Indigenous Domestic Violence Prevention Liaison Worker

About Us:

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association is a non-profit organization that provides a diverse range of culturally safe and supportive services to Indigenous People residing in the Fraser Region. As a Friendship Centre, we work to strengthen connections to culture, community and wellness and work from a decolonizing perspective. Our philosophy is to provide a culturally safe, collaborative wrap around model of care. We are seeking a highly-engaged individual with an operational background in Youth Services program management for this exciting opportunity. The dynamic individual will have experience in managing a multi-disciplinary team and supporting programs aimed at supporting youth.

About Surrey:

The City of Surrey is one of 21 municipalities in Metro Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. We are located on the Lower Mainland on the south side of the Fraser River and share a border with the United States of America. Surrey is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations.Position Summary:The IDVP Community Liaison is responsible for connecting and supporting Indigenous families who are impacted by domestic violence. Working with MCFD staff, police, and justice services, the Community Liaison provides direct support, education, information, brief solution focused counselling and referrals FRAFCA and community services . The highly engaged individual works to ensure the safety of the children while supporting the decisions of the family with a goal of family preservation. Additionally, your sound case management skills supports the family to grow regardless of their decision to remain together or exit the relationship. Moreover, the Community Liaison will work in collaboration with the Indigenous Domestic Violence Prevention Counsellor Educator, supporting the program; coordinating weekly ICM meetings, and ensuring weekly clinical supervision/review of all open files. Finally, Working from a decolonizing/trauma informed perspective the incumbent is skilled at developing respectful and collaborative relationships with women and their families; elders & supports individuals and families to access appropriate cultural supports

Why FRAFCA:

  • opportunity to work alongside cultural knowledge keepers & Elders
  • Holistic, culturally safe, approaches to serving our clients and community
  • Freedom to share and observe own cultural practices (i.e. smudging in the office)
  • Access WorkBC Employers Training grants and other bursaries to fund training & other professional development
  • Extended Health Benefits Package (Medical, Dental, Travel) and Employee Assistance Plan after 3-months on continuous employment
  • 10 annual paid sick/personal leave days
  • Paid vacation days (up to 25 days based on years of service)
  • Offices located along main transportation routes; main office by the Skytrain station
  • Parking available on-site.

Your Duties:

  • Complete safety plans
  • Case manage and sound documentation
  • Referral and Connections including FRAFCA and Other Surrey resources;
  • Accompany MCFD social workers when they attend calls related to Domestic Violence;
  • Support the Counsellor Educator to deliver the Red-Path Living without violence program and become certified in the Red-Path Living without Violence model.
  • Coordinate the weekly ICM meetings;
  • Liaise between family and MCFD.
  • In addition, IWP Coordinator works collaboratively with other direct service staff, external service providers, and family (including spouses where appropriate) to support women to increase their safety and connectedness to community.
  • Others duties as required.

Qualifications: Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in human services (preferred) and 1 year of directly related experience responding to domestic violence.
  • A minimum of 1 years (2000 hours) of experience in addressing violence against Indigenous women; family violence, and case-management
  • Completion of Foundations in Domestic Violence Training or other similar entry level certification preferred.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification is a condition of employment, as well as a negative tuberculosis test
  • Class 5 Driver’s License, own vehicle, and a clear drivers’ abstract.
  • Successful candidate will be required to submit a criminal records check upon hire.

Key Skills & Knowledge:

  • Integrated Case Management
  • Knowledge of Indigenous mental health and addictions theories, and approaches
  • Anti-oppressive practice, Indigenous feminist philosophy, and critical race theory beneficial.
  • Knowledge of the diversity of Indigenous cultures, identities, and lived history.
  • Extensive knowledge of women serving resources and supports in Surrey and the Fraser Valley.
  • In-depth knowledge of the inter-generational impacts of residential school, and colonization on the individual and the family.
  • Competently use Microsoft Word & Excel programs for case-management and reporting purposes.

Key Abilities:

  • facilitation – effectively organize and run a psycho education program for up to 12 women.
  • Brief solution focused counselling –
  • Collaborate – establish collaborative relationships with service recipients, working to increase their strengths
  • Respond – safely resolve crisis situations and respond non-judgmentally to problematic behaviour
  • Counsel – provide counselling and support to women as they move through the Red-Path program.
  • Understand – demonstrate understanding of Aboriginal women’s experience in relation to inter-generational trauma and colonization including the way society views, and therefore treats Indigenous women.
  • Teamwork – make positive contributions to the team, support and back up your co-workers at all times

We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Open until suitable candidate is found.

*****Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Applicants.

“We are committed to the National Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. FRAFCA is engaged primarily in promoting or serving the interests of Indigenous peoples, FRAFCA prioritizes employment to Indigenous peoples. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants, unless that preference or employment would constitute a discriminatory practice under the Canadian Human Rights Act.”