action4hc Action for Healthy Communities

People and Communities in Action

Background

Action for Healthy Communities (AHC) is a non-profit charitable organization working in the Greater Edmonton Area since 1995 to strengthen community capacity and build healthier and stronger communities. The AHC’s objective is to improve the lives of individuals and communities in which they live through the provision of public education and other capacity-building supports to enable them to enhance their own lives. In the year 2019, AHC conducted an exploratory exercise in collaboration with local agencies to assess the immigrant and newcomer community needs in rural towns in Central and Northern Alberta. To respond to the identified needs, AHC with the financial support of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to extend its supports to small centres.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Small Center Team Lead, the Settlement Practitioner (SP) in Schools and Community offers settlement service to newcomers with information, community connection, needs assessment, and skills development to facilitate support in newcomers’ integration process. In the school setting, SP will assist newcomer students and their families with essential services required to support their immediate and on-going needs. In the community setting, SP will reach out to newcomers who are hard to reach to provide timely settlement support.

This role participates in creating meaningful and supported engagement opportunities that directly impact the realities and challenges of integration for newcomers for them to fully develop their potential and create hope-filled lives and futures in Canada.

Responsibilities Include

  • Through formal clients’ intake process, conduct comprehensive needs/assets assessments with newcomers including youth, their families and newcomers in the community.
  • Work with clients to develop their settlement and adaptation action plans, facilitate client’s capacity development and assist them to engage in strategies to act on their plans.
  • Provide individual and group support including supportive counselling, information, orientation, interpretation, translation, accompaniment to services and client mediation in all service areas identified through client’s case management appointments and drop in emergency cases.
  • Facilitate internal and external referrals and work collaboratively with partner delivery agencies and community support systems to address clients’ needs
  • Organize, develop, and facilitate group sessions based on the needs of the client group
  • Collect information required for the program evaluation and reporting purposes, and enter data into AHC and funders databases accurately and timely.
  • Organize Summer programs for newcomer children and youth by providing onsite supervision
  • Work with various stakeholders, establish and maintain strong partnerships in the community
  • Assist Program Lead to organize networking events and resource fairs
  • Provide translation, interpretation support as needed
  • Any other work assigned by the Team Lead

Qualifications

  • Speaking additional language(s) is an asset
  • Knowledge and experience working with new immigrants, children and youth, provide counselling
  • A post-secondary degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology or related field
  • Minimum of two years of working experience in a related field
  • Excellent communication skills (verbally and in writing), strong organizational skills, multilingual is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites, Google Applications and databases
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of community resources and social system to provide support to newcomers
  • Insight and understanding of the barriers of newcomers
  • Current Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector check, Child intervention record check is required

Working Conditions:

  • Expect to work at different locations such as office, partner schools, partner community organizations
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Class 5 Drivers License with a clean driver’s abstract and reliable vehicle, as travel is required ( within Camrose and adjacent towns)
  • Flexible hours with occasional evenings and weekends required

How to apply

Your application will be assessed based on how strongly your identified qualifications meet the criteria in the job advertisement. If you meet the required qualifications and are passionate about working to serve the needs of immigrants and refugees, then we welcome you to send both your resume and cover letter to career@a4hc.ca with the position title in the subject line.

Deadline: June 26th, 2020   

Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview

To apply for this position send your resume to career@a4hc.ca