Job Posting 88748

Afterhours Addiction Youth Support Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed yesterday (Wed, 30 Nov)
on-call / relief / casual  •  $23.39 hourly rate (with a $2.00 per hour shift premium added to wages for overnight hours worked)

Afterhours Addiction Youth Support Worker- Competition #96-22


About this Role

Directions Youth Services 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.  We believe in the resiliency of Vancouver’s youth who are at-risk, homeless, and street-involved. We assist youth under the age of 25 to get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues. Our teams 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 inclusive programs of shelter and drop-in, safe houses and other unique programs are committed to being a community leader in harm reduction work and fostering low-barrier spaces where all youth are welcome. 


Working within the mission, vision, values and person-centered philosophy of the Agency, this position works to promote safer & healthier options, to assist youth with the navigation of service systems and, where possible, to assist in their transition from the street to residences. This position will involve working with a variety of ‘at risk’ and ‘homeless’ marginalized youth who may be struggling with addiction, intellectual, emotional/social challenges, dual diagnosis, and histories of sexual abuse.

This position is hourly, overnight and reports to the Afterhours Addictions Response Assistant Manager.

What we offer you:


Benefits of working with us:

A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity


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.


Work Hours: Overnights Hourly (casual - shift work may vary)


Salary: GS 7 Step 1- $23.39 hourly rate (with a $2.00 per hour shift premium added to wages for overnight hours worked)


Location: 1138 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC


Posting End Date: Posting will remain open until filled


What you bring:


Education, Training, Experience


  • Minimum six (6) months of post-secondary education with emphasis on homelessness, mental health, addictions, and/or social services, OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum of two years removed from homelessness, street life, addiction, and/or other connected, relevant life experience.
  • Basic knowledge of adolescent development; alcohol and drug abuse issues; sexually exploited youth, and “street involved” activities.
  • Lived experience is considered an asset


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Basic awareness of community, social and health resources.
  • Basic awareness of the systemic issues that affect low income and marginalized people.
  • Basic awareness of substance misuse, adolescent development, and the problems encountered by chemically dependent individuals.
  • Basic understanding of behavioral management.
  • Basic understanding of mental health issues and treatment.
  • Ability to observe and recognize change in clients.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients.
  • Ability to take training to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behavior, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioral management techniques.
  • Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public, and other agencies, and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as 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.
  • Ability to maintain a schedule that allows for both evening and weekend work.  


Additional Requirements

  • Successful completion of criminal record check
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required

How to apply:

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.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the communities we so proudly serve, while encompassing the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations including queer, trans, and two-spirit people. In our words and actions, we recognize the challenges for those facing inequalities, while acknowledging our privilege, as we continuously strive to remove bias and reduce barriers that individuals may experience in the hiring and job-seeking process. We invite feedback from all applicants who apply for roles with the Agency.

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 #96-22 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to  for follow-up. **if you are an internal candidate, please indicate “Internal Candidate” in the Comments section at the bottom of the online application**

Our programs are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unseeded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw(Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), Qayqayt,Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwekwetlem,Semiahmoo,Matsqui,and Tsawwassen First Nations. Huy ch q’u.

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