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Job Number:  44970
Outreach Worker
Job Posted: Monday, 28 May 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 15 June 2018
(60 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $45,697.60 - $53,227.20/year

UNYA has one (1) full time position available in our Outreach Program.  The Outreach Program provides street outreach services and 1-to-1 support to Native youth aged 12-18.  Youth Care Counsellors in the Outreach Program work with each youth closely, assisting them to identify their individual needs and set positive goals for the future.  We focus on each youth’s unique strengths and support them to obtain housing, employment, education, training, and life-skills, as well as to positively address alcohol and drug, mental health, and physical health issues, or anything else youth feel they need support with.  The usual hours of work will be Wednesday – Saturday from 1pm – 11pm.  However, a highly flexible schedule will be maintained to meet the needs of the youth, and the days and hours of work will be adjusted as required.  This position reports directly to the Manager of the Aboriginal Safehouse.


Qualifications and Conditions:

  • 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 Native youth.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health issues, addiction issues, concurrent disorders, and FASD.
  • First Aid.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Establish rapport with Native youth on the street, as well as other youth referred to the program.  Gather information related to each youth through established interviewing techniques, observing the youth, and soliciting information from family and other professionals involved with the youth. 
  2. Identify and assess street-involved youth who appear to be new to Vancouver, and provide them with a connection to appropriate resources and services, including possible repatriation. 
  3. For youth needing one-to-one support, evaluate available information, and develop and implement a care-plan, when possible with the youth, MCFD, and other professional supports. 
  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. 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. 
  6. Provide case management services and monitor youth’s progress; reassess care-plans with youth’s professional team on an ongoing basis to ensure youth is fully supported. 
  7. Provide skill development and education in areas such as in harm reduction, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, community resources, alcohol and drug information, and advocacy when a need is 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. 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.
  10. 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.
  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. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements.
  13. 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.
  14. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program operation and mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  15. 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.
  16. Adhere to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.
  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. Consult with and report to the ASH Manager on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program. 
  19. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by the ASH Manager to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Outreach Program.
How to Apply:
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Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Manager of the Aboriginal Safehouse via email at . Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. No enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a candidate may be selected before the posting closes.
Contact Details:
Safehouse Manager

www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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