Connections Outreach Worker

The Connections Outreach Worker is responsible for the implementation of cultural and permanency programs that are consistent with the mission and mandate of Aunt Leah’s Place. Research has shown the importance of permanency and cultural connections for youth in and from foster care and moms at risk; and that Indigenous youth are over represented in the foster care systems as well as there being a significant proportion of LGBTQIA2S+ youth identified. The Connections Outreach Worker will be responsible for collaborating with all of Aunt Leah’s Programs (Aunt Leah’s House, Support Link, ESW, Thresholds, SEFFY, Bootstraps, Branches, Link and Training) to implement programming that encourages exploration of each participant’s goal of connecting with long term permanent connections.

Reports To: Connections Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 years of post-secondary education in a relevant field of study
  • 1 to 2 years of relevant experience and/or a relevant combination of education and experience combined with general suitability
  • Understanding of permanency challenges  with youth in and from government care
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, organizations and service providers within the Metro Vancouver area
  • Knowledge of Indigenous and urban Indigenous culture, traditions, history, and issues

 

Requirements:

  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Local RCMP check
  • A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Produce a clean Driver’s Abstract
  • Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
  • Standard First Aid & CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Food Safe Certification
  • Agrees to the Society’s Code of Ethics, Mission and Values
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Practice Guidelines

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA):

  • Strong communication both verbal & written
  • Ability to follow and implement program policies and procedures
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Crisis Management/Conflict resolution skills
  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Cultural Humility and Cultural Competency Training
  • Understanding of diverse cultures and practices
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations
  • Group facilitation experience
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and virtual meeting software
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to act, engage and support youth through a trauma informed lens

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with participants 1:1 to create permanency support plans
  • Create and follow Individual Service Plans that are aligned with Aunt Leah’s mission and values
  • Connect families and youth participants to individual and group programming at Aunt Leah’s
  • Promote social inclusivity for youth participants to combat isolation
  • Collaborate with the AYA Lifeskills Program to integrate permanency planning to support youth participants receiving AYA
  • Support youth participants to navigate community resources and act as an advocate for participant needs as required
  • Encourage youth participants to access supportive programs and services in the community
  • Work diligently to ensure that youth have a stable foundation including food, shelter, income and connections to positive supports
  • Integrate cultural healing practices to promote health and well being
  • Document and track outcomes for permanency programming
  • Connect youth participants with community and social service organizations to enhance personal development opportunities
  • Conduct creative outreach to engage participants and build authentic relationships
  • Facilitate a weekly sharing circle to help support mental health/well-being and build community connections
  • Contribute to monthly programming reports and outcomes reporting
  • Perform administrative duties including, but not limited to: completing intakes, documenting case notes, maintaining case files, etc.
  • Participate as an active member of the Cultural Committee at Aunt Leah’s

 

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Request and handle petty cash accurately

 

Health and Safety:

  • Follow ALP Health & Safety guidelines
  • Contribute to health and safety improvements for the connections program

 

Work Environment:

  • Hours of work will be 7.5 hours/day, Monday to Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as required
  • Primarily based out of New Westminster, this position may require travel to various locations within Metro Vancouver
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment; flexibility to work remotely as needed
  • Participate in on-call as scheduled and is able to support and attend as required
  • Perform other related duties as required that do not affect the nature of the work

 

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including dental, extended health with vision care, group life insurance, etc. after 6 months of continuous employment. RRSP after one year of employment.  Employee Discount at our Thrift Store as well.

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectation to: hr@auntleahs.org. We thank all interested applicants and will contact short-listed candidates for interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.