Child & Youth Worker - Kamatsiarniq

Inuuqatigiit

June 6, 2021

Hours: Full-Time In-Determinate - 37.5 hours per week 

Salary Range: $46,025 - $58,100 per annum 


POSITION SUMMARY 

Under the supervision of the Manager of Family Well-Being, the Kamatsiarniq Child & Youth Worker facilitates the transfer of Inuit knowledge, language and culture to children and youth in care or adopted into non-Inuit families, so they become knowledgeable and proud of their Inuit identity and develop a sense of belonging. The Kamatsiarniq Child & Youth Worker will help Inuit children youth realize their ability to achieve their goals and help them achieve their potential. 


KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Plan and provide education on Inuit history; 

  • Develop and deliver programming to teach children and youth about Inuit history, societal values, customs, and traditions and develop their cultural skills. Produce program promotional materials and promote the activities to the public; 

  • Assist children and youth to connect with their community and region of origin (if appropriate), including enrollment with their Land Claim Organization; 

  • Provide one-to-one support and regular group programming to engage children and youth in their culture and community; 

  • Develop and deliver programming to teach children and youth about Inuit history, societal values, customs, and traditions and develop their cultural skills. Produce program promotional materials and promote the activities to the public 

  • Develop cultural resources 

  • Coordinate access to cultural resources, as well as Elders and knowledge keepers 

  • Contribute to Cultural Connection/Safety Plans for children in foster and adoptive placements, and helping caregivers understand the importance of ongoing learning and connection to community 

  • Maintain a referral-to-program process with child welfare agencies, schools and other agencies involved with children and youth in care 

  • Facilitate supportive networks of family and community members who will help children and youth develop/maintain a strong sense of cultural identity

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Inuuqatigiit’s internal programs, TI programs, and other service providers to create and support a coordinated network of wrap-around services for children and youth; 

  • Connect youth to existing supports and resources in the community to assist them in successfully transitioning from care to healthy and independent living, including: 

  • Housing supports 

  • Educational supports and resources 

  • Employment services and training 

  • Life skills training (e.g. financial management, household management) 

  • NIHB registration 

  • Land Claims card acquisition 

  • Social assistance 

  • Health, including sexual health o Mental health services; and 

  • Legal services 

  • Supports for youth exploring their gender identity o Supports for 2SLGBTQ+ youth; and 

  • Inclusive and non-judgmental, ability to support gender diverse individuals and individuals along the sexual orientation spectrum; and • Monitor health, safety, and well-being of individuals. 

ACCOUNTABILITY 

  • Accountable for the well-being of individual children/youth/parents who required additional supports 

  • Accountable for the cultural integrity of all child/youth/family programming.

  • Adhere to and promote the mandate, workplan and mission of Inuuqatigiit. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS 

  • Develop positive relationships within Inuuqatigiit, clients and external partners; and 

  • Develop supportive and professional rapport with Inuuqatigiit staff; and 

  • Maintain professional and effective rapport. 

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS 

  • Foster strong communication with families; 

  • Follow protocols, confidentiality, and referral agreements as appropriate to meet the needs of clients; and 

  • Liaise with other service providers, programs, and professionals in the community to maintain effective linkages. 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

  • Work regular and consistent weekly hours of work; 

  • Work weekends and evenings when required; and 

  • Willingness to travel if required. 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 

  • Written and spoken fluency in Inuktitut an asset; 

  • Passionate about sharing and passing on cultural knowledge; 

  • Exceptional knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) Principles, culture, community, and values; 

  • Knowledge of the needs of Inuit children and youth and issues faced by Inuit parents/caregiver; • Knowledge of the socio determinants of health that impact Inuit children, youth, and families; 

  • Inclusive and non-judgmental, ability to support gender diverse individuals and individuals along the sexual orientation spectrum 

  • Experience in child/youth engagement and community outreach 

  • Knowledge of available resources in community and the surrounding areas 

  • Experience in conducting intake, individual counseling, and group facilitation

  • Ability to initiate, develop, plan, and deliver group programming, including cultural programming; 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with children, youth, community members, fellow employees, and staff at Inuuqatigiit and other partner agencies 

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; 

  • Ability to work in a collaborative staff team environment; 

  • Ability to function effectively in a high stress, high noise environment; 

  • Ability to handle difficult and painful emotional situations and establish healthy boundaries, understanding the importance of and practices work life balance. 

  • Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations;

  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, dedication and commitment to children and families; and 

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills 

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS 

  • Inuit descent required; 

  • Post-secondary education in related field or equivalent; 

  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience working in a child, youth, or family-oriented program; 

  • Experience working with Inuit or Indigenous communities as asset;

  • Experience supporting clients with mental health and addiction issues;

  • Experience dealing with cases involving domestic violence 

  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check required in keeping with Inuuqatigiit Personnel Policies and Procedures; 

  • Medical certification of good health; 

  • Up-to-date immunization records and TB test, if applicable; 

  • CPR/First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified); and 

  • Possession of a valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is an asset. 

Please apply with cover letter and up-to-date resume to: Shelley Watkin, Human Resources Manager Inuuqatigiit–Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families hrmanager@inuuqatigiit.ca 


** Position will remain posted until filled ** 


We thank all who apply for this position. 

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

When two equally qualified candidates are considered for the same position, preference will be given to the candidate of Inuit descent.