VAHS Indigenous Early Years (IEY) is seeking one (1) Full Time Family Support Worker. The IEY Child & Family Support Program is a family-centred program and works in partnership with parents and/or caregivers to provide support and intervention to families with children. Although the services are directed towards the child, the Family Support Worker (FSW) provides a variety of support services to the family, which may include peer support, advocacy, parenting skill development, life skills training, and linking the family in the community-based activities/services. This position requires travel, home visits and is expected to juggle a heavy caseload. Work outside of regular office hours may be required.


  • A recognized diploma in the human services fields with a minimum of two years' work experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2 years' work experience with Indigenous people.


  • Working knowledge of Indigenous culture, issues and support services.
  • Well-developed assessment skills, supportive counselling and solid advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach life skills, including home management, budgeting, and time management.
  • Demonstrated punctuality, adaptability, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of Nobody's Perfect Parenting skills, including fathering children and behaviour management, would be an asset.
  • Ability to foster strong relationships with families and community professionals.
  • Working knowledge of local early childhood development/support resources.
  • Knowledge of related practices, principles, and theories and the areas of child welfare and community social services, and a strong understanding of Indigenous issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work within various community settings to provide service, including community centres and neighbourhood houses.
  • Good organization, time and general management skills.
  • Knowledge of group process and facilitation techniques.
  • An ability to work as part of an effective team with other program staff, committee members, community members, and other community professionals.
  • Ability to function independently while managing concurrent tasks and deadlines, often under pressure.
  • Knowledge of the Child, Family, and Community Services Act, related legislation/policies, provincial and other government systems would be an asset for this position.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Valid BC driver's license and access to a safe, reliable vehicle is an asset.


This is a full-time, permanent position (40 hours/week), with the hours generally being from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday, but with some flexibility to deliver programs one evening per week.

This is a BCGEU union position and offers a starting wage of $22.18/hour. Benefits and pension are offered after three months.


Please email your current resume with cover letter to:
Indigenous Child & Family Support Services IEY
Email: [email protected]
Email Subject Line: Family Support Worker

Application deadline: Friday, November 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST