Under the direction of the Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) Manager, the Youth Worker will play a key role in providing strengths-based, healing-centred support to vulnerable youth, to improve their social, emotional, cultural, physical, economic, vocational and daily life skills development, with a particular focus on navigating life transitions. The Youth Worker assists youths to achieve a higher quality of life through increased independence, capacity building and connection to community and supports. In delivering these supports, the Youth Worker utilizes a case management approach to help facilitate positive changes for individuals and families in coordination with other care providers. The Youth Worker also coordinates group-based youth programming to promote psycho-social wellbeing and connection to culture and community.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Provide intake, case planning, and intervention for youth at risk or experiencing social, emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental difficulties, working collaboratively with the family and other care providers
- Support youth with goal-setting and progress through the development of case plans as it relates to social, emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental goals
- Lead and coordinate group-based youth programming to promote psycho-social wellbeing and connection to culture and community
- Provide one-on-one and group counselling to youth and their families
- Consult, liaise and coordinate referrals to community resources in collaboration with students, their families and teaching staff
- Respond to emergent issues and concerns by assessing the situation, identifying the most appropriate response and recommending resources and assistance where necessary
- Intervenes in crisis situations, determines, develops and implements appropriate management strategies
- Establishes direct lines of communication and maintains effective liaison and collaboration with TWN resources, other community resources, including community-based youth serving organizations
- Complete and maintain all documentation, records and reporting as required
- Other duties as required
- Bachelor of Social Work, Child and Youth Care, or related discipline; combination of formal and informal education, work experience, lived experience, and cultural knowledge/skills will be considered.
- Two (2) years of recent related experience working with at-risk youth experiencing inter-generational trauma, mental health and/or other barriers.
- Experience working with First Nations or BIPOC youth and young people
- Experience with fostering positive youth development, group facilitation and program coordination
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with youth, parents, service providers and community agencies
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to develop rapport and work with youth and families in a respectful and strength-based way, and to incorporate cultural practices, values and beliefs
- Displays and role models social-emotional competencies of self-awareness, empathy, flexibility, relationship-building and responsible decision-making
- Understand the dynamics related to working with youth and families who have experienced or witnessed abuse, addiction, violence, or inter-generational trauma
- Demonstrated understanding of the impact of residential schools, the 60’s scoop, and the overall impact of colonization on First Nations communities
- Knowledge of Tsleil-Waututh Nation community and Coast Salish traditional laws and culture an asset
- Knowledge of Tsleil-Waututh, Coast Salish or other First Nations healing practices an asset
- Excellent verbal, written, facilitation and organizational skills.
- Must be highly resourceful; display innovative thinking and creativity; meet challenges with a positive attitude and team approach.
- Understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide.
- Ability to work collaboratively with clients, professionals, members of the community and multi-professional groups
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
- Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
- Tact, sound judgment and ability to manage stress.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality in all interactions.
- Willing to participate in job-related workshops, courses or training to further skills, knowledge and competencies as required.
- Must have a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License.
- Must successfully pass a Criminal Records Check.
- Physical Demands
- Manual dexterity required to operate computer and peripherals.
- Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, lifting and supporting clients.
- Setting up a space for programing, including but not limited to moving and lifting tables, chairs and other equipment
- Mental Focus
- Stress may be caused by the need to complete tasks within tight deadlines.
- May deal with individuals who can, from time to time, be demanding and challenging. Must be able to remain patient and calm, and will have to engage in conflict resolution or crisis management at times.
- Environmental Conditions
- Office environment, generally quiet but at times noise can escalate.
- Interacts with membership, employees, management and the general public.
- Overtime may be required.
- Travel may be required.
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