C4 services (Guardianship).

SCCFS strives to be a culturally safe employer, with a keen focus on Indigenous recruitment and retention.  While working at the agency, employees will be involved in various cultural knowledge sharing opportunities, activities, and ceremonies, while being actively engaged in urban Indigenous community events.

The Opportunity:  Join a team that values your contributions and allows you to grow your career while utilizing your unique skills, creativity and passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of urban Indigenous children, youth and families.  In the role as Lifelong Connections Worker, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Act as legal guardian to urban Indigenous children and youth in care while focusing on finalizing identified permanency plans
  • Provide child welfare services strongly rooted in Indigenous cultural values and beliefs, focusing on nurturing the cultural and spiritual identities of urban Indigenous children and youth in Continuing Care
  • Identify and locate extended family members and members of the child/youth’s Indigenous community to build lifelong connections with, while exploring the possibility of a permanency plan
  • Build trusting relationships with the child/youth’s circle, including family members, community members, Indigenous communities and other organizations, and travelling when necessary to facilitate this relationship building in a good way
  • Contribute to planning for urban Indigenous children and youth in care
  • Build genograms to assist children and youth to understand their family connections

What You Will Bring to the Role: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child & Youth Care or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and at least 2 years of Indigenous child welfare experience
  • Current C4 delegation in British Columbia (or have been delegated in the last 2 years) is considered an asset and may be given preference
  • Availability Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Willingness to travel and work some evenings and weekends
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, and a favourable driver’s abstract
  • Clear criminal records check

Wage:  $60,998.61 – $69,422.06 annually, depending on experience.

Apply Now!  Visit www.surroundedbycedar.com for more information about this position, the agency and to view the full job description.

Preference will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code.

Deadline to Apply:  September 15, 2021 at 11:59pm 

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in this opportunity, what specific skills and experience you will bring, and how your qualifications will make you successful in this role.

Apply online, or submit your resume and cover letter by email to:
Maren Gray, Executive Assistant
Email: maren@sccfs.com

We thank you for your interest in this position.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply for this job please visit surroundedbycedar.com.