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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

Fulltime Youth Outreach Counsellor

 Position Title:   Youth Outreach Counsellor

Program: Youth Services Outreach Program

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: April 15th, 2019

Potential Start Date:   May 2019

 Position Summary

The Youth Outreach Counsellor works as a member of a team that provides a variety of services to high-risk youth (12-19 yrs) and their families. The counsellor is responsible for face to face contact providing the immediate services and interventions through crisis response, safety assessment and risk reduction services. Much of this position requires working collaboratively in an outreach and community based capacity.

Hours

  • Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (some flexibility in accommodating evening or weekend activities as necessary).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Well established understanding of child and youth development.
  • Well established understanding of youth/family engagement skills, counselling and intervention approaches.
  • Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other basic professional ethics.
  • Established practice involving families, the foster care system, community, intervention programs, the Ministry of Children and Families and other systems in service planning with youth and families.
  • Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting, in group or a one-on-one setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to use basic engagement techniques and evidence-based counselling.
  • 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, families, MCFD, other agencies etc. and provide effective community referrals.
  • Maintain timely and accurate documentation, confidentiality and duty to report practices.
  • Prepare and deliver appropriate, clear and concise oral and written communication.
  • Good organization, time management skills.
  • Ability to perform basic computer skills.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or a related Human Services Field.

A minimum of five years experience (out of the last ten) which includes:

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

Pay Rate

  • Salary of approx. $42,000 per annum ($21.66 an hour).
  • Salary is inclusive of all overtime hours

Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 37.5 per week.
  • This position requires flexibility in work hours (day/afternoon/evenings, weekends and after hours to accommodate activities such as emergency pager response, shift coverage and fundraising events).
  • The first six 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 the further employment.
  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing employment.
  • Must have Emergency First Aid certification.
  • This position will require carrying a pager and responding to calls accordingly.
  • 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 MCFD 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 automobile in the performance of these duties.
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with youth and families 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.

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 April 15th, 2019 Please no phone calls regarding the position.

Youth Outreach Counsellor Job Description 2019

Causal Residential 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.

Skills/Competencies:
Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting, self-motivated, takes initiative, has demonstrated time management skills, demonstrated ability to successfully complete duties/chores, strong written and verbal communications. Understands and works within the limitations of confidentiality. Has knowledge of community resources available to youth and their families. Aware of and demonstrates a youth centered strength based approach. Demonstrate sound judgment and strong interpersonal skills along with respect and diplomacy. Maintain ethical boundaries and professionalism at all times.

Professional and Personal Qualifications:
The requirements listed below detail the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the job.
The counsellor will need to demonstrate a good standard of competency in a number of the competencies listed within the agency’s competency framework. A summary of the competencies has been attached to this job description. The knowledge and skills required to demonstrate the competencies are integrated into the role of this position. The achievement of competencies is reviewed within the performance recognition and development plan.

Education:
• Preference is a bachelor’s degree in child and youth care, social work or in a related human services field.

Required Experience:
• A minimum of 1 year experience which includes:
• Knowledge and experience with vulnerable/high-risk youth and their families.
• Experience working with high-risk youth in a counselling or other helping capacity.
• Experience with community based programs and related community support systems.
Knowledge:
• Basic understanding of child and adolescent development.
• Basic understanding of brief and comprehensive assessments, counselling and intervention approaches.
• Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other basic counselling ethics.
• Established practice involving families, foster care system, community, intervention programs, the Ministry for Children and Families and other systems in service planning with youth.
• Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families.
Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting.
• Demonstrated ability to use basic engagement techniques and evidence-based counselling approaches.
• Skills to conduct and apply intake screenings, assessments and crisis response.
• 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.
• Maintains timely and accurate documentation, consent, confidentiality and duty to report practices.
• Prepares and delivers appropriate, clear and concise oral and written communication
• Demonstrated ability to perform basic computer and Internet skills.

Conditions of Employment:
• Works a variety of shifts which may include overnight awake shifts. Most shifts are eight or twelve hours in length with the occasional four hour shift depending on necessity.
• 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
• Candidate must have Emergency First Aid and Food Safe certification.
• Specialized Youth Detox requires all personnel to have a current TB Test, Immunization records, a doctor’s note and yearly Influenza Vaccination
• 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 as set out by the Ministry for Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies.

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

Job Type: Casual

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