Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.
Young Bears Lodge is a culturally-based, holistic program for Indigenous youth ages 13-18 who are looking to make changes to their relationship with drugs or alcohol. Our live-in program is trauma-informed and grounded in Indigenous cultural teachings, ceremonies, and protocols, within a structured, substance-free environment.
Are you passionate about empowering Indigenous youth? Do you have a knack for building positive relationships?
Are you strategic, creative, and dynamic in your approach to youth work? Does working within a fast-paced environment energize you?
If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!
– Contribute to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for youth.
– Be a positive role model for youth, working in cooperation with others, and positively leading and implementing clinical programming component and therapeutic models.
– Be a member of the management team at Young Bears Lodge to provide leadership, direction, and ensure quality of care in all aspects of the program. On-call responsibilities are apart of this position.
– Work in a variety of trauma-informed healing modalities.
– Provide holistic individual case management support to youth; overseeing clinical care plans, facilitating workshops, group counselling, communicating with support teams, making referrals, follow ups, and after-care planning.
– Participate in Indigenous protocols, ceremonies, and other practices.
– Support and act as resource, coach, and mentor to staff regarding strategies and approaches for working with our youth.
– Play the leadership role in clinical care, and respond to critical incidents, and care needs for the youth accessing our service.
– Support and co-facilitate workshops.
– Lead in the development and implementation of outcome-oriented and client-directed treatment and transition plans.
– Share responsibility for the daily operations of Young Bears Lodge, including meal planning and preparation, maintaining timely, accurate logs, case files, and reports.
– Be the representative of Young Bears Lodge in the community; building and maintain diverse partnerships to maximize programming opportunities and supports available to youth.
– Must possess a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling ( or equivalent ), or a Bachelor’s degree in Child + Youth Care, Social Work, Psychology or related discipline combined with a counselling diploma. Preference will be given to those holding a master’s degree.
– 3 years of recent related experience providing professional counselling services to youth who have substance abuse issues and/or mental health concerns, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
– Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions and Aboriginal healing modalities. And experience supporting Indigenous youth to address the effects of colonization and intergenerational trauma, and reinforcing a positive sense of belonging and Indigenous identity.
– Priority is given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit applicants, as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.
– Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, coupled with strong crisis intervention and conflict mediation skills.
– The ideal candidate will have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills, work from a youth centered collaborative approach and respond appropriately to safety and risk concerns. Knowledge of Narrative Therapy, Feminist Multicultural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement techniques and/or culture as therapy.
– A strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love of what you do.
Taking care of people is our priority, and this includes our staff. Together, we strive to create an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental work environment. We pay 40 hours per week for full-time, not 35 or 37.5. Having a self-care plan in place is important to your wellbeing, both personally and professionally, and we have a number of supports in place to help our staff with this.
In addition to our extended health benefits plan, full-time staff have access to our Employee Assistance Program, including counselling services. Our Elder in Residence has set hours every week to meet with staff for personal, cultural, and spiritual support. We are committed to ongoing learning and positive team building, and the entire UNYA team comes together once a month for a morning of professional development, followed by a shared meal and an afternoon of fun activities.
$28.60/hr 40 hrs a week, Sun- Thurs 9am-5pm
To best support Indigenous youth in this program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. Please self-identify in your application.
Applications will be accepted only as described above, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No enquiries – only those short-listed will be contacted.
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