Hours of Work Per Week: 32+
Scheduled Hours: Two available rotations: Friday 3-11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-10 pm (32 hrs) Saturday 8-4 pm, Sunday-Tuesday 3-11 pm (32 hrs)
Number of Positions: 2
603 Cardinal Cottage
Spirit of Our Youth homes provide Indigenous culturally-based programming, home-based accommodations for Indigenous children and youth age 3 to 18.
Through positive role-modeling and a trauma-informed approach to care, our youth workers focus on the personal empowerment, help youth plan for their future, create healthy relationships with their families & communities.
Each youth has access to our Indigenous Cultural Coordinator who provides individual support and access to traditional Indigenous teachings, cultural opportunities including sweats, sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, feasts, round dances, languages and access to community Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
Two available rotations (HOURS ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE)
Position #1: Friday 3pm - 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 10pm (32 hrs)
Position #2: Saturday 8am - 4pm, Sunday-Tuesday 3pm - 11pm (32 hrs)
Typical school-day shift (3pm - 11pm) may include:
• 3pm - pick child/youth up from school and transport to the residence
• Guide kids with homework, daily chores, prepare and serve/eat dinner family-style with the kids, transport to and participate in recreational/cultural activities, etc.
• assist/model nightly bed-time routine (assisting younger kids with bathing, brushing teeth, etc.)
• while kids are sleeping - perform household chores (laundry, light cleaning, etc.), paperwork, raining, etc.
Weekend day or afternoon/evening shift may include:
• assist/model healthy morning routine (assisting younger kids with brushing teeth/hair, dressing, etc.)
• Prepare and serve/eat breakfast/lunch family-style with the kids, help kids with daily chores, homework, transport and participate in recreational/cultural activities, etc.
In Your Role You Will
• Provide healthy, positive home-based supports for children and youth
• Build supportive and professional relationships with youth
• Teach age-appropriate life skills: communication, emotional well being, problem solving, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, etc.
• Help youth with developing and achieving personal goals; encouraging their individual interests (music, sports, art, reading, etc.)
• Ensure basic needs are met
• Daily household tasks (may include cleaning, laundry or assisting the youth with the completion of these tasks, etc.)
• Drive children/youth to and from school, medical appointments, recreational activities, community resources and support networks.
• Encourage youth to build self-worth, emotional competence, physical development and participate in their culture.
• Request a job description for detailed list of responsibilities
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• 2+ years' experience Child and Youth Work, in a group home &/or community setting
• Experience supporting/teaching Indigenous children/youth, is an asset
• Post Secondary Certificate, Diploma or Degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Work, other human services, Education, Sociology or Psychology, Criminology, etc.
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract with personal car insurance (2 million in third party liability)
• Must be able to deal with any crisis situations.
• First Aid/CPR Certificate
• Suicide Intervention, Self Harm Awareness, Crisis Intervention and Medication Administration training
• Indigenous Awareness and Cultural Diversity training
• An understanding of Indigenous cultural practices and traditions
• Follow Spirit of Our Youth Homes Inc. policies and procedures and adhere to Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
• Knowledge of the Canadian Accreditation Council Standards for Child and Youth Group Living
• Able to lift 50 lbs.
What WJS Canada does
Spirit of Our Youth started in 2000 out of a passion for helping indigenous youth. From one home we have grown to 5 Group Care Homes, a Supported Independent Living program, as well as a Drive and Supervised Visits program.
In 2013, Spirit of our Youth became part of WJS Canada, the largest privately-owned national social services company in Canada. While operating autonomously, Spirit has full access to the extensive WJS Canada resources.
Our Employees Enjoy
• Generous Dental & Health (incl. Vision) benefit packages for employees working 32+hrs/wk
• Safe, respectful and caring team environment
• Professional and career development training programs
• Flexible hours
We recognize that equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important element in our work and in our day to day lives.
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