PLEA Community Services is currently seeking four (4) enthusiastic Temporary Full-Time Workshop Presenters for our Children of the Street Program. The temporary term contract is from July 19, 2021 to June 17, 2022. These positions require BCGEU membership.
The Workshop Presenter conducts school-based prevention and early intervention workshops throughout British Columbia, to diverse audiences, including youth ages 10-18. Workshops are presented on topics related to sexual exploitation including online exploitation, drugs, gangs, and peer to peer exploitation. The Workshop Presenter will be responsible for the development, creation, and facilitation of multiple educational prevention workshops. Children of the Street is dedicated to combatting the issue of child and youth sexual exploitation and trafficking through awareness, prevention, and intervention initiatives. The incumbent will have excellent public speaking abilities and skills.
Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number 2021035WP4. Closing date for Internal Applicants: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 4:30 PM. If the position is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- In consultation with school personnel and community organizations, develops, implements, conducts and evaluates school-based prevention and early intervention workshops, such as information sessions, classroom presentations, group discussions and educational opportunities for youth.
- Supports schools, service providers, community groups and the general public by providing information, educational resources and promotional materials relating to sexual exploitation.
- Provides information to youth and parents on community resources and recommends appropriate services as required.
- Contributes to the creating, development and performance of workshop materials, conducting in-service educational sessions, skits, role-plays and facilitation.
- Assists in the planning of and participates in the Youth Art Engagement Project, a 9-week program that explores topics relating to exploitation and provides youth with the opportunity to create social justice art pieces.
- Promotes public awareness of and support of the program by performing duties such as producing promotional materials and attending community events.
- Maintains related records, administers participant evaluations, collects workshop statistics and provides reports to the supervisor as required.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal communication, counselling, facilitation and conflict management skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive written reports.
- Demonstrated proficiency in teaching others and an ability to work collaboratively with parents, partners, and stakeholders that provide support to youth.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others, enjoys the company of young people and an ability to present concepts to the youth of a sensitive nature.
- Demonstrated ability to support youth and parents who may be reluctant to engage, and to be sensitive and understanding of their social realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, poverty, and lifestyle.
- Ability to facilitate and work through difficult group dynamics effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team with other program staff, community professionals and other collaterals; use good judgment; have a sound understanding of boundaries and disclosing reported information; manage conflicts constructively; work independently and be accountable for results.
- Knowledge of theory, principles and best practices with respect to providing services to youth who are high risk and their families/caregivers.
- Excellent organization, time and general management skills.
- Drama or previous public speaking experience is an asset.
- Experience in visual art making (i.e. painting, drawing, etc.) is an asset.
Qualifications, Education and Experience:
- A two-year diploma from a post-secondary institution in a related human / social services field.
- At least one (1) year work or volunteer experience in school-based programs. Direct program delivery experience in the community social justice services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of facilitation skills, community-based programs, and related provincial and community support services is preferred.
- Demonstrated facilitation skills and effective presentation and public speaking skills.
- Computer skills including: Windows, Microsoft Office, Prezi, Social Media platforms and familiarity with database programs.
- Demonstrated ability to develop strong collaborative relationships, work effectively as part of a team, use good judgment, manage conflicts constructively, work with a high degree of independence and be accountable for results.
- Ability to reflect, promote and protect the culture and integrity of the agency and the services it provides, and to manage situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Knowledge of government and accreditation standards, application legislation and policies with respect to the human services sector is considered an asset.
- Advanced proficiency in time management.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
- Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
- Use of personal vehicle. This position requires travel in the Lower Mainland.
- A valid B.C. Driver's License (Class 5 or Class 7), and suitable driver's abstract.
- The usual hours of work in this position are based on a Monday to Friday flextime scheduling arrangement of 35 working hours per week.
- Documentation that applicant is legally entitled to work in Canada.
Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history, and licensure. PLEA'S Youth Services programs require candidates to complete the Centralized Services Hub screening by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.