Job Posting 72039

Alternative Suspension – Primary Youth Worker
YMCA of Northern BC
North Coast / Nechako / North East
1148-7th Ave Prince George BC
closes in 15 days (Tue, 29 Jun)
full time  •  25.08 per hour

 Prince George, BC


35 hrs./ wk. (school hours)

What you will gain

$25.08/hr.; eligible for comprehensive benefits after 3 months;

4 weeks of annual vacation; YMCA membership;

discount on child care (excluding infant and toddler)

Who we are
Rooted in Northern BC for over 50 years, the YMCA of Northern BC is a charity of over 400 staff and volunteers working together to strengthen the foundations of our community through promoting healthy living, fostering belonging, inclusion, and connection, and helping children, families, and seniors thrive. We offer opportunities for personal growth and create social change through child care services, camp programs, community health services, employment services, recreation, and health and fitness services.

What you will do
At the YMCA people are our greatest asset and we are proud to be an employer of choice. Working at the YMCA means you are part of a fun, positive team in an environment of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusivity. The YMCA is committed to providing our community the support it needs to thrive through employment, youth services, and programming for families and seniors. We believe a vibrant, healthy community is one in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and connection.


What you will bring
Our caring community health providers are passionate about helping children, youth, families, and seniors live well. They believe in guiding each individual through a holistic approach to health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental, and social well-being to support people to live healthier, happier lives.


Responsibilities and abilities

YMCA Alternative Suspension is a recognized pan-Canadian school perseverance program that offers support to high school students, who, for various reasons, have been suspended from school. The program works with students who have recurring or sporadic academic and social difficulties. The program has been formerly evaluated on a national scale as a proactive way to prevent school dropout. To date, the program operates in 40 locations throughout Canada and internationally. Alternative Suspension boasts a network of rich partnerships with local schools, school boards and other community partners.


Alternative Suspension in Prince George works in partnership with local secondary level schools to offer support to students, who, for various reasons are temporarily suspended from school. Under the supervision of the Youth Programs Coordinator, and in collaboration with School District 57, the candidate’s principal responsibility is ensuring the effective operation of the program, namely the accompaniment and support of students (12-17 years old) during their referral period.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Intervenes with secondary school students individually and in a small group setting
  • Facilitates daily group workshops on social or behavioural issues (e.g. anger management, responsibility, bullying, etc.)
  • Supervises and supports students with assigned schoolwork
  • Implements strong “youth work” approach informed by program and participants’ objectives
  • Maintains strong partnerships with partnering schools
  • Communicates regularly with participants’ parents/guardians throughout the program and its follow-up processes
  • Manages case files and data entry into the program’s database
  • Drafts annual reports and provides statistics on program results at the end of the school year, and/or as required
  • Completes other general administrative duties
  • Adheres to the YMCA Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies and Procedures and YMCA Code of Conduct
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the program delivery model and resources
  • Work closely with other YMCA of Northern BC youth programs, including Foundry Prince George and Youth Around Prince (YAP)


  • Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) in youth work, social work or other related fields
  • 2 years of experience working with youth, ideally with youth intervention
  • Strong communication skills, both spoken and written
  • Strong understanding of issues impacting youth and healthy youth development
  • Ability to work individually and in groups with diverse youth and their families, including youth with challenging behaviours
  • Ability to engage and motivate
  • Commitment to social inclusion and able to respond sensitively and with personal awareness to the diverse needs of participants
  • Understanding of the impact of colonization and residential schools on Indigenous people

In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following competencies:

1.      Leadership/ Coaching – Ability to direct and develop performance of self and others to achieve desired results.

  1. Negotiation/ Communication/Interpersonal Skills - Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings. Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results. Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
  1. Planning/Organizing – Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long-term goals.
  1. Problem Solving – Ability to identify an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, determine possible solutions, selects appropriate responses and implements and evaluates them.
  1. Service Strategy – Ability to identify the needs and wants of members/participants as a priority and respond in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person’s YMCA experience.
  1. Initiative/Enthusiasm/Innovation – Ability to manage and lead in order to achieve and exceed identified goals.
  1. Teamwork/ Cooperation – ability to work cooperatively and productively with others within and across organizational units to achieve common goals; demonstrate respect, cooperation, collaboration, and consensus-building.


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