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EMPLOYMENT
Kamloops
June 17, 2021

Community Living Program Life Skills Worker

Reports To: Community Living Program Coordinator 

Term: Casual/On-Call with possible Part-Time and/or Full-Time options

Wage Range: $18.00 to $21.00 commensurate with experience.

Vacation

Permanent Full-Time/Temporary Full-Time (over three months) who work more than 30 hours per week are eligible for three weeks paid vacation in the first year and they may be taken after a successful probationary period. In the second year, this entitlement increases to four weeks. In the fifth year, the entitlement increases to five weeks. Each year after five years the entitlement is five weeks plus one day for every subsequent year to a maximum of six weeks. Unless otherwise negotiated. Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (22.5 hours per week and over on contracts more than three months) vacation entitlements accrue each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   Casual/On-Call/Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (under 22.5 hours per week or on contracts less than three months) vacation entitlements are paid out each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   

Benefits

Permanent Full-Time employees are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). Temporary Full-Time employees for a term longer than three months are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). These hours can be fulfilled through a variety of permanent positions.  Part-Time Employees are eligible to take part in our Health Care Spending Account which provides a tax-free partial reimbursement for eligible healthcare expenses up to the bi-annual maximum for Permanent Part-Time, Temporary Part-Time and Caretakers through a third-party administrator. All employees have access to the Yearly Physical Activity Bonus, two additional ASK Statutory Holidays, Annual Retreats, Trainings, and ASK Staff Social Events.

What is Casual/On-Call?

Casual/On-Call means there are no guaranteed hours and work requirements may vary to a maximum of 37.5hours per week. Casual/On-Call is a great way for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. It is also a gateway for future permanent positions within the Society. There are no rules with respect to declining shifts that do not work with your schedule that may result in removal from the casual/on-call list. 

Who is the ASK Wellness Society?  

The ASK Wellness Society is a not for profit organization that supports individuals within the BC Region with opportunities and the resources to change their current situation. It is about reaching out to those people who are homeless and battling addictions, helping them find housing and medical care, addressing their addictions, stabilizing mental health issues and, ultimately, providing them with the skills to re-enter the work force. The ASK Wellness Society administers an unconditional sense of hope to those who are convinced they are incapable of ever achieving a stable and meaningful life.

Purpose and Function 

To provide life skills services to adults with developmental disabilities to assist individuals with their physical, economic, vocational, recreational, social, emotional, and daily life skills development. The Community Living Program Life Skills Worker assists clients to achieve their personal aspirations and live as independently as possible.  Service delivery is based on a client centered, non-judgmental perspective. Service delivery is based on a client centered, non-judgmental perspective.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Encourage and support Program Participants to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional, organizational, and practical support, and training as appropriate;
  • Organize and provide appropriate support for Program Participants preparing to move on to greater independence, including support through the move and re-settlement into their new housing;
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress;
  • Encourage and motivate Program Participants to develop a sense of their own identity, purpose, and self-esteem;
  • Encourage and support Program Participants to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional/practical support, and training as appropriate; 
  • Assist individuals to function more independently in their own home and in the community in accordance with established procedures and protocols;
  • Teach and assist individuals with activities such as grooming, basic cooking, money management, shopping, household safety and pet care.  Ensures the safety of the individuals;
  • Accompany and/or transport individuals to activities such as appointments, shopping, or leisure activities;
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress;
  • Work closely with community resources (i.e. CMHA, IHA, Friendship Centre, Brain Injury, etc.).
  • When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on the spot overdose response and support and prepared to work calmly and together with your team, paramedics, and police in crisis situations;
  • Ensure compliance with all Society supportive standards, policies, and procedures;
  • Other duties which may or may not be outlined in this job description.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Provide written case notes individual’s daily activities and progress and maintain reports and records such as logs and accreditation outcomes data collection reports; 
  • Ensure all required documentation is complete and accurate in accordance with established policies
  • Maintain files and documentation to the COA Standard and when requested, be a member of the COA’s Performance and Quality Improvement team in which you will encourage the organization to use data to identify areas of needed improvement and implement improvement plans in support of achieving performance targets, program goals, client satisfaction, and positive client outcomes. 

Qualifications and Suitability

  • One-year certificate or equivalent in a related human / social service field with emphasis on community living services;
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Human Service Diploma or equivalent and/or experience with mental health/addiction and homelessness issues;
  • Skills in mediating conflict between various interests;
  • Ability to work as a team member in a case management setting involving multi-agency supports;
  • Understands and maintains clientele/worker boundaries;
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources;
  • Excellent communication, writing, documentation, and organizational skills; 
  • Must pass criminal record check for vulnerable sector and reference screening;
  • VAT (Vulnerability Assessment Tool) training an asset;
  • Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Practice and ASSIST Training an asset;
  • Level 1 First Aid required;
  • Must have access to vehicle in good working condition and possess valid driver’s license with relevant insurance to transport clients;
  • In-house Violence Prevention Training provided;
  • As clients are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values.  We are fully focused on equality and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Closing Date:  This post will remain open enough successful candidates have been selected.
Send cover letter and resume to: Careers@askwellness.ca

Please Reference Position: Community Living Program Life Skills Worker 

Attention: Human Resources 

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

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