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Community Support Worker (2 Positions Available)

Full Time | Monday to Friday with some evenings and weekends

At Odyssey House, our vision is to help women and children break free from the cycle of family violence.  As a member of our team, you will help to ensure consistent implementation of agency policies and procedures and ensure all staff, residents and clients are cared for.

Summary of Position         

Reporting to the Manager of Community Support, the Community Support Worker supports, advocates and accompanies clients in the community throughout the processes of addressing legal, financial, medical housing and child welfare issues. Must be willing to travel within the City of Grande Prairie and surrounding communities.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure all reporting and documentation is accurate, non-judgmental, culturally inclusive, trauma-informed, women-centered and up to date
  • Ensure that families are supported by providing supports, referrals, appropriate transportation and advocacy to meet the needs of each family’s situation and that adequate discharge planning is in place
  • Assist clients with court support, complete safety plans, and secure basic needs
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate shelter groups as outlined by the Community Support Manager, including choosing relevant groups topics and organizing materials and appropriate speakers
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant agencies/service providers for a collaborative approach to family violence to ensure best service delivery

Qualifications

The successful applicant will possess one or more of the following:

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, counselling or other Human Services related field (or comparable experience)
  • Minimum one year working with individuals who have experienced family violence
  • A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license and a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Experience in group facilitation considered an asset
  • Experience in Outcome Tracker considered an asset

Skills and Abilities

The successful applicant will possess the following:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creativity and energy
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of dynamics of domestic violence and women’s issues
  • Strong understanding of Alberta and Canada legal and court processes, EPOs and Protection Orders
  • Knowledge of sexual assault, mental health and addiction issues
  • Familiarity with Child & Family Service processes; the Children’s First Act; TGOs and PGOs
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention counselling, case management and safety planning
  • Above average written and oral communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong knowledge of social service community agencies and protocols for referral/advocacy

What We Offer

  • $23.09 to $24.50 per hour, dependent on education and experience
  • Excellent employee benefits including health, dental, wellness days, sick days, and a pension plan with employer matching
  • Employer paid training opportunities

The successful applicant will be required to submit the following documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment: Criminal Record Check, Child Intervention Record Check (C.Y.I.M), First Aid & CPR certification, and Suicide Prevention Training Program.

While we sincerely thank all applicants who apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

DEADLINE for applications: 12:00 pm, Friday, September 25, 2020

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  • We recommend providing a cover letter with all applications, but some require it. Please check the job description to see if this applies. Applications submitted without a cover letter that require one may not be considered.

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