Full Time Behaviour Support Worker- 12 month Contract

Full Time Behaviour Support Worker- 12 month Contract

St. Thomas and London, ON 

About Indwell: We are a Christian not-for-profit charity that creates affordable housing communities and supportive programs for people seeking health, wellness, and belonging.  Founded in 1974, we continue to grow and thrive to build high quality housing and inclusive living.  Our belief is that every employee is a leader contributing to transform lives through HOPE and HOMES.  Being a part of our amazing team you will be fulfilled working together with others who are genuinely invested in Indwell's mission to serve people impacted by poverty and homelessness. To learn more, go to:  indwell.ca/our-model 

What our Tenants say:  

  • "Staff are here for me and always have their doors open. I've started medication that is helping me, and I'm in a space where I can be at home.”
  • "Living at Indwell has been teaching me to do things like how to get along better with people, be a better person, and trust people and let people do and say what they want."  
  • "An affordable rent.  It’s huge, it’s huge. It means I can eat properly. And that helps my physical and mental health."   

Job Summary: The Behaviour Support Worker promotes positive behaviours and supports health, wellness and belonging for the 15 residents at Indwell’s Railway City Lofts Program in St.Thomas, Ontario. They will participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team supporting the therapeutic rehabilitation and care for individuals within the program with a specific focus on assessments and interventions related to behaviours. This is a specialized housing program serving individuals who have experienced long term housing instability and/or long stay hospitalizations. They will also occasionally support Indwell’s two London Programs (Woodfield Gate and Embassy Commons) with behaviour therapy assessments and interventions.  

Hours of Work:  Full time contract for approximately 12 months- 40 hours per week. Flexibility is required to meet program needs, including public holidays.  Participation in the shared 24/7 on-call schedule is required. This position requires travel between St. Thomas and London Indwell.    

Duties For This Position Include: 

Interdisciplinary teamwork

    • Crucial to housing stability and health, wellness and belonging of our residents, is the ability of our staff members to work collaboratively with each discipline to offer support.
    • Support staff in responding to resident or tenant behaviours, provide reinforcement or redirection when necessary; may also include ensuring consistency of behaviour tracking
    • Debrief with staff after behaviour occurrences and check in with previous shift regarding behaviours and debrief as needed
    • Analyze data to determine if new Behaviour Intervention Plans or adjustments are needed
    • Demonstrate positive relationships within the Indwell team and promote the vision, mission and values of Indwell within the workplace and community
    • Keep apprised of new research and developments relevant to behaviour therapy, through workshops, journals, websites, and literature. Transfer knowledge back to the team and tenants in the most effective manner available
    • Use appropriate procedures when responding to emergency situations
    • Ensure your own health & safety, that of tenants and co-workers by adhering to health & safety standards
    • Complete required safety checks and inspections as assigned
    • Attend and participate in all required training to maintain and develop new skills

  • Relationship building

    • Building long-term therapeutic relationships with residents or tenants, using a harm reduction approach, supporting trauma informed care, and promoting hope and trust.
    • Develop, contribute to, and carry out individual tenant support plans, including any relevant assessment tools, or external referrals
    • Developing and facilitating relevant individual or group programming
    • Reinforcing tenants’ life skills, including spiritual, social, coping, and daily living skills.

  • Participation in Daily program tasks 

    • Medication administration, respond to resident needs, apartment checks, supply and track harm reduction materials, distribute daily meals, participate in team meetings and the on-call rotation, record daily shift notes, and other duties as required.
    • Confident in utilizing crisis management and intervention skills.
    • Understand the Landlord Tenant Board process
    • Participate in creating a safe and healthy environment. 
    • Maintaining and organizing resident or tenant files which may include behaviour support plans, behaviour tracking data, consents, and/or service planning. Proficiency in excel forms an asset.
    • Assist in the orientation and support of staff, students and volunteers.
    • Attend and actively participate in team meetings and other agency meetings as required.  

  • Intake - Assisting with admission and orientation of new residents

Requirements: The successful candidate will have experience developing and implementing behaviour interventions. Experience or knowledge related to working with individuals with serious mental illness, addictions or other special needs. The successful candidate should demonstrate a warm, sensitive and caring approach, the ability to work on a team and independently, be flexible, organized, responsible, and take initiative. Must have strong problem-solving skills, be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships and have a genuine interest in supporting people living with mental illness.  A knowledge of local community resources and support systems is beneficial. While BCaBA and BCBA certification is not required, the individual should follow the BACB code of ethics when developing and implementing programs with our residents.   

Education/Experience:  Post-secondary education with related experience in Behaviour Analysis. BCaBA or BCBA certification is not required but an asset. Experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, substance use, or other special needs. Demonstrating a warm, sensitive, and caring approach.  Must be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships and have a genuine interest in supporting people living with mental illness.  The ability to work independently, have strong problem-solving skills, be flexible, organized, responsible, and take initiative. A knowledge of local community resources, support systems and landlord-tenant relations are beneficial.    

Remuneration:  $48,700-56,900 annual salary based on education and experience.   

To Apply: Please apply online with resume and cover letter at www.indwell.ca/careers.  We thank all applicants, however, only applicants that are being considered will be contacted.    

Personal information submitted will be used only for employment opportunities within Indwell in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.   

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under Indwell’s Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. 

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