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Mar 13, 2020

Adult Advocate- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Services

Through our vision of eliminating poverty in our community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, our work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. By addressing multiple needs, Bissell Centre provides a holistic approach to helping families and individuals.  For more information, please visit

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the position of Adult Advocate.  The key function of this position is to work with adults diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their immediate social networks to improve their life circumstances by providing support and advocacy. The Adult Advocate provides extensive role-modeling and practical assistance and connects participants to a comprehensive variety of services in the community. This position will occasionally be exposed to physical and/or verbal abuse.

Specific responsibilities of the position include:

Program Delivery

  • Maintain a caseload of 15 adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Collaboratively assess and ensure participants complete the FASD assessment to identify their strength, resources, needs and aspirations in order to provide greater opportunities for enhanced support to the participants.
  • Work with participants to access their basic needs and assist them to obtain critical necessities immediately which include financial support/budgeting, housing, legal and psychological/mental health/addiction treatment or enrolment through other agencies/service providers.
  • Assess and enhance participants’ readiness to make positive changes
  • Work with participants regularly to collaboratively set goals, develop a plan of action, evaluate success, and revise plan accordingly
  • Assist participants with implementation of the plan through role-modeling, teaching, information, brokering, advocacy, and providing practical assistance
  • Make active connections between participants and community resources and advocate for realistic and appropriate service plans for the participants.
  • Demonstrate to service providers effective ways of working with participants that are often considered difficult and incapable of change
  • Transport participants to appointments as necessary until participants are stabilized and able to organize a reliable system themselves
  • Assist participants to secure childcare while attending appointments
  • Provide childcare while participants are attending appointments
  • Present and advocate the program to service providers in the community to gain their continual support and good working relationship.
  • Work in collaboration with the FASS team to ensure appropriate information flow and effective program development and delivery

General and Administrative

  • Maintain accurate written file notes, computer records, program information, and critical incident reports within established time standards
  • Provide latest program information and updated statistics as required
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
  • Attend scheduled staff and supervision meetings
  • Provide relief within the Community Space program on a rotating schedule as required
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Maintain and submit accurate mileage and expense logs for reimbursement

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Degree or Diploma in Social Science or related discipline
  • Employees with Social Work Diploma/Degree/Masters are required to provide and maintain ongoing registration, in good standing, with Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) as per Alberta Health Professions Act
  • Minimum of one-year related employment experience e.g. high-risk populations, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or community development
  • Alberta Class 5 License, satisfactory driver’s abstract and a vehicle 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, result oriented, good time management, strong organizational, problem-solving and advocacy skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core
  • Familiarity working with high risk populations and an understanding of Aboriginal cultures, history and current issues
  • Foster, sustain and role model productive team building practices, and contribute to a positive team environment.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by March 27, 2020 to: 

Tara Sobey 

Manager, FASD Programs

Bissell Centre

10527 - 96 Street

Edmonton, AB T5H 2H6



We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.


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