We are seeking a values-aligned individual, that shares our inclusive, child & family-centred holistic approach and is passionate about nature, play based, emergent curriculum to fill an Inclusion Support Worker Role. Under the direction of the OSC Manager, Coordinator and OSC Team Leads, this role is responsible for the 1:1 Support of a child in our Afterschool Child Care Program, located at Fiddleheads Child Care for George Jay Elementary School.
This includes but is not limited to the following: writing and maintaining care plans, helping the child be included in day-to-day activities, and working with the child to develop strategies for expressing emotions and needs and to foster positive peer relationships and friendships. The role also includes providing direction to other staff on how to best support the success of the child’s inclusion and being the first point of contact for parent check-ins, questions, and concerns.
This position is contingent on funding and will be open until filled. The start date is as soon as possible.
Management status: non-manager
Reports to: OSC Team Leads, OSC Coordinator, and the OSC Manager
Direct Reports: None
Team Size: 1:1 Support worker with child; Works alongside 3 other OSC activity leaders.
Hours/work schedule: Part-Time, shifts are Monday – Friday between 2:30am-5:30pm. Full days available on Pro-D Days, Winter, Spring and Summer Full day care.
Work Location(s): Primarily 1180 Queens Ave
Compensation & Benefits:
Wage/Salary Band: $20.00-21.00 depending on experience and qualifications.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Uses positive behavioural guidance strategies to develop a trust-based relationship with the child.
- Designs supportive environments.
- Utilizes effective environmental arrangements to encourage social interactions.
- Provides instruction to aid in the development of social skills.
- Promotes identification and labelling of emotions in self and others.
- Explores the nature of feelings and the appropriate ways they can be expressed.
- Promotes the child’s individualized emotional regulation that will enhance positive social interactions within the classroom.
- Creates care and safety plans in consultation with the program Team Leads, parents, and professionals to best support the child.
Provides instruction to other childcare staff by:
- Providing support and direction to staff regarding the child’s development;
- Ensuring staff are following appropriate behaviour and guidance strategies with the child;
- Ensuring staff are familiar with care plan instructions.
- Builds and maintains professional working relationships with parents and caregivers.
- Attends regular meetings with the OSC Coordinator and/or Director of Childcare.
- Other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions/Equipment Used:
- Ability to lift and move chairs, tables, mats, etc. (up to 30lbs).
- Ability to work positively in a shared work environment.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work positively in a busy and loud environment.
- Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time, run occasionally, crouch, and bend frequently.
We strongly encourage you to apply if you have a passion for Fernwood NRG’s mission and meet the below requirements:
- Responsible Adult certification in BC required.
- Experience working directly with children aged 5-11.
- First Aid Certified required.
- Experience working with children with autism, ADHD and children facing conditions of risk.
- You are highly organized and reliable.
- Ability to take responsibility for the position responsibilities identified above, including identifying where you will require additional training or external assistance to succeed.
- Ability to communicate clearly and build relationships of trust, including with people with different identities and life experiences from you.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others, including problem solving, delegating, coaching, conflict resolution, and other interpersonal skills.
- Knowledgeable or familiar with positive behaviour support strategies.
Preference given to candidates with the following skills, assets, or experience:
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training.
- Familiar with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act’s Child Care Licensing Regulations.
- Ability to work very well in team settings.
- Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
- Ability to take initiative and delegate.
- Ability to follow instructions and willingness to assume and carry out assigned tasks and to be accountable for results and actions, including quality of work.
- Experience with and an understanding of the importance of client confidentiality.
- Professional, responsive, with a positive work attitude.
Candidates who progress through our selection process will be required to provide the following before an employment agreement is finalized.
- Must provide a record of immunization status.
- Must provide two professional childcare references.
- All employees within Fernwood NRG require a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check upon being hired.
About Fernwood NRG: Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (Fernwood NRG) is a multi-service non-profit community organization working on lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) lands in Victoria, BC. Fernwood NRG serves the Fernwood neighbourhood by:
- supporting individuals and families with affordable, high-quality childcare, programs, services, and housing,
- increasing food security through improving access to affordable, high-quality food,
- playing an active role in developing the neighbourhood economy, and
- engaging the neighbourhood through activities, events, and communications.
Fernwood NRG is committed to ensuring that equity, diversity, and inclusion are valued in our decision-making, in our internal work, and our work in the Neighbourhood. We continue to work towards deeper organization-wide understanding and competence with anti-racism and decolonization. Employees’ lived experience and commitment to these values is highly valued. We recognize that people from communities who experience marginalization (e.g. on the basis of ethnicity, citizenship/immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, etc) may be less likely to apply for leadership positions. We strongly encourage you to apply if you have a passion for our mission and meet the core requirements below.
Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and their resumes or CV.