Full time (30 - 37.5 hours / week)
Program : Mahmawi-atoskiwin
Position Summary :
Miskanawah is an Indigenous agency that draws jointly from the strengths and guidance of Indigenous teachings and traditions.
We adopt evidence-based practices in human services to support vulnerable children, youth and families.
In partnership with Children’s Services Indigenous Services Office (IS), Mahmawi-atoskiwin works alongside individuals and their families to create a Family Wellness Team.
We are searching for a Lodge Keeper to provide supported visitation to families with children in care, working closely with Mahmawi-atoskiwin’s Family Wellness Partners to preserve and reunite Indigenous families.
The role is centered on providing transportation for children to and from visits and supporting visits utilizing the Nurturing Parenting framework and traditional parenting practices.
Provide mentoring and parent coaching during access visits
Where possible, actively support visits to transition into the community or family home
Support families to meet their parenting goals
Provide transportation to and from family visits
Embed ceremony and incorporate traditional ways of meeting needs, such as meeting in Circle, having an Elder attend visits, opening or closing visits with a smudge and prayer
Ensure that families have access to cultural supports during visits
Provide crisis intervention, safety planning and advocacy to families around transition planning
Schedule and coordinate visits with all parties; provide updates regarding any changes
Record all communication with children, youth and families and other professionals
Work effectively with other team members and each family’s identified natural supports
Work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work
Submit all paperwork by cut-off dates and times
Skills and experiences :
Previous in-home experience supporting Indigenous families is an asset
Willingness to embrace Indigenous culture as a pillar of practice and to add to their knowledge and understanding in this area
Understanding of a trauma-informed approach to working with children, youth and families
Understanding of the impact of trauma, loss and grief on child development and behavior and family life
Qualities essential to working with people affected by trauma (empathy, compassion, self-awareness, flexibility, good listening skills, self-care, comfort with the unknown)
Understanding of normative child development
Experience with crisis management
Experience with the Ages and Stages Questionnaires and Developmental Support Planning
Strong interpersonal, communication and time management skills
Strong problem solving, organizational and analytical skills
Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office
Degree or diploma in Human Services preferred or a related degree / diploma with experience
Clean Criminal Record Check
Child Intervention Check
2-5 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and / or families
Strong teamwork skills
Energetic and passionate approach to youth engagement
Good organizational and data management skills
Use of a reliable vehicle for work with $2,000,000 liability, permission to carry passengers
Valid driver’s license
Driver’s abstract with minimal demerits.
The position requires working evenings (until 8 : 00pm) and / or Saturdays or Sundays.
Work hours are required to be flexible around the needs of families.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter with their CV to careers miskanawah.ca. Please reference Lodge Keeper in the subject line.