REPORTS TO: Youth Services Manager
HOURLY RANGE: $22.40 - $26.36/hour
HOURS: 30 hours a week, Monday – Friday; Semi Full Time Position
“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created, and, through healing, health restored.”
Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.
“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”
Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients. If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: https://www.boylestreet.org/mission-history, please consider joining our team.
This role is a partnership with Children Services to support young people in their transition to independence. The Youth Worker will support the young person in stabilizing their lives and increasing opportunities for achieving success. The work is done with a harm reduction approach, a relationship-based practice, trauma informed lens, and a strength-based philosophy. The Youth Worker is responsible for case management alongside our Children Services Region six Caseworkers. The work is done within the parameters of the High-Risk Youth Initiative in supporting the young people on their caseload.
This position will be directly involved with young people ages 12-24, who have complex behaviors and/or addictions and/or experiencing homelessness. The ideal candidate will provide compassionate and unconditional care and acceptance for the youth. This role will also focus on improving outcomes for Indigenous young people in Alberta, the Youth Worker will work with organizations, Band Designates, and Elders to strengthen understanding, relationships, and overall cultural competency in the delivery of services to Indigenous Young People.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
o To work collaboratively with Children Services to support life skills as young people transition to independence.
o Work from a strength-based philosophy and trauma informed lens.
o Work within the Harm Reduction Model.
o Working with young people to connect them to their community and culture.
o Assist in creating a safe, dependable, and supportive environment which respects the young person and his/her/their right to participate in all decisions impacting them.
o Ability to assess and provide crisis intervention.
o Ability to safety plan with the young person around addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and/or criminal activity.
o Advocate and ensure basic needs of young person are being met.
o Provide guidance and support and make referrals for young people on issues related to health, family, addictions, justice, education, employment, recreation, and housing.
o Establish working relationships with Boyle Street Community Services colleagues, the High-Risk Youth Initiative, the Coordinated Youth Response, and Children Services.
o Work with the Youth Services team to deliver the Coordinated Youth Response initiative.
o Ensure all data collection and reporting are carried out in a safe, efficient and timely manner..
Education: Diploma or Degree in Human Services; minimum of one year of relevant related experience. Must have knowledge and experience working with high-risk youth and families.
Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:
o Demonstrate knowledge of the High-Risk Youth Initiative, including harm reduction and relationship-based practice.
o Demonstrate knowledge of addictions, gangs, sexual exploitation, homelessness, poverty, use and neglect.
o Knowledge of Indigenous Culture.
o Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
o Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
o Extensive travel and transportation of clients is a necessity and have a reliable vehicle.
o Must have excellent boundaries.
o Mental resiliency is key.
o Great attention to detail and excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
o Ability to deliver high quality, trauma informed services within a stressful environment.
o Ability to build rapport with individuals engaged in high-risk behaviors.
o Ability to solve problems with young people and professionals quickly, creatively and ethically.
o Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access)
o Demonstrates commitment and innovation to their work.
o Hours will be varying each week; will be after hours responsibilities.
o Flexible and adaptable to change.
Experience and other Requirements:
Experience of working at all levels across teams and/or departments within an organization.
Excellent knowledge and understanding of poverty related issues, trends, and services particularly in Edmonton is essential.
Knowledge and experience of Indigenous culture is desirable.
Experience of report writing is an asset.
o Current Standard First Aid and CPR
o Criminal Record and Child Intervention Checks within the last 3 months (results will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
Location of work: Outreach – Office in The Boyle Street Community Services Centre.
Closing Date: Until Suitable Candidate is Found.
Please email your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position and why you are suitable for the position. In the subject line please reference “ALLIES FOR YOUTH – YOUTH WORKER.”
Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.
Clients, staff, and partners are vital members of the Boyle Street team, so we place emphasis on making sure that we address each other correctly. Pronouns are an important part of how we speak about people.
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