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Mothers to be Mentor

Location: Bonnyville Alberta

Posted in: June 8, 2021

The Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (LCFASD) has been providing Diagnostic, Intervention and Prevention of FASD services since 2000. We are known across the province and nationwide for our novel, non-judgmental, supportive services.  

Our Vision: We envision a region with no new FASD births and where currently affected individuals are well supported. 

Our Mission: To establish and ensure that accurate information about FASD, and effective prevention, diagnosis and support services are available in the region. 

About the Mentorship Program: 

The Mothers-to-Be Mentorship Program is a free, non-judgmental, 100% voluntary, mentorship program. The MTB Mentorship program is part the Parent-Child Assistance Program, an evidence-based program whose primary goal is to prevent future births of alcohol and drug exposed children. 

Mentors provide one-on-one support to women to have and raise healthy babies. This program is for women who are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant or who have recently given birth and are using substances and want to make a real, positive change for their future. We meet women “where they are at” and support them in achieving their evolving needs and goals.  

About the Role: 

The MTB Mentor is an outreach position that requires flexibility, ability to manage shifting priorities, and frequent travel. This position supports women from marginalized communities who may have experienced trauma, systemic discrimination, stigma, homelessness and/or poverty. Women accessing the program may have concurrent disorders and/or neurodevelopmental disorders. Mentors are required to provide case management to multiple clients who require support simultaneously. Examples of tasks may including connecting women to appropriate community service providers, supporting women regardless of their personal beliefs or choices using a harm reduction approach. Mentors encourage women to make healthier choices that include their families, partners and other supportive people in their lives and assisting clients in setting realistic goals and working with them to achieve those goals. 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Client Support 
  • Transportation/Travel 
  • Documentation and Reporting 
  • Professional Development & Performance Management  

What you bring to LCFASD: 

Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma. 
  • Minimum three years of direct community-based experience working with high-risk populations. 
  • Must be culturally competent. 
  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining a high degree of confidentiality and setting appropriate professional boundaries. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills, ranging from individual case management to collaborating with community agencies and speak in front of large groups. 
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office including Outlook and Word. 

Assets:

  • Post-secondary education in human services or related field will be considered an asset. 
  • Experience supporting women in a community-based capacity and understanding of issues impacting women who experience poverty, trauma, homelessness, problematic substance use, and/or concurrent disorders. 
  • Experiencing working with First Nation, Inuit or Métis peoples considered an asset. 
  • Experiencing providing emotional support to individuals from a strengths-based approach considered an asset. 
  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles considered an asset. 
  • Knowledge of applying relational theory to client care considered an asset. 
  • Knowledge of FASD will be considered an asset. 
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice principles will be considered an asset. 

Skills:

  • Non-judgmental, open, honest & willingness to learn about diverse cultures and communities. 
  • Creative problem solving skills. 
  • Verbal and written communication. 
  • Advocacy. 
  • Positive role modelling. 
  • Flexibility. 
  • Conflict resolution and/or de-escalation skills. 

Training:

The following training will be considered an asset (training will be provided): 

  • Motivational Interviewing. 
  • CPR/First Aid. 
  • ASIST. 
  • Addictions & Mental Health training considered an asset. 

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Criminal Record Check (with Vulnerable Sector Screening). 
  • Child Intervention Record Check. 
  • A current Class 5 driver’s license, satisfactory driver’s abstract and good insurance history is necessary to be insured by LCFASD, as transportation of clients is required 
  • This position will require driving and use of personal vehicle when the LCFASD vehicle is not available.  
  • Proof of third-party insurance in the amount of 2 million dollars is required. 

Working Conditions:  

Caseload: The MTB Mentor’s caseload is assigned by the Mentor Supervisor. Mentors are required to support the identified needs and goals of Clients throughout their duration in the mentorship program. 

Travel: Mentors will be required to drive long distances to provide client support services, or to transport clients & their children to goal and/or needs related appointments. 

Home and/or Community visits: Mentors will be required to meet clients at their homes or within the community to support them with identified needs and goals.  

Administrative: Complete required case management, LCFASD, PCAP and government reporting in a timely manner. 

Potential for exposure to blood, bodily fluids and/or other communicable diseases 

Possible exposure to clients with behaviours such as inappropriate language, verbal and physical aggression 

Benefits of working with LCFASD: 

Salary range:$44,000 – $49,000 per year  

Schedule: 36.25 hours per week. Overtime may be required. 

LCFASD is a family friendly organization, and our total compensation reflects this: 

  • Three weeks paid vacation (begins immediately). 
  • Paid training and professional development opportunities. 
  • Health and Dental benefits. 
  • Employee Assistance Plan. 
  • Pension plan. 
  • Flexible schedule. 
  • Compensation for use of personal vehicle provided. 

Please send cover letter and resume to: 
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 780-594-9903 
Fax: 780-594-9907 

The LCFASD is committed to promoting equal employment opportunities and diversity in our workforce. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the recruitment process.  

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Phone: 780-594-9905

Fax: 780-594-9907