Job Posting 99284

Overnight Youth Shelter Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, BC
closes in 4 days (Thu, 29 Feb)
part time  •  24.33 per hour
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Part-time Overnight Youth Shelter Worker
Overnight Youth Shelter Worker (Part-time)- Competition #6-23
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, these part-time salaried positions will serve youth experiencing homeless, aged 19 to 24 in accessing a temporary 12-bed shelter offered within the Directions Youth Service Centre. These overnight positions work to promote safer, healthier alternatives, and where possible, to assist in the transition of youth from the street to residences and provide referral information where possible to clients. These positions will consist of working with a variety of unhoused youth struggling with substance use, including those who are neurodiverse and/or face emotional/social challenges. The positions actively support the Agency’s awareness and goals around diversity, inclusion justice and equity.
These positions report to the After-Hours Supervisor and After-Hours Assistant Manager.
About our Opportunity:
Our Valued Benefits:
  • Starting at three weeks’ vacation (pro-rated for part-time staff)
  • Three paid household leave days a year
  • Two paid Wellness Days a year
  • Paid sick days
  • Two and a half paid Agency days for full-time staff
  • Five paid days for education leave/year  (pro-rated for part-time staff)
  • 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 Wellness Resources:
  • Generous health/dental benefits after three months.
  • Three flex benefit options to meet your individualized needs
  • Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • Insurance, Travel insurance, ++
Pension: Pension plan enrollment for eligible employees
Work Hours: 3 overnight positions available:
  • 24-hour salary per week (8 hours plus 1-hour unpaid break)
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12am-9am (starting Thursday night at 11:59pm)
  • 32-hour salary per week (8 hours plus 1-hour unpaid break)
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8:30pm-5:30am
  • 24-hour salary per week (8 hours plus 1-hour unpaid break)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30pm-5:30am
Salary: Salary Grade 7 Step 1 - $24.33/hour + $2.00/hour Shift Premium on overnight hours worked
Location: Directions Youth Services Centre, 1138 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Posting End Date: Posting will remain open until filled
What you bring:
  • Initiate contact with all youth referred to shelter and build trusting, supportive relationships and assess youth eligibility to access the shelter.
  • Identify individual needs for youth accessing the program through intake process and provide support, encouragement, collaboration and education to clients in matters related to crisis intervention, harm reduction, conflict resolution, community resources, alcohol and drug information, and advocacy to clients and referral calls utilizing youth social work best practice.
  • Monitors youth in shelter, ensuring the safety and comfort of clients, by observing client behavior, document and informing supervisor and co-workers as required.
  • Monitors the overall safety of the Centre/shelter through enforcing Centre guidelines by observation to detect inappropriate behavior, drug use, and contraband.
  • Ensures maintenance of the facility and care of clients by performing daily cleaning, outdoor clean up, minor repairs, preparation of meals, and or snacks for clients.
  • Employ non-violent crisis prevention and intervention strategies, initiating first aid, calling emergency services, and/or delegating these tasks
  • Maintain appropriate notes, statistics, logs and critical incidents in a professional and thorough manner in the online database where applicable
Education, Training, Experience
  • Two years’ post-secondary course/diploma in social work or youth care/certificate in related field
  • Food Safe Certification and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training an asset
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with youth, preferably in support of unhoused youth
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Minimum of two years removed from homelessness, street life, addiction, and/or other connected, relevant life experience.
  • Lived experience is considered an asset.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Knowledge of substance use, mental health, and sexual exploitation; knowledge of and belief in the Harm Reduction model
  • Knowledge of community, social, and health resources
  • Knowledge of the ongoing and systemic impacts of colonization
  • Knowledge of how systems impact and make vulnerable individuals and communities
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques
Additional Requirements
  • Successful completion of a 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,
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 #6-23 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.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.


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