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Child Welfare Wellness Worker

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is seeking a highly motivated individual who will assist, develop and coordinate, as part of the MKO Child Welfare Secretariat (CWS) team, on community engagements in Shamattawa First Nation. The successful incumbent will support the MKO CWS in developing a First Nation child and family governance structure and will follow a work plan towards the development and implementation of a First Nation family law, policies and standards specific to Shamattawa First Nation. The Child Welfare Wellness Worker will report to and work under the direction of the Director of the MKO CWS.

The MKO CWS functions within the MKO political framework are to assist and support the MKO leadership and communities on child and family matters. In addition, it provides direct support, guidance and advocacy to families who are experiencing issues in the child and family services system in Manitoba, as well as other jurisdictions.

The federal law, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (the Act), came into effect on January 1, 2020. Since then, the MKO CWS has been providing support and assistance to the MKO leadership regarding the implementation of the Act. Shamattawa First Nation sought the assistance of the MKO CWS for the purpose of supporting the implementation of the federal Act.

Duties include:

  • Develop work plan as per roles and responsibilities
  • Provide opportunity for family to enroll or participate in appropriate programs.
  • Manage jurisdiction project, activities and meetings.
  • Document and record all data received.
  • Document meeting minutes and send out in a timely manner
  • Deal with all calls/emails are answered in a timely manner, assessments, case reviews and data collection are met.
  • Provide written reports and budgets.
  • Maintain client records and ensure they are safely secured.
  • Conduct community/family meetings as required.
  • Other duties assigned

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Degree in social work; and/or equivalent combination of work experience and education may be considered
  • Fluent in one of the MKO languages (Cree) will be considered and asset
  • Understanding of child welfare issues affecting children, youth and families
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of federal and provincial child welfare legislation, policies, and standards
  • Knowledge of First Nation child welfare agencies
  • To comply with all policies, procedure and directives of the First Nation Community
  • Experience in supervisory or leadership role
  • Ability to multi-task and meet challenging deadlines
  • Strong team work ethic and able to work independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proof of double COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software and Internet research tools
  • Must produce clear Child Abuse and Criminal Record checks
  • Must be willing to travel and possess a valid driver’s license

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and two references by 4:00pm on May 20, 2022 to Dorothy Smith via email: [email protected]

We thank all applicants, in advance, and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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