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Job Number:  40803
Program Manager - Alternate School
Job Posted: Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Closing Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2018
(79 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $56,336.35 - $65,030.21

Program Manager – Aries Program

Job Posting

 

 

Objective

 

The Aries Program is an alternative educational day program for Native youth ages 13-15 years whose educational needs are not being met in mainstream schools/systems.  We offer Native 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. 

 

The Program Manager is 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.  This position is also responsible for all aspects of supervision for 2 Youth Care Counsellors. 

 

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. 

 

Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • 2 years of recent related experience
  • Experience working with youth, the Native Community, and not-for-profits 
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in:
      • Financial Management
      • Project Management
      • Coaching, mentoring, policy interpretation, conflict resolution, performance management
      • Behaviour modification techniques
  • Knowledge of the following modalities:
      • Culture as Therapy
      • Person Centered Approach
      • Family Systems Approach
      • Trauma Informed Approach
  • 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
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Class 4 Driver’s License, and a satisfactory driving abstract
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Program Manager of the Aries Program will:

 

  1. Supervise and coordinate UNYA program staff.  Establish effective employee coaching and support to ensure the success of the program.  Ensure the timely completion of criminal record checks, staff orientation and training, and performance evaluations for all program staff.  Compile and submit all personnel-related information to the Director of Youth Programs and/or the Accounting Department in an accurate and timely manner.
  2. Ensure all UNYA staff, including self, are adhering to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organizational-wide policies and procedures.
  3. Ensure that staff 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.  
  4. 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.
  5. Support the implementation of 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 as required. 
  6. Provide case management services and monitor youth’s progress; reassess care-plans on an ongoing basis to ensure youth are fully supported. 
  7. Assist youth in realizing their goals as set out in their care-plan by providing skill building and development where identified.   
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements.
  14. 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.
  15. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program operation and mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. 
  18. Work together with the Aries team to foster a positive, engaging workplace environment.  Consult with and report to the Director of Youth Programs on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program. 
  19. Maintain the day-to-day operations of the program (meal preparation, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) and provide skill-building opportunities in these areas to youth.
  20. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by Aries Management to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Aries Program.

 

 

Accountability

 

This position reports directly to the Director of Youth Programs.

 

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.

 

In order to maintain your employment, and to accommodate the needs of other existing UNYA programs, your hours of work may change for the months of July and August.

 

Please send 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 GResumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter.  No Enquiries.  Only those short-listed will be contacted.  Closing date:  Until Filled.

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.

 

 

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please send 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:  Until Filled.

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:
Gillian Andrews

www:   www.unya.bc.ca


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