This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
As per HRM Directive 518, this employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Inuit only.
Reporting to the Supervisor, Children and Family Services, the Foster Care Coordinator will provide foster care program services to the Department of Family Services in accordance with the Child and Family Services Act and any legislation, policies, standards and general office practices of the Department and Government of Nunavut. The Foster Care Coordinator is responsible for assessing and making recommendations regarding the approval process of families who apply to become foster parents and adoptive parents; participates in program development, direct client services, orientation, training, coordination and in the delivery of effective and efficient foster care and adoption services.
Implement and maintain positive foster/adoption placement practices in accordance with the standards and procedures required by the Child and Family Services Act and Adoption Act, in conjunction with the Department of Family Services, in order to safeguard the well-being and healthy development of children in the care of the Director, Child and Family Services; provide direction adoption services for private, departmental, step-parent, inter-provincial and inter-country adoptions; develop, coordinate and facilitate training, orientation and information sessions for current and potential foster and adoptive parents, community agencies and other professional in accordance with the applicable legislation, standards and procedures manuals, policies and practices, in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness or foster care and adoption placements; recruit, monitor foster care placements to ensure effective and nurturing care is provided for children with a wide range of developmental needs; and perform other related duties as requested or required.
An in-depth knowledge of and understanding of the principles and practices of Child and Family Service and Adoption legislation; specific knowledge and abilities in the areas of needs and risk assessments; knowledge of social work theory and practice; and the Canadian Social Work Code of Ethics; well-developed organizational, verbal and written communication skills; and computer literacy skill including use of the Microsoft Suite.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized Diploma in Social Work, along with three (3) years’ of related work experience.
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut (Inuinnaqtun), English and French.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Ability to speak Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun is a definite asset.
Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.
An eligibility list may be created to staff future vacancies in various communities.