Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

Job Position: Education Liaison

  • Application Deadline: 25th August 2022
  • Employment Type: Part time
  • Location(s): Hamilton
  • Compensation: $47,277.00 to $66,524.00 per year
  • How to Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to hr@hamiltonccas.on.ca
    or submit them using the Apply button below.

Required Qualifications:

• Post-secondary degree.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience working from an educational framework with children and youth.
• Knowledge and commitment to anti-oppressive/anti-racist philosophy and advancing equity within child welfare
• Knowledge of The Education Act and special education services is required.
• Strong knowledge of the current educational system and child welfare system.
• Demonstrated understanding of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.
• Bilingual French/English is an asset.
• Excellent communication, relationship building, and negotiating skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Demonstrated understanding of the current educational barriers that exist for youth.
• Ability to problem solve.
• Demonstrates a commitment to, and work ethic in leadership and role models behaviours that demonstrates the Mission and Vision of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.
• Respectful and compassionate demeanor.
• Computer literate with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft office and proprietary child welfare systems and programs.
• Able to affirm and integrate in the delivery of services the Society values which reflect the Agency’s Catholic faith, heritage, culture and traditions.
• Bondable with acceptable police clearance, and satisfactory provincial records search.
• Valid Ontario Driver’s license and acceptable drivers abstract; including access to a reliable motor vehicle.
• Required documentation includes police clearance, and satisfactory provincial records search

Key Responsibilities:

• Provide supports to improve the educational outcomes of children and youth in care, in customary care, in a Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA), or receiving voluntary or court-ordered services from a Child Welfare Authority.
• Resolve issues that impact eligible children and youth’s learning, and strengthen relationships amongst Children Aid Societies, schools, First Nations school authorities and community partners in order to improve the educational outcomes of eligible children and youth.
• Assists staff in locating and implementing appropriate community services and supports in order to meet the educational needs of children.
• Coordinates, and acts as a navigator for eligible children and youth within the school system and help to resolve issues that impact student learning (e.g. transitions between schools, suspensions, special education), and help eligible children and youth to receive educational services and supports to help them achieve the educational goals that are relevant to them.
• Work with the Society and school board to address student transportation needs.
• Facilitate access for eligible children and youth to existing educational supports and resources in the school system or the community by providing information and referrals for individual eligible children and youth that address individual needs and support/reinforce strengths.
• Leverage existing resources in the child welfare and education systems through referrals and collaborations (e.g. Crown Ward Education Championship Teams).
• Foster communication and linkages with community agencies/organizations to improve access and mitigate barriers to educational services and supports for eligible children and youth.
• Build system capacity among society and educational staff on how to better meet the educational needs of eligible children and youth.
• Meet with eligible children and youth and supporting adults (e.g. caregivers, teachers, counsellors, case workers), which may occur in educational or community based settings.
• Acts as a liaison between agency staff and schools when required.
• Strengthens relationships between the agency, respective school boards and community partners.
• Represents the agency in meetings with community partners to develop required initiatives to expand the educational outcomes for children.
• Identifies gaps which prevent children from having their educational needs met.
• Provides guidance and support to increase the knowledge and skills of Society staff and caregivers on how better to meet the educational needs of children and youth.
• Facilitate timely exchange of information between schools and the Society in accordance with the Joint Protocol for Student Achievement (JPSA).
• Provide training to child welfare staff on the JPSA.
• Maintains service statistics.
• Acts as a resource person for child protection staff with regard to educational matters.
• Informs staff of educational opportunities available within the community.
• Services of the Education Liaison will be:
o Reflective of, and responsive to, the needs of eligible children and youth.
o Accountable to children and youth served and to their communities.
o Responsive to the social, linguistic and cultural diversity of eligible children and youth.
o Culturally responsive to the needs of a diverse population of youth (e.g. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, and racialized children and youth).
o Staffed by individuals with the appropriate skills and abilities necessary to respond effectively to the educational needs of children and youth. This includes knowledge of Ontario’s education system and connections to the education sector.
o Based on the assessed needs and preferences of the eligible children and youth who receive services, and available Society, community and contracted Ministry resources.
• Coordinates work with supervisor, and follows the direction of the supervisor after consultation when required.
• Completes mandatory training and participates in ongoing agency training.
• Demonstrates leadership and a commitment to the principles of anti-oppressive practices and anti-racism based on justice, fairness, equity, respect of the beliefs and traditions of others.
• Complies with agency Health and Safety policies and the Ontario Health and Safety Act, and regulations.
• Committed to the Society’s mission and vision.
• Performs other duties as may be assigned.

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About Our Company:

Guided by Catholic values and teachings, we serve children and youth within the Hamilton community by protecting their safety and well-being, strengthening their families and nurturing lifelong relationships.

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Hamilton and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas.