Home Visitor, KidsFirst Program
Employer: Regina Open Door Society
Number of positions: 1
Type of positions: Permanent Full-Time
Education required: Completion of a relevant secondary education certificate/diploma in Child Development, Human Services
Experience required: A minimum of 2 years related experience is preferred.
Wage/Salary: $37,263.33 annually ($21.23/hour)
The Regina Open Door Society (www.rods.sk.ca) is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina. RODS is committed to meeting the needs of newcomers by offering programs and services that enable them to achieve their goals and participate fully in the larger community.
Now we are seeking a qualified individual to staff the permanent full time position of KidsFirst Home Visitor.
The primary responsibility of this position is to provide ongoing intensive supportive services mainly through home visits to assigned immigrant and refugee families.
- Encourages and promotes self-sufficiency in all families.
- Provides services to families before and after the birth of a baby.
- Schedules and conducts home visits as determined by the KidsFirst Weighted Caseload Level Definition and utilizes the Growing Great Kids curriculum during the visits. Encourages and assists families in keeping an on-going file of home visit plans and follow up activities.
- Provides families with basic information by utilizing materials and tools that have been provided during trainings (i.e. Growing Great Kids, Family Curriculums, Ages and Stages, Daily Dos, Home Safety, Fire Safety, Immunization schedules, etc.)
- Reinforces and encourages positive ways parents can relate to their children.
- Establishes trusting, supportive and professional caring relationships with assigned families.
- Supports families to strengthen their knowledge of child development, helps parents understand how children learn and grow, plans and conducts activities together with parents to meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of their children.
- Encourages and strengthens family healthy life style by sharing and providing the following information with the families: housing, food security, parenting, specialized services of interest to the family, recreational opportunities, education, employment, and Family Wellness and Outreach team services.
- Encourages parents to take an active role in planning, implementing, and evaluating their child and family goals. Assists family in building the life they want for their child and family.
- Assists and encourages families to manage and problem solve difficult issues, set family goals, plan for the future, and provides opportunities to meet and get to know other parents.
- Networks and advocates on behalf of families with community agencies to meet their needs and to reach program objectives.
- Refers families to other community resources.
- Provides support that enables families to meet their goals, for example, transporting to appointments when necessary, issuing nutrition vouchers etc.
- Follows the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) regulations and KidsFirst Transportation protocols/procedures when transporting families and young children (i.e. seat belts and car seat safety).
- Regularly reviews the health and safety conditions of family’s home using the Home/Fire Safety checklist and kits.
- Complies with RODS Documentation standards. Completes case notes, data entries (i.e. KIMS), and reports in a timely manner. Documents all family contacts, observations, activities, follow-up, goal planning, and services.
- Maintains current CPR/First Aid Safety certification.
- Learns and complies with RODS and KidsFirst protocols, standards, and procedures (i.e. Child Protection Protocol, Taxi/Nutrition Vouchers, Critical Incident, Home Visiting Safety, etc.)
- Demonstrates mutual trust and respect for all team members at all time. Works collaboratively and cooperatively with all team members to better meet the needs of the families and to plan, organize and implement the KidsFirst Activities (i.e. Growing Great Families, etc.) to achieve the expected outcomes.
- Works with all team members to create a warm and accepting environment for all children and adults. Exhibits a positive attitude, which leads to productive work environment.
- Attends and participates in meetings and trainings (i.e. Home Visitor/Supervisor consults, KidsFirst meeting, FWOT meeting, Settlement and Family Community Services Unit meeting, etc.). Encourages team to continuously develop professionally.
- Provides services in a respectful and confidential manner. Maintains professional level of confidentiality in regards to children, families, and staff. Relevant information will be discussed with the Home Visiting Supervisor, Team Leader and/or Executive Director.
- Meets routinely with supervisor/team leader to consult, case plan, and/or discuss directions to support assigned families.
- Maintains updated files and documentation on individual children following program protocol, and maintains documentation according to program standards.
- Maintains a strength-based, family-centered, and culturally sensitive environment.
- Is available for flexible hours.
- Practices “zero-tolerance” for violence in the workplace.
This position requires a completion of a relevant secondary education certificate/diploma in Child Development, Human Services and/or a minimum of 2 years related experience is preferred. Also, the successful applicant will be required to have completed a valid Class 5-Novice 2 driver’s license, access to an insured vehicle and provide a clean Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check. Prior KidsFirst training (i.e. Growing Great Kids) and ability to speak other languages is an asset.
Regular hours of work are Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm with every second Monday or Friday off. However, this position will be required to work outside of regular working hours when needed. Starting salary for this position is $37,263.33 annually ($21.23/hour).
How To Apply
We thank all candidates for their interest and application. However, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please forward a cover letter and resume to HR@rods.sk.ca no later than 4:00pm on November 27th, 2017 stating the position title Home Visitor. Please be able to provide three work related references at the time of your interview. No phone call or visit please.