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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

Full Time Crisis Support Counsellor: Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

 

Position Title: Crisis Support Counsellor 
Reports To: Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Manager 
Start Date: August 2019

 Posting Closing Date: July 2nd, 2019

Position Summary: The objective of a Crisis Support Counsellor is to ensure that the short term physical and emotional needs of youth are met; to provide crisis counseling to youth and their families through effective assessment, case management and appropriate referrals. Demonstrate crisis intervention skills, in particular around issues of suicidal ideation, mental health and addictions issues.  Actively participate as part of a case management team.  Complete effective and accurate screening and assessments of the youth.  Liaison with other community services utilizing a collaborative approach to integrated case management.  Support youth to participate in their plan through the development and implementation of healthy goals/choices. 

 To apply, please forward applications/resumes to the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Manager at: keys_manager@vyes.ca

 

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS

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.
  • Self-motivated/take initiative
  • Ability to perform basic computer skills.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or a related Human Services Field is preferred.
  • A minimum of two years’ 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 and experience with community based programs and related community support systems.

Pay Rate:

  • 19.04 hourly (benefits available after a  6 month probation period.

Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 40 per week: (7am-3pm or 1-9pm Mon-Fri)
  • 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 follow the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and Policies and Procedures of The 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.
  • This position requires flexibility in work hours (day/afternoon/evenings).
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with groups of youth and youth in crisis situations.
  • Employee must have First Aid and Food Safe certification or be willing to obtain certification.
  • As a member of the full-time team, you will be required to participate in two staff meetings per month.
  • Please note: there maybe a Pager Designate/On Call component to this position after completion of the 6 month probationary period.

 

 

Causal Residential Positions:
Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter and Specialized Youth Detox

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

Job Type: Casual

JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND DETAILS

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.

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