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Life Skills Program Coordinator

Job Summary: To oversee the day-to-day programming activities and participant involvement for all of the Life Skills Programs currently known as Food Security, Branches, Essential Skills and Connections. This role ensures that excellent service delivery of programming relevant to Life Skills development occurs at all times. The Life Skills Program Coordinator ensures effective program delivery consistent with society mandate, mission and values. The role demands exceptional active listening and decision-making skills. You will be expected to foster a level of care, comfort, and safety that exceeds industry standards.

Reports To:  Director of Training and Life Skills

Salary: Starts at $26.15/HR

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Post-secondary education in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Supervisory experience of 2 to 3 years in the social service sector
  • A relevant combination of education and experience combined with general suitability and experience working with youth in and from government care
  • Undergo & maintain a Criminal Record Check and Local Police Check
  • Standard First Aid Certification
  • Food Safe Certification
  • Agrees to the Society’s Code of Ethics
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Practice Guidelines


  • Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License is an asset
  • Access to reliable vehicle and business liability insurance of $5 million
  • Mental Health First Aid

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Past experience working with youth in and from government care
  • Demonstrates ability to provide staff supervision, coaching, development and team guidance
  • Develop and revise programming as needed to maintain the Life Skills program
  • Superb critical-thinking skills, organization, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of groups and populations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Record maintenance and management skills with the ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to monitor, assess and record participant progress against plans, and make adjustments to plans and services
  • Crisis management skills
  • Ability to act, engage, support youth through a trauma-informed lens
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal teams and external partners
  • Knowledge and understanding of Motivational Interviewing techniques and its application
  • Ability to identify program barriers to achieving goals and appropriately address them
  • Embrace cultural humility and work to create a culturally safe environment
  • Deep awareness and understanding of the current and historical context of the child welfare system in relation to colonization
  • Awareness and understanding around the impact on youth from trauma and intergenerational trauma resulting from colonial policies

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and establish seamless program integration between all Life Skills programming
  • Coordinate the Life Skills program planning and services that are personalized, timely, creative and effective
  • Oversee participant intake and participation
  • Develop partnerships and act as the liaison with community groups in development and support of Life Skills programming
  • Support the completion of monthly, quarterly and annual outcomes reports
  • Complete statistical and evaluation procedures connected to funding
  • Assist with report writing to funders
  • Ensure participant numbers and activities are maintained to a certain level to ensure continued funding
  • Achieve organizational goals while upholding standards and best practices
  • Inform the preparation of & monitor program budgets
  • Coordinate data collection to monitor program budget and to track program & overall statistics
  • Liaise with external facilitators and coordinate with internal programs for Life Skills workshops
  • Life Skills outreach and participation in community organizations or groups
  • Identify gaps in Life Skills support and explore increasing partnerships to fill gaps
  • Attend regular team meetings, coordinator meetings, staff training sessions and program planning meetings
  • May be required to perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work

Key Programming:

Food Security:  Food Security is a program that helps youth and moms learn how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals on a budget. Aside from giving participants access to fresh food, our youth gain valuable life skills through preparing food in our kitchen and following Food Safe standards.  This position will also oversee the weekly meals and grocery distribution at the New West Office.

Branches Program: Supports former youth in care wishing to pursue life skills, including training, education and/or employment for life skills development. Youth accessing this program may be on the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).  This role will support the creation of programming for Life Skills development and act as the liaison with MCFD as needed for case management.

Essential Skills Program: The Essential Skills program offers a variety of workshops for Aunt Leah’s participants. These workshops help participants gain valuable life skills, personal development skills, connect socially, and give them opportunities to participate in creative and recreational activities.

Connections: The Life Skills program may expand to include Aunt Leah’s Connections Program, which is dedicated to permanency planning and increasing cultural connections for youth and families attached to Aunt Leah’s Place.

Supervision: Provides supervision for Life Skills program staff

Working Conditions:

  • This position may require working some evenings and weekends
  • Required to be an on-call supervisor as scheduled on rotation
  • Hours of work will be 37.5 hours a week – 7.5 hours a day generally Monday to Friday
  • Work is performed mainly in an office environment with flexibility to work remotely as needed
  • Primarily based out of the New Westminster Office; may be required to work from the Seymour Office in Vancouver as needed

Living Wage Employer: As a certified living wage employer, we are committed to compensating our employees a living wage that allows working families to support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social, civic, and cultural lives of their communities. Embracing a living wage policy aligns with our Strategic Goals and provides our staff a great place to work.

We Offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Life Skills Program Coordinator in the subject line, to [email protected] . Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate.