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Job Number:  35044
LGBTQ2S+ Housing Support Worker, Aura
Job Posted: Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Closing Date: Monday, 12 June 2017
(43 days ago)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
Region: Calgary area Type: Full time
Location: Calgary Salary: (not entered)
LGBTQ2S+ Housing Support Worker, Aura 
1 FT, 40 hours/week
Make a difference in the life of a child
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth, with a $20 million dollar operating budget, that supports the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 38,000 young people and their families each year.
Come join an energetic and fun team that is committed to providing deserving children and youth with hope for the future. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary provide a supportive environment in which to share your experience, develop your skills, and take on new challenges.
If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is the place for you!
The Aura program serves 10 LGBTQ2s+ youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness. Youth will be housed in a housing model that is developmentally appropriate and best able to meet their needs. The program will be strength based and relationship focused. Youth will be assigned a support worker who will provide ongoing support with goals, safety, advocacy, establishing a transition plan and connection to community resources.
The LGBTQ2S+ Housing Support Worker is responsible to work with the youth and their supports/family to reach the youth’s goals. Support Workers will provide care, based on knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma on youth who have experienced homelessness. Through a trauma informed lens, the Support Worker will concentrate on increasing the youth’s life-skills, model and coach youth and family in positive relationship building while exploring strengths of the youth that will help the youth transition to adulthood. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provide guidance and support to Host Home providers and supportive roommates, in consultation with the Sr. Coordinator of Housing First, in delivering a supportive and nurturing living environment focusing on family/community connection, transition to adulthood, and enhancing positive functioning, as identified by the youth.
  • Provide effective, mature and appropriate role modeling for youth and their families/natural supports
  • Assist youth and their families to develop problem solving, conflict resolution and communication skills 
  • Advocate for youth and their families/communities
  • Work collaboratively with Housing First team members and external agencies 
  • Ensure that documentation is current, complete and professional. Convey pertinent youth/family information to the Aura team
  • Support youth/or families to identify strengths, needs and goals
  • Support youth in navigating systems such as Alberta Health Services, and advocate within those systems as necessary.
  • Support youth and/or families to develop and implement case plans to reach transition goals
  • Case-manage using a strength-based intentional approach to resiliency, responsibility and independence.
  • Develop youth knowledge and ability to resource and access community supports
  • Initiate and attend case conferences, medical and other appointments as necessary
  • Support youth in connecting to social and recreation opportunities
  • Support, guide and coach youth in the development of a positive and healthy support system
  • Work collaboratively with youth to enhance education and employment opportunities and skills
  • Participates and contributes consistently and positively to the team and its functions and responsibilities
  • Extensive knowledge/lived experience/or professional experience with LGBTQ2S+ communities.
  • Post secondary education in human services field
  • Three to five years recent related experience
  • Combination of education and experience will be considered as equivalencies for preferred education and required experience
  • Possess knowledge of Child and Family Services and the Family Enhancement Act
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of issues pertaining to family wellness, child and adolescent development and at-risk youth
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Well developed problem solving, organizing, planning and assessment skills
  • Experience working with social systems is an asset
  • Case management experience is an asset
  • Effective conflict resolution skills are essential
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care is an asset
  • Experience working with Addiction and Mental Health is considered an asset.
  • Proficient computer skills like Microsoft Office as well as excellent oral and written skills are necessary
  • Valid Class 5, acceptable Driver’s Abstract and access to automobile 
  • Use of a reliable vehicle with $2,000,000 liability, permission to carry passengers and business coverage on the vehicle
  • Current certification for First Aid and CPR and clear security clearances
  • Crisis intervention and Crisis Management experience
  • Current registration with applicable professional body, if appropriate
Please Note: Successful candidates will complete criminal record check and child intervention record check at the time of new hire paperwork.  A criminal record check and child intervention record check dated within 6 months of the interview date will also be accepted.
We offer the opportunity to be part of a creative and positive work environment, a competitive salary, supports for professional development, opportunity for advancement and the chance to be part of a national organization dedicated to supporting youth to develop skills for life. We are a committed equity employer.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration. No phone calls please, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 
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To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to our website for consideration. No phone calls please, only qualified candidates will be contacted. If this posting is not listed on our website then this position is no longer available.
Contact Details:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
731 13 AVE NE
Calgary, AB
T2E 1C8
www:   www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca/careers/

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