Job Posting 75348

Housing and Life Skills Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closing tomorrow (Fri, 24 Sep)
full time  •  $1,719.90 gross bi-weekly with a competitive benefits & pension package

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Housing and Life Skills Worker


Housing and Life Skills Worker Competition #85-21



Directions believes in the resiliency of Vancouver’s youth who are at-risk, homeless, and street-involved. For many youths, home is not a place of safety or belonging. We strive to create spaces and build connections with youth who are facing challenges of street life, substance use, mental health concerns, and disconnection from their communities. Directions is committed to being a community leader in harm reduction work and fostering low-barrier spaces where all youth are welcome. 


Directions Youth Services provides 24/7 support to assist youth under the age of 25 to connect with supports, get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues, and transition to more permanent housing. Directions runs 12+ programs inclusive of shelter and drop-in, safe houses, detox and other unique programs for youth throughout Vancouver and employs more than 220 passionate, team members.


Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for more than 90 years has provided a variety of essential resources for children, families and individuals in the Greater Vancouver community.



To support and assist at-risk youth to secure safe, affordable housing, and to work one to one with youth to promote positive choices and to further develop their life skills. Provides direct housing life skills training to youth living independently in market housing. Position works on supporting youth in successfully fulfilling their independent housing goals. This position supports youth facing barriers to finding and/or maintaining housing. 


Hours of work: 35 hours/week - Position may require some weekend and evening work



  • Develop, implement and monitor individual service plans for youth, in collaboration with the youth, other connected resources and colleagues 
  • Plan, prepare and conduct group or individual support sessions to respond to identified problems, needs and risks 
  • Assess and manage risks when working with clients 
  • Navigate and facilitate interactions with youth in the community that are responsive to youth’s needs 
  • Evaluate and report on service plan-related progress, identify and adapt plans responding to changes in client motivation, and address issues impacting program service delivery 
  • Collaborate and negotiate with external stakeholders and other service providers to ensure comprehensive responsive and effective service delivery 
  • Participate in and represent the agency at community events and tables as appropriate 
  • Plan, organize and implement appropriate recreational, cultural, social and/or educational activities 
  • Take a leadership role in emergency and crisis situations and debriefs where necessary 
  • Conduct preliminary screening and intake assessments, referring individuals to more appropriate services where necessary 
  • Establish rapport, and initiate, develop, and maintain supportive and trusting relationships with youth accessing the programs 
  • In accordance with youth’s service plan, assist in navigating services as appropriate 
  • Participate in service plan review providing observations and input, and where appropriate conduct follow-up on service plans and restrictions 
  • Maintain and ensure consistency in required documentation and financial records 
  • Establish a trusting, non-judgmental, respectful rapport with at-risk youth  
  • Promote safer, healthier alternatives for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness  
  • Provide youth with basic life skills training in areas such as housing and job search techniques, basic communication skills, hygiene, budgeting, shopping and money management  
  • Provide introduction to the various housing resources available to youth  
  • Assist youth in securing safe shelter in the community when stable housing is not available  
  • Provide youth with one-to-one counselling, support, referral and crisis intervention  
  • Participate in ICM strategies 
  • Perform other related duties as required 



Education and training:

  • Three (3) years' experience working with at-risk and/or homeless youth in areas such as child protection, life skill development, community support and/or community outreach
  • Experience with adolescent development, and issues involving sexual exploitation, mental health, substance use, concurrent issues and poverty.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or other relevant education
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license (submission of abstract required)  
  • Use of personal vehicle and sufficient liability insurance


  • Knowledge of community, social and health resources
  • Knowledge of the systemic issues that affect low income and marginalized people
  • Basic knowledge of mental health issues and treatment
  • Knowledge of and belief in the Harm Reduction model
  • Ability to observe and recognize change in clients
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and establish/maintain rapport with clients
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques
  • Knowledge of substance use, adolescent development and the problems encountered by chemically dependent individuals; basic understanding of behavioural management
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory working relationships with the public and other employees, to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and other agencies and to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse population
  • Mid-level computer literacy including familiarity with Microsoft Office suite
  • Administratively organized for file management and stat collection
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position



  • Friendly work environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Support the local community
  • Rewarding experience



If this describes you, please submit your application to us through our website: 


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.


FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.


Work Hours: 35 hours/week 

Salary/Pay Grade: GS8   $1,719.90 gross bi-weekly with a competitive benefits & pension package

Location: Downtown Vancouver  

Start Date: As soon as possible  


If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #85-21 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to for follow-up.

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