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Job Number:  30221
Youth Worker - Mentorship Program
Job Posted: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Closing Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
(in 7 days)
Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $1,535.20 bi-weekly to start, plus benefits after 3 months

Urban Native Youth Association

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Employment Opportunity

Full Time Youth Worker - Mentorship Program


The Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has an employment opportunity for a full-time Youth Worker (40 hours per week) with our Mentorship Program. This individual will be working with youth and community volunteers to provide positive mentoring opportunities for at risk Aboriginal youth in Vancouver and connect them with resources in the community.  This position will include some evening and/or weekend work.  This position reports directly to the Mentorship Program Manager, Kinnections Program Manager, and MCFD Programs Administrator. 


Qualifications and Conditions:

  1. Must have a valid B.C. Driver’s License.
  2. Must have a Youth Worker Training Certificate and/or experience and knowledge in related field working with youth in both individual and group settings, particularly with high-risk Native youth.  Consideration will be given to a combination of education, training and experience.
  3. Preference will be given to those that have experience in screening and training volunteers.
  4. Preference will be given to those that have experience in planning workshops, training opportunities, and field trips.
  5. Must have a broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Native youth face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on Native families and communities, and a good understanding of Native culture and traditions.
  6. Must have a good working knowledge of community resources in Vancouver, particularly youth and Aboriginal-specific programs and services.
  7. Will have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  8. Will have strong written and oral communications skills – including the ability to compile accurate records, prepare reports and facilitate volunteer training sessions and workshops.
  9. Must have a personal support system and self care plan in place.
  10. Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
  11. Preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Help plan and implement activities for the program, focused primarily on providing culturally appropriate mentoring opportunities for Aboriginal youth, and connecting youth to relevant services and programs in the community.
  2. Maintain sound financial and office management.  Oversee and monitor program expenditures, ensuring that the program remains within its allocated budget.  Prepare and submit required financial reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  3. Build and maintain a network of working relationships/partnerships to provide effective referrals and ensure that a comprehensive support system is available to Aboriginal youth who are at risk.  This includes liaising with other youth specific programs and services, both within the Ministry and in the community at large.
  4. Identify and establish contact with youth who may benefit from the program, respond to referrals, and consult with youth to identify their needs.  As necessary, maintain a wait list while working to ensure that youth on the wait list are matched with appropriate mentors as soon as possible.
  5. Recruit, assess and screen community members interested in becoming positive volunteer mentors for Aboriginal youth.
  6. Provide orientation and training, ongoing support and supervision for mentors.  Develop and implement recognition and retention strategies to ensure the ongoing engagement of volunteer mentors in the program.
  7. Ensure the successful and appropriate matching of mentors with high risk youth.
  8. Maintain accurate logs and compile statistical records to support program needs and inform ongoing program development and evaluation.
  9. Consult with and report to the Mentorship Program Manager on a regular basis and positively contribute to team meetings to inform the ongoing evaluation and adjustment of the program.

Position start-date: Dec. 12, 2016

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter referencing "Mentorship Program Youth Worker" and a resume to the attention of the Mentorship Program Manager via email. Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. Only those short-listed will be contacted.
Contact Details:
Send your application to the attention of the Mentorship Program Manager at . All applications must be sent in electronic form, to the email address specified.
www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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