Social Worker - Housing

35 hours work week | potential evenings |  12 month contract 

$69,000 – $92,000 based on experience and credentials

 

Jewish Family and Child Service is a multi-service, client-centered agency, and a Children’s Aid Society supporting the healthy development of individuals, children, and families. JF&CS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including dental, vision, and health coverage, a Healthcare Spending Account, and a defined benefit pension plan. We offer ample vacation and sick days and are closed on most Jewish and all Statutory holidays. We are conveniently located at 4600 Bathurst Street. On the premises, you will find free parking, a daycare centre and a gym (with subsidized membership). 

Due to the current pandemic environment, this position is currently working remotely.

 

We are seeking a Social Worker – Housing to provide services related to accessing safe and affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. The successful candidate will provide support and counseling to clients to help them develop life skills, social skills, and other competencies that will enable them to secure and maintain housing, as well as introduce clients to a variety of available affordable housing options.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual, family, or group housing related counselling to clients using a range of appropriate methodologies and techniques to best meet client needs.

  • Develop ongoing referral relationships within relevant community service providers and social services systems.

  • Carry a caseload of clients with issues related to, housing and mental health.

  • Formulate and develop appropriate housing and intervention plans.

  • Acquire and maintain an up to date knowledge of community and government resources and changes which would affect Agency clients in particular related to housing.

  • Liaise with other agencies focusing on issues of homelessness.

  • Assist clients to gain an understanding of issues involved in gaining and maintaining housing so that they do not become homeless. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • BSW or MSW

  • Registered member of OCSWSSW in good standing

  • 2-3 years of experience in assessment and client service delivery

  • A degree of fluency in the area of landlord/tenant disputes

  • Fluency with housing and utilities assistance programs

  • Familiarity with Housing First and other homelessness prevention theories

  • An understanding of adult mental health and effectively providing support

  • Knowledge of community needs and resources

  • Ability to establish rapport, credibility and build strong relationships with clients and colleagues

  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

  • Comprehension of French or another language reflecting the local community will be considered an asset

 

Jewish Family and Child Service is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. Accommodations during all phases of the hire process will be made wherever possible. Please advise us if any such accommodations are required. We thank all applicants for their application and interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.