• Contract
  • Full Time
  • Calgary

Website Closer to Home Community Services

About Us: Closer to Home Community Services (CTH) is an Alberta based not-for-profit agency that delivers a variety of services designed to meet the unique needs of vulnerable children and their families. Be a part of an innovative team that envisions a future where every child will thrive within supportive family and community relationships by:

  • Uncovering strength, hope and healing, and creating new possibilities for a brighter future for children and families.
  • Providing a broad array of strength-based and family-centered services that strive to preserve, reunify and build stronger families who can care for their children and contribute meaningfully in their community.

About the Position: In this full-time one year contract position, the Indigenous Facilitator & Housing Support Worker will provide culturally appropriate facilitation and support services to Indigenous individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This role focuses on delivering holistic support, including housing assistance, cultural connection, and advocacy to promote stability and well-being.

  • Provide ongoing support to clients to maintain housing stability, including budgeting assistance, tenancy rights education, and conflict resolution.
  • Advocate for clients with landlords, housing providers, and other relevant agencies.
  • Managing crises in a culturally responsive way
  • Utilizing the Teaching Family Model as a holistic approach to develop safe, stable relationships and teach skills that increase self-efficacy.
  • Develop and facilitate culturally relevant workshops, activities, and programs that promote Indigenous culture, traditions, and values.
  • Foster connections between clients and local Indigenous communities, Elders, and cultural resources.
  • Incorporate traditional knowledge and practices into support services to enhance clients’ cultural identity and resilience.
  • Work collaboratively with other service providers, community organizations, and government agencies to coordinate services and resources for clients.
  • Develop individualized case plans in collaboration with clients, outlining short-term and long-term objectives.

About You: You are eager to learn and carry out the principles and philosophy of Closer to Home and the Teaching Family Model. You have a deep understanding of and involvement with Indigenous ways of knowing, being, connecting and doing, and are willing and able to learn and incorporate authentic and original teachings and practices of children and youth in the program, with an understanding and respect for the various Nations and membership of which they belong. You have knowledge of the ancestral land of the Blackfoot people and the Treaty 7 Nations. You possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to effectively communicate with and relate to people of all ages. You are detail oriented and organized and can manage multiple priorities at one time. You are a compassionate individual with a positive, empathetic and relational approach. You have experience providing trauma-informed, family-sensitive and culturally responsive care.

Qualifications:

  • A diploma or degree in a related field is preferred and previous experience working with vulnerable children and families is an asset, however a combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Familiarity with Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Experience working in Community Group Care or other “in-care” programs (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures, histories, and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous people.
  • Willing to work an unstructured work week, including evenings, weekends and holidays

Job Requirements:

  • A valid Alberta Driver’s License, reliable vehicle for work purposes, adequate and current insurance and willing to provide a Driver’s Abstract upon hire.
  • A Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search and an Intervention Record Check must be completed prior to commencement.
  • Ability to manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and, if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm.

Required Competencies: All positions at Closer to Home Community Services require (5) competencies: Instills Trust, Person Focus, Communicates Effectively, Situational Adaptability and Ensures Accountability.

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found

CTH is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all; including different cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, and sexual and gender diversities. We strive to be an employer of choice with a focus on wellness and connection.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information on our organization, please visit our website at www.closertohome.com.