Job Posting 99943

Housing and Life Skills Worker
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, BC
closes in 11 days (Wed, 1 May)
full time  •  $50,887 - $56,365
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Housing and Life Skills Worker
Housing and Life Skills Worker Competition #16-24
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. 
To support and assist at-risk youth to secure safe, affordable housing, and to work one to one with youth to promote positive choices and to further develop their life skills. Provides direct housing life skills training to youth living independently in market housing. Position works on supporting youth in successfully fulfilling their independent housing goals. This position supports youth facing barriers to finding and/or maintaining housing. 
About our Opportunity:
Our Valued Benefits:
  • Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full-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
  • Five paid days for education leave/year
  • 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/ counseling services (up to $1500/year)
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • Insurance, Travel insurance, ++
Pension: Pension plan enrollment for eligible employees
Work Hours: 35 hours per week (Monday to Friday – Position may require some weekend and evening work)
Salary: Grade 9 Step 1 $50,887 - $56,365
Location: Directions Youth Services, 1138 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC
Posting End Date: Posting will remain open until filled
What you bring:
Education, Training, Experience
  • Three years' experience working with at-risk and/or homeless youth in areas such as child protection, life skill development, community support and/or community outreach
  • Experience with adolescent development, and issues involving sexual exploitation, mental health, substance use, concurrent issues and poverty. 
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or other relevant education 
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques 
  • Knowledge of substance use, adolescent development and the problems encountered by chemically dependent individuals; basic understanding of behavioural management 
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines 
Additional Requirements
  • Class 5 driver’s license and clean driving abstract is mandatory
  • 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 communities, persons with disabilities, 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 biases and reduce barriers that individuals may experience in the hiring and job-seeking process. We invite feedback from all applicants who apply for roles within 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 #16-24 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience 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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