LOCATION: 122 East St. – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

POSITION STATUS: Part-Time, Temporary/10 Month, Maternity Leave

CURRENT HOURS OF WORK:  30+ Hours/Week

POSTING DATE: October 21, 2021

CLOSING DATE: October 29, 2021

URGENTLY HIRING

An ideal opportunity which may appeal to a new graduate or mature individual looking for impermanent employment.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

At The Indian Friendship Centre, we are passionate about the cause and the people we serve in our community through various programs and services offered.

The Indigenous Combined Family Court Worker is one of the key forces behind both, and we are currently seeking an experienced individual, who is well accustomed to the justice system. The selected individual will be able to create and maintain a confidential, welcoming, friendly and safe environment for all Indigenous clients facing imminent risk and conflict impacting youth and families, more particularly women and children affected by violence and abuse. The expectation of the Indigenous Combined Family Court Worker is to provide accessible and consistent family justice service through excellent communication and public relation skills to advocate and support Indigenous people through the various wraparound support and services offered. Overall, the individual selected will also have a strong understanding of sensitivity and awareness of IFC’s organizational practices and work-related deliverables.

WHY THE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE?

  • Meaningful and rewarding work provided in the development and mutual understanding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through common activities
  • A workplace that values equity, inclusion, anti-racism, self-expression and the development of Indigenous leadership
  • A focus on teamwork, passion, and commitment through Indigenous needs, as well as the planning of services with Indigenous people in both public and private agencies

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

The purpose of the Indigenous Combined Family Court Worker program is to ensure Indigenous youth charged with a criminal offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, separating couples, and Indigenous families involved in the Child Welfare system receive fair treatment under the law. In addition, the program is designed to assist Indigenous youth and families in contact with family, child protection and youth court to better understand their options, responsibilities and right when appearing before the courts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Indigenous persons who come into conflict with Federal, Provincial, Municipal, First Nations laws
  • Provide consistent and ongoing attendance in advance of, and during Criminal Court, Bail Court, Youth Court, (12-17 years) Child Protection and Family Court
  • Attend trials as needed and explain to the client the nature and meaning of any and all sanctions, conditions and requirements
  • Assist in the preparation of Plans of Care, Review of Custody, Affidavits, Case Conference, Mediation and Motions
  • Act as a liaison between the client and court administrators to ensure relevant information is addressed on behalf of the client with equitable and reasonable treatment during the court process
  • Work with IFCSSM programs to promote a coordinated client services approach to ensure clients’ needs are addressed
  • Attend relative meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences, as required
  • Prepare accurate quarterly/annual reports and enter all required information on database
  • Assist in enhancing the awareness and appreciation of Indigenous traditions, values, customs, language and socio-economic conditions
  • Maintain comprehensive up to date client physical and digital files with all required documentation
  • Ensure that all confidentiality requirements are met

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:

  • University degree or college diploma in Law/Security/Criminal Justice and/or comparable/relative education
  • Continued education in Indigenous studies is an asset
  • Experience in the structure of the justice system
  • Practice, knowledge and/or certification/hours, dealing with victim issues surrounding criminal offences
  • Or the equivalent combination of education and experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of criminal code, relevant acts, familiarity of court procedures and terminology
  • Understanding that legal advice cannot be provided, but instead, referred to the appropriate parties
  • Proven experience and knowledge of victim issues surrounding: abuse, mental health, addictions, etc.
  • Strong communicator – excellent listening, verbal, written, oral and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated experience and proven ability to deal respectfully and competently with clients, diverse community members and partners
  • Proven ability to maintain sensitivity towards cultural, religious, economic and social beliefs, values and opinions
  • Knowledge of community resources, support services and the variety of unique program information available
  • Strong organizational/time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, define measurable objectives and outcomes and meet objectives in a timely manner
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, virtual conferencing, and database experience
  • Knowledge of Ojibway/Anishinaabe culture, language and traditions
  • Able to work independently, but also effectively as a team member

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proof of valid Covid-19 Vaccination (Dose 1 & Dose 2)
  • Current and valid Vulnerable Sector Check, as per the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Must provide a clear Driver’s Abstract
  • Must have or is willing to obtain First Aid/CPR Training Certification
  • Ability/willingness to travel and to work flexible hours

The Indian Friendship Centre (IFCSSM) is dedicated to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve. IFCSSM encourages applicants from all qualified individuals. Applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.

APPLICANTS MAY SEND A COVER LETTER, RESUME & 3 EMPLOYMENT REFERENCES TO: HRC@SSMIFC.CA