LOWER MAINLAND PURPOSE SOCIETY
Position: Youth & Family Development Worker
35 hours per week (permanent position) / $24.00 per hour
The Youth & Family Development Worker will have education, knowledge, and training of adolescent development, mental health, and criminogenic needs, as well as a deep understanding of youth issues and the systems within which at-risk youth operate. The YFDW is responsible for supporting the wide-ranging needs of youth and their families through a strengths-based approach, including assisting youth and families to meet identified goals and objectives such as: facilitating life skill development, connecting to community resources and supports, strengthening relationships, and supporting transition to independence.
- Work from a strength-based perspective to assess strengths and needs of youth and families.
- Provide one-to-one support to youth with mental health challenges.
- One-to-one service to adjudicated and non-adjudicated youth struggling with a variety of barriers.
- Provide goal-focused intervention through assessing client needs, and develop service plans to assist youth/family achieve objectives.
- Provide support and education to family/caregiver where required.
- Community outreach.
- Provide life skills training in both an individual and group setting.
- Maintain accurate reports and file documentation in accordance with COA administrative and service standards.
- Work in a collaborative practice model with community agencies and Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- A 4-year degree in social work, psychology or related field is required, with 2 years’ experience in the field of youth and family services.
- Experience delivering community-based services to youth and their families.
- Knowledge of working with mental health and complex developmental conditions.
- Knowledge of adolescent development and issues related to at-risk youth.
- Knowledge of sexual exploitation and experience working with sexually exploited youth.
- Knowledge of the legislation and policies that govern service delivery in the social service sector.
- Well-developed interpersonal, counseling, oral, and written communication skills.
- Good organizational and time management skills.
- Knowledge of group process and facilitation techniques.
- Knowledge of collaborative practice and the ability to work effectively with a variety of professionals.
- Exceptional report writing skills.
- Class 5 license and vehicle required; Class 4 or willingness to get.
- Must be willing to work flexible hours, some evening/weekend work required.
- First Aid certification required.