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 Supported Independent Living Counsellor

Program:  Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date:  August 29th, 2018

Potential Start Date:       September/October 2018

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 $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 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 August 29th, 2018

Supported Independent Living Job Description July 2017

Position Title:   Full Time Youth Outreach Counsellor

Program: Youth Services Outreach Program

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: August 29th, 2018

Potential Start Date:   September/October 2018

 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 varied shifts (9-5pm and 11-7pm (1day a week), 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 $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 August 29th,2018. Please no phone calls regarding the position.

Youth Outreach Counsellor Job Description 2015