Jobs

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

Position Title: Full Time Youth Support Counsellor

Program: The Alliance Club

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: October 5th, 2018

Potential Start Date: November 2018

Position Summary

The Youth Support Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the Alliance Club program. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support and counselling, immediate screening, crisis response and referrals.

Hours

Monday-Thursday 12pm-7:30pm / Friday 9:00-3:00pm

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Well established understanding of child and adolescent development.
  • Well established understanding of assessment, counselling and intervention approaches.
  • Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other professional counselling ethics.
  • Established practice involving families, foster care system, community, intervention programs, the Ministry for Children and Families (MCFD) and other systems in service planning with 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.
  • Support youth to participate in the development and implementation of individualized short-term goals as appropriate.
  • Well established understanding of nonviolent crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques and able to apply in crisis situations.
  • 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

Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or a related human services field

A minimum of 2 year experience which includes:

  • Knowledge and experience working with high risk youth and their families.
  • Experience working with high risk youth and families in a counselling or other helping capacity.
  • Experience with community based programs and related community support systems.

Pay Rate

  • 21.66 per hour
  • Salary is inclusive of all overtime hours

Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 37.5 per week.
  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing employment.
  • Must have valid Emergency First Aid and Food Safe certificates.
  • Follows 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 as set out by the Ministry for Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies.
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with groups of youth and youth in crisis situations.
  • This position requires flexibility in work hours (daytime/afternoon/evening) to accommodate activities such as shift coverage, fund raising events and representing the Agency at public events.
  • 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.

To apply, please forward your resume to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society at 533 Yates St, Victoria BC V8W 1K7 or email to Julie-Ann Hunter at programs_manager@vyes.ca or fax to (250) 383-3812 by October 5th,2018 Please no phone calls regarding the position.

Youth Support Counsellor Job Description 2017

Position Title: Part-time Youth and Family Counsellor

Program: Youth and Family Support Services (YFSS)

Reports To:             Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: October 5th, 2018

Potential Start Date: November 2018

Position Summary

The Youth and Family Counsellor offers support to youth (12-19 years of age) and their parents/caregivers in resolving conflict, managing crisis, developing new effective communication styles, setting healthy boundaries, and when appropriate, strengthening family relationships. The Counsellor provides individual and parent-teen mediation sessions both on-site and within the community. This position requires working with collaboratively with other community service provides to ensure clients have the resources to meet their needs.

Hours

Position is 18.75 hours/ 2.5 days a week. Office hours are Monday/Wednesday and every other Friday. *Please note that this position requires flexibility; occasional evening shifts and/or after-hours calls may be needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interviews youth/family and assesses problems and strengths. Provides intervention services collaboratively with other community programs.
  • Develops and implements counselling and intervention to assist youth/families in determining goals and achieving the objectives developed.
  • Works with youth, family, support systems, and others when appropriate, to complete initial and ongoing assessments and developing of individualized plans.
  • Provides behavioural management skills, crisis response, intervention and risk reduction services to support youth/families and create safe/stable environment.
  • Provides crisis intervention and risk reduction for youth and their family support systems when required, especially around issues such as trauma, suicidal ideation, mental health and addictions.
  • Provides support and services in helping to reconnect youth to appropriate care giving systems in the continuum of care.
  • Maintains a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with MCFD, other agencies, professionals, ministries and the community.
  • Excellent communications skills
  • 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 (out of the last 10 years) which includes:
  • Knowledge and experience with vulnerable/high-risk youth and their parents.
  • 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

  • $21.66 per hour
  • Salary is inclusive of all overtime hours
  • Hours/Conditions of Employment
  • The hours of work are 18.75 hours per week
  • The first 6 months of employment constitute a probationary period, at the end of which a performance appraisal is conducted to determine the suitability of the employee for further employment.
  • 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 families in crisis situations.
  • Employee must have First Aid or be willing to obtain certification

To apply, please email resumes to the Programs Manager at programs_manager@vyes.ca or fax to (250) 383-3812 by October 5th, 2018. No phone calls please, regarding the posting.

Youth and Family Counsellor Job Description 2017