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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.

Please note that we only accept resumes through applyhere@durhamcas.ca or studentplacements@durhamcas.ca. We will NEVER ask you to re-submit to any other e-mail address.

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.

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, 2016 and 2017 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: September 29, 2022
Deadline for Application: October 7, 2022
Current Salary: $14.64 / hour

Summary

Emergency After Hours
$14.64/hour when scheduled to perform service
$32.61/hour when leave home due to being called out on, or assigned

There is a regular part-time Emergency After Hours Worker position available. Emergency After Hours are: Evenings commence at 4:30 p.m. and extend to office hours at 8:30 a.m. the next day; weekends commence on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. to Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. Start date and shifts are determined in consultation with the immediate Supervisor.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position provides emergency/enhanced “on-call” child protection services, outside of the Society’s office hours, which ensures that all children coming to the attention of the Society are in a safe situation until the regular staff can assess the need for and provide additional service. Emergency After Hours Workers are responsible for but not limited to the investigation of child abuse allegations, serious neglect and lack of supervision situations where the risk to the child is imminent.

Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

Child and Youth Worker Diploma or a Social Work Degree with related Child Welfare or Social Service experience. Proficiency in a second language an asset. A valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle required.

Knowledge and experience in investigations, crisis intervention, interviewing, documentation, assessment, apprehensions and problem-solving in a Child Welfare or similar environment is preferred. Personal characteristics include strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work alone and the ability to work in crisis situations. Knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act and related legislation is an asset.

Please apply in writing including a current resume or curriculum vitae, to Human Resources by 4.30 p.m. on October 7, 2022 quoting competition CAS# 56/22. Direct emails to applyhere@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.

Posting Date: September 29, 2022
Deadline for Application: October 7, 2022
Current Salary: $14.64 / hour

Summary

Emergency After Hours
$14.00/hour when scheduled to perform service
$32.61/hour when leave home due to being called out on, or assigned

There is a temporary part-time Emergency After Hours Worker position available up to 12months. Emergency After Hours are: Evenings commence at 4:30 p.m. and extend to office hours at 8:30 a.m. the next day; weekends commence on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. to Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. Start date and shifts are determined in consultation with the immediate Supervisor.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position provides emergency/enhanced “on-call” child protection services, outside of the Society’s office hours, which ensures that all children coming to the attention of the Society are in a safe situation until the regular staff can assess the need for and provide additional service. Emergency After Hours Workers are responsible for but not limited to the investigation of child abuse allegations, serious neglect and lack of supervision situations where the risk to the child is imminent.

Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

Child and Youth Worker Diploma or a Social Work Degree with related Child Welfare or Social Service experience. Proficiency in a second language an asset. A valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle required.

Knowledge and experience in investigations, crisis intervention, interviewing, documentation, assessment, apprehensions and problem-solving in a Child Welfare or similar environment is preferred. Personal characteristics include strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work alone and the ability to work in crisis situations. Knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act and related legislation is an asset.

Please apply in writing including a current resume or curriculum vitae to Human Resources by 4.30 p.m. on October 7, 2022 quoting competition CAS# 57/22. Direct emails to applyhere@durhamcas.ca

Posting Date: October 3, 2022
Deadline for Application: October 7, 2022
Current Salary Range: $69370 - $83176 / year

Summary

There are four regular full-time Child, Youth and Family Connections Worker positions available at the Oshawa office. The start date of the position will be determined in consultation with the immediate supervisor.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Child, Youth and Family Connections Worker will support the relationship with the child, youth or family. This position will work in partnership with the child, youth and family to formulate plans and develop strategies to provide equitable services. In collaboration with the child, youth, and family, the Child & Family Support Worker will engage with internal and external collaterals to assist the family remain as a family unit. Where a child/youth is in the care of the Society, this position will engage and collaborate with the family to provide resources and support for reintegration of the child to the care of the family/family constellation or network, while ensuring all Ministry standards are achieved.

This position will ensure the Society’s anti-oppressive practice statement and values are upheld throughout all the interactions with children, youth and families.

Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A 3 Year Child and Youth Worker Diploma or equivalent.

Proficiency in a second language an asset.

A minimum of 6 months related experience.

A Valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle required.

Please apply in writing including a current resume, to Human Resources by Friday October 7, 2022, quoting competition CAS#CYFC 2022. Direct emails to applyhere@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.

Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to applyhere@durhamcas.ca

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; one additional day of vacation in years 6 through 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
  • OMERS 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, 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

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 with financial support to attain additional related skills and to broaden their career options.

Student Placement Program

We are not currently accepting applications for student placements. Please refer back to this site for future openings.

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 department.

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

When starting the process specify your preferred service area, 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 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 studentplacements@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 agency and services.
  • Visit the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) website to learn about their role and child welfare in Ontario.
  • 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 and/or volunteer experience, how they cope with stress, how well they manage their time, and what they feel are their strengths and areas to develop.