JOB OPPORTUNITY: Directions Youth Detox – Part-Time Youth Worker
Competition #127-18 | Download job posting PDF
ABOUT DIRECTIONS YOUTH SERVICES
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 operate 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.
HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER
This entry level Youth Worker position focuses on the role of creating and maintaining a safe, supportive and therapeutic living environment for detoxing youth in a team environment. Youth workers aid and manage the daily needs of the residents, the position will consist of working with a variety of youth residents struggling with addiction including those with intellectual, emotional/social challenges, dual diagnosis and sexual abuse victims.
Part-time 24 Hours per Week,
Hours of work: Friday to Sunday 08.30-16.30 East/West Side
- Assessment and screening of referrals, non-standard hours admissions, including suicide risk assessment/safety plans and discharge of clients; completes all relevant documentation following standard procedure.
- Performs searches of client belongings during admission, orients and assists residents settle in to program, safely dispose of contraband, sharps, and weapons following standard procedure.
- Provides support, encouragement and education to clients in matters related to crisis intervention, harm reduction, conflict resolution, community resources, alcohol and drug information, and advocacy to clients and referral calls.
- Monitors youth in detox 24 hours per day, ensuring the safety and comfort of clients, by observing and documenting client behaviour, withdrawal symptoms/stressors/physical and emotional needs and informing counselling staff/supervisor as required.
- Monitors the overall safety of the resource through enforcing program guidelines and observation to detect severe withdrawal, drug use, and contraband.
- Responsive to counselling team, other service agencies and health care professionals in the development, implementation and revision of client service plans.
- Attend medical assessments, advocating for client and communicating non-medical program model to physicians for clients requiring medical clearance or withdrawal management medication treatments, or medication approval. Follow standard procedures in ordering receiving and disposing of all medication, administrating all approved medication following established policy.
- Ensures maintenance of the facility and care of clients by performing household cleaning, yard work, and minor repairs. Preparation of meals, maintaining supply inventories, assisting with orders and shopping.
- Performs clerical duties as required such as answering phones, filing, sorting, and indexing Maintaining daily client logs, notes, documents, forms, reports, youth review and statistical information.
- Assist youth in accessing community support by supervising, escorting, and transporting clients to all outside appointments.
WHAT YOU BRING
Education and training:
- 2 years post secondary course/diploma/certificate in social work or youth care or other related education, plus 2 years’ recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Current First Aid certification preferred.
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Food Safe Certification is an asset.
- Knowledge of issues/needs of high risk and/or street-involved youth.
WHY WORK HERE?
• Friendly work environment
• Flexible working hours
• Support the local community
• Rewarding experience
• Excellent Benefits Including Pension (100% paid by employer)
WHAT WE OFFER YOU
Directions Youth Services offers purposeful careers, serving the most vulnerable members of our community. This role offers you the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.
We support career development and training for staff to reach their potential, and offer mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.
Salary/Pay Grade: GL 11, Step 1 – $19.39 per hour
Start Date: ASAP
Closing Date: December 27, 2018
If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number 127-18 in email subject line). Please outline your interest for this role, demonstrate your relevant experience, and tell us where you heard of this opportunity, in your cover letter.
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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.