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Job Number:  41368
Youth Support Worker (Competition Number 89YSW230118)
Job Posted: Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 23 February 2018
(in 2 days)
PLEA Community Services
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Casual
Location: New Westminster Salary: $23.25 - $27.06 per hr/Grid 14 effective Feb 1, 2018 (BCGEU General Services Collective Agreement)

PLEA Community Services is Currently seeking a Casual On-Call Youth Support Worker for our U-Turn Program. This position is on an on-call basis and working hours are contingent on operational needs. The proposed start date is February 19, 2018. This position requires union membership.

The youth who access the U-Turn services have not experienced success in other residential settings; they have complex care needs that require supported family care living environments with a heightened level of support and supervision, and a range of specialized services. These youth have been exposed to risk-provoking environments, and present with a variety of disabilities, mental health issues, challenging behaviours and involvement in the criminal justice system. The incumbent is responsible for engaging the youth in one-to-one activities in the community that are aligned with the goals identified in their service plans, recognize their individual strengths and circumstances, and support their healthy development, and sense of success and well-being.

 

Please submit resume and cover letter referencing the competition number. Closing date for internal Applications: Wednesday January 31, at 4:30pm. If the position is not filled internally it will stay open until filled. If you are interested in applying please use the following link

 

https://canada.easyapply.co/a/3102bcde-211a-436a-9965-b95cacdecc86

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Works closely with the Residential Services Coordinator and Family Caregivers to support the goals identified in each youth's service plan. Develops and implements appropriate plans, strategies and activities that will address their complex needs, strengthen their protective factors and provide a sense of belonging and stability.
  2. Provides close supervision and support in the community that will assist youth to achieve their individual goals, maintain their motivation to make safer choices, improve their behavior, develop new interests and connections, and feel successful.
  3. Implements interventions that address the complex personal, social and healthcare needs of the youth, and recognizes the contextual dynamics they are experiencing. Provides opportunities to access and reconnect to available resources in the community that will enable and encourage youth to develop the necessary educational, personal, social, vocational and self-advocacy skills. Includes such community resources as an integral part of the youth’s case management plan.
  4. Maintains on-going positive relationships with Family Caregivers and participates as part of the team responsible for improving the quality of life for the youth, addressing their individual strengths, needs, abilities and preferences consistently, and supporting their healthy development.
  5. Teaches life skills and community survival skills, provides emotional support and models acceptable behavior. Engages youth in acceptable recreational and social activities in the community that will build on their strengths, develop their interpersonal skills, and support their involvement in their culture to strengthen their sense of identity. Supports youth towards integration and normative functioning in the community.
  6. Develops collaborative relationships with youths' families/caregivers, significant others and informal support systems to maintain and strengthen these connections.
  7. Responds to critical incidents and emergencies in current placements. Recognizes potential crises, analyzes these situations accurately and implements strategies to deal with them, and informs the manager when such situations arise. Provides on call and duty coverage for the program.
  8. Maintains necessary program participant and program reports and statistics. Ensures that all records, reports and documentation pertaining to service delivery are accurate, complete and in compliance with PLEA’s policies and procedures.
  9. Establishes strong connections to the community, including maintaining close working relationships with all formal and informal service providers.
  10. Adheres to all policies and procedures established by PLEA, and meets the performance expectations of the position in a manner that demonstrates compassion and respect for all persons served. Exercises the responsibilities of the position in a manner consistent with the philosophical approach and mandate of the program.
  11. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications

  1. A Bachelor of Arts in the social sciences or human services or a related discipline is preferred; alternatively a combination of equivalent education and work experience will be considered.
  2. At least one (1) year recent experience working in programs with youth who are deemed to be high risk and have complex needs, and/or are involved in the criminal justice system, and their families/caregivers.
  3. Work or volunteer experience in a residential care facility or foster home model program. Direct program delivery experience in the community social justice services sector, with a demonstrated working knowledge of community-based programs and related provincial and community support services is preferred.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with database programs.

Job Skills and Abilities

  1. Excellent interpersonal communication, counselling, and conflict management skills, including a demonstrated ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive written reports.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in teaching others and an ability to work collaboratively with families/caregivers and networks that provide support to youth.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others, enjoys the company of young people and can implement effective behavior management strategies.
  4. Demonstrated ability to develop supportive relationships with youth and their families/caregivers who may be reluctant to engage, and to be sensitive and understanding of their social realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, poverty and lifestyle.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop strong collaborative relationships, work effectively as part of a team, use good judgment, manage conflicts constructively, work independently and be accountable for results.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships based on mutual respect and trust with a range of different individuals and groups in the community.
  7. Knowledge of theory, principles and best practices with respect to providing services to youth with who are high risk, and have complex care needs, and their
    families/caregivers.
  8. Good understanding of relevant Criminal Justice Legislation and policies, the role of Youth Court, Child Welfare Legislation and policies including the Child, Family and Community Service Act; Foster Care and Residential Standards; and applicable government legislation, regulations and accreditation standards.
  9. Excellent organizational, time and general management skills.

Requirements

  1. Satisfactory Criminal Records Clearance.
  2. Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
  3. Use of personal vehicle. Position requires travel in Maple Ridge, the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
  4.  Flexible hours outside normal working hours including days, evenings and weekends based on operational needs.
  5. Documentation that applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.
    Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history and licensure.
How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please apply using the following link

https://canada.easyapply.co/a/3102bcde-211a-436a-9965-b95cacdecc86
Contact Details:
Allie Maltz
PLEA Community Services
3894 Commercial St
Vancouver, BC, V5N 4G2

Tel: 6048710450
E-mail:
www:   plea.ca/


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