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Join our team and make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families in BC!

Our head office is located in Burnaby, British Columbia, and we have several regional locations across the province. AFABC is an equal opportunity employer and a family-friendly and flexible place to work. Check out our work opportunities below!

A cover letter and resume can be emailed to hiring individuals on each profile.

Current openings

Adoption Key Worker
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Online Course Facilitator

Communications and graphic design contractors

Adoption Key Worker - South Island

Job Description

This regular part-timeposition working 21-24 hrs/week coordinates all AFABC family pre- and post-adoption support activities, as well as recruitment and community engagement activities and services within the South Island Region (Capital region and Duncan). Services are focused primarily on MCFD families. Regular activities may include liaising with MCFD staff, coordinating volunteers and overseeing the development and implementation of information, education, social and support programs as well as coordinating all incoming requests for information on the adoption process in BC and community events. This is a home-based position, but some travel within the region and to the Mainland will be required.

Responsibilities

  • Engage the adoption community network through a range of activities focused on information, education, and support for families and individuals touched by adoption.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement a variety of education, public awareness and recruitment programs and activities within the region as per the Service Plan.
  • Provide information, resources, phone, online and in-person support services to prospective and adoptive families in all stages of adoption, from pre-adoption through to parenting years.
  • Receive and follow up with clients from the AdoptBCKids Program and/or AFABC members.
  • Coordinate incoming requests for information on the adoption process in BC, as well as community events.
  • Act as a link between AFABC’s main office and communities and families throughout the province.
  • Effectively manage program reporting and evaluations in a timely manner using CiviCRM database.
  • Liaise with MCFD staff and other related agencies in the development and implementation of programs and services.
  • Assist with community needs assessments to identify prospective and adoptive families’ needs.
  • Develop and maintain a volunteer resource network in the region.
  • Coordinate AFABC or community panel speakers for outside requests from MCFD, agencies, related organizations and community organization and partners.
  • Coordinate community events for adoptive families such as picnics, potlucks, skating or swimming parties.
  • Promote and develop community partnerships and networks with community adoption workers, adoption agencies, government ministries, community service. agencies, public health, medical professionals, Indigenous, guardianship and other related groups and organizations.
  • Participate in organizational development activities such as accreditation, committee work, etc. as required.
  • Provide support to financial development as required.
  • Actively engage in professional development.
  • Other duties as directed.

Education & Experience

  • Diploma or degree in Social Services, Family Services, Community development or related field combined with 4 years related experience coordinating adoption, social service or related programs or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience with public speaking.
  • Experience with program development and event planning.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of types of peer support and demonstrated ability to facilitate groups as well as ability to provide one-to-one support.
  • Knowledge of adoption, child welfare, Indigenous cultures, child and adolescent development and issues facing children and families with special needs.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion, sensitivity and mature judgment.
  • Knowledge of culturally competent practice reflective of the diversity of the population served.
  • Strong working knowledge of Office Suite.
  • Strong working knowledge of social networking tools and strategies.
  • Knowledge of volunteer development and cycle, as well as demonstrated ability to engage volunteers effectively.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License.
  • Home office facilities.

Criminal Record Check and current Basic First Aid Certification required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience no later than Friday, August 11thto hiringcommittee@bcadoption.com c/o Taryn Danford.

For more information, call Taryn at 1-604-566-8126.

Thank you for your interest but please note that only qualified candidates considered for this position will be contacted.

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Reporting to the Education and Youth Services Manager, this 28 hour/week position will plan, organize and facilitate youth engagement and development activities and the development of "youth friendly" resources about teen adoption and permanence.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, and facilitate youth group sessions, events, meetings, and life skills workshops
  • Plan and organize opportunities for group members to present to other youth, professionals, and prospective and adoptive parents
  • Plan and organize for the development of "youth friendly" communications including website, newsletter, podcasts, and social networking information materials and other resources for the program as indicated
  • Coordinate the maintenance of the program's website and social media content and presence
  • Coordinate and administer AFABC's bursary program for youth
  • Write reports and design work plans, as per the requirements of the project
  • Maintain confidentiality as per Codes of Conduct and Privacy Standards.
  • Other duties, as assigned and required by the program.

Educational/Professional Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care or related discipline plus 6 months of related experience; Or
  • Completion of a Diploma in Child and Youth Care or related discipline plus 12 months of related experience; Or
  • Completion of a Certificate in Child and Youth Care or related discipline plus 18 months related experience.

Experience/Skill Requirements

  • Experience in planning, organizing, and facilitating youth sessions, events and meetings.
  • Knowledge of or experience in working with youth in care and/or youth adoptees.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion, sensitivity and mature judgment.
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in facilitating youth voice using newsletters, social media, brochures, posters, videos, and podcast
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours.
  • Valid BC Driver's License.
  • Criminal Record Check and current Basic First Aid Certification required.

Please send your Cover Letter and Resume to hiringcommittee@bcadoption.com, detailing your experience no later than Friday, July 21. Please use the subject title 'Youth Engagement Coordinator'.

We will be reviewing applications as they come in, so don't wait to apply. We thank all candidates for your interest, but only those selected for a screening interview will be contacted. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Online Course Facilitator

The AEP Online Facilitator is responsible for facilitation of the online courses, which may include the Adoption Education Program Online (AEP-Online) and Adopting Teens and Tweens.

Responsibilities

  • Teaching material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned course schedule.
  • Motivating participants to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process, including but not limited to threaded class discussions, outside assignments/projects, research, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Maintaining online asynchronous communication with participants (and synchronous if appropriate) in online discussions, to assist them in achieving completion objectives.
  • Responding in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions and AFABC and its partners, inquiries within one to two business days.
  • Providing regular, accurate, and timely participant-specific assistance, feedback and support to participants relative to their performance.
  • Keeping archives of participant work and correspondence (if necessary), and maintaining and reporting all participation, evaluations/grades as appropriate.
  • Communicating with participants and AFABC staff by email and telephone as needed.
  • Openly communicating with AFABC staff regarding course and participant-related problems and concerns.
  • Being knowledgeable about the job requirements by adhering to the Online Facilitator’s Manual.
  • Must conduct online office hours ( 1 – 2 hrs/per week)
  • Must attend and complete all training sessions

Administration/General

  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date statistics and records as required
  • Other duties as required

Education and Experience Required

  • Master’s degree in social work and two years related experience OR a Bachelor’s degree in social work and four years related experience.
  • Must either be a registered social worker or eligible to be registered. 
  • Experience as an adoptive parent or worker is preferred.
  • Experience in taking, teaching, or developing an online course, or highly competent in integrating online learning into the traditional curriculum.
  • Experience and proficiency with Moodle (or similar online learning platform) is desired.
  • Must have education or training in the delivery of adult education.
  • Must be familiar with adoption process & foster care system in British Columbia.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to effectively utilize and adapt to new online technologies
  • Knowledge of online learning strategies and environments such as Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate, etc.
  • Knowledge of child/ adolescent development, special needs, and mental health and the impacts of trauma, foster care, institutionalization and adoption on child development
  • Knowledge of international and local adoption practices
  • Online group facilitation skills
  • Able to work with subject matter experts to develop courses
  • E-learning curriculum development
  • Proficient in using email, managing files, recording and reporting grades electronically, and using computer applications including word processors and spreadsheets.
  • Works independently with little direct supervision.
  • Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to comply with policies and procedures regarding privacy, confidentiality;
  • Knowledge of adoption and child welfare issues.

Other

  • Criminal Record Check

Special Conditions of Employment

  • Facilitators must provide their own hardware (PC or Mac), software, and Internet service. The AFABC is not responsible for the purchase, upgrade, or maintenance or online instructor’s telephone, computer, and Internet service.
  • Must have minimum required computer configurations and a reliable high-speed Internet connection
  • Contracted position.

Note

  • Training has to be successfully completed to become an on-call contract facilitator for our online courses.
  • Completion of training does not guarantee a contract.
  • Training will start late-January/early February, dates TBC based on number of applicants.

Application

Please send your Cover Letter and Resume, detailing your experience to hiringcommittee@bcadoption.com. Prior contact and criminal record checks are required.

We will be reviewing applications as they come in, so don't wait to apply.  We thank all candidates for your interest, but only those selected for a screening interview will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Communications and graphic design contractors

The Adoptive Families Association of BC is publishing a Call for Expression of Interest for communications and graphic design services for the period of 2017-19. The list of contractors will be consulted by the organization for projects in the next two years.

The services
AFABC invites communications and graphic design professionals to put themselves forward as candidates for future contracts involving multi-media design including video, image, web, and print. The ability to write, create, edit, and publish digital content and to build and align with corporate brand standards is essential. Candidates must be familiar with content writing for online and print, Adobe Creative Suite, social media platforms. Candidates with experience producing and editing video are also encouraged to apply. An understanding of design as it relates to online learning environments would be helpful.

Submitting an application
Potential applicants are asked to submit a letter outlining their qualifications, experience, and at least three samples of their work. Applications should be sent to:

Mary Caros
Manager, Communications
Adoptive Families Association of BC
mcaros@bcadoption.com
 
Please contact Mary Caros for further information: mcaros@bcadoption.com or 604-320-7330 ext. 150.

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