Okanagan Community Living Residential Service is a residential program that offers supports to people with developmental disabilities. The Penticton Beach, Okanagan based residential program is housed in a large single family bungalow with an attached duplex, a large manicured yard and flowers along the walkways. Neighbours respect and support our residents. We are close to local restaurants and coffee shops. To encourage community inclusion, residents use public transportation although the program also has a vehicle.Okanagan Community Living Residential Service is staffed weekdays in the afternoon and overnight as residents participate in our community based day programming. Okanagan Community Living Home Based Day Service offers specialized services to high needs participants. In-house programming includes functional daily activities that provide growing and learning components as part of daily routines. Individuals learn personal care and life skills that assist them with day-to-day living.
We are currently hiring: • Residence Workers (RW)• Awake Residential Night Workers (ARNW) These positions are responsible for assisting our persons served (PS) to live successfully in the community or in semi-independent settings in an accredited agency and to ensure physical, emotional, social, educational, and medical needs are met. They assist persons served to enhance quality of life with activities of daily living and the development of life skills. They provide behavioural support and supervision in the program and community, implements and monitors individual program plans through observation and accurate reporting, and participates in operating and maintaining the program. They are experienced with trauma informed practices and substance use, and has familiarity with Housing First, Harm Reduction and Employment First initiatives. These positions require union membership with BCGEU.Casual/On Call staff will be contacted by the Staffing Office, to work a variety of unionized roles and shifts (based on availability) to cover staff illness, LOA, vacation etc. within programs in Penticton BC.
• Independently work with client(s) towards achieving the goals set out in their Individual Support Plan (ISP); encouraging them during setbacks and celebrating successes with them. • Support/supervise complex behavioural, emotional and social needs/development (in the residence & during community activities) • Use de-escalation techniques to deal with challenging behaviours.• Assist client in developing life skills within the home including household chores (meal prep, cleaning, etc.) in a consistent, healthy & safe environment and their community.• Model healthy relationships and setting boundaries• Drive person in care (in your own or company vehicle), accompany to appointments and supervise/participate with the client in recreational and community activities. 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.
*** 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.
• Diploma or Degree in Child and Youth Care, Psychology, Social Work, Disability Studies, Sociology, Healthcare Aide, PSW, Practical Nursing or equivalent• Minimum 2 years’ experience in adult, child and youth care, or with individuals with a developmental disability, mental health issues or brain injury. • Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.• Other related fields of experience include Community Support Worker, Education Assistant, Special Needs, Behaviour Interventionist, Youth Worker• Valid BC Driver’s Class 5 License and clean driver’s abstract with a reliable, safe vehicle that has appropriate insurance• Positive behavior supports experience and Trauma informed care an asset.• Valid CPR/First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate (NVCI, Mandt or CPI) and Conflict Resolution Certificate (or ability to obtain within probation period)• Physician’s note confirming suitability, including immunization records and negative tuberculosis screening test
WJS helps people with developmental disabilities thrive in their communities through a variety of programs and services, including: • Community-based residential care • Supportive Independent living • Family support services, including respite care• Day programs, community involvement, employment • Behaviour, emotional and mental health support
• Casual employees are paid an additional 10.2% of wages in lieu of benefits• Ability to apply for other WJS Canada job opportunities• Professional development opportunities and job-related training • Flexible hours to accommodate life/work balance• Long Service Milestone rewards• Employee referral bonus program
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.