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Job Number:  38485
Aries Youth Care Counsellor - Alternate School
Job Posted: Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 13 October 2017
(10 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: 45,697.60 - 53,227.20 plus extended benefits after 3 months

Urban Native Youth Association

Youth Care Counsellor – Aries Program

Job Posting





The Aries Program is an alternative educational day program for Indigenous youth ages 13-15 years whose educational needs are not being met in mainstream schools/systems.  We offer Indigenous youth support in their efforts to stabilize their lives, establish positive support networks, attain essential life-skills and social skills, and obtain educational credits.  This is accomplished through their in-class experiences as well as drawing the youth into the larger community through field trips and group outings. 


Youth Care Counsellors in the Aries Program are responsible for working in partnership with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to ensure a safe, supportive environment that is culturally open and accessible in order to support the personal and educational development of youth participants.  Each youth is treated as an individual with unique needs and learning styles, and we strive to support their mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. 


The Urban Native Youth Association believes that youth are the experts in their own lives.  All employees use a harm-reduction philosophy and a trauma informed lens when performing their work   Staff will treat each youth individually, and develop and implement individual intervention and counselling plans as needed, along with continuous evaluation together with each youth to ensure their success.


This position is based out of the Aries Program; occasional attendance at off-site meetings is required. 


  • 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 Indigenous youth.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems, colonization, the Indigenous Community, and an understanding and willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies
    • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health issues, addiction issues, concurrent disorders, and FASD.
    • First Aid (or willing to obtain)
    • Food Safe (or willing to obtain)
    • Bronze Medallion Certification (or willing to obtain)
    • Class 4 Driver’s License, and a satisfactory driving abstract (or willing to obtain)
    • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

Duties and Responsibilities

 The Aries Youth Care Counsellor will:


  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, VSB, 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 one-on-one informal 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. Assist youth in realizing their goals as set out in their care-plan by providing skill building and development where identified.
  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. Organize, facilitate, and supervise youth in group activities/outings, P.E., arts and crafts, tutoring, academics, etc. Positively participate in all Aries programming and activities in order to provide a positive role model experience for youth participants. 
  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. 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.
  11. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements.
  12. 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.
  13. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program operation and mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  14. 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.
  15. Adhere to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.
  16. 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.
  17. Work together with Aries Management to foster a positive, engaging workplace environment. Consult with and report to Aries Management on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program. 
  18. Maintain the day-to-day operations of the program (meal preparation, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) and provide skill-building opportunities in these areas to youth.
  19. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by Aries Management to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Aries Program.




This position reports directly to Aries Management.


Hours of Work


This position is 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30; hours will sometimes need to be adjusted to fit the needs of the program.


As there is no school in July and August, if you wish to not be laid off for the summer, your hours of work may change for these months to accommodate the needs of other existing UNYA programs to maintain your employment through the summer.  


To Apply


Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Director of Youth Programs via email at Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter.  No Enquiries.  Only those short-listed will be contacted.  Closing date:  October 13, 2017.



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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 Director of Youth Programs via email at G. Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. No Enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Closing date: June 16, 2017.
Contact Details:
Director of Youth Programs

www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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