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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: April 12th, 2021

Potential Start Date: May 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 April 1st, 2021.

 

Job Postings

Position Title: Part Time Life Youth Support Counsellor

Program: Life Skills

Hours Per Week: 15

Reports To: Programs Manager

Closing Date: April 12th, 2021

Start Date: May 2021

 Position Summary:

  • The counsellor will provide support services to at risk youth (12-19 yrs), aiding them with the development of skills including but not limited to: family dynamics, independent living, healthy lifestyle choices, anger management, entering the education system and employment preparation. The Counsellor will also connect/reconnect youth and families to support systems and is responsible for the planning and coordination of the program along with the day to day operations of the program.

 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

  • 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 ten) 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:

  • 22.65 per hour

 Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work the part-time position are 15 per week, and will require some flexibility for weekend and evenings for such events as fundraising activities.
  • 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 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.
  • Requires occasional use personal vehicle in performance of these duties.
  • 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.

 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 April 1st, 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