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Job Number:  38695
120-17 Relief Peer Support Worker
Job Posted: Thursday, 5 October 2017
Closing Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
(in 14 days)
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Casual
Location: Vancouver Salary: $16.26 per hour

 

Relief Peer Support Worker

Directions Youth Services Centre - Dusk to Dawn

Internal / External Job Competition - #120-17

 

Are you a strong advocate with a passion for supporting others?

Do you believe in the possibility for people to create change in their lives?

 

Would you enjoy working independently within a committed team?

 

 

Since 1928, Family Services of Greater Vancouver has been creating brighter tomorrows for people and families in our community. Last year we supported more than 13,000 people to create possibilities for themselves through professional counselling, therapy, education, advocacy, planning, employment support, and other community services. 

 

Directions Youth Services provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with entry points to access the tools, support, and guidance they need to go about making healthy, positive changes in their lives. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Directions Youth Services consists of:

 

Directions Youth Services Centre provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with a range of services to assist them to access housing, and increase health, life-skills and wellbeing. DYSC also encompasses our housing, outreach and transition to adulthood programs.

Directions Youth Detox offers youth with a continuum of service, which includes outreach, drop-in and assessment counselling and referrals, in-house detoxification, education and groups.

Directions Youth Safehouse is a first stage emergency shelter to assist youth to return to family/extended family and/or access needed transitional supports to independence.

 

Job Summary

This position works to promote safer & healthier options, to assist youth with the navigation of service systems and, where possible, to assist in their transition from the street to residences. This position will involve working with a variety of ‘at risk’ and ‘homeless’ marginalized youth who may be struggling with addiction, intellectual, emotional/social challenges, dual diagnosis, and histories of sexual abuse.

This position reports to the Night Resource/Dusk to Dawn Supervisors.  This is a peer support position. Applicants should be peer in nature with relevant life experience.

 

Position Profile/Key Responsibilities

  • Assess and screen all youth requesting access to the centre.

 

  • Establish rapport with youth in the centre and begin to build trusting relationships.
  • Plan, organize, and implement appropriate recreational, social and/or educational activities.
  • Identify individual needs of youth and facilitate appropriate referrals.
  • Maintain awareness of any concerns or problems (eg., medical, safety, etc.) and inform a supervisor.
  • Maintain appropriate notes, statistics, logs, and critical incidents.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, supervision sessions, and performance evaluation process.
  • Adhere to all program and agency policies, procedures, and safety standards.
  • Manage crisis between, within, and among various groups and individuals.
  • Model positive coping and interpersonal skills.
  • Maintain a culture of “People helping people help themselves.”
  • Duties as required.


Required Qualifications

  • Experience:   Minimum of two years removed from homelessness, street life, addiction, or other connected, relevant life experience.
  • Knowledge: Basic knowledge of adolescent development; alcohol and drug abuse issues; sexually exploited youth, and “street involved” activities.
  • Skills: Ability to maintain a schedule that allows for both evening and weekend work. A willingness and ability to work with other systems.

 

Working Conditions

  • 24 hour crisis response centre.
  • Ability to do shift work: awake overnights, days, evenings.

 

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Basic awareness of community, social and health resources.
  • Basic awareness of the systemic issues that affect low income and marginalized people.
  • Basic awareness of substance misuse, adolescent development, and the problems encountered by chemically dependent individuals.
  • Basic understanding of behavioral management.
  • Basic understanding 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 take training to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use non-violent 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.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public, and other agencies, and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as 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

 

 

Why Work Here?

·        Friendly Work Environment

·        Flexible Working Hours

·        Support the Local Community

·        Rewarding Experience

 

To apply

Please submit your resume and/or cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:

 

Clint Kaye, Supervisor, Night Resource/Dusk to Dawn Program

Directions Youth Services

           1138 Burrard Street

         Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7

                                                      Email:

Fax: 604-633-1473

 

Salary/Pay Grade: 3, Step 1 - $16.26 per hour                                      

Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: October 18th, 2017

 

Family Services is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

 

Only those short listed for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

 

 

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please submit your resume and/or cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:

Clint Kaye, Supervisor, Night Resource/Dusk to Dawn Program
Directions Youth Services
1138 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7

Email:
Fax: 604-633-1473
Contact Details:
Please submit your resume and/or cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:

Clint Kaye, Supervisor, Night Resource/Dusk to Dawn Program
Directions Youth Services
1138 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7

Email:
Fax: 604-633-1473
www:   www.fsgv.ca


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