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Parent/Child Advocate, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services

Oct 15, 2019

Parent/Child Advocate, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services
Fulltime, 18-month contact

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill a full time 18 month contract for the position of Parent/Child Advocate. The key function of this position is to work with women at risk of delivering a child exposed to drugs and or alcohol and to prevent future exposed births. This position will also work with the women’s immediate social networks to improve their life circumstances. The Parent/Child Advocate provides intensive, long-term outreach support and advocacy and connects families to a comprehensive variety of support services in the community. Due to the nature of the position, the Parent/Child Advocate will occasionally experience physical and/or verbal abuse from and between participants.
Specific responsibilities of the position include:
•Maintain a caseload of 15 women at risk of delivering a child exposed to drugs and/or alcohol
•Continually build a relationship of trust with participants
•Work closely with the whole constellation of people and service providers’ e.g. family legal aid, Child and Family Resources, mental health/addiction/family violence centers that will potentially be involved in participants’ lives.
•Assess and enhance participant readiness to make positive changes
•Work with participants regularly to collaboratively set goals, develop a plan of action, evaluate success, and revise the plan accordingly. Measure their progress once every three months
•Assist participants with implementation of the plan through role-modeling, teaching, information, brokering, advocacy, and providing practical assistance
•Role model basic skills, social behaviors and parenting skills to the participants
•Maintain contact with participants through regular home visits, calls, letters and tracing at least once a week
•Trace participants who disappear: make weekly attempts, keep record of attempts, continually obtain updated references and build a network among program participant’s friends, relatives and service providers
•Transport participants and their children to appointments as necessary until participants are stabilized and able to organize a reliable system themselves
•Assist participants to secure childcare while attending appointments, where required
•Present 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 computer records, program information, and critical incident reports within established time standard
•Provide latest program information, updated statistics and success stories as required
•Maintain and submit accurate mileage and expense logs for reimbursement
•Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
•Attend scheduled staff and supervision meetings
•Provide coverage in the community space on a rotating schedule as required
•Complete Safety Walks on a rotating schedule as required
•Perform other duties as required

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
•Degree or Diploma in Social Science or related discipline
•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
•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
•In-depth knowledge of Harm Reduction Philosophies, FASD Informed approach, Client-Centered approach, Trauma Informed Practice will be considered an asset
•Strong active listening skills will be considered an asset

Conditions of work:
•Some evening and weekend work may be required
•Criminal Record Check
•CWIS Check
•Alberta Class 5 License, satisfactory driver’s abstract and a vehicle.
•Proof of vehicle liability insurance required

Bissell Centre offers above average industry benefits including; employer subsidized medical and dental benefits, life insurance, disability, outstanding vacation and more! This a full-time position, working 40 hours per week. Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate the needs of children and families is required.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by October 16th, 2019 to:

Tara Sobey
Program Manager
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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