Careers

If you are up to the challenge of a career in child welfare, you can make a great difference in the lives of a children, youth and families. See below for a list of current opportunities and information about working at Durham CAS.

We are  pleased to offer opportunities for students seeking placements. We accept students in various programs, but unfortunately we do not offer placements for students in the Social Service Worker Program.

Find more detailed information about our student placement process below.

If you are interested in summer positions, please contact hr@durhamcas.ca

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier-free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Durham CAS was one of the recipients of the Region of Durham’s Healthy Workplace Award of Excellence at the Gold Level. In 2013 and 2016, Durham CAS was recognized as one of five best practicing medium sized Canadian organizations supporting Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month.

Current Opportunities

Posting Date: March 7, 2019
Deadline for Application: March 23, 2019

Summary

We have 1 SUMMER Residential Service position available between May 2019 and August 2019.

An opportunity to explore the Child Welfare field, by gaining experience, developing knowledge, skills and relationships that are related to future goals.

This position will require the student to function in the Residential Service department: assist with supervising access visits, assist in the drive program and volunteer department where necessary, assist with various functions within the resource and placement departments.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Minimum Qualifications

As this position may be funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program the successful applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
b) Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act, for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible participants)
c) have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada, in accordance with relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

Posting Date: March 7, 2019
Deadline for Application: March 23, 2019

Summary

We have 1 Intake Summer position and 1 Ongoing Summer position available between May 2019 and August 2019.

An opportunity to explore the Child Welfare field, by gaining experience, developing knowledge, skills and relationships that are related to future goals.

These positions will be assigned to a front-line supervisor. They will provide assistance to front-line workers, screen calls, organize files, assist with team duty, assist with completion of necessary forms, assist workers with home visits/investigations. Excellent communication skills are required.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Minimum Qualifications

As this position may be funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program the successful applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
b) Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act, for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible participants)
c) have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada, in accordance with relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

Posting Date: March 7, 2019
Deadline for Application: March 23, 2019

Summary

We have 1 SUMMER Child Youth position available between May 2019 and August 2019.

An opportunity to explore the Child Welfare field, by gaining experience, developing knowledge, skills and relationships that are related to future goals.

This position will require the student to function in the Children’s Service department: screening Duty calls, supervising access visits, accompany workers as needed on home visits, assist with/prepare administrative documents including recordings/social histories and other general duties.

Minimum Qualifications

As this position may be funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program the successful applicant must meet the following criteria:

a) be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
b) Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act, for the duration of the employment (international students are not eligible participants)
c) have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada, in accordance with relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulationsWe thank all applicants for their interest.

Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to hr@durhamcas.ca.  Alternatively, you can mail your application to:

Human Resources
1320 Airport Blvd
Oshawa ON
L1J 0C6

What Can We Offer You?

We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Four weeks vacation per year for the first 5 years of employment; 1 additional day of vacation in year 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for a total of five weeks vacation in year 10.
  • Short-term sick leave and long-term sick leave benefits.
  • Extended health care and dental coverage plans.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • O.M.E.R.S. Pension Plan

Not all staff members are full-time employees. We do offer temporary, casual, and part-time positions, depending on the needs of the Society.

If you are relocating from a distance greater than 300 km away, we provide monetary assistance to successful applicants.

Training

We provide a comprehensive training and orientation program, including on-the-job training.

In addition, we provide an in-house training calendar that is developed yearly, and opportunities to attend external training and development courses.

All child protection workers are required to attend competency training through the provincial Ontario Child Protection Training Program.

Ontario Child Protection Training Program

All newly hired child protection workers are required to complete the Ontario Child Protection Training Program. This program begins immediately upon hiring and is completed within 3 to 6 months.

The program includes training modules on the following:

  • The evolution and context of child welfare
  • Orientation, eligibility, and investigation
  • The Risk Assessment Model for child protection in Ontario, Part 1
  • The impact of maltreatment on growth and development
  • Identifying and responding to child maltreatment
  • Child protection assessment, Risk Assessment Model, Part 2
  • Plan of service and ongoing reviews, Risk Assessment Model, Part 3
  • Child and Family Services Act and legal services in child welfare
  • Interviewing children
  • Attachment, separation, and placement
  • Children in care
  • Intervention to increase parental effectiveness

This program is provided by attendance at in-class sessions and by self-study using interactive electronic media.

The previous experience and training of newly hired protection workers will be assessed to determine the OCPTP training requirements. A new worker’s previous experience and training may reduce the number of modules required.

Staff Development Program

We support the ongoing development of our staff by offering financial support to those who wish to attain additional related skills and broaden their career options.

Student Placement Program

We provide placement opportunities for Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work students in the following service departments:

  • Child and Youth (young children or youth preparing to exit care)
  • Protection (intake or family service)
  • Residential (foster care, kinship care, adoption, placement, family support, family access)
  • Quality Assurance (research projects, audits, policy development, program evaluation)

We also offer placement opportunities for Child and Youth Worker diploma or degree students in our Child and Youth Services (young children or youth preparing to exit care) department.

We do not offer placements for students in the Social Service Worker Program.

When starting the process specify which service area is of interest, we will then find a match with a staff mentor from that service area. After a successful interview, the student will be invited to an orientation session.

Please note, students are expected to prepare thoroughly for the interview. We treat students professionally, and their interviews are similar to those we conduct with potential new hires.

You must submit a police check with the vulnerable sector completed. We require an original copy of a recent police check, no older than three months from the start date of placement.

Please ensure that we know the start and end dates for placement, the number of hours that need to be completed, as well as the days of the week the student will be at the agency working on their placement hours.

If interested, please submit a resume and a cover letter to: hr@durhamcas.ca.

 

‘Helpful hints’ for a successful interview:

  • Bring three references to the interview. References must be from (present work) direct supervisors, (past work) direct supervisors, coaches or professors. We will follow up with them.
  • It is a good idea to read through our website to learn more about our services
  • Visit the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) website to learn about their role
  • It is advantageous for students to be prepared to articulate why they want to complete a placement at Durham CAS, what they know about the agency, their related work/volunteer experiences, how they cope with stress, how well they manage their time, and what they feel are their strengths and areas to develop.