Social Worker Team Lead (Child Protection)

Job No: 79682
Location: Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC (within close proximity to Terrace)

  • Relocation assistance on offer for the right candidate.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to take on a leadership role with a first-class, Nisga'a organization.
  • Make a lasting difference in the lives of the children and families in the beautiful community of Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC.
  • Receive a generous leave, with fantastic benefits and a highly competitive hourly wage with applicable overtime.
  • Enjoy 10 days of Professional Development.

About the Organization

The Nisga'a Lisims Government (NLG) building opened its doors in 2000, and has since been responsible for a vital set of functions carried out under various departments including Finance, Programs & Services, Fisheries & Wildlife, and Lands & Resources, all which contribute to the development of the surrounding area. NLG's directives are governed under Nisga’a laws as well as federal and provincial laws.

About the Location

Gitlaxt'aamiks, also known as New Aiyansh, is a Nisga'a village in the heart of the Nass River Valley in British Columbia, Canada. As one of four Nisga'a villages, it is considered the "capital of the Nisga'a Nation."

Located on BC's rugged northwest coast, and just 97km north of Terrace, Nisga'a Lands are blessed with soaring mountains, dramatic lava beds, picturesque fjords, and thriving rivers and streams. The natural beauty of Nisga'a Lands is complemented by the Nisga'a Nation's rich cultural traditions. There is a wealth of activities for you to enjoy, including fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing, and much more!

The Kitimat-Terrace Regional Airport is the largest in the area with several direct daily flights to Vancouver, as well as flights to a host of other Northwestern communities. Terrace is served by daily, direct flights from Vancouver by Air Canada Jazz, and Hawkair & Westjet. Flying time is about 2 hours.

About the Opportunity

Currently, Nisga’a Lisims Government has an exciting new position for a Social Worker Team Lead (Child Protection) to join the group in Gitlaxt'aamiks (also known as New Aiyansh) in beautiful British Columbia.

Reporting to the Director of Practice, your main responsibility will be to plan, develop, manage, coordinate and evaluate the delivery of services within the context of a C-6 Child Protection team. You will also ensure clinical support is effectively provided as you oversee staff training and development.

More specifically, on regular basis you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide direction, leadership and support to staff for professional and integrated service delivery;
  • Supervise staff in the assessment and investigation of allegations of abuse or neglect of children and youth;
  • Assist with all aspects of risk assessment for C6 delegation;
  • Supervise staff in resource and guardianship functions for C3 and C4 delegations, and assign caseloads to staff while ensuring compliance with AOPSI standards;
  • Within legislative requirements, develop procedures and systems to direct the delivery of service within established budgets, and monitor and evaluate standards of practice for effectiveness, efficiency and economy;
  • Liaise with external agencies and Nisga’a partners to ensure integration and coordination of overall services to clients where appropriate; and
  • Conduct speaking engagements and liaise with other agencies to establish relationships with community partners, provincial, and federal and non-governmental agencies to enhance the delivery of services and promote public awareness of NCFS.

We invite you to apply if you have 5 years of related experience, with a minimum of 3 years in child protection and 1 year of supervision experience.   We also require one of below:

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree (Master preferred), or
  • Master of Education (Counseling), or
  • Master of Psychology degree.

It is also mandatory that you have a C6 Delegation, or have an equivalent amount of experience if you are applying from outside of BC. You will also be at an advantage if you have previous experience working within a government setting.

Sound knowledge of Child, Family and Community Services Act and other relevant acts and statutes is required. The successful candidate will also have a solid understanding of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal programs and agencies, both government and community based, including referral processes.

Importantly, you will be well versed in the field of Mental Health and other issues affecting children. Crucial to your success will be the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with professional groups, program staff, agency staff, social workers and other personnel from public and private sectors.

Along with well developed interpersonal counseling and assessment skills, you are an excellent communicator, both in written and verbal situations. We invite you to apply if you are able to apply tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive issues, and it is crucial that you have strong supervisory, organizational and time management skills, as a large portion of your role will be overseeing and nurturing the careers of other staff members.

Lastly, you will need to be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook as required, and have a valid BC Class 5 Drivers License (with current abstract) along with access to a reliable vehicle.

This is an exciting time to join NLG! Utilize your strong leadership skills with a caring organization and set a change in motion to make a lasting impact on families within the area.

About the Benefits

In appreciation of all your hard work and determination, you will be rewarded with a competitive hourly wage of $38.29 - 42.54 plus applicable overtime (hours based on 35 hours per week).

You can also look forward to fantastic benefits including:

  • Relocation assistance to the right candidate
  • Up to 10 days per year for Professional Development
  • 28 days off (10 vacation + 18 elective leave)
  • Overtime pay
  • Extended Health and Dental
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Professional Development
  • Group Pension Plan
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) which provides confidential counseling services to assist employees with a variety of life's challenges

Nisga'a Lisims Government strives to maintain its position as an employer of choice. We operate with respect for one another in the workplace and we value the contribution of all of our employees. We encourage transparency and open communication within our organization throughout all of our departments.

At NLG, you will be met with an exciting career, an ethical and respectful work environment, and opportunity to serve in public service for the good of our Nation. With hard work and determination, the possibilities for career progression are endless at NLG.

If you're looking for a leadership position that is guaranteed to provide you with satisfaction - Apply Now!

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