Caseworker
Government of Alberta
Canada
Do you have a passion for working with children, youth and families? Do you want to be a part of a dedicated group of professionals who are working together to develop nurturing and safe environments for children, youth and families? If so, The South Region including: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Taber, Brooks Crowsnest Pass, Fort Macleod, Children Services has an opportunity for you! We are looking for dedicated professionals that use a collaborative, compassionate and creative approach to working with and engaging children and families.

As a Children Services Caseworker, your primary focus is on assessing and creating safety and well-being for children/youth and in enhancing parental capacity, family functioning and wellness. Your ability to work collaboratively with families and community partners in the creation of safety plans and identifying both safety and risk factors is a critical element of this role. Additionally, an in-depth understanding of family dynamics, trauma informed practice and a harm reduction approach is key to your success. A fundamental component to the caseworker role is the ability to work in a culturally informed and sensitive manner that honours the path of truth and reconciliation and lifelong connection for all children.

Your excellent time management, interpersonal, interviewing, assessment, problem solving, and decision-making skills are critical to your success in this role. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also a must for effective case planning, presentation of documents at Court, and working with family support networks and community partners.

As a learning, organization we offer our employees on the job training, a committed investment to your professional development and career planning.

The ideal candidate will build their career and abilities to demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Child Intervention (CI) Practice - This is legislated and is the foundational competency that is anchored by all six Child Intervention Practice Foundational principles: Aboriginal Experience; Preserve Family; Strengths-based; Connection; Collaboration; and Continuous Improvement.
  • Anti-oppressive practice - Our Caseworkers understand how power operates in society, and seek to reduce or eliminate discrimination, by working respectfully with all individuals and groups fairly.
  • Demonstrated Relationship Building skills - Government of Alberta Caseworkers are able to establish, sustain and foster constructive working relationships, focused on achieving positive Child Intervention outcomes, with children, families, communities and their work team.
Join our team and help us build a safe, stronger tomorrow for all Albertans!

Qualifications

A Bachelor of Social Work with at least six months' of directly related experience. Work experience: conducting assessments, advocating, case planning and management to support vulnerable children and families.

The following equivalencies may also be considered: Master of Social Work (no experience required); OR related university degree and 2 years related experience; OR related diploma and 3 years related experience; OR related certificate and 4 years related experience.
Individuals with lesser qualifications may be considered for an under-fill position.
Additionally, for all individuals the following experience would be considered an asset:

  • Experience and knowledge working with Indigenous cultures
  • Experience working within a socially inclusive environment
  • Experience working in a child intervention setting
  • Experience working with community resources
Ideal candidates will have a working knowledge of the Child, Youth, and Family Enhancement Act; possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong critical thinking skills.

Salary

$2,532.32 - $3,273.50 bi-weekly

Notes

  • Completion of all pre-screening questions is required. Incomplete questions may affect the screening process.
  • This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.
  • Candidates will be contacted via email to book testing or interviews. Please ensure you provide a current email address in your resume.
  • Successful candidates will undergo pre-employment security screening. In order to expedite this process, please be prepared to present a recent (completed within the last 3 months) Criminal Records Check that includes a Vulnerable Sector screening check at the time of the interview.
  • This role requires that you have a valid Driver's License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • As per the Health Professions Act, successful applicants must be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) to be eligible for this position, if: (a) they have a degree in social work from any university in North America that is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) or the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); or (b) they have graduated from an approved social work diploma program in Alberta; or (c) they have, within the last five years, been a registered, certified or licensed social worker in another province or with a member of the Association of Social Work Boards. Please be prepared to provide your registration details at the time of interview. For more information please visit http://www.acsw.ab.ca/
How to Apply

ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE PREFERRED at www.gov.ab.ca/jobs. When you apply online, please ensure your cover letter and resume are submitted as one file, and that you include contact information including email address on your resume. The title of your document must be 20 characters or shorter. If you encounter technical issues applying online, contact Shannon Wells at shannon.wells@gov.ab.ca. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition, and will receive an email within 24 hours that their resume has been received.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://eae.alberta.ca/labour-and-immigration/overview-of-immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.aspx. Please include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted via email.