Internal/External
Full-time/Permanent
Location: Midland or Barrie, Ontario
Remote Work: Flexible (both in-office and remote-work required)
Closes: 
March 31, 2023

All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.

What We Offer

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary

Further, permanent employees benefit from:

  • Comprehensive employer-paid health benefits,
  • Pension plan,
  • 10 days’ vacation to start,
  • Annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January,
  • 16 paid public and employer holidays,
  • Early closures on long weekends,
  • 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave),
  • Employee Assistance Plan, and
  • Telemedicine plan.
  • Preferred membership pricing at Goodlife gyms.

The Role

The purpose of this position is to provide unbiased, family mediation support for Métis children, youth and families in the child welfare system who are also interacting (or may be at risk of interacting) with the justice system in Ontario. The Family Mediation Court Worker (referred to hereafter as the Worker) will provide system navigation guidance and support to families at various and critical junctures in their journey; these include: preventative support, preparation support, court support and post-sentencing and planning support.

  • Addressing the need for preventative support by:
    • Increasing the knowledge base for Métis Family Wellbeing staff and community partners (including Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child Wellbeing Agencies);
    • Increasing / establishing the knowledge base of Métis and families and building resilience;
  • Addressing the need for preparation support by:
    • Increasing the knowledge base of Métis families about court proceedings / expectations;
    • Identifying complementary supports / services that may be utilized by families preparing for court proceedings;
    • Obtaining necessary information from community partners to promoted informed family preparations;
  • Addressing the need for court support by:
    • Increasing the knowledge base of judges;
    • Increasing the safety and comfort of families who are participating in court proceedings;
    • Decreasing barriers to legal support; and,
  • Addressing the need for Post-sentencing and planning support by:
    • Supporting families understand post-court requirements and conditions, set goals, make informed decisions and prevent recidivism.

The successful candidate will be based in MNO’s Region 7 area in a hybrid role (more specifically, servicing the areas from Barrie to Penetanguishene and Midland) which is home to many MNO citizens; reasonable need for this service is apparent here and given the available budget, it is a great point of departure for this role (as a pilot project). The intent is that the reach of the Worker will be province wide as their role includes building the capacity of and supporting MNO’s Métis Family Wellbeing team (who are situated province wide) and currently support families in various advocacy roles.

The candidate must have knowledge of:

  • The Ontario Child, Youth & Family Services Act (CYFSA); more specifically, the FNIM specific content and regulations;

It is preferred that the candidate have knowledge of:

  • The Ontario, Indigenous Child & Youth Strategy (OICYS);
  • Ontario’s Child Welfare Re-Design Plan; and,
  • Knowledge of the Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) and other relevant processes.

The purpose of including these criteria is to build the capacity of MNO’s existing program staff – most notably the Métis Family Wellbeing team who are at the frontlines with respect to service provision for families who are involved with the child welfare system. While their backgrounds are primarily in the field of social work; they continue to receive requests for support specific to justice system navigation. The Family Mediation Worker will be an asset to the team and a much needed support to build on MNO’s existing tool box for Métis Child, Youth & Family services provision.

This is a determinate contract position with committed funding until March 31st 2024; there is a possibility of extension (pursuant to funding).

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of the Ontario Child, Youth & Family Services Act (CYFSA); more specifically, the FNIM content and regulations;
  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture;
  • Completion of post-secondary education in the areas of social work, law, social sciences, humanities or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge of Métis-specific and broader indigenous specific policies and key challenges as related to the Ontario Child Welfare system;
  • A high degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment and Zoom / Microsoft Teams software;
  • Advanced communications skills, both written and verbal;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Strong project management skills, including the design and implementation of project work-plans;
  • Superior conflict resolution, organization and administrative skills;
  • Highly detail-oriented;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands and assess changing priorities;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess situations and problem-solve independently; and,
  • Demonstrated ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision. and;
  • Willingness to travel (safe, COVID-19 considerations or exemptions will be made as required).

Qualifications

  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
  • Demonstrated experience in a related field; with at least 2 years’ experience in a similar/comparable role (combination of education and experience may be considered).

Preferred:

  • Experience navigating court / mediation proceedings on behalf of FNIM communities interacting with the child welfare system.
  • Bilingual; and / or,
  • Métis citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of the Ontario, Indigenous Child & Youth Strategy (OICYS);
  • Knowledge of Ontario’s Child Welfare Re-Design Plan;
  • Knowledge of the Child & Family Services Review Board (CFSRV) and other relevant mediation processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate public speaking engagements, presentations and trainings;
  • Previous experience working with Métis communities (or knowledge / experience of Métis culture);
  • Previous experience working within a trauma-informed care setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality evidence and data-based reports and professional presentations;
  • Demonstrated ability in policy and program development and evaluation;
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand knowledge and to be flexible in a demanding and dynamic environment; and,
  • Previous experience dealing with confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage project deliverables using project management software or other processes.

All positions at the MNO may require the following:

  1. Completion and maintenance of Vulnerable Sector Verification
  2. A reliable vehicle (or ability to rent), driver’s licence,
  3. Flexibility to work extended hours as necessary
  4. Ability to occasionally travel within Ontario for limited periods of time

Who We Are

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.

The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Community Wellbeing; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.

AODA Statement

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.

Please email humanresources@metisnation.org if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption.  This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.

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