Job Opportunity: Child and Youth Care Worker
Location: Tri Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody)
Available Opportunity: 1 Casual - required availability evenings and weekends
The Child and Youth Care Worker provides one-to-one support to children and youth with special needs as a part of a community access program. The program aims to help children and youth to improve their quality of life, improve social interaction, increase communication ability and recreation skills with peers; and provide opportunities to develop skills for increased independence in the areas of personal care, home living and community access.
- Support children/youth with Developmental Disability, a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or high medical needs.
- Develop, review and evaluate a child specific service plan that includes specific goals to be addressed during the term of service.
- Provide role modelling and coaching for age-appropriate peer, friend and family interactions.
- Increase access to neighborhood venues, community facilities and leisure opportunities.
- Identify and connect child/youth with community resources, programs, and specialized services.
- Help child/youth to increase independent living skills including transportation, community and street safety, money management, shopping and food preparation.
- Assist youth to complete transition to adulthood activities.
- Liaise and communicate with the family to schedule services, and provide regular verbal feedback about weekly activities, and child/youth participation, strengths and challenges.
- Provide or arrange transportation to support service activities.
- Implement components of Behavior Support Plans in the community, upon request.
- Participate in Integrated Case Management meetings upon request.
- Develop positive and supportive relationships with clients, their families and other significant figures in the child/youth’s life as well as professional relationships in all environments.
- Planning and implementing group workshops and liaising and building relationships with community members (ie. Schools, employment centers)
- Maintain accurate and confidential records/statistics.
- This position involves flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays to accommodate the needs of clients.
- Conduct other duties as required.
What you bring
- Certificate in Child and Youth Care, or comparable
- Minimum 2 years' experience working with special needs children/youth.
- Knowledge of child development and family dynamics.
- Experience facilitating group workshops.
- Ability to identify health and safety issues for children/youth.
- Excellent verbal, written, instructional and interpersonal skills.
- Organization and time management skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with the business community, other program staff, therapists, social workers, other related staff and professional consultants and families.
- Ability to work evenings and/or weekends is required.
- Valid Driver’s License with satisfactory driving record and use of own vehicle.
- Current Standard First Aid with CPR & AED Level C certificate or ability to obtain within the first 3 months of employment
- Current Non-Violent crisis intervention certificate
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
Why Work for WFC:
Be part of a grass roots community-based agency committed to developing and strengthening our community together. As a WFC employee, you will benefit from:
- Family-friendly culture and environment
- Making a difference in your local community
- A chance to do meaningful work with a committed team of professionals
About Westcoast Family Centres
Westcoast Family Centres Society (WFC) is a multi-service community-based non-profit organization delivering child-centered, evidence-based programs and services to children and families in the Lower Mainland. Our mission is to strengthen and develop healthy relationships between children, their families, and their communities. Our programs and services aim to address the unique and varied challenges faced by vulnerable families.
Joining the WFC team is an opportunity to be a part of a team where your skills and knowledge will make a positive impact in the lives of children and families.
How to Apply: Apply directly through our WFC website
Position is open to all gender identities. Applications must be legally eligible to work in Canada; only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.