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Director, Ogwadeni:deo 071-21-2

Ogwadeni: deo, Social Services

Full-Time

Applications will be received by Leaders International, up until 4:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, May 28, 2021 for the Director of Ogwadeni: deo, Social Services. Online applications are accepted through Laurie Sterritt Partner, Leaders International laurie@leadersinternational.com or Joy Beshie, Senior Search Associate joy@leadersinternational.com .

NO LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED. Applicants from Six Nations and other First Nations will be given preference to deliver programs and services in a First Nations community.

JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Ogwadeni: deo reports to and works under the direction and supervision of the Ogwadeni: deo Community Commission through the Chair of the Commission and adhere to the guiding values of the Code of Practice. As the most senior member of the Ogwadeni: deo Management Team and as the “local director” under the Ontario Child Youth and Family Services Act (CFSA), the Director provides leadership to the Senior Management Team in ensuring strong service delivery; applying standards, policies and procedures consistent with the agency’s mission. The accountable Child and Youth Protection Program, operated within the parameters set out in Ogwadeni: deo Framework Policy, the agency Code of Practice while complying with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements related to child protection, residential services and adoption.

Type Full Time
Closing Date  May 28, 2021
Hours of Work  TBD
Wage TBD

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must hold a Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or an equivalent educational degree
  • Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers
  • 5 years of experience in a manager or supervisor role in child welfare services
    • Note: candidates can have equivalent education and experience approved by the Minister and able to meet the full requirements as above in eighteen (18) months
  • Must be knowledgeable of Six Nations cultures and community
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with the relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines related to protection, residential services and adoption
  • Extensive knowledge and a range of methods and techniques in both traditional and contemporary social service work strategies
  • Advanced level use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and other communication)
  • Strong communication skills with internal (staff, Community Commission and Chief and Council) and external (government officials, community members) stakeholders
  • Hold a valid Ontario Class G driver’s license
  • Have a favourable criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • Willing to work flexible hours
  • Preference will be given to Ogweho:weh

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

This is an exciting leadership role that offers the unique opportunity to become immersed in the culture of Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario while helping them to grow their operations for further future success. For more details, please contact:

Laurie Sterritt Partner

Leaders International

880-609 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1G5

Telephone: (236) 317-1103 ext. 104

laurie@leadersinternational.com

Joy Beshie • Senior Search Associate

Leaders International

1 Rideau St. Suite 700

Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7

Telephone: (613) 788-8254 ext.109

joy@leadersinternational.com

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume directly to Leaders International outlining your interest, qualifications and experience.

The position is based in Ohsweken, Ontario on Six Nations of the Grand River reserve. Relocation to the GTA would be supported for the successful candidate. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. To learn more about Six Nations of the Grand River, please visit www.sixnations.ca

DIRECTOR

Guiding Values for our Code of Practice

  • Adenidaohsra’/Onkwa’tenniten:ro (Compassion and Kindness)
  • Dedwadadrihwanohkwa:k/Onkwatennitenrosera (Respecting one another)
  • Degayenawa’ko:ngye/Tetewaterihwakwenyenhsthak (Working together)
  • Dewagagenawako:ngye’/Tetewayenwakontye (Assisting one another)
  • Esadatgehs/Enhsatatkenhse (Self-reflection on actions taken)
  • Gaihwaedahgoh/Karihwayentahkwen (Taking responsibility)
  • Gasgyao: nyok/Kahretsyaronhsera (Encouragement)
  • Gasasdenhsra/Ka’shatstenhsera (Strength/supportive to one another)
  • Drihwawaihsyo/Ka’nikonhratoken (Honest and moral conduct)
  • Oihwadogehsra’/Yorihwato: ken (Being truthful and consistent)
  • Sgeno/Sken:nen (Peaceful thoughts and Actions)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

Reports to and works under the direction and supervision of the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission through the Chair of the Commission and adhere to the guiding values of the Code of Practice.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION

As the most senior member of the Ogwadeni:deo Management Team and as the “local director” under the Ontario Child Youth and Family Services Act (CFSA), the Director provides leadership to the Senior Management Team in ensuring strong service delivery; applying standards, policies and procedures consistent with the agency’s mission. The Director is responsible for ensuring a culturally appropriate, efficient, effective and accountable Child and Youth Protection Program, operated within the parameters set out in Ogwadeni:deo Framework Policy, the agency Code of Practice while complying with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements related to child protection, residential services and adoption.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SUPPORT TO OGWEHO:WEH FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH

  • Ensures that an effective case information system is maintained for internal and external reporting requirements, security of files and client confidentiality;
  • Ensures an on-going monitoring/review and evaluation of Ogwadeni:deo in terms of quality assurance and continuous quality improvement (QA/CQI);
  • Ensures performance measures are in place and the program is regularly evaluated for adherence to legislative requirements, standards and agency mission and goals;
  • Ensures performance indicators are closely monitored and efficiencies are developed where areas require;
  • Ensures the development of new or revised service standards and services as may be required in relation to changing legislation and community needs;
  • Ensures that any client, volunteer, caregiver and staff complaints are addressed effectively and efficiently as per policy;
  • Works directly with the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission to advise on all matters affecting the operation of the agency; acts as a spokesperson for the agency, attends all Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission meetings, provides guidance, reports on trends, issues and serious occurrences;

OGWADENI:DEO THE AGENCY

  • Provides leadership to the senior management team, responsible for the recruitment, selection and hiring of senior team members as part of the hiring committee
  • Ensures the coordination of the 24/7 child and youth protection activity of the highest
  • Assists the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission with recruitment, orientation and training of new members of the Commission
  • Provides direct supervisory responsibility for the entire senior management team.
  • Ensures full and efficient coordination between service delivery teams
  • Arranges for, directs and supervises the provision of services by legal counsel as requi red
  • Collaborates with the senior management team to prepare an annual service plan for Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission review and approval and submission to Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS)
  • Ensures the preparation of quarterly progress reports for the Ogwadeni:deo

Community Commission for approval to submit to Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS)

  • Ensures a review of the Annual Operations Plan with the Ogwadeni:deo Annual Expenditure Plan for approval by the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission to submit to the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS)
  • Ensures the preparation of individual staff work plans and the periodic review and assessment of progress against these plans
  • Ensures an annual evaluation of all staff against the requirements of the Code of Practice, policies, procedures and standards, job description requirements, and any additional work plan requirements
  • Ensures the development of an Ogwadeni:deo Mandatory Agency Training Plan and professional development plan based on the results of staff evaluation and any changes made in governing law and regulations
  • Ensures an annual review of all job descriptions to ensure that they remain consistent with service delivery values, principles and evolving operational requirements Approves required staffing actions and coordinates hiring with the assistance of the Manager of Finance and Personnel
  • Encourages active staff participation in decision-making while respecting overall program problem solving, planning and development
  • Ensures that safe and adequate office and program facilities, necessary equipment and other needed resources exist, are inventoried and are properly maintained

HONEST & MORAL CONDUCT

  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of adequate accounting records and ensures that all financial statements are consistent with these records
  • Ensures all financial matters adhere to the approved financial policies
  • Ensures the preparation of the Annual Expenditure Plan (consistent with the Annual

Operations Plan and the Ministry of Child and Youth (MCYS) Funding Formula) for Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission review/approval and authority to submit to Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS).

  • Directs financial resource negotiations with provincial ministries and/or federal departments and/or other sources of funding
  • Monitors, in consultation with the Manager of Finance and Personnel, the processing of expenditures against the approved budget and the completion of the annual audit Directs the establishment and maintenance of standard procedures for approving expenditures
  • Approves all expenditures within the limits of the approved annual budget and ensures that required Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission approval is obtained for expenditures beyond that limit
  • Ensures that agreements are in place regarding any required payments for purchased services (caregiver, legal, client assessment, management consulting, etc.) and that payments, per agreements, are made in a timely fashion
  • Ensures that required financial and statistical reports are prepared and submitted to the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission for approval and subsequently submitted to the funders according to established guidelines

BEING TRUTHFUL AND CONSISTENT

  • Establishes and maintains regular communications with other service providers pertinent to sharing general information, sharing ideas about effective protective interventions and service delivery and encouraging maximum coordination of program
  • Establishes protocols respecting such matters as: referral, information-sharing, confidentiality, case conferencing, service availability, care/support planning, police involvement, role and involvement of protection program staff in service provision by other agencies
  • Contracts for specific services from other community-based programs and external agencies as required by clients
  • Consults with other agencies in order to remain current to developments in the field and while caring for children from other First Nations
  • Participates in public forums, including the media, to communicate the responsibilities and practices of Ogwadeni:deo to develop and maintain public support

ASSISTING ONE ANOTHER

  • Promotes/supports Ogweho:weh traditions and values within the community while ensuring the development of policies; proposing changes to applicable provincial and federal legislation (i.e. through exemptions) that will better support them
  • Seeks advice from the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission in relation to issues that arise

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position can involve considerable mental and emotional stress, involving interactions with highly sensitive and confidential issues and involves accountability for significant financial resources. The position is subject to an environment that may involve physically dangerous situations.

This position requires significant time beyond a normal business day and ensure the 24/7 operations are maintained.

STRENGTH/SUPPORTIVE TO ONE ANOTHER

With the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission:

Receives direction and guidance from and provides regular progress reports, plans priorities and interacts to ensure the operations are executed in a culturally appropriate, efficient and effective manner.

With all Ogwadeni:deo Staff:

  • Provides leadership, guidance, information and assistance, and works in a cooperative and courteous manner to ensure clients receive the best possible service

With The Community:

  • Works harmoniously through the establishment and review of protocol and collaboration agreements, acts as a role model, represents and promotes Ogwadeni:deo in a courteous, cooperative and professional manner

With the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS):

  • Acts in a respectful manner in all communications with the Ministry to ensure compliance of standards, particularly crown ward file review, cyclical reviews, inquests and serious occurrence reporting

SELF-REFLECTING ON ACTIONS TAKEN

Errors in carrying out the responsibilities of the position could result in:

  • Loss of credibility, trust and public confidence in Ogwadeni:deo,
  • Harm or injury to employees or children/youth and their families,
  • Legal and/or financial liabilities

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

Works within the parameters set out in the Ogwadeni:deo Social Framework policy, and the parameters set out in such provincial legislation/regulations/policy guidelines as have been agreed to by the Ogwadeni:deo Community Commission, takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work commitments

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic/ Mandatory Requirements

The preferred applicant:

  • Must hold a Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or an equivalent educational degree and be a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers with five years of experience in child welfare services in a manager, supervisory role; OR
  • Have equivalent education and professional experience approved by the Minister and able to meet the requirements of (a) in 18 months
  • Must demonstrate an indigenous world view
  • Must possess a valid Ontario class “G” driver’s license
  • Must submit a favourabte criminal reference check and vulnerable sector screening
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours
  • Must be Ogweho:weh in preference to other applicants

Knowledge Requirements

The successful applicant:

  • Must be thoroughly familiar with the relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines related to protection, residential services and adoption.
  • Must be knowledgeable respecting Six Nations’ cultures and of the cultures of families of other First Nations who reside in the designated service delivery area
  • Must have extensive knowledge of the range of methods and techniques involved in both traditional approaches to helping as well as contemporary social service work strategies

Ability Requirements

The successful applicant will demonstrate ability to:

  • Implement the program strategic plan in coordination with the current governance structure
  • Relate to and communicates effectively with community members in-genera4 and with children, youth and families facing difficulties
  • Relates to and communicates effectively with elected and traditional government structures and personnel
  • Relates to, communicates with and effectively supervise staff
  • Relates to and communicates effectively with the directors, managers and staff of other community-based programs, and external agencies
  • Relates to and communicate effectively with provincial and federal government officials Effectively analyze information and plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs and procedures
  • Use computer software (word processing, spread-sheeting, data bases, communications) in day-to-day operations
  • Effectively manage financial matters to ensure accountability and effective risk management

Interested applicants: Please be sure to include SNGREC’s Employment Application Form with your submission.