Job Posting 98156

Residential Child and Youth Workers
WJS Canada
Vancouver Island & Coastal areas
closes in 6 days (Sun, 17 Dec)
full time  •  $26.74 - $30.69/hr

Job #J1023-0835

2 x Permanent, Full-Time Residential Child and Youth Workers


The Positions

The Residential Child and Youth Worker (RCYW) provides care to children, youth or adults with moderate to severe behavioural problems in a residential or day program setting in an accredited agency. As key worker for assigned persons served, the RCYW is responsible for overall development and care of those individuals. In conjunction with the individual’s care team, the RCYW assesses physical, psychological, social and developmental needs, and designs and implements individualized personal service plans and plans of care that address and meet those needs. The RCYW also participates in the operation and maintenance of the program. This position requires union membership with BCGEU.


Two (2) permanent full-time positions, with a weekly schedule of 40 hours each:

  • Schedule 1 = Tuesday through Saturday, 1600-2400
  • Schedule 2 = Tuesday through Saturday, 1500-2300


The Program

Main’s Program is designed to accommodate youth that have experienced a history of failure in other programs and group homes in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Our services support youth recovering from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and overcoming other adversity by providing them with housing and trauma-based guidance.


We accommodate and support traumatized youth in comfortable and welcoming facilities with twenty four hour staffing. Paired housemates share common areas but each child has his or her own bedroom. We offer a safe environment in a residential and friendly neighbourhood. An open door policy encourages a wandering youth to return at any time.


In Your Role You Will

  • Participate in assessing, setting goals for and evaluating progress of persons served.
  • Teach persons served to relate in a socially appropriate manner through the use of daily routines and activities.
  • Monitor persons served and ensure their safety and well-being; utilizes practices that promote health, welfare, safety and security of persons served.
  • Provide behaviour management counseling on a one-to-one and/or group basis by performing duties such as providing feedback on client behaviour, teaching coping techniques and adaptive behaviour, and providing guidance and support.
  • Provide emotional support and crisis intervention to persons served which may include nonviolent physical interventions.
  • Ensure communication and liaison between program, school, family and the community.
  • Ensure physical needs of persons served are met by performing duties such as assisting with basic personal hygiene and activities of daily living.
  • Administer medications to persons served according to established guidelines, procedures and instructions.
  • Maintain reports such as statistics, logbooks and daily activities relating to persons served.
  • Carry out household duties such as meal preparation and household cleaning.
  • Accompany persons served to appointments and community outings.Participate in the OHS Committee as required.
  • Operate motor vehicles safely and legally while transporting persons served or on WJS business.
  • Advocate effectively for persons served.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as required.

*** Successful applicants will be required to participate in MCFD screening and provide three (3) professional reference prior to confirmed employment with WJS Canada.***


As An Ideal Candidate You Possess

  • Child and Youth Care Degree or Diploma OR a Diploma or Degree in one of the humanities, social work or related field. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of two years recent related experience in child and youth care, emergency shelter or a combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Previous experience with trauma informed practice
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and clean driver’s abstract with a reliable, safe vehicle that has appropriate insurance

Other assets:

  • Valid CPR/First Aid, WHMIS, and Food Hygiene and Sanitation certificates (or ability to obtain within probation period)
  • Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Certificate (NVCI) and/or MANDT and Conflict Resolution Certificate (or ability to obtain within probation period)
  • Physician’s note confirming suitability, including immunization records and a negative tuberculosis screening test
  • Prior experience with implementing Behavioural Interventions
  • Prior experience in Trauma Informed Practices

Applicants will be required to provide three (3) professional references that WJS Canada will be able to contact in a timely manner at time of interview.


WJS adheres to provincial/legislated communicable disease prevention protocols. Some of our community health care providers/stakeholders may require WJS employees to be vaccinated in order to be able to enter establishments while supporting WJS individuals/clients in service.


Not sure you meet the requirements? We still welcome you to apply, as we may be able to consider diverse combinations of skills, education and experience.

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