The WJS Stepping Out Program is a skill development program for youth who have a developmental disability or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program empowers the youth to be independent, self reliant and confident through engaging and interactive life skill activities while fostering positive social interactions and relationships. Life skills include communication skills, coping with emotions and change, budgeting, household management, sexual health, boundaries and self care, relationships, self expression, social skills, coping tools, community awareness, personal safety and much more. Youth discuss openingly with staff of their goals, emotions and interests.
In Your Role You Will
- Participate in assessment, goal setting and program planning (such as Personal Service Plans) for individuals living semi-independently, documents and implements the plan, and provides input into evaluating the program.
- Evaluate client needs and develops short term plans to meet such needs with the active participation of clients and their families.
- Assist clients to function more independently in their own homes and in the community.
- Assist clients with daily life skills, social skills and/or behaviour management. Teaches and assists clients with activities such as grooming, basic cooking, money management, shopping, household safety and pet care. Facilitates physical, recreational, educational, social and vocational activities.
- Recognize, analyze and deal with potential emergencies, such as clients’ aggressive behaviour, to minimize potential harm to clients and the public. Reports problems to the supervisor.
- Administer medication to clients in accordance with established policy and procedures.
- Utilize practices that promote and maintain the health, welfare, safety and security of persons served.
- Review and evaluate clients’ progress and make adjustments to programs as required.
- Provide feedback and support to clients and/or their families.
- Accompany and/or transport clients to such activities as appointments, shopping and leisure activities.
- Provide written and/or verbal reports regarding clients’ daily activities and progress. Ensures all required documentation is complete and accurate.
- Identify social, economic, recreational, physical, vocational and educational services in the community that will meet clients’ needs. Maintains liaisons with other agencies, professionals, government officials and the community. Advocates effectively for clients.
- Participate in the OHS Committee as required.
- Operate motor vehicles safely and legally while transporting persons served or on WJS business.
- Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as required.
Under supervision, the community support worker (CSW) is responsible for assisting youth to live independently, along with their physical, economic, vocational, recreational, social, emotional and daily life skills development. Assist youth to achieve the greatest degree of independence and quality of life possible.
Two (2) part-time positions of 16 hours per week each:
- Wednesday and Thursday 1430-1830
- Saturday 0900-1300
- Additional four (4) variable hours per week; Tuesday or Friday to be determined in consultation with program colleagues
This positions involve both group work and one-to-one work with individuals with special needs. During Spring Break, Christmas holidays and Summer holidays when youth are away from school, there will be no Saturday programs; those hours will be done during the week. This position requires union membership with BCGEU.
Criminal Record Check/Ministry Check Statement
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 3 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
- A degree in one of the humanities, social work or related field. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
- Minimum one year of related experience
- Valid CPR/First Aid, WHMIS, Food Hygiene and Sanitation certificates
- Valid BC Driver’s License with clean driver’s abstract
- Current Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Certificate and current Conflict Resolution Certificate
- Physician’s note confirming suitability, including immunization records and a negative tuberculosis screening test
- Previous experience with trauma informed practice and experience with behaviour management
**Successful applicants will be required to participate in MCFD screening prior to confirmed employment with WJS Canada.**
What WJS Canada does
WJS Canada's mission is 'We serve individuals and families with high quality, personalized, and culturally responsive support services'. The support we provide for families, emphasizes building relationships to enhance the family's strengths and achieve goals that address their needs for support in areas of struggle. Services are individualized and based on the family's belief that their own internal resources can be strengthened and that other helpful skills can be developed. For more information on WJS, services and career opportunities, visit www.wjscanada.com
Where do we work?
While WJS serves individuals in many communities across Canada, this opportunity is in Cranbrook, BC. Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Cranbrook boasts more sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia. Cranbrook has always been a railway town, but it also offers outstanding scenery, with an abundance of Summer and Winter activities for the whole family. Cranbrook is the gateway to the Kootenays and offers amenities such as locally-owned shops, restaurants, museums and community festivals, along with the natural beauty of the area, suitable for individuals of every age. For more information on living and working in the Cranbrook area, visit: http://www.cranbrook.ca/
Our Employees Enjoy
At WJS Canada, trust, strong connections, innovation and results are the pillars of our mandate. We manage by developing our core strength: our people. We give employees the tools to do the job, developing their competence and their confidence, by conducting training programs to ensure professional development and build skills, employee morale, employee safety, health, loyalty and satisfaction. Developing people includes respecting employees work-life balance through flexible hours, locations and duties. We support our staff with assistance and benefit packages, innovative wellness programs and compassion for the life challenges they face.
For more information on WJS Canada visit our website:
No telephone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.