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Competition Number:
OC158-FCCoord
Job Number:
J0722-0609
Job Title:
Foster Care Coordinator (Okanagan)
Job Type:
Permanent, Part-Time
City:
Okanagan
Province / State:
British Columbia
Hours of Work Per Week:
30 Flexible
Scheduled Days Each Week:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Varies
Scheduled Hours:
0900-1700 with some Flexibility. Rotation of On-Call.
Number Of Positions:
1
Hiring Manager Name & Title:
Marta Vargas - Program Director
Compensation:
$25.00 - $25.00/Hour

The Program

WJS Canada Children and Family Services serves children and youth with moderate to severe behavioral problems, or who may be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or FASD, Developmental Disabilities (DD), or other Mental health diagnosis, in our Children in Care homes throughout British Columbia. Persons served may live with the foster family or in a home leased by WJS Canada with contracted caregivers providing care to the child/youth with support of the Quality Analyst and the child/youths support team.

Our commitment is to provide the people we serve with programs that maximize progress and independence, support unique strengths and qualities, and encourage integration into the community. We work to improve quality of life served by enabling those in our care to be as self directed as possible and encouraging them to make their own decisions as to what they want for their lives.

The Position

The Quality Analyst (QA) oversees contracted caregivers who, under an agreement with WJS, provide care to Children or Youth in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The QA recruits, screens and selects new contracted caregivers based on an established criterion. The QA also assists current caregivers in planning for transitions, monitors the service, and provides quality assurance to funders, families and the agency. Also completes other office-related duties, including data entry, filing, etc.

**This position is home-based in the successful candidate's residence.

Scheduling:
• One (1) permanent part-time position available
• 30 hours per week with a flexible Monday thru Friday, day shift schedule, to meet the operational needs of the contracted providers
• Requires the full ability to perform on-call duties
• Ability to travel within the Okanagan area; i.e Penticton, Kelowna and Armstrong areas. Note that travel can be extensive at times.

In Your Role You Will

• Develop and implement competency based training and coordinates professional supports for home share providers.
• Provide regularly scheduled and/or unannounced monitoring visits to homes.
• Work with case management teams to develop and implement comprehensive transition plans that ensure individuals are successful transitioning into new homes; transitioning from children to adult services, and transitions related to discharge.
• Assist home share providers to develop emergency response, safety and contingency planning.
• Utilize standardized assessment and monitoring instruments to ensure continuity of procedures and consistency in follow up.
• Conduct home studies as required.
• Review recommendations and required action plans with home share providers.
• Write incident reports as required.
• Ensure all home share locations are operating in conformance with CARF/COA standards and legislated requirements.
• Maintain current contact notes and program reports.
• Liaise with funders, families and community agencies.
• Attend and provides information at multidisciplinary case management meetings as required
• Provide crisis intervention services as needed
• Participate in the quality improvement and risk management committees
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as required.

*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.

As An Ideal Candidate You Possess

Qualifications:
• Social work degree or equivalent combination of education and experience related to this field. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
• Minimum two years of related experience in working with individuals and their families

Additional Requirements:
• Valid CPR / First Aid certificate (or willingness to obtain during probation)
• In order to travel throughout the Okanagan region to WJS Canada Shared Living programs (Mileage is paid) you MUST HAVE a valid BC Driver’s License, clean and current driver’s abstract with a reliable, safe vehicle including appropriate insurance .
• Valid Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Certificate and Conflict Resolution Certificate
• Preference for candidates that have successfully completed the Safe Home course*

WJS adheres to provincial/legislated communicable disease prevention protocols. Some of our community health care providers/stakeholders may require WJS employees to be vaccinated in order to be able to enter establishments while supporting WJS individuals/clients in service.

What WJS Canada does

WJS Canada's mission is "We serve individuals and families with high quality, personalized, and culturally responsive support". The support we provide for families, emphasizes building relationships to enhance the family's strengths and achieve goals that address their needs for support in areas of struggle. Services are individualized and based on the family's belief that their own internal resources can be strengthened and that other helpful skills can be developed. For more information on WJS, services and career opportunities, visit www.wjscanada.com

Where do we work?
While WJS serves individuals in many communities across Canada, these opportunities are in the Okanagan area of BC. The South Central region of British Columbia boasts over 2100 hours of sunshine per year. The Okanagan region offers the charm of a small town, with the amenities of a larger city (i.e. Penticton). The area is rich with eco-adventures and personality. A true gem of BC, the area offers beautiful beaches, a variety of vineyards and orchards and community festivals, along with the natural beauty of the area.

Our Employees Enjoy

At WJS Canada, trust, strong connections, innovation and results are the pillars of our mandate. We manage by developing our core strength: our people. We give employees the tools to do the job, developing their competence and their confidence, by conducting training programs to ensure professional development and build skills, employee morale, employee safety, health, loyalty and satisfaction. Developing people includes respecting employees work-life balance through flexible hours, locations and duties. We support our staff with assistance and benefit packages, innovative wellness programs and compassion for the life challenges they face.

For more information on WJS Canada visit our website: www.wjscanada.com

We recognize that equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important element in our work and in our day to day lives.

No telephone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.