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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.

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 17, 2021
Deadline for Application: September 24, 2021
Current Salary Range: $92003 - $120898 / year

Summary

At Durham Children’s Aid Society, our vision is building hope and opportunities with children, youth and families. Our mission is to work with families and communities or the safety, stability and wellbeing of children and youth. We are committed to anti-oppressive practice in which we challenge the impacts of power and privilege, eliminate barriers, and are inclusive of the broad range of diversity in our community.

There is a permanent full-time Manager, Communications position available at our Oshawa office. The start date will be determined in consultation with the immediate supervisor.

The Manager of Communications is an expert communicator and supports the Society in developing and implementing communications planning to further the strategic vision, mission, and values of the organization. This position is responsible for managing all communications plan activities and building external relationships with the organization's constituencies, including funders and the media, and also serves as the lead resource specialist on all communications issues and public relations. The Manager of Communications integrates progressive and often proprietary research, reports and other data analytics to promote positive public understanding and support for the Society.

Reporting to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Communications, the Manager of Communications will set the strategy for all communications, including public relations messages and a variety of organizational initiatives to consistently articulate Durham Children’s Aid Society vision, mission and core values.

Vision and Strategy: Shapes a compelling vision and strategy. Frames the strategic plan and priorities to achieve desired outcomes. Connects vision and strategy to daily practice.

System and Community Leadership: Leads and initiates both local and system wide strategies. Builds and sustains networks, alliances and relationships with community partners, system resources and the community to coordinate seamless outcomes.

Strategic Change and Adaptability: Leads transformative change and promotes innovation. Proactively implements strategic change to meet the needs of the community. Adapts to change and demonstrates resilience.

Accountability and Results: Establishes a results-driven culture and a framework for accountability. Builds capability to turn strategy into results. Sets measurable goals and performance indicators. Coaches and provides feedback to achieve results.

Equitable Outcomes and Practices: Builds a collective equity vision. Leads strategies, develops policies and implements actions to create an equitable workplace and service delivery climate.

People Management and Development:
Creates an equitable, safe and healthy workplace. Builds a workforce and management that represents the community. Develops skills, competencies and leaders for the future. Creates a learning-focused and inclusive culture.

Engagement: Creates a culture of engagement, knowledge sharing and collaboration. Promotes two-way communication and consultation. Incorporates diverse views and opinions into decision making. Builds morale within the organization.

Leadership Character and Authenticity: Reinforces high-standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics. Shapes a result-focused culture founded on equity, respect and compassion. Fosters the values and principles of the organization.

Service and Operational Excellence: Creates a culture within the organization, community and system that builds commitment to continuous improvement and service excellence. Effectively manages resources and delivers service to achieve quality outcomes.

Please apply in writing including a current resume, to Human Resources, by September 24, 2021 quoting competition CAS#68/21. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements: Post secondary degree or diploma in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations.

Experience: A minimum of five years’ work experience related to strategic communications development and implementation, and experience in a supervisory role.

Or: A combination of education and/or experience deemed equivalent and appropriate to carry out the job duties.

Other: Experience working within child welfare, social services, or similar non-profit is considered an asset. Strong knowledge and understanding of anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, systemic oppression and history and legacy of colonization on racialized and historically excluded communities and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Technical knowledge including presentation software and/or other multimedia software including Microsoft office suit. Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are an asset. Business hours with ability to work evenings/weekends when required. Bilingualism in French an asset.

Please apply in writing including a current resume, to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on September 24, 2021. 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.