Directions Youth Worker – Dusk to Dawn
ABOUT DIRECTIONS YOUTH SERVICES
Directions Youth Services is a collection of services and locations supporting vulnerable youth. This
includes a 24-hour drop-in centre, outreach teams, pre-employment programs, two safe houses, and a
youth detox centre. The trauma-informed and client centred philosophy creates safety for youth to access
a full spectrum of supports including primary care, mental health and substance use resources.
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 life’s challenges.
HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER
The Directions Youth Worker – Dusk to Dawn position is a salaried part-time role that serves homeless,
street-involved youth under the age of 24 accessing the 24-hour Directions Youth Services Centre. This
position takes a leadership role in tone-setting and maintaining the safety of the resource. This position
provides guidance and information to the youth promoting safety and, where possible, assisting in their
transition from the street to healthier, alternative lifestyles. This position acts in a mentoring role with Peer
Support Workers. This position reports to the Dusk to Dawn Supervisors and/or Manager of Directions
Youth Services Centre.
Hours of work: 28 hours per week -Thursday – Sunday, 3:45pm-11:45pm
YOUR KEY CONTRIBUTIONS
- Intake and assessment of new clients’ access, pre-screening, and determining if they are an
appropriate fit for the program, and making referrals when required.
- Identify individual needs for youth accessing the centre and provide support, encouragement,
collaboration 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 utilizing youth social work best practice.
- Initiate MCFD involvement where appropriate to develop and support Integrated Case Management
- Maintain appropriate notes, statistics, logs and critical incidents in a professional and thorough
manner in the online database where applicable.
- Ensure adherence to all program and agency policies, procedures, safety standards, and
accreditation standards including the Centre’s Facility Management Plan.
- Take a leadership role in the management of emergency and crisis situations by personally
employing non-violent crisis prevention and intervention strategies, initiating first aid, calling
emergency services, and/or delegating these tasks.
- Ensure the highest professional standards of ethics and confidentiality.
- Perform clerical duties as required such as answering phones, filing, sorting, and indexing.
- Attendance at and participation in regular supervision meetings, team meetings, site meetings, case
management meetings, etc.
- General cleaning and upkeep of the centre.
- Maintain certification in training required by the program
- Offer “leadership supports” to Peer Support Workers.
- Work closely and collaboratively with all FSGV Youth Services, other community agencies, and
government ministries as appropriate in the development of youth case management.
- Assist youth in accessing community support by advocating for services; escorting, and transporting
clients to outside service referral locations, as appropriate.
- Participate in training practicum students and trainees in a job shadow model.
WHAT YOU BRING
Education and training:
- Two years post-secondary course/diploma in social work or youth care/certificate in related field
- Current First Aid Certificate
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training an asset
- Food Safe Certification an asset
- Minimum 2 years experience working with youth, preferably in support of youth who have alcohol
/drug misuse issues.
- A combination of education and experience may be considered
- Knowledge of community, social and health resources
- Knowledge of the systemic issues that affect low income and marginalized people
- Knowledge of substance misuse, adolescent development and the problems encountered by
chemically dependent individuals; basic understanding of behavioral management
- Basic knowledge of mental health issues and treatment
- Ability to observe and recognize change in clients
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients
- Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use nonviolent
crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques
- Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing
- Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines
- Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees to
deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and other agencies and to maintain
- 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
- Working conditions: 24 hour crisis response program
- Ability to work evening shifts
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: 7, Step 1 – $1,198.53 Bi-weekly (plus benefits after successfully passing probationary
Start Date: 03 May 2018
Location: Downtown Vancouver
HOW TO APPLY
If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number
34-18 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.
Send your application to: Clint Kaye, Dusk to Dawn Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Post End Date: 18 April 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 and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.