Lifeskills Program Coordinator

Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

We are seeking an experienced Program Coordinator to join our Lifeskills Program team to support the expanded services and partnership within the organization with the goal of replicating the family privilege that youth from parented homes receive. Our ideal candidate shares our passion for improving the outcomes for youth and families affected by the foster care system. From day one, you will have a hands-on impact, facilitating program services, with the underlying objective of enhancing the quality of service outcomes and participant satisfaction. 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.

Job Summary:  

To oversee the day-to-day programming activities and participant involvement for all of the Lifeskills Programs. Ensure that excellent service delivery of programming relevant to Lifeskills development occurs at all times. The Coordinator ensures effective program delivery consistent with society mandate, mission and values.


Reports To:  Program Manager – Employment and Lifeskills Programs



  • 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 satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Standard First Aid Certification
  • Food Safe Certification
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence is an asset
  • Access to reliable vehicle and business liability insurance of $5M will be an asset
  • Agrees to the Society’s Code of Ethics
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Practice Guidelines


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Past experience working with youth in and from government care
  • Demonstrated ability to provide staff supervision, coaching, development and team guidance
  • Superb critical-thinking skills, organization, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with all age groups and populations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Records maintenance & 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, and develop programming through a trauma-informed lens
  • Ability to establish collaboration and work collaboratively with internal teams and external partners
  • Knowledge and understanding of Motivational Interviewing techniques and its application
  • Ability to identify barriers to achieving goals and appropriately address them
  • Embrace cultural humility and work to create a culturally safe environment
  • Reflective – you see the value of reflection and use this practice to continually improve the work that you do
  • 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.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and establish seamless program integration between all Lifeskills programming
  • Coordinate the Lifeskills 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 Lifeskills 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 Lifeskills workshops
  • Lifeskills outreach and participation in community organizations or groups
  • Identify gaps in Lifeskills 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 Lifeskills 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 Lifeskills development and act as the liaison with MCFD as needed for case management.

Essential Skills Program: The Essential Skills program offers a variety of weekly 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.


Supervision: Provides supervision for Lifeskills program staff.


Health and Safety: May participate as a member or a designate of the Health and Safety Committee.


Working Conditions:

  • This position may require working some evenings and weekends
  • Required to be an on-call supervisor as scheduled on rotation
  • The Lifeskills 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
  • 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.


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: As of January 4, 2022, Aunt Leah’s Place has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination policy. Aunt Leah’s Place strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated (2 doses) for COVID-19. Rather than a mandatory vaccine policy, we have implemented a voluntary disclosure of vaccination. Employees will fill out a “voluntary disclosure” form indicating their vaccination status. Employees that do not wish to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status will be considered unvaccinated for operational planning purposes. The voluntary disclosure form will be included in the hiring process.

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.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectation, quoting Lifeskills Program Coordinator in the subject line, to [email protected] Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in joining Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society!

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 and like what we have to offer.

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Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.