Special Services Youth Worker
Aunt Leah's Place Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 16 days (Mon, 5 Jul) full time
Special Services Youth Worker
Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.
Job Summary: Works in a one-to-one capacity developing reliable, consistent supporting relationships and assisting youth in the Support Link Program on their journey to growth and self-sufficiency with one of the many goals being that of preventing homelessness. Works within a semi-independent living residential setting to provide a variety of support services such as conflict resolution, counseling, crisis intervention, supervision and transportation to youth with moderate to severe behavioral issues. Available on-call (on a rotational basis) to respond to participants’ crises that require short-term overnight staffing in a Support Link suite. From a strengths-based approach and intervention will work to identify strengths, issues, and areas of risks. Develops and implements short-term and long-term goals and strategies within program guidelines.
Reports To: Support Link Coordinator
Post-Secondary Child and Youth Care diploma, or,
Social Worker Diploma or degree or,
Diploma or certificate in Human/ Social Services
A minimum of 1-year experience working with high-risk youth or
A relevant combination of education and experience combined with general suitability
Undergo & maintain a satisfactory Criminal Record Check
Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
Clean Driver’s Abstract
Proof of vehicle business insurance of $5 million liability
Overdose Rapid Response Training
First Aid – Level C w/ CPR
Mental Health First Aid
Suicide Prevention Training
Cultural Competency Training
Addictions & Substance use Training
CPI – Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
Agrees and adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics
Knowledge & Skills & Abilities (KSA):
Landlord Tenancy Acts
Ministry of Children and Family Development knowledge
Youth development stages
Knowledge of Aboriginal culture
Proven initiative, judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving capabilities
Demonstrated ability to take action in a crisis management environment
Ability to manage a solid self-care plan
Direct Care (One to One Support):
Supports, encourages, and challenges youth, through developing a trusting relationship with the youth. Support will include:
Household maintenance skills (housing search, basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, shopping, keeping their suite secure, etc.)
Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, participating with the youth in making contact with appropriate community resources);
Financial management (opening bank accounts, writing cheques, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, paying rent, etc.)
Interpersonal skills(developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling & medication management, accompanies and /or transports youth to and from appointments)
Job finding/keeping skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation and presentation, completing application form and job maintenance)
Leisure activities (identifies and participates in social and recreational activities in the community that meet the youth’s needs. Provide life skill, social and interpersonal skill-building, and model appropriate behavior through these activities.)
Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (Other Duties):
Assists in the identification of social, emotional, and behavioral problems by reporting observations to the integrated case management team.
Support workers will provide direct support services such as conflict resolution and short–term crisis intervention.
Works with youth on strategies around anger and behavior management. This may be on a one–on–one and/ or group basis by performing duties such as providing feedback on youth’s behavior, teaching coping techniques and adaptive behavior, and providing guidance and support.
Participates in overnight recreational outings as organized by the Program Coordinator – as per “Front Line Staff Description for overnight Recreational Trips”. (Staff will be compensated with a day off in lieu of each overnight that they spend at these outings)
Participates in the creation and implementation of the following plans and ensures timelines are kept: Individual Service Plan, safety plan, cultural plan & discharge transition plan where relevant
Ensures youth attendance for life skills opportunities’ such as, but not limited to Essential Skills Workshops, Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) meeting appointments, cultural events & connections, counseling, training, and medical appointments
Works with Support Link Coordinator in tracking outcome measurements (e.g. emergency drills, changes in demographics, changes in employment and education status)
Assists participants in completing the Casey Life Skills Assessment
Responsible for budgeting and balancing youth expenses, providing receipts, and ensuring that these funds are spent appropriately, including groceries, clothing, and recreation
Ensures that expenses follow budget guidelines
Health and Safety:
Support Workers ensure that suites are maintained to Society standards, according to the Support Link policies and procedures manual & MCFD Standards for Foster Homes by ensuring youth’s environment is clean, safe, and secure; conducting regular emergency drills with youth; checking safety devices in youth suites weekly; ensuring that the youth is knowledgeable of fire exit routes in their suite; completing internal safety inspections of the Support Link suites as required.
Support Workers to be present for all access to suites or ensure that an approved Aunt Leah’s staff/landlord is present
Participates in the annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.
Attends meetings, including weekly team meetings and monthly Staff Development
Regularly updates and informs supervisor of activities; seeks direction from supervisor in crisis situations as needed
Communicates weekly with Support Link Landlords and provides coaching support to youth when needed
Attends the office daily to complete logs, reports, budgets, and general housekeeping business
Attends events as directed by Supervisor
Communicates weekly or as needed with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other professionals regarding the youth’s Individual Service Plan
Work is performed in an office environment and Special Services Youth Workers will provide service to youth at drop-in, assist in programming, and drive to meet with the youth
Special Services Youth Workers will also be working off-site within the community and in suites in which the youth resides, in providing one to one support
As schedules will vary, Special Services Youth Workers are expected to maintain flexibility in their work schedules
This position requires some lifting of heavier objects up to 50lbs
Participates in on-call as scheduled and is able to support and attend as required
Performs other related duties, as assigned, that does not affect the nature of the work
We offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation, and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Hours of Work: Five days a week (37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours/day); may require working some evenings and weekends. Possibility of remote work during COVID-19.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Special Services Youth Worker in the subject line, to . Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah's Independent Life Skills Society
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Contact Details Saira Bradley, HR Manager
Aunt Leah's Place, 816 20th Street, New Westminster, BC 604 525 1204
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