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The Waterloo Region is a municipality
of 450,000 people and is situated 100 km west of Toronto, Ontario
and is one of the most prosperous areas of Canada offering many exciting
opportunities in the fields of education, culture and recreation.
Family and Children's Services
is Waterloo Region's child welfare organization. We operate from
numerous locations throughout the region, providing services to
help children and improve family life.
Our (575+) employees include social
workers, residential child care staff and a wide variety of support
and administrative personnel, all of whom contribute to improving
the quality of life for the children and families of our community.
We recognize that a career in child
welfare is demanding, requiring extraordinary dedication, care and
compassion. However, the rewards can be tremendous. Knowing that
you have enhanced the quality of life for so many children and families
is just one area of satisfaction.
Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region is committed
to an environment supportive of diversity.
Diversity refers to the many different characteristics of the people
who live, work and are served in Waterloo Region. Diversity includes
in its meaning differences such as our colour, the country we came
from or the culture we belong to, our religion, our sexual orientation,
our marital status, our age or disability.
The Values Statement which guides the work and operations of the
agency includes the following paragraphs
which form the basis of our commitment to embrace diversity
Employment applications are
encouraged from all individuals. Family and Children's Services of
the Waterloo Region is an equal opportunity Employer.
- every individual is a person to
- all people, regardless of race, ancestry,
place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, gender,
sexual orientation, age, marital status, same-sex partnership
status, family status, disability, or record of offences should
receive a respectful and inclusive response from everyone
- the promotion of inclusiveness and
equality in the agency is a duty of all employees, board members,
foster parents, placement students, and volunteers
- loving and nurturing caregivers
include opposite and same sex couples, extended family members,
and single adults.
The following outlines are qualifications for our various frontline
INTAKE or ONGOING
Master of Social Work preferred; Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
Our social workers do investigations into allegations that children
are in need of protection and deal with long term family service
as well they provide investigative and case management services
to families and children; assuming complete case management responsibility
for protection caseload; assess family and individual functioning
including risk to children; providing therapeutic intervention to
clients; protective services to clients; as well as administrative
responsibilities including preparing reports, correspondence and
documents for internal and external use.
SALARY RANGE: $48,039.94 - $63,217.28 per annum.
FOSTER CARE WORKER
AND CHILDREN'S SERVICE WORKER:
BSW or MSW preferred, with consideration given to degree in the
social sciences with experience. These workers counsel and support
children in care and provide support to foster families.
SALARY RANGE: $42,371.63 - $55,758.18 per annum.
Child and Youth Diploma and/or degree in the social sciences with
experience within a residential setting preferred.
$38,070.15 - $48,170.88 per annum for full time positions.
$18.30 - $23.15 per hour for part time positions.
INTAKE or ONGOING SERVICE
To provide direct child protection supervision to a unit of five
protection staff; ensure the ongoing professional development of
unit staff, promoting a positive internal working environment within
the unit and the agency as a whole for fostering a positive relationship
between the agency and the community.
SALARY RANGE: $60,811.26 - $77,368.91 per annum.
MSW/BSW or related degree and/or experience; demonstrated ability
for creative and innovative thinking, familiarity with provincial
child welfare legislation preferably Ontario's, knowledge and experience
of court procedure, demonstrated strengths and skills in collaboration
within organizations and in the community, demonstrated experience
in team building, working knowledge of computerized information
systems. Proven supervision skills are required for the supervisor
positions along with a minimum of three years experience in child
You may be required to provide any or all of the following
as a condition of employment:
- An acceptable internal Agency Record
- Criminal Reference Check –
request completed personally at your local Police Station; cost
reimbursed to a maximum of $25
- The use of an automobile
- A Valid full "G" Ontario
Driver's Licence and vehicle are required
- Driver's abstract -
obtained from local license bureau
- Proof that public liability and
property damage insurance, in the amount of $1,000,000, is on
- Notification to your insurer should
mention the possibility of transporting children in the care of
the Agency, and may be a requirement of your position
- Medical Note from your physician
stating that you are medically fit for employment and free of
communicable diseases; cost reimbursed to $25 maximum
- Copy of up-to-date immunization
- Tuberculin Disease Screening (TB
- A current Standard First Aid/CPR
certificate is required
- PMAB (Preventative Management of
Aggressive Behavior Training) Certificate
have proudly worked together with OPSEU for years enhancing the
working conditions and benefits provided to all of our staff. The
employee benefit packages are superior and most are provided at
no cost to employees. We pride ourselves on being one of the best
child welfare agencies in the Province of Ontario. We offer very
competitive wages, security; flexible work schedules; credit for
recent related child welfare experience; advancement possibilities
and enhanced training for ongoing professional development.
The Agency is dedicated to providing permanent full-time employees
a comprehensive benefits package to meet the ongoing needs of each
The following is a partial list of available benefits:
After the first year of service Social Work and Management staff
receive 22 days vacation; Excluded, Office and Clerical and Residential
staff receive 17 days vacation.
Staff are granted 1 ½ days sick leave per month for temporary
illness (up to a maximum of 120 days) subject to the presentation
of medical documentation acceptable to the Agency. As well, each
employee may use up to five (5) days from their sick bank per calendar
year to care for an immediate family member.
Group Health Insurance and Dental Benefits:
- Extended Health
- Paramedical Services
- Dental Benefits
- Life Insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Out-of-Province Travel Insurance
- Cell Phone Reimbursement
Long Term Disability Insurance:
LTD coverage provides a benefit to employees should they become totally
disabled. 66 2/3% of earnings is paid after 105 calendar days of continuous
The Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS) provides
employees a pension upon retirement. Pension contributions are shared
50:50 by employee and employer.
The Agency's mileage rate is 41 cents per kilometer.
Cell Phone Reimbursement:
The Agency will reimburse social work staff for a personal cell phone used for Agency purposes, to a maximum $22 per month.
When the Agency offers employment to a prospective employee, who lives
more than 400 kilometers from the Kitchener / Cambridge, Ontario offices,
relocation assistance is provided as follows; between 400 and 1000
kilometers - $ 500.00. More than 1000 kilometers, up to $1000.00.
Relocation expenses are only
payable if the candidate is successful in getting the job. Expenses
for travel to and from the interview(s) are not reimbursable.
If an employee elects to commute because of
personal choice in housing, the Agency would not be responsible
for any moving costs after more than six (6) months form the effective
date of becoming a permanent employee.
and Storage of Employee's Possessions:
The Agency will pay an employee up to $1000.00 for relocation costs
including a moving van plus in-transit storage.
The mileage and or expense for the initial trip by the employee
to the Region to review new surroundings, house-hunting etc. are
eligible to be claimed as part of the available $1000.00 eligible