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The Agency adheres to fair hiring practices and relevant legislation. The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions at all levels of employment in the Agency; management, leadership, direct service and support service positions.

Recruitment procedures will be free from discrimination and will attempt to attract the widest selection of qualified applicants possible.

Job Postings

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society Job Posting

Position Title: Supported Independent Living Counsellor

Program: Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: June 14th, 2021

Potential Start Date: July 2021

Position Summary

The Supported Independent Living Counsellor provides the support necessary to ensure the successful transition of youth and young adults who are on Youth Agreements or Independent Living through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (ages 15-23 years) to independence by preparing them to secure and maintain an independent living situation and to connect/reconnect these youth with the education system or employment market and with community resources.  Much of this position requires working collaboratively in an outreach and community based capacity.

Hours

Monday to Friday 9-5pm (flexibility in accommodating evening or weekend activates as necessary)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Works with youth, support systems, and others when appropriate, to complete initial and ongoing assessments and developing of individualized plans.
  • Provides behavioural management skills, intervention and risk reduction services to support youth to create safe/stable environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to use basic engagement techniques and evidence-based counselling.
  • Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other basic professional ethics.
  • Provides outreach support and services in helping to transition youth to independence and to connect with services in the continuum of care.
  • Maintains a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with MCFD, other agencies, professionals, ministries and the community.
  • Maintain timely and accurate documentation, confidentiality and duty to report practices.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and youth adults.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting, in group or a one-on-one setting.
  • Well established understanding of child and youth development.
  • Well established understanding of youth/family engagement skills, counselling and intervention approaches.
  • Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families.
  • Demonstrated ability in report writing.
  • Good organization, time management skills.
  • Ability to perform basic computer skills.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or a related Human Services Field.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience which includes:
  • Knowledge and experience with vulnerable/high-risk youth and their families.
  • Experience working with high-risk youth/families in a counselling or other helping capacity.
  • Experience with community based programs and related community support systems.

 Rate of Pay

  • Salary of $44,000 per annum (22.65 per hour).
  • Salary is inclusive of all overtime hour

Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 37.5 hours per week
  • This position requires flexibility in work hours as it contains shift work (days/afternoons/nights) including carrying a cell phone for emergency situations
  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing employment
  • Must follow the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and Policies and Procedures of The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and abide by the relevant rules and reporting guidelines set out by the Ministry of Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be in good driver standing as this position will require the use of your personal vehicle in performance of these duties.
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with youth and young adults in crisis situations.
  • Employee must have First Aid or be willing to obtain certification

Interested applicants please forward your resume to Julie-Ann Hunter at programs_manager@vyes.ca or fax to (250) 383-3812 by June 14th, 2021.

 

Job Postings

Position: Temporary Summer Opportunities Program (2 positions)  

Position Title: Summer Opportunities Activity Worker

Reports To:   Alliance Club Counsellors

Start Date:   July 5th, 2021

End Date:  August 27th, 2021

 Posting Closing Date: June 11th, 2021

 Position Summary:

The Summer Opportunity Program operates during the summer months and is primarily a recreational based program for vulnerable youth who access the Alliance Club. The Summer Opportunities Worker is responsible for organizing and implementing recreational, social and educational activities designed to meet the needs of youth accessing the program.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of child and adolescent development.
  • Understanding of assessment, counselling and intervention approaches.
  • Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other professional counselling ethics.
  • Knowledge of recreation programs and how to implement them for youth.
  • Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to use basic engagement techniques and evidence-based counselling approaches.
  • Established behavioural management skills, crisis response, intervention and risk reduction services to best support youth as well as to create a safe and stable environment, especially around issues such as trauma, suicidal ideation, mental health and addictions.
  • Ability to apply professional ethics to the general work situation.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative and constructive liaisons/relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including clients and families, ministries, other agencies etc. and  provide effective community referrals.
  • Maintain timely and accurate documentation, consent, confidentiality and duty to report practices.
  • Prepare and deliver appropriate, clear and concise oral and written communication.
  • Ability to perform basic food preparation and light housekeeping duties.

Qualifications

Prefer 2 year experience which includes:

  • Knowledge and direct familiarity working with high risk youth.
  • Experience with community based programs and related community support systems.
  • Knowledge of delivering group programming to vulnerable youth.

Pay Rate:

  • $17.50 an hour.

 Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday. 
  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing employment.
  • Must follow the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and Policies and Procedures of The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and abide by the relevant rules and reporting guidelines set out by VIHA, the Ministry of Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies.
  • This position is required to work in a group environment often dealing with multiple youth at one time.  
  • Valid First Aid and Food Safe certification, preferred.
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with groups of youth and youth in crisis situations.  
  • There may be moderate exposure to undesirable environmental working conditions which may require certain safety precautions i.e. client aggression, exposure to client health issues etc. 

Special Working Conditions

The successful candidate must be:

(a) between 21 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

(b)  a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*;

(c) legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

 To apply, please forward applications/resumes to the Youth Empowerment Society at 533 Yates St, Victoria BC V8W 1K7 or email applications/resumes to programs_manager@vyes.ca by June 11th, 2021. Please, no phone calls regarding the position.

 

Casual Positions

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter and Specialized Youth Detox

Position Summaries:
The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and their families. When hiring relief staff, The Youth Empowerment Society hires for both residential sites.

Specialized Youth Detox Withdrawal Management Counsellor
The Withdrawal Management Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the detox program and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response, relapse prevention strategies and counselling.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Crisis Support Counsellor
The Crisis Support Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the emergency youth shelter and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response and counselling.

Please send your resume to the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Manager at keys_manager@vyes.ca

Job Type: Casual

The Agency adheres to fair hiring practices and relevant legislation. The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions at all levels of employment in the Agency; management, leadership, direct service and support service positions.

Recruitment procedures will be free from discrimination and will attempt to attract the widest selection of qualified applicants possible.

Daytime support

Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm
contact our main office
250-383-3514

 Mon-Thurs 12:30pm-7:30pm

contact our Alliance Club

250-361-3923

After hours phone support

Please call:
the Kiwanis Emergency Shelter
250-386-8282