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Job Number:  45988
Youth Worker (Mornings) - Aboriginal Safehouse
Job Posted: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
(67 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $45,697.60 - $53,227.20/year plus benefits

UNYA has 1 full time position available for a Youth Worker at our Aboriginal Safehouse Program.  The Aboriginal Safehouse (ASH) is a voluntary short-term residential program for youth between the ages of 16-18 of any and all backgrounds who do not have a safe place to stay.  ASH provides a supportive, non-judgmental place where youth are supported 24-7 in making positive changes in their lives.  We strive to support their mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being.  The hours for this position will be Tuesdays – Saturdays 7am – 3pm (40 hours/week).  This position reports directly to both the Manager and the Assistant 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. Gather information related to each youth through established interviewing techniques and questionnaires, observing the youth, and soliciting information from other professionals involved with the youth.  Evaluate information, and with the youth, ASH Management, and other professional supports, develop and implement a care-plan. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Provide case management services and monitor youth’s progress; reassess care-plans on an ongoing basis to ensure youth are fully supported. 
  5. Assist youth in realizing their goals as set out in their care-plan by providing skill building and development where identified.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Support youth with day-to-day living needs, including developing a trusting, non-judgemental rapport with the youth.  Positively participate in all ASH programming and activities in order to provide a positive role model for youth residing at ASH. 
  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. 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.
  11. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements.
  12. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program operation and mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  13. 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.
  14. Adhere to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.
  15. 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. 
  16. Work together with ASH Management to foster a positive, engaging workplace environment.  Consult with and report to ASH Management on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program. 
  17. Maintain the day-to-day operations of the house (meal preparation, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) and provide skill-building opportunities in these areas to youth.
  18. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by UNYA Management to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Aboriginal Safehouse.
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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