Directions Transition Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 62 days (Tue, 31 Jan 2023) full time
• $48,921.60 per year
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Directions Transition Worker
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.
This position reports to the Manager of Transitions and Initiatives, Directions Youth Services. The Transition for Youth to Adulthood (TYA) program operates Monday-Friday with some evening and weekend work as needed. The Transition Worker provides one-to-one life skills support to young people 15-18 years old, who are making the transition to independence and/or aging out of government care. Youth are referred to this program by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services (VACFSS)
What we offer you:
Benefits of working with us:
Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time) and growing to more +
Three (3) paid household leave days a year
One paid Wellness Day a year
Paid sick days
Two and a half paid Agency days for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time)
Five paid days for education leave/year (pro-rated for part-time)
One paid Moving Day/year
Subsidized professional association annual dues (if applicable)
A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity
Health and Welfare benefits:
Generous group health/dental benefits after 3 months.
Three flex options for health/dental coverage depending on the coverage you need
Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)
Employee Assistance Plan
Long Term Disability Plan
Group Life Insurance, Travel insurance, ++
Pension: Pension plan enrollment after 12 months
Work Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: GS9 Step 1 $48,921.60
Location: Directions Youth Services, 1138 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC
Posting End Date: Posting will remain open until filled
What you bring:
Education, Training, Experience
Bachelor degree in Social Work or other relevant education
Three (3) years experience working at risk and/or homeless youth in areas such as child protection, life skill development, community support and /or community outreach
Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Ability to engage in client-centred change by establishing respectful relationships and increasing client motivation for positive change and ability to observe and recognize change in clients
Ability to initiate and influence case management and creatively support complex decision-making
Ability to share best practices with more junior staff and lead in circumstances where required
Knowledge of the systematic issues that affect low income and marginalized people and relevant community, social and health resources, and government services and systems.
Knowledge of low barrier resources, harm reduction model, adolescent development, alcohol and drug use issues, mental health issues, sexually exploited youth, and street-involved activities
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, maintain the highest professional standards of ethics and confidentiality, and apply personal self care principles
Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, maintain calm and tactful composure under a broad range of challenging circumstances, and adjust your approach in changing conditions
Ability to work alone or within limited supports in high risk community settings
Ability to utilize knowledge of community resources and advocacy skills to assist youth with systems navigation and work collaboratively with youth’s care teams Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing across a range of technologies
Ability to respond effectively to conflict situations and aggressive behaviour, and use techniques consistent with trauma informed practice
Maintain current knowledge of issues, best practices, and available resources
Successful completion of criminal record check
Valid BC driver’s license; Driver’s Abstract is required
Access to a personal vehicle is required
Current First Aid, CPR, Non Violent Intervention Certificates are an asset
Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Intervention Training and Food Safe Level 1 are an asset
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required
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 #108-22 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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