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Family Development Worker

Location: Courtenay
Start Date:
Salary: $18.31 based on CVFSA Wage grid
Hours: per week

  1. Comox Valley Family Services Association

Internal/External Job Posting

Position Title:              FAMILY DEVELOPMENT WORKER


 Position(s):  1)  Permanent after 6 months probationary period:  35 hours per week

                     2)  Contract: 21 hours per week for 6 months

 Closing Date of Posting: Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

 Start date: October 2014

 Wage: $18.31 per hour - wage grid with increments

 Benefits after successful 6 month probationary period

 Education: Minimum of Social Service Diploma i.e. Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma or Human Services Diploma. Degree in Social Services preferred.  Two years recent experience in child and/or youth work, social work, or a related field.

Hours can include occasional evening and/or weekend work.  Criminal record check, driving record check (abstract).  Own reliable transportation, valid driver's license; travel expenses paid by employer.  Work in community and client's home.

 Apply to:            

                                    1415 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6

                                     Fax: (250) 338-2343



Benchmark Title                    FAMILY DEVELOPMENT WORKER

Job Summary                        

Family Development workers work to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of vulnerable children and adolescents and their families. Develops and implements service plans within program guidelines. Provides referral information to community resources. Offer assistance, support, guidance, and problem solving to clients to address a variety of challenges and issues.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Manages a variety of cases; children, youth and parent(s), short and long term, depending on qualifications.

2. Gathers information relevant to the client’s problems, needs and risks by interviewing, observing behaviour, meeting with client, caregivers and service providers. Uses a variety of methods to assess the information gathered to identify client problems, needs and risks.  Develops and implements individual service plan within program and accreditation guidelines.

3. Provides support, guidance and problem-solving to clients to address issues related to family functioning in an individual or group setting using techniques such as active listening, conflict resolution, basic group techniques and psycho-educational group methods to resolve the identified problems, needs and risks.

4. Participates in the development, modification and evaluation of client service plans.

5. Outlines services provided by the program and/or organization.

6. Provides information on and referral to other community service providers, resources and professionals as required.

7. Provides skill-building to clients such as life skills and social skills; models appropriate behaviour.

8. Provides emotional support and feedback to clients.

9. Workers to be familiar with the theory of developmental, educational, emotional, social and recreational needs of young people as well as family systems.

10.  May plan and conduct group educational sessions on topics related to family functioning.

11.  Liaises with and/or promotes the interests of clients with other community service providers, professionals and school personnel as required. 

12.  Accompanies clients to meetings and appointments as required.

13.  Maintains related records and statistics and provides reports to the supervisor.

14.  Encourages positive interactions during supervised visits so that the child/youth’s health and safety are protected.

15.  Maintains awareness of any problems (medical, behavioural or other) experienced by the client and informs supervisor.

16.  Provides crisis intervention and support to youth and/or family when required.

17.  Provides engagement, assessment and referral as appropriate to the circumstances of the client.

18.  Maintains accurate records, prepares reports, and attends meetings as required by Comox Valley Family Services Association (CVFSA).

19.  Offers and receives support to and from co-workers as part of a team providing integrated, holistic services.  Represents the agency in the community when required, and maintains healthy relationships with other helping organizations and the community at large.

20.  Performs other related duties as required.


Education and knowledge – Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Child and Youth, Psychology or a related field Bachelor’s degree in a related human / social service field. May consider an equivalent combination of education, training and experience; with a minimum of diploma level in human social service field

 Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Conflict resolution
  • Organization, time and general management skills
  • Written and computer skills
  • Ability to work effectively with children, youth, families, community professionals
  • Ability to work with a high degree of self reliance, under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Demonstrates a level of cultural sensitivity and understanding of the client population cultural and socio-economic characteristics.
  • Have the ability to form a mutually respectful partnership with persons served and their families in which they are helped to gain skills and confidence to address any issues and problems they face.
  • Accepts the differences he or she will find among his or her clients and their socioeconomic status
  • Acceptance of clients’ rights to self-determination and individuality and must not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, language, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, socio-economic status, political affiliations, or national ancestry.
  • Positive conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
  • Ability to work respectfully in partnership with other team members, including referring authorities.
  • Ability to set limits and maintain the helping role for the practitioner and to intervene appropriately to meet the needs of the persons served or other family members.
  • Recognize the value of a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person.
  • Ability to recognize persons with special needs and make appropriate referrals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain trusting relationships and the ability to handle rejection.
  • Basic computer and Internet skills.

Other position requirements

  • Successful reference, annual checks including RCMP and Attorney General checks.
  • Worker must have a valid driver’s licence and safe, successful drivers abstract, reliable transportation, and must be able to obtain appropriate insurance as per agency policy. 
  • Employee must have and maintain Occupational First Aid, Level 1.
  • The worker will follow all CVFSA policies, including but not limited to code of conduct, confidentiality, respectful workplace, gossip and rumors, health and safety; bullying and harassment.  The worker will also abide by the relevant rules and regulations set out by the Ministry for Children and Family Development; Duty to Report.


CVFSA welcomes applications from all qualified applicants including but not limited by those of any sex, race, gender, orientation, or disability. Multilingual, multicultural, Aboriginal/First Nations and Métis competencies are assets.   

Failure to follow CVFSA policy and procedures could result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.

 Employee Name: _________________________________________________________

 Signature: _________________________________Date: _________________________

 Program Manager or designate: ________________________________________________________

 Signature: _________________________________Date: _________________________


Apply with cover letter:

Executive Director
Comox Valley Family Services Association
1415 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6
Fax: 250-338-2343

We encourage and support equal employment opportunities for all applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or other characteristics unrelated to the skills and abilities required for job performance


Comox Valley Family Services Board Of Directors Volunteer Position

Location: Courtenay
Start Date:
Salary: Volunteer
Hours: per week

Comox Valley Family Services Association (CVFSA) is a multi-service non-profit society serving children, youth & families in the Comox Valley and outlying areas.  The Board is Directors is accepting applications  vacancies.  The CVFSA Board governs in a strategic manner with an emphasis on long-range vision, proactive leadership on key issues, and policy development that defines and guides the ongoing work of the association.  As a Director at Large, you are responsible to promote the agency’s philosophy and principles.  A detailed job description is available at  Please direct inquiries to Mike Harris



Board of Director’s

Job Description

Position Description:    Board of Director’s

Governing Style:

The Comox Valley Family Services Association Board of Directors (the Board) will govern in a strategic manner that emphasizes long-range vision, proactive leadership on key issues, and policy development that will define and guide the ongoing work of the association.


The Board is the legal authority for the Comox Valley Family Services Association (CVFSA) as outlined in the Association’s By-Laws. As a member of the

Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the broader community and members of the CVFSA and is responsible for the effective governance of the association.


The Board of Directors:

1. Promotes the philosophy and principles of CVFSA. 

2. Formulates, reviews and approves policy directions for the Association.

3. Develops, reviews and revises the Strategic Plan on an annual basis.

4. Approves the annual work plan to ensure that it meets the Key Issues and Strategic Directions of the Strategic Plan.

5. Monitors the financial position of the association and approves the annual budget.

6. Hires and evaluates the Executive Director.

7. Makes decisions based on recommendations from Board Committees.

8. Evaluates Board performance annually.

9. Is responsible for the ongoing sustainability of the association.


Board members are expected to:

1. Be a member in good standing of CVFSA.

2. Act in the best interest of the association. The Board works using a consensus model where possible.

3. Participate on Board committees and/or Task Groups.

4. Abide by the By-Laws and the various policies and procedures of the association.

5. Attend meetings and activities of the Board and Board committees unless inhibited to do so by significant circumstances, in which case they are expected to contact the Board President or Committee Chair and, if possible, find other ways to contribute to the key discussions.

6. Be prepared to participate in the discussions and deliberations of the Board and applicable committees.

7. Respect and adhere to the CVFSA Confidentiality Statement.

8. Respect and adhere to the CVFSA Conflict of Interest Policy.


Ideally, the members of the Board will:

1. Be familiar with the Association, including its mission and structure.

2. Support the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the association.

3. Prepared to commit 2-3 hours per month, plus 2-3 days a year for strategic planning and board development.

5. Have strong communication skills.

6. Be able to work as a part of a team

7. Be knowledgeable about and with skills in one or more of the following areas:  business administration, financial management, policy development, planning, fund raising and development, government relations, public relations, community development.

Additional assets would include:

1. Previous experience on a not-for-profit Board of Directors.

2. Good written and oral skills.

3. A sense of humour and patience.


Apply with cover letter:

Board President
c/o Comox Valley Family Services Association
1415 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6
Phone: 250-338-7575 ext. 227 Fax: 250-338-2343





Apply with cover letter:

Executive Director
Comox Valley Family Services Association
1415 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6
Fax: 250-338-2343

We encourage and support equal employment opportunities for all applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or other characteristics unrelated to the skills and abilities required for job performance