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Job Number:  36455
Youth Transition Worker
Job Posted: Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Closing Date: Monday, 31 July 2017
(51 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $45,697.60 - $53,227.20/year

Urban Native Youth Association

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow


Employment Opportunity

1 F/T Youth Care Counsellor with our Transition Program


UNYA has 1 full time position available in our Transition Program.  The Transition Program is a support program for Native Youth aged 16-18.  Youth must be referred by either a Social Worker or Probation Officer with MCFD or a delegated agency.   The program is goal-oriented and focuses on successfully transitioning youth from MCFD supports to living independently beyond the age of 19.  Youth Care Counsellors in the Transition Program work with each youth closely, assisting them to identify their individual needs and set positive goals for the future.  We focus on each youth’s unique strengths and support them to obtain the housing, employment, education, training, life-skills, and other tools necessary to become fully capable of living on their own.   The usual hours of work will be: Monday - Friday from 9am – 5pm.  However, a highly flexible schedule will be maintained to meet the needs of the youth, and the hours of work will be adjusted as required.  This position reports directly to the Manager of the Aboriginal Safehouse. 


Qualifications and Conditions:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.
  • 2 years of recent related experience.
  • Or, an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Knowledge of the following modalities:
      • Culture as Therapy
      • Person Centered Approach
      • Family Systems Approach
      • Trauma Informed Approach.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and working effectively with Native youth.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems, colonization, the Native Community, and an understanding and willingness to participate in Native protocols, practices, and ceremonies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health issues, addiction issues, concurrent disorders, and FASD.
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving abstract.
  • Reliable, safe vehicle.
  • First Aid.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Gather information related to each youth through established interviewing techniques and questionnaires, observing the youth, and soliciting information from family and other professionals involved with the youth. Evaluate information, and with the youth, MCFD, and other professional supports, develop and implement a care-plan. 
  2. Ensure care-plan meets each youth’s mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs including but not limited to the areas of culture, safety, finance, housing, education, social, support, and recreation.
  3. Implement care-plans and intervention strategies using a variety of techniques, such as the Person Centered Approach, Family Systems Approach, and Trauma Informed Approach. Provide informal one-on-one counselling and group counselling as required. 
  4. Provide case management services and monitor youth’s progress; reassess care-plans on an ongoing basis to ensure youth are fully supported.
  5. Provide skill development and education in areas such as looking for housing and employment, budgeting, diet planning, communication skills, conflict resolution, self-management, parenting, etc.
  6. Ensure that all members of a youth’s professional team are kept up-to-date on effectiveness of the care-plan, youth’s progress, any new issues or trends, and any behaviour changes.
  7. Create a safe space for all youth and staff by responding to behaviours and situations through a trauma informed lens, modelling respectful behaviour, and through thoughtful and fun interactions with staff and youth.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to the team as a positive, active participant who treats others in a respectful and supportive manner, communicates constructively, listens actively, shares openly, cooperates, exhibits flexibility, demonstrates reliability, and helps the team by working together to solve problems.
  9. Establish and maintain a network of positive working relationships with other UNYA programs and other community programs/resources to ensure effective referrals and enhance access to a strong continuum of supports. Ensure that youth are being referred to appropriate services in the community, as individual needs require.  Provide information, advocacy, and support in the referral process for internal and external programs, as well as other supports in the community.
  10. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements.
  11. Maintain sound financial and office management. Oversee and monitor program expenditures, ensuring that the program remains within its allocated budgets.  Prepare and submit financial reports as required.
  12. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program operation and mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  13. Respect and assure youth participants’ confidentiality in the community and with other service professionals. Respect and maintain the confidentiality of staff issues within the team, with the exception of UNYA Management.
  14. Adhere to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.
  15. Keep abreast of current social concerns and street trends, and as required, attend professional development activities in order to remain informed regarding issues affecting street-involved youth.
  16. Consult with and report to the ASH Manager on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program.
  17. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by the ASH Manager to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Transition Program.
How to Apply:
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To apply: Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Manager of the Aboriginal Safehouse via email at . Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. No enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a candidate may be selected before the posting closes.

UNYA accepts complete applications for advertised positions, only. You must state clearly on your cover letter which position you are applying for. All applications must be sent in electronic form, to the email address specified on the posting. Hard copies and unsolicited applications/resumes will not be reviewed, but immediately destroyed.
Contact Details:
Safehouse Manager

www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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