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JOB OPPORTUNITY: 10K Housing Assistance Workers (4pm-Midnight)

Competition #50-18 |  Download job posting PDF


Directions Youth Services provides 24/7 support to at-risk, homeless, and street-involved youth under 25. Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth can connect with supports, get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues, and transition to more permanent housing. Directions runs several facilities and programs for youth throughout Vancouver.

Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for 90 years has provided trauma counselling and essential resources for children, families and individuals facing all kinds of life’s challenges.


These are hourly positions that reports to the Manager of Supported Housing and Transitions. These positions support youth, 16-19 years old, who are living in independent suites in The Kettle on Burrard. In collaboration with the 10K program coordinator, the 10K Housing Assistance Worker will encourage and support positive youth engagement opportunities through individualized service planning, weekly groups and on-site evening activities. Youth are referred to this program by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services (VACFSS).


  • Create and maintain a safe and positive culture through role modelling and presence on the floor.
  • Ensure a welcoming and respectful environment that reflects the diverse youth population we serve.
  • Assist 10K program coordinator and 10K youth Worker in the assessment of each youth’s readiness for, confidence in and motivation for change.
  • In collaboration with the 10K program coordinator and 10K youth worker, plan and facilitate onsite life skill programming and recreation/community-based activities.
  • Ensure effective communication and assessment through reporting and log entries, both verbal and written.
  • Maintain facility upkeep including cleaning, laundry, inventory and restocking supplies
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, supervision sessions and performance evaluations
  • Maintain professional and positive relationships with MCFD, other service providers and community partners
  • Responsible for remaining up-to-date on current best practices and available resources.
  • Adheres to the policies and procedures while maintaining professional standards of ethics and  confidentiality set forth by FSGV.


  • Completion or in process of obtaining a 2-year diploma in youth care, related field or 2 years post-secondary in related field.
  • 2+ years experience working with high-risk youth.
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Current First Aid, Foodsafe Level 1 and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificates are an asset
  • Professional verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of issues/needs of high risk and/or street-involved youth including harm reduction and low barrier resources.


  • Friendly work environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Support the local community
  • Rewarding experience


If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #50-18 in email subject line). In your cover letter, please outline your interest and relevant experience for this role, and tell us where you heard about this opportunity.

If you are an internal candidate, please indicate “INTERNAL” in the subject line of the email.

We have a variety of shifts available! Let us know your preferred options

Send your cover letter and resume to:

Shiela Phipps, Program Coordinator
10K Supported Housing Program
Directions Youth Services

Salary/Pay Grade: GS 5 Step 1 $18.65 per hour

Location: Directions Youth Services – 1138 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC

Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: May 8th, 2018

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.

FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.