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Company Name Hiawatha First Nation (view profile)
Location Hiawatha
Date Posted September 24, 2019
Category Non Profit/Community Services
Job Type Full-time
Benefits Yes
Criminal Record Check Required Yes
Driver's License Yes
Education University
Job Apply Please submit resume to:
Rate of Pay $52,200 - $58,000
Shift Hours 8:30-4:30 MON-THURS 8:30-2:00 FRI
Skills Experience 3 years related
Start Date TBD


About Us:

Hiawatha is a vibrant First Nation community located on the beautiful north shore of Rice Lake.  We are located approximately 20 minutes from Peterborough, ON and 45 minutes from Cobourg, ON.  There are approximately 664 registered citizens with approximately 235 residing in Hiawatha.  In the summer months our population increases significantly.  Hiawatha is an employer that prides itself on diversity and fairness, providing a progressive working environment that fosters culture, positivity and growth.


Position Summary:

The Family Enhancement Worker will work in a confidential environment and be the primary contact for the Hiawatha First Nation citizenship, who are, or may be involved with child protection matters. The Family Enhancement Worker must act on behalf of Hiawatha First Nation as a party in the court proceedings involving the First Nation’s Children, under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act. The incumbent will develop an Implementation Plan for the delivery of Child Welfare Prevention Services for the citizens of Hiawatha First Nation. The incumbent shall provide culturally appropriate prevention based supports, education and awareness initiatives to children and families. The incumbent must follow the strategic plans of the organization, adhering to the HFN vision and values.



This position will report to the Health and Social Services Manager and has no direct reports.


Summary of Main Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the development of an Implementation Plan for child welfare prevention services and supports for Hiawatha First Nation citizens
  • Providing community based, culturally appropriate support services to individuals, families and groups i.e. Parent education programs, family enhancement/preservation supports, cultural and traditional supports, in-home supports
  • Providing services designed to keep families together and children in their own homes
  • Advocating for and making appropriate referrals for needed client services and supports
  • Complete internal risk assessments, assessments of needs, formulate and develop support plans for children and families
  • Plan and facilitate mental health and wellness programming
  • Providing case management and integration of service delivery with L.I.F.E. Services team and other relevant sectors for legal, medical, financial assistance, child care services, transportation, housing, employment, etc.
  • Developing and implementing repatriation and reunification services for children and youth in care with their families and communities, including support for youth transitioning out of the child welfare system
  • Be the liaison with all internal/external support plan partner services and agencies
  • Attend all child welfare matters to determine the best possible care for the child
  • Be representative for Hiawatha First Nation at Kaandossiwin Committee
  • Following all policies and practices of Hiawatha First Nation and relevant legislation
  • Preparing annualized budgets and budgets for smaller projects/events
  • Working within the budgets and monitoring the budgets throughout the project/fiscal year
  • Preparing paperwork for cheque requisition, payroll, etc. and ensure that proper approvals are obtained
  • Preparing accurate reporting in a timely manner and within the deadlines of the funding
  • Creating, maintaining and protecting case files on clients and maintaining a confidential case management filing system
  • Maintain complete accurate confidential client documentation according to the Personal Health Information Privacy Act (PHIPA)/OCAP
  • Other reporting as requested by funders or manager
  • Attending meetings
  • Preparing communication for clients, staff and other internal and external stakeholders as required
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Completion of Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Social Work or in a Human Services Related Field
  • Minimum 3 years related work experience and 5 years total work experience
  • A combination of education, training or work experience which Hiawatha deems to be equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license, own transportation and $2M liability insurance
  • Must provide a clear CPIC and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Current First Aid/CPR Level C Certification
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Training an asset
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions, teachings, community dynamics
  • Knowledge of Child, Youth and Family Services Act and other related federal and provincial legislation
  • Knowledge of Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services
  • Knowledge of the Family Court System
  • Knowledge of First Nations Child Welfare issues and developments
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with respect to complex client situations
  • Strong leadership skills to support clients and implement duties of the position
  • Excellent organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to self-manage time and multi task
  • Ability to complete accurate and timely documentation
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain a professional attitude, rationale detachment and problem solving, therapeutic approaches to working with sometimes challenging clients and crisis
  • Computer Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, internet
  • Excellent counselling, advocating, consultation, facilitation and communication both oral and written skills
  • Ability to build consensus through the process of negotiating solutions and/or agreements
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Child/Family Care Plans, Intensive Home Support Plans
  • Knowledge of financial budgeting process


Behavioural Competencies:

  • Must be an empathetic and non-judgemental person
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality
  • Be honest, respectful and trustworthy
  • Be a team player
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Be creative and flexible
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics
  • Demonstrate keen attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work with people of diverse education, cultural and language backgrounds


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