Are you considering a career in Human Services ? Here is your challenge: are you able to support individuals to reach their full potential? Are you able to set boundaries and provide structure in the lives of our residents? Can you provide Christian leadership, and counsel? Are you able to develop support plans, and have good relationships with parents and relatives? Ask yourself, how you can serve as a Christian in this calling?
In our establishments, we aim to have a home-like atmosphere. As staff you will be required to assist the residents in task such as cooking, and cleaning, with their abilities constantly in mind. Dinner and coffee will be shared together and you will join them in attending church. It is important to remember that it is their home, and you are there to support them. You are the role model- staff, not parent, not friend. Yet you need to be caring, supporting and loving. Residents may have behavioural outbursts, and you will need to stay calm, understand their needs, show respect and be professional.
We have one thing in common, we are brothers and sisters in the Lord and we are guided by the word of God in all our actions.
In practical terms, we aim for a staff ratio of 1:4, so in our larger homes we have 2 day staff, 2 night staff. We have a 10 hour day shift and a 14 hour night shift. The night shift includes a good portion of sleep.
We appreciate staff who have a variety of interests, perhaps crafts, music, arts etc. Some of the residents cannot find employment and prolonged staring at a television or computer screen is not something we promote.
In a small organization the staffing opportunities are limited to Support Worker, Team Leader, Home Manager and Executive Director.
The Anchor Association is committed to hire and maintain qualified staff. Staff must be a communicant member of a Canadian Reformed Church, United Reformed Church, American Reformed Church or sister church. A prerequisite for the position is a profound interest in and desire to work with persons who have a disability.
Furthermore staff must:
- have attained the minimum age of 18
- have done profession of faith in a Reformed Christian Church
- have valid CPR and First Aid certification
- have a valid driver’s license and drivers abstract
- have a clearance certificate (Vulnerable Sector)
- be physically and mentally fit
- be willing to abide by all personnel policies
Acceptable field of study:
- Personal Support Worker
- Developmental Service Worker
- Educational Assistant
- Social Service Worker
The Anchor Association is dedicated to assist applicants and current employees with reasonable accommodations as required to compensate for temporary or permanent disabilities. These accommodations, must not interfere with the regular duties of employment as set out in the staff handbook.
Regular duties in a group home will involve physical and mental demands on a daily basis and include:
- frequent bending, stooping, lifting and reaching.
- performing general housekeeping duties.
- providing supervision of residents who have developmental and physical disabilities or mental illness, at times resulting in outbursts and aggressive behaviours.
Accommodation will be provided upon request and a tailored plan can be drawn up in cooperation with the successful candidate. The need for accommodation can be described to us on the application form, or can be discussed in person during a job interview. Where needed, workplace information will be provided in accessible format upon request.
On occasion we accept applicants who have not completed their studies, but are willing to upgrade while employed by the Association. As minimum requirement a grade 12 diploma is required. Persons with experience and/or demonstrated ability to work with individuals who have a disability will be considered for a position even though they have not attained the desired educational standards.
Other experience and educational qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis. We value programs which include courses in counseling, developmental disabilities, aging, employment, behaviour intervention, leisure time, program planning and the like. These programs are very helpful to us as we interact mostly with individuals who need support in daily living skills.
Our pay grid is based on years of experience and training.
Please send a resume to Head Office at bertvangoolen (at) anchor-association.com and ask for our application form which can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you.