The Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto has an exciting opportunity for a permanent full-time Education Liaison. The successful candidate will be a creative and flexible individual seeking a challenge to work in partnership with colleagues, families and communities, in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Reporting to a Child Protection Supervisor in Child and Youth Services, the primary role of the Education Liaison Worker is to improve educational outcomes for children and youth receiving services from Child Welfare services. The incumbent will coordinate educational supports and provide culturally responsive system navigation support for eligible children and youth, collaborate with educators, Society workers and other key partners. In addition, the incumbent tracks data throughout the year in order to provide an overview and analysis of the specific performance outcomes which have been identified for this role.
This position is in the Bargaining Unit category and the competition is open to everyone internally and externally.
This position is currently located at 2206 Eglinton Avenue. East in Child and Youth Services.
Areas of Responsibilities :
Establishing positive, collaborative working relationships and linkages among Child Welfare, school/school boards/school authorities, and community service providers;
Providing system navigation support for eligible children and youth to access educational services and supports in a culturally responsive and timely manner through the various school boards;
Developing child welfare system capacity to support educational outcomes for eligible children and youth including providing training for Child Welfare staff and caregivers;
Resolving issues that impact student learning, e.g. transitions between schools, suspensions, special education and helping eligible children and youth to receive educational services and supports to help them achieve their educational goals;
Working with school boards to determine student transportation needs and resolving transportation issues between boards to ensure that the youth is able to attend their home school whenever possible;
Providing information and referrals for eligible children and youth to existing educational supports and resources in the school system or the community that address their individual needs and support/reinforce their strengths;
Facilitating the timely exchange of information between schools and Child Welfare including utilizing and providing input as part of the monitoring and evaluation of local Joint Protocols for Student Achievement (JPSA) where they exist;
Leveraging existing resources in the Child Welfare and education system through referrals and collaboration;
Strengthening relationships among school boards, Child Welfare and community partners;
Fostering communication and developing linkages with community agencies/organizations to improve access and mitigate barriers to educational services and supports for eligible children and youth;
Collecting, reporting and analyzing data both internally and to the Ministry;
Co-Chairing the internal Education Committee;
Participating in the OACAS Education Outcomes Committee;
Participating in the Toronto Youth in Extended Care Education Championship Team Committee;
Working in a safe manner in accordance with the Society's Health and Safety Policies and procedures and all relevant legislation;
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education is preferred;
Social Service Worker Diploma or Social Work Degree (B.S.W. or M.S.W.) with a minimum of two years experience in a job of similar capacity, working with the education system including elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools;
Experience and Knowledge:
Local and district School Boards that provide education to children and youth;
Joint Protocol for Student Achievement (JPSA) initiative that encourages the coordination of educational supports between societies, school boards, and community partners;
Section 23 Programs and the Special Education Systems;
Case management procedures, responsibilities and the ability to deliver these within an integrated service delivery model;
Proven experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all administration, staff, students, outside agencies, and the community exercising excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Demonstrated understanding of the concepts of ARAO: Power, Privilege, Oppression, and Social location and ability to demonstrate in practice how social location/identities impact interactions with service users/colleagues;
Knowledge of community networks and resources and working directly with marginalized communities;
Demonstrated organizational, research and analytical skills;
Mediation, interpersonal, oral and written communication and computer skills to fulfill a range of responsibilities;
Ability to work independently with minimal on-site supervision demonstrating sound judgement and decision-making skills to ensure quality of work meets expected standards;
Ability to prioritize multiple demands and effectively manage time;
Effective problem solving, advocacy and assessment skills;
Ability to develop and implement program plans and organize activities as required;
Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation and provide reports internally and to the Ministry;
Ability to work in a team oriented, collaborative environment.
Child Protection experience;
Experience in case management and/or consultative services.
The successful candidate will be licensed to drive in Ontario and is required to be the principal driver of a vehicle for use on Society business.
Salary: $66,095.41 - $80,129.36
File #20-026 - Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than the closing date at 11:59 p.m.
Internal Closing Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
External Closing Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
We appreciate all applications received. All communications will be held in strict and professional confidence. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their submissions.
Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism at CCAS
CCAS is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the City of Toronto and strongly encourages application from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas.
Accommodation at CCAS
We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department at 416-395-1500. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.