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Job Number:  44181
Centralized Assessment Worker
Job Posted: Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Closing Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
(80 days ago)
YMCA of Northern Alberta
Region: Northern Alberta Type: Full time
Location: Grand Prairie Salary: (not entered)

Grande Prairie YMCA


The Homeless Initiatives Centralized Assessment has the following full-time salaried position available


Centralized Assessment Worker


The YMCA is a charitable, mission-based organization dedicated to the development of people in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Northern Alberta is seeking a motivated individual who will effectively plan, administer, and evaluate the Centralized Assessment service delivery process in alignment with the Housing First Philosophy. 


Key elements of this position include the respectful engagement of clients who access the service by walk-in, telephone and/or third-party agents who call on behalf of potential clients.  The Assessment Worker will provide intake, assessment and referral services for individuals, couples and families who are chronically or episodically homeless with multiple barriers and high needs. The Housing Assessment Worker completes intake evaluations and eligibility assessments and ensures participants who qualify for Housing First Services receive appropriate referrals to an Intensive Case Management team. The Assessment Worker will have a strong understanding of Harm Reduction practices and have the willingness and ability to work within this framework.  At all times this individual will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with vulnerable populations who face housing insecurity and related challenges.


Salary: The YMCA of Northern Alberta offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Salaries are commensurate with experience.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Receive, process and provide effective and timely evaluation and eligibility assessment of applications for Housing First.
  • Assess basic eligibility and ensure appropriate placement into an Intensive Case Management team.
  • Facilitate referrals of clients, who do not meet eligibility criteria, to the Prevention and Diversion Worker.
  • Provide case management to all clients throughout the entire assessment and placement process.
  • Support the warm transfer of clients to the assigned Intensive Case Management team.
  • Maintain accurate and current participant and program records, files and ETO and complete monthly activity reports and stats as required.
  • Establish effective community relations relevant to the program and promote programs to achieve programmatic and financial targets. Network with other community providers of Housing First Services. Attend community and housing first-related meetings as assigned.
  • Maintain excellent interpersonal relationships with staff, volunteers, participants and students.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate program administration systems in accordance with the YMCA and funder standards, policies and practices.
  • Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values and the YMCA programs and services
  • Must be able to work off site as well as evening hours



Education/Certifications/Credentials/Professional Registration


  • University Degree in Human Services or equivalent, related education.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C, and WHMIS Certification
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention Certification preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, clear driver’s abstract, and access to a vehicle.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search, and a current and satisfactory Child Welfare Intervention Record Check.




  • 2 years of direct, professional service delivery experience in a team environment.
  • Working with vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless.




  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and team skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Housing First model and client assessment
  • Excellent understanding of Harm Reduction practices.
  • Knowledge in motivational interviewing or other supportive counselling skills.
  • Data systems such as ETO experience, an asset
  • Knowledge of related community, and human services resources.
  • Cultural awareness, sensitivity and demonstrated knowledge of dealing with the needs of participants from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows.


Applications will remain open until suitable candidate is found.

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