Department: Child and Youth Development Services
Location: Any FIREFLY office, Ontario
Employment Type: Full-time
Minimum Experience: Mid-level
Compensation: $51,469/year to $71,352/year dependent on education and experience
Reporting to the Clinical Manager, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Worker will deliver child, youth and family centered service to children and youth with FASD and/or suspected FASD and their families by leading the development of a strengths-based support plan for children and youth with FASD or suspected FASD. The FASD worker will work with the family, service providers and educators to build capacity for supporting the child/youth and identify strategies to meet the specific needs of the child/youth and family based on the best available evidence of FASD supports. The FASD workers will be knowledgeable about FASD and will complement the current efforts of service providers within their community to provide direct intervention support, collaboration and system navigation across multiple sectors, such as health, education, youth justice, community and social services, post-secondary, and employment and training. The FASD worker will connect children and youth with FASD, their families and service providers to interventions and supports including those developed through the other components of the FASD Strategy.
Key Job Functions:
- Work with children/youth with FASD, or suspected FASD, and their families to develop a support plan based on individual strengths and needs, and informed by the child/youth and family’s vision, goals and concerns
- Support connections to diagnostic supports (as available) and provide information to families as post-diagnosis support.
- Support connections to other services and, with consent, share information and the service plan so the family doesn’t have to repeat their story.
- Work with the family, service providers and educators supporting the child/youth to build capacity and identify strategies to meet the child’s needs.
- Explore flexible and innovative approaches for service delivery to meet the needs of children/youth and families and to bring forward innovative solutions.
- Provide information to parents, caregivers and school personnel about behavioural symptoms associated with FASD and helpful approaches.
- If a child/youth has multiple and complex needs and their family requires the more intensive support of a Service Planning Coordinator and the Coordinated Service Planning Process, support the connection to a dedicated Service Planning Coordinator and remain involved as part of the Coordinated Service Planning team.
- Work with youth, and their family and service providers across sectors to plan for a transition from child and youth services to adult services, if required.
- At a local system level, work to improve awareness of FASD and support local cross-sectoral planning tables (such as Special Needs Strategy Cross-Sectoral Committees) to identify gaps and opportunities for improving supports for FASD.
- Engage with different cultural groups (e.g., Indigenous, francophone to discuss how to best meet needs of children and youth with FASD in their communities.
- Facilitate parent-to-parent connections.
- Participate in provincially offered training to increase their own and their organization’s capacity to support children and youth with FASD and their families.
- Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and a minimum of three years of work experience OR equivalent experience with vulnerable or at-risk populations including special needs
- Preference will be given to candidates registered with a college recognized by the Psychotherapy Act, 2007
- Experience working with children/youth with FASD and their families
- Knowledge of child and family development
- Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
- Commitment to strength-based principles of child, youth and family-centeredness
- Experience working with the child and youth service system
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Ability to maintain strong professional boundaries
- Strong organizational and reporting skills
- Strong counselling skills
- Experience working with individuals experiencing trauma
- Experience with and knowledge of behavioural concept
- Experience working with children and families from diverse cultures
- Knowledge of the Anishinaabe culture and language is an asset
- Travel within the service region is required
- Some evening work is required
- Must have a current and valid Driver’s License
Benefits of working at FIREFLY:
- Pension Plan (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan HOOPP)
- Vacation entitlement starting at 4 weeks per year
- Paid sick leave accrued monthly up to a maximum of 30 days
- Wellness Days (3 total per fiscal year)
- Community Service and Cultural Days (3 total per fiscal year)
- Excellent benefit plan with coverage including health, dental, vision, life insurance and critical illness with 100% of the premiums paid by FIREFLY
- Short- and long-term disability coverage
- Professional development opportunities
- A supportive team and great workplace culture
Interested in this position? Please apply! This opportunity will be open until filled.
To apply for this job please visit fireflynw.bamboohr.com.
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