Family Counsellor/Program Supervisor

Location – Burns Lake

(Permanent Full-Time)


This is an MCFD family mandated program. The successful candidate will develop, implement and evaluate family based intervention plans, and work closely with MCFD with the primary priority to keep families together where possible. This role must bring a strong focus on strength-based family systems and attachment based counselling support, in order to promote a safe and healthy living environment for the child(ren). The successful candidate will supervise the day-to-day operations of the program and team, provide clinical observation, assessment and reports. This position is required to work flexible hours. Travel is also a requirement and will include travelling in winter road conditions. The successful candidate is required to be flexible, and possess the ability to work in a stressful environment, often dealing with families working through difficult situations.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, or a related field
  • Three years related experience in delivery of services specific to families, children and youth
  • Previous supervisory experience is required

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good knowledge of related community services and resources
  • Excellent knowledge of trauma informed practice, attachment, and positive family functioning
  • Good knowledge of the current Family Law Act
  • Ability to complete family assessemnts, goal setting and service plans, therapeutic planning and interventions, as well as transition planning
  • Teach and model parenting skills, problem solving, healthy communication, and strategies to enhance family functioning
  • Provide strength-based family systems and attachment-based counselling and support
  • Provide culturally agile services
  • Participate in Integrated Case Management meetings relevant to the referred family(ies)
  • Facilitate and support the family in attending appointments with MCFD staff and/or other community support services involved, for the purpose of addressing need and supporting change
  • Support the child, youth and caregiver(s) through transition planning, to affect a successful return to the family home
  • Provide services which are goal oriented, time limited, and comprehensive
  • Superior ability to interact effectively with and support children and family
  • Ability to work with or without supervision
  • Strong communication, data collection, observation, file notes, and written report skills
  • Ability to obtain and to maintain satisfactory criminal record and vulnerable sector search
  • You must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence, with a clear diver’s abstract, and a vehicle in good working condition

Salary Range:

$24.78 – 28.86 (collective agreement)

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday; Tuesday – Saturday; Wednesday – Sunday, rotating flex-schedule within the guidelines of the BCGEU current collective agreement

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume by noon May 24, 2016 to Tamara Bjorgan, Community, Women’s Services Manager, in person or by email:


To deliver cover letter and resume in person:

Tamara Bjorgan

Women’s Services Manager

Burns Lake Elizabeth Fry Office

347 Hwy 16

Burns Lake, BC

(250) 692-7559


Mailing Address:

Tamara Bjorgan

Burns Lake Elizabeth Fry Office

Box 316

Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0


This is a Union position.

As per the collective agreement, qualified internal candidates will be considered and interviewed prior to external candidates. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.