Job Posting 78770

Safehouse, Youth Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 36 days (Mon, 28 Feb)
part time  •  $1,467.52 gross bi-weekly with a competitive benefits & pension package

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Part-Time Youth Worker - Safehouse


Part-Time Youth Worker - Safehouse Competition # 110-21



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.



This is a 32 hours per week position that reports to the Team Leader. This position is located at our undisclosed Youth Safehouse location which is a voluntary residential program for at-risk youth aged 16 – 18 years of all genders, who need a safe place to stay. The program accepts intakes 24/7, providing immediate support for basic needs, connections to longer term services, youth-led goal achievement and service planning in a supportive, welcoming, low barrier environment. Staff work collaboratively with a shift partner to provide responsive care for the youth and the resource.


Hours of work: Thursday- Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am, Sunday3:30pm-11:30pm



▪ Create rapport and trusting, non-judgmental relationships with youth in Safehouse.

▪ Support and monitor individual service plan for youth in collaboration with the youth, connected resources and colleagues.

▪ Maintain professional, positive relationships with partners including VCH, MCFD and service providers.

▪ Maintain accurate logs, record keeping, and data entry related to youth files and statistics.

▪ Maintain facility upkeep including cleaning, laundry, inventory and restocking of supplies.

▪ Responsible for keeping youth files and ensuring information is accurate, current and clear.

▪ Responsible for maintaining knowledge of current best practices and available resources.

▪ Ensure clear and concise communication and information transfer to colleagues and management including shift change.

▪ Train and supervise program volunteers in collaboration with the Program Manager.

▪ Monitor petty cash float and maintain accurate financial records.

▪ Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, supervision sessions and performance evaluation process.

▪ Adhere to all program and agency policies and procedures.


Education and training:

  • Completion or in pursuit of Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Psychology or other related degrees/diploma and/or four years of related experience. ▪ Current First Aid, FoodSafe Level 1 and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificates.



  • Two years’ recent experience working with at risk youth, substance use, and/or mental health ▪ Experience assisting at risk youth in crisis. ▪ A combination or education and experience can be considered



  • Knowledge of needs of high risk and/or street involved youth including harm reduction
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use nonviolent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques
  • Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and a part of a team
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse population
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position


Additional Requirements:

  • Successful completion of criminal record check
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required 
  • Current First Aid, Food Safe Level 1, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificates are an asset.



Directions Youth Services offers purposeful careers, serving the most vulnerable members of our community. This role offers you the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community. We support career development and training for staff to reach their potential and offer mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.



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.


Salary/Pay Grade: 7, Step 1 $1467.52

Location: Directions Youth Safehouse

Start Date: ASAP

Closing Date:  until filled


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