JOB OPPORTUNITY: Youth Workers
Competition #85-18 | 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 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.
There are various opportunities for salaried and relief positions which report to the Management team. This position is located at our undisclosed Youth Haven and Safe House locations which are voluntary co-ed residential programs for at-risk youth aged 16 – 19 years who need a safe place to stay. This position works in a small team environment of two staff members. The youth are encouraged to develop goals and links to appropriate services to address their needs. The programs accept intakes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it serves youth from all over the Lower Mainland.
Hours of work: Overnights and Relief shifts
- Create rapport and trusting, non-judgmental relationships with youth in the programs
- Create and monitor individual service plan for youth in collaboration with the youth, connected resources and colleagues.
- Maintain professional, positive relationships with community partners and other service providers.
- Maintain accurate records and data entry related to youth files.
- Responsible for maintaining knowledge of current best practices and available resources.
- Ensure clear and concise communication and information transfer to colleagues and management including shift change.
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, supervision sessions and performance evaluation process.
- Adhere to all program and agency policies and procedures.
Education and training:
- Completion or in pursuit of Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Psychology or other related degrees/diploma/certificate or two years recent related experience with at-risk youth.
- Current First Aid, FoodSafe Level 1 and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificates are an asset.
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques
- Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing
- Ability to work independently and a part of a team
- Ability to work in a culturally diverse population
- Basic computer literacy
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
- Knowledge of issues/needs of high risk and/or street involved youth including harm reduction and low barrier resources.
WHY WORK HERE?
• Friendly work environment
• Support the local community
• Rewarding experience
• Excellent benefits package including pension (for Salaried Staff)
If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #85-18 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.
Send your cover letter and resume to:
FSGV is an equal opportunity employer. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org for follow-up.
Salary/Pay Grade: GS 7 -$ 21.61 per hour and competitive benefit packages for salaried positions
Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: Until filled
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 gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.