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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Deadline for Application: February 23, 2018
Current Salary Range: $69816 - $84721 / year
POSITION(S) AVAILABLE CURRENT SALARY RANGE
Family Service Worker $69,816 to $84,721
There is a temporary Family Service Worker position available for a period up to 12 months. The start date of this position will be determined in consultation with the immediate supervisor. The location of this position is Oshawa.
This position provides service to families with children either living at home or in the care of the Society where these children may be or actually are in need of protection; developing and implementing treatment plans to ensure that clients needs are being served and that children are being protected either while living at home or in conjunction with outside community resources as may be needed; working with, advising and supporting foster parents and the staff of other types of residential placements; and as required preparing for court and participating in pre-hearing preparations, appearing in court, keeping all required records and documentation as per the mandate of the Child and Family Services Act and professional standards.
As part of the competencies the successful staff will possess: demonstrated knowledge of, respect of and practice of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture and traditions, commitment to a culturally appropriate best practice service delivery model, demonstrated knowledge, awareness and detailed understanding within a child welfare context of the cultural, historical, social and political issues facing First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples today, demonstrated cultural competency and clinical practice within an anti-oppressive framework, ability to work in collaboration with the local Band in Durham Region and continue to strengthen this relationship and must self-identify as FNMI.
6 months experience in related field. A B.S.W or equivalent as recognized by the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers. A BA in a Social Science with 6 months full-time direct CAS experience or 2 years related experience working with families and/or children (e.g. court clinics, residential programs, probation). Proficiency in a second language an asset. Plus demonstrated skills and knowledge of:
family engagement collaborative decision making and conflict resolution; well developed investigative skills including the ability to develop customized intervention plans to investigate and respond to allegations of child maltreatment and meet the unique strengths and needs of children and their families; in-depth understanding of the impact of separation and loss on children and families and an ability to assist children and families in coping with these issues; demonstrated skills in assessing safety and risk factors: identifying child and family strengths and needs; developing, implementing and monitoring service plans in collaboration with children, families and their support networks, and advocating for additional services where appropriate.
Please apply in writing including a current resume, by February 23, 2018, quoting the above noted position.
Durham Children’s Aid Society
1320 Airport Blvd
Oshawa ON L1H 7K4
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 email@example.com. Alternatively, you can mail your application to:
1320 Airport Blvd
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.
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 3 months from the start date of placement. (For residents of Durham Region, the police station on Taunton Road at Anderson in Whitby has been processing them the day that they are requested. Those living outside of Durham Region must attend a police station in their area, and the process can take time.) We reimburse for the cost of the police check (receipt required).
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 Paula Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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.