Oct 27, 2022
Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families
230 McArthur Ave., Vanier, ON K1L 6P5, Canada
Family and Social Services
Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families is a multi service non- profit organization serving Inuit children, youth, and their families. We are dedicated to providing cultural, educational, and support services in a caring, respectful, and collaborative environment that fosters strong and proud Inuit children and families.
Under the supervision of the Education Manager and support from the BTG Coordinator the Education Systems Navigator provides centralized support for the Education department, screening, assessment, referrals and advocacy for vulnerable Inuit children, youth and their families and caregivers. The Education Systems Navigator will help ensure that Inuit can access the full range of programs and services to contribute to their wellbeing, that parents and caregivers are supported and included in all stages of education planning, and transitions to the into the education system is safe and cultural appropriate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- First point of contact to new families coming from outside of Ontario to Ottawa valley region.
- Liaison with the clients outside of Ontario, bridge the gap from Province
- Ensure clients are properly assessed from coming from out of province at the Family reception centre prior to entering schools
- Provide case management to children, youth and their families and caregivers to help them navigate education system and ensure that they are receiving services they need and do not fall through the cracks
- Ensure that Inuit can access the full range of programs and services they are entitled to, and that all transitions are fully supported within an Inuit model of care
- Working with clients, families, and caregivers, create a navigation strategy that will lead to quality service, maximize collaboration, and streamline and integrate services through out the education system.
- Coordinate information sharing and case conferencing to ensure a culturally appropriate student success plan.
- Organize and lead client case conferences where specific challenges are faced in matching client needs and services
- Provide education and increase awareness of resources available for Inuit children, youth, and their families and caregivers
- Facilitate school entry and support individualized planning for student learning, physical and mental health needs
- Promote Inuit beliefs, values and traditions that enhance health.
- Develop and adapt methods and partnerships to formally identify and support vulnerable Inuit children and youth
- Conduct information gathering with youth/families with Inuuqatigiit Educational Student Support services referral forms and database to access appropriate services and supports.
- Support the Manager to over see the master list of clients that access the Education Department Support Services.
- Collaborate with intake worker of Inuuqatigiit and registration process with clients in keeping with best practices and policies and procedures including needs assessments and individual plans
- Work closely with parents to conduct strength-based family needs assessments during intake
- Provide responsive and inclusive support services to clients including appointment accompaniment, home visits, referrals, crisis intervention, supportive counselling and assistance with CAS processes and protocols
- Ensure that children, youth and their families are aware of their legal rights and rights to services and supports as Indigenous Peoples
- Advocate for and support families and caregivers as they negotiate complex systems
- Adapt client intake process and information database to reflect characteristics, needs and outcomes for vulnerable Inuit children and youth so that data on them can be collected over a multi-year period of contact
- Maintain thorough, orderly, and confidential administrative documents required by funder and Inuuqatigiit, e.g., daily contacts, intake files, children’s/youths’ files
- Meet all tracking, evaluation, and reporting requirements of funder and Inuuqatigiit (attendance, project statistics, project targets, surveys, Incident/Accident reports)
- Complete funder reports accurately and on time
- Participate on working groups and committees to further improve health, disabilities, mental health, and social emotional wellbeing services for Inuit.
- Actively represent Inuuqatigiit at meetings, presentations and conferences with stakeholders including partner agencies, funders, and government
- Engage with various agencies and stakeholders to strengthen programs and services
- Establish relationships that benefit the delivery of programs and services
- Advocate for clients and their families when barriers arise to ensure quality and timeliness of service
- Serve as an advocate for client/community members re access to services, enhancing cultural sensitivity and respect and empowering clients in decision-making
- Share evaluation information and lessons learned widely through the Inuuqatigiit website, publications and newsletters, news stories, meetings, and conferences
- Document and make public tools, protocols, and promising practices in providing systems navigation and Inuit culture-based care
- Adhere to and promote the mandate and mission of the OICC
Qualifications and Requirements
- Professional diploma or degree in Social Work or related field of study
- Minimum of three years of experience providing mental health services to highly vulnerable children and youth
- Experience in leading presentations, facilitating meetings, navigating the education system, and advocating at high levels with partners e.g., hospitals, youth services, police etc.
- Mental Health First Aid and ASSIST training considered assets
- Experience working with families involved with Children’s Aid Society Ottawa
- Experience working with Inuit or Aboriginal communities
- TB Test if applicable and other immunizations up to date
- Medical certification of good health
- Police Record Check required in keeping with Inuuqatigiit Personnel Policies and Procedures
- CPR / First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified)
- Driver’s License an asset
Knowledge and Skills
- Inuit descent preferred
- Fluency in Inuktitut would be an asset
- Knowledge of the needs of Inuit children and families
- Knowledge of Inuit and non-Inuit community services and supports
- Knowledge of supports and services for children and youth in Ottawa
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Ability to operate computer systems and relevant software
- Strong organizational, program planning, evaluation, fiscal management, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations
- Ability to work in a collaborative staff team environment
- Ability to function effectively in a high stress, high noise environment
Please apply with a cover letter and up-to-date resume by to: Human Resources Department, at email@example.com
Note that accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require specific accommodations, please contact the HR Department through the contact information provided above, so that we can make suitable arrangements with you.
When two equally qualified candidates are considered for the same position, preference will be given to the candidate of Inuit descent.
We thank all who apply for this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is dependent upon funding approval.