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Date Posted:
Apr 29, 2021

Closing Date:
May 13, 2021

Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent

Health Occupations

Wage Comments:
As per Job Posting

Hours per Week:

How to Apply:
To Apply: Please submit a complete resume and cover letter, quoting competition 2021-16 in the subject line by Friday, May 14, 2021 to:

Parent Support Worker

Grey Bruce Health Unit

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Job Description:

Parent Support Worker

Competition #: 2021-16

Permanent Full Time

The Parent Support Worker works with families to build on their strengths, develop their parenting skills, encourage healthy infant and child development and link with resources in the community. The Parent Support Worker works as a team member, and is mentored and supported by regulated health professionals, to assist high risk families to become independent by providing a positive environment for their children.


  • Actively listen to understand others without judgement or bias, and attend to verbal, emotional and contextual cues
  • Align non-verbal communication and tone of voice with the intended message
  • Present written information in a clear and logical manner, using appropriate phrasing, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Use appropriate strategies and techniques to manage conflicts
  • Utilize a range of communication methods including verbal, written and visual responses, that meet the needs of the audience
  • Identify relevant, credible and appropriate sources of information including community assets and resources
  • Recognize that a health or other concern exists and work with families to promote activities that will encourage positive parenting
  • Understand and recognize the impact of findings from an ethical, political, scientific, socio-cultural, and economic perspective on communities
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of how policies and programs are developed, implemented and evaluated
  • Communicate openly, build trust and treat other professionals and community groups fairly, ethically and as valued partners
  • Identify services and programs, in collaboration with Public Health Nurse, available for clients of diverse backgrounds; including gender, geographic, economic, education, sexual orientation, and physical ability etc.
  • Offer support and provide basic information to the parents regarding infant stimulation, child development, safety, proper child and family nutrition, family planning and general health
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health science concepts, and apply knowledge to practice in common situations
  • Understand and articulate the mission and priorities of the Health Unit and the Healthy Babies/Healthy Children program
  • Consistently meet expected organizational, professional, public health, and other standards
  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality is maintained
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Experience working directly with a ministry computerized database
  • Knowledge of Ontario Public Health Standards, and apply these standards to practice
  • Knowledge of community supports, and resources available, to assist pregnant women and families with young children
  • Awareness of health promotion and population health principles
  • Knowledge of child development, family dynamics and the stresses of parenting
  • Communicate in writing and verbally in a clear and professional manner while adapting the message to the audience as appropriate
  • Able to work with families from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds in a non-judgmental and accepting manner
  • Able to deal with changing client demands in a calm, professional and independent manner
  • Demonstrate ability to solve a problem by drawing on own knowledge and experience and/or calling on other resources
  • Specific knowledge of Health Unit communication systems and appropriate computer software
  • Committed to a safe and healthy work environment for both employees and clients


Education – Training

  • Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent, required
  • Post-secondary educations in a related field (Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Infant Mental Health, Perinatal Support Worker), preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years working with parents and children


  • Previous experience in a helping role through work, volunteer or training program
  • Personal experience parenting a child considered an asset


  • Ability to work flexible work week required, including evenings and weekends
  • Majority of work will be completed in client homes
  • Business travel is required within and outside of the Grey Bruce region
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required

The current wage scale for the position of Parent Support Worker is $24.61 to $27.42 per hour.

The Health Unit is proud to be an equal opportunity employer; valuing and respecting diversity. We encourage applications from qualified members of the four designated groups. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.

In accordance with Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation, applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used strictly for candidate selection.

We thank you in advance for your interest in the above-noted position. However, please note that only those applicants receiving an interview will be advised of the recruitment outcome.

Work Site Location:

Owen Sound

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