Southeast Resource Development Council Corporation (SERDC) - Social Development Advisor

Southeast Resource Development Council Corp.

Posted May 14, 2019 at 06:30 pm Closes May 28, 2019 at 06:30 pm

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Southeast Resource Development  Council Corporation 

Social Development Advisor 

Full-Time Position 

Under the general direction of the Director of Health, the SERDC Social Development Advisor is responsible to provide advisory services by assisting SERDC First Nations Income Assistance Administrators in the development, implementation and delivery of targeted social development programs. To assist persons living on reserve lands in maintaining a basic standard of living by reducing dependency on income assistance by developing individual and family strengths. To assist persons to access services to enhance their ability to assume primary responsibility for their own affairs.


Capacity Development 

• Assisting leadership and senior staff in recognizing program needs and required practices required to administer the Social Development program effectively and within policy and procedures as outlined by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

• Engaging staff in role enhancement activities aimed at improving the program administration by monitoring, evaluating and promoting the importance of gaining knowledge of changes in social policies and procedures.

• Provide on-going, one-to-one guidance and support to Income Assistance Administrators (IAA) on all aspects of Social Development program implementation and delivery.

• Create a spirit of teamwork and cooperation with Income Assistance Administrators to facilitate social development training experiences and workshops.

• Develop teaching materials and other resources for social development program delivery.


• Review financial statements to determine level of program compliance by verifying accuracy and monitoring discrepancies of expenditures/disbursements and reimbursements as part of pre-compliance process.

• Support IAA's to remit timely, accurate, comprehensive financial and statistical reports to funding agencies as required.

Collaboration & Compliance

• Seek & engage a variety of different funding agencies who sponsor empowering activities for Income Assistance clients in education, training and occupational events.

• Liaise with provincial and federal social development organizations regarding mutual agreements and sharing of information and changes to policies and practice.

• Assist communities when requested helping to be accountable to the Government of Canada and to SERDC communities by ensuring the ISC Social Development policies and procedures have been adhered to.

• Conduct policy analysis of provincial and federal income assistance policies to develop a reasonably comparable Social Development program on reserve.

• Assist IAA’s in locating community resources which may include: legal, medical, financial, housing, employment transportation, daycare and other services.

• Promote SERDC services by participating in Social Fairs and other public Social related events.

• Liaise and maintain contact with other social service agencies to provide information and obtain feedback on Social Development programs and services.

• Assist with provisions of documentation for the transfer of funds for: 

  • approved pre-employment;
  • life skills;
  • training components;
  • work projects and;
  • assist in the development of projects/proposals for written submission to funders.

• Assisting with the provision of follow-up services to First Nations of approved projects to promote success.

• Actively participate in Social Development related working groups, attend meeting(s) as required, network with MB Region Tribal Councils, Independent First Nations and other Aboriginal Service organizations to promote Social Development program effectiveness.

• Reviewing with ISC officials any major concerns associated with the Social Development program.

• Provide ongoing updates to SERDC Senior management via monthly reports.

• Participate/attend relevant training and/or workshops to ensure updated competency in the social development area.

• Provide ongoing support to related programs which may impact the Social Development program (i.e. housing, education, economic development, training and employment, health, CFS, etc.).

• Knowledge of SERDC and its member First Nations, the organization and its programs.

• Handle confidential information in a professional and discrete manner.

• Capable to work collaboratively with Directors and managers from a wide range of department areas. 

• Provide exceptional client service through communication, courtesy and respect.

• Participate in SERDC special events when required or requested by Supervisor.



• Completion of a college or University program in Social Work or related discipline and/or combination of five (5) years related experience in Social Development working in or with First Nations.

• In-depth knowledge of the Manitoba provincial Employment Income Assistance program and specifically the Federal On-Reserve Income Assistance Program policies and procedures 2018-2019 - Manitoba Region.

• Knowledge and understanding of budgets and financial information.

• Capable and excellent understanding and application of MS Office programs. 

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Must demonstrate attention to detail and organizational skills, and enjoy working in a team environment as well as independently.

• Strong analytical, problem solving, time management skill set with the ability to meet deadlines.

• Capable of taking initiative and follow through to continuously improve internal processes when identified.

• Must demonstrate reliability, responsibility, and dependability, in fulfilling obligations in an effective, efficient and timely manner.

• Must have Valid driver’s license and access to an insured reliable vehicle.

• Capable to work beyond the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (standard hours) when necessary.

• Willing and able to travel as required by various forms of transportation, (i.e. air, ground, water, etc.) to remote and northern First Nation communities.

• Capability to lift at least 25lbs.

• Participate in internal/external meetings as required, and other networking and professional development opportunities as identified by immediate supervisor.

• Demonstrated group facilitation abilities and strong analytical skills.

• Adhering to all SERDC policies.

• Undertaking other tasks as assigned.


• Ability to speak Ojibway/Cree. 


Conditions of Employment:

This position will require a clearance of the following checks:

• Criminal Record Check.

• Vulnerable Persons/sector check.

• Child abuse registry check.

• Adult abuse registry check.


We Offer:

• A full and unique benefits package.

• An opportunity to become part of a dynamic, collaborative, progressive, inclusive respectful and high performing team.

SERDC recognizes the importance of building on exemplary service delivery organization that is equal, inclusive, reflective of the population that it serves.  Preference will be given to qualified SERDC or First Nation members who voluntarily self declare in their application.

This is a full-time position in our Winnipeg office.  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Deadline for application: Tuesday May 28, 2019 on/or before 4:00pm.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


Interested applications are encouraged to send a current cover letter and resume to:

Rhonda Kirkness

Director of Human Resources

6th Floor-360 Broadway

Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3C 0T6


Phone: (204) 956-7500

Fax: (204) 956-7382


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