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New Executive Director

The New Westminster Family Place Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Osiowy as Executive Director.  Come and meet her!

Dana brings to the role an extensive background in not-for-profit management and a deep passion for the mission of Family Place. Dana was previously the Engagement Manager with Vantage Point which has equipped her with a depth of knowledge on capacity building for the not-for-profit sector. She is a former executive director with Big Brothers Big Sisters and before that she worked for Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar, BC. Dana moved to New Westminster in 2015 from the Kootenays and has become a deeply entrenched “New Wester” and loves how community minded and walkable this big-little city is.
Dana’s hire comes after an extensive executive search following the retirement of Marjorie Staal, our long-standing executive director. Marjorie retired in May of this year and our transition followed her 27-year tenure which supported the growth and sustainability of Family Place for three decades. Dana begins August 21, 2017.
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Job Posting – Playroom Assistant

New Westminster Family Place

Playroom Assistant

Position Description

The Playroom Assistant of the New Westminster Family Place works as part of the New West Family Place team under the direction of the Playroom Supervisor. He/she works with the Playroom Supervisor to provide safe, high quality playroom activities for children aged (0-5) and assists with providing a safe stimulating and enjoyable environment for the children. The position reports directly to the Playroom Supervisor.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Preparing the Playroom

Assists with planning and implementation of a full range of age and developmentally appropriate playroom activities in co-operation with the Playroom Supervisor.

Sets up the playrooms for the daily programme and helps tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all toys and equipment are clean and safe. Playroom preparation may include activates such as;

  • making play dough,
  • preparing and serving snacks,
  • changing the art board in the playroom,
  • decorating the playroom and
  • shopping for supplies.

Playroom Programs

  • Maintains an emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment within the drop-in programs.
  • Maintains appropriate health and safety standards within the drop-in programs.
  • Develops and implements the children’s art program.
  • Assists with providing a healthy environment for playroom volunteers.

Administrative Duties related to the Playroom

  • Updates the monthly schedule.
  • Ensures files related to the drop-in program are current.
  • Answers the phone.

Assists with the Toy Lending Library

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Toy Lending Library. This includes;
    • providing advice on play and toy selection,
    • supporting families,
    • supervising volunteers, and
    • managing the toy display.

Families

  • Orients new families to activities within the Playroom.
  • Develops and maintains healthy and professional relationships with families.

Other Duties

  • Works at fund raising events as required.
  • Provides cover for absent colleagues, subject to availability.
  • Undertakes any other duties as assigned by the Playroom Supervisor and/or the Executive Director.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The Playroom Assistant will be thoroughly committed to the Family Place mandate and will have successfully completed:

  • An Early Childhood Education Assistant Certification and/or a combination of education and experience related to early childhood field.
  • Level one of a First-Aid and C.P.R. course.

He/She will have

  • A working knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns affecting children from 0-5 years and their families.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • An ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Basic computer skills.

OTHER:

  • A clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check is required. Valid driver’s licence and use of a vehicle is necessary (regular shopping – weekly). Knowledge of a second language is a definite asset and be able to occasionally work flexible hours.

This is a part time (15 – 20 hours per week) position.

Job Posting – Family Support Worker

New Westminster Family Place

Family Support Worker at Satellite Programs

Position Description

The Family Support Worker’s role is to help children and parents better understand their strengths and needs and to offer assistance in managing challenges. This is accomplished through the provision of support along with information and referral for families at NWFP. The work requires considerable independent judgment and action within the limits of professional practice standards and legislations.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Support

Assist families who are experiencing short or long term problems, by offering practical help and emotional support.

  • Identifies, assesses and co-ordinates the needs of the families.
  • Provides family support to parents.
  • Promotes interest and encourages participation in NWFP program activities.
  • Refers families to other agencies or programs as needed.
  • Communicates families needs to other staff.
  • Co-ordinates and promotes community outreach programs.
  • Provides orientation and oversight of Peer Support Volunteers.

Administration

  • Maintains current resource files on information relevant to the needs of the families.
  • Maintains family records and writes reports as required.

Public and Community Relations

  • Articulates the philosophy and programs of NWFP to the general community.
  • Attends workshops and meetings that are relevant to NWFP.

Other Duties

  • Assists with the set up and take down of program equipment and supplies at each session.
  • Works at fund raising events as required.
  • Provides coverage for absent colleagues, subject to availability.
  • Undertakes any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of a Certificate or Diploma Program in Social Work or a combination of training and experience.

He/She will have

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns affecting families.
  • Experience and awareness of basic early childhood education practices and child development
  • Ability to communicate with others in all formats: written, oral, interpersonal.
  • An ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Physical ability to move playroom equipment and supplies.

OTHER:

A clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check is required. Valid driver’s licence and use of a vehicle is necessary. Knowledge of a second language is a definite asset as is the ability to occasionally work flexible hours.

This is a part time position

Contact us at info@nwfamily.bc.ca