Special Services Youth Worker
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.
Job Summary: Works in a one-to-one capacity developing reliable, consistent supporting relationships and assisting youth in the Support Link Program on their journey to growth and self-sufficiency with one of the many goals being that of preventing homelessness. Works within a semi-independent living residential setting to provide a variety of support services such as conflict resolution, counselling, crisis intervention, supervision and transportation to youth with moderate to severe behavioral issues. Available on call (on a rotational basis) to respond to participants’ crises that require short-term overnight staffing in a Support Link suite. From a strengths based approach and intervention will work to identify strengths, issues and areas of risks. Develops and implements short-term and long term goals and strategies within program guidelines.
Reports To: Support Link Coordinator
- Post-Secondary Child and Youth Care diploma, or,
- Social Worker Diploma or degree or,
- Diploma or certificate in Human/ Social Services
- A minimum of 1 year experience working with high risk youth or
- A relevant combination of education and experience combined with general suitability
- Undergo & maintain a satisfactory Criminal Record Check
- Undergo & Maintain MCFD contracted agency caregiver clearance
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- Clean Driver’s Abstract
- Proof of vehicle business insurance of $5 million liability
- Overdose Rapid Response Training
- First Aid – Level C w/ CPR
- Mental Health First Aid
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Cultural Competency Training
- Addictions & Substance use Training
- Food Safe
- CPI – Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention Training
- Agrees and adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics
Knowledge & Skills & Abilities (KSA):
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Motivational Interviewing
- Person Centered Approach
- Landlord Tenancy Acts
- Ministry of Children and Family Development knowledge
- Substance Abuse/misuse
- Youth development stages
- Knowledge of Aboriginal culture
- Proven initiative, judgment, decision-making and problem solving capabilities
- Demonstrated ability to take action in a crisis management environment
- Ability to manage a solid self- care plan
- Suicide Prevention
- Documentation/Report Writing
- Organizational skills
- Time management
- Medication Management
Direct Care (One to One Support): Supports, encourages and challenges youth, through developing a trusting relationship with the youth. Support will include:
- Household maintenance skills (housing search, basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, shopping, keeping their suite secure etc.)
- Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, participating with the youth in making contact with appropriate community resources);
- Financial management (opening bank accounts, writing cheques, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, paying rent, etc.)
- Interpersonal skills (developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
- Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling & medication management, accompanies and /or transports youth to and from appointments)
- Job finding/keeping skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation and presentation, completing application form and job maintenance)
- Leisure activities (identifies and participates in social and recreational activities in the community that meet the youth’s needs. Provide life skill, social and interpersonal skill-building and model appropriate behaviour through these activities.)
- Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (Other Duties):
- Assists in the identification of social, emotional, and behavioral problems by reporting observations to the integrated case management team.
- Support workers will provide direct support services such as conflict resolution and short –term crisis intervention.
- Works with youth on strategies around anger and behaviour management. This may be on a one –on-one and/ or group basis by performing duties such as providing feedback on youth’s behaviour, teaching coping techniques and adaptive behaviour and providing guidance and support.
- Participates in overnight recreational outings as organized by the Program Coordinator – as per “Front Line Staff Description for overnight Recreational Trips”. (Staff will be compensated with a day off in lieu of each overnight that they spend at these outings)
- Participates in the creation and implementation of the following plans and ensures timelines are kept: Individual Service Plan, safety plan, cultural plan & discharge transition plan where relevant
- Ensures youth attendance for life skills opportunities’ such as, but not limited to Essential Skills Workshops, Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) meeting appointments, cultural events & connections, counselling, training, and medical appointments
- Works with Support Link Coordinator in tracking outcome measurements (e.g. emergency drills, changes in demographics, changes in employment and education status)
- Assists participants in completing the Casey Life Skills Assessment
- Responsible for budgeting and balancing youth expenses, providing receipts and ensuring that these funds are spent appropriately, including groceries, clothing and recreation
- Ensures that expenses follow budget guidelines
Health and Safety:
- Support Workers ensure that suites are maintained to Society standards, according to the Support Link policies and procedures manual & MCFD Standards for Foster Homes by ensuring youth’s environment is clean, safe and secure; conducting regular emergency drills with youth; checking safety devices in youth suites weekly; ensuring that the youth is knowledgeable of fire exit routes in their suite; completing internal safety inspections of the Support Link suites as required.
- Support Workers to be present for all access to suites or ensure that an approved Aunt Leah’s staff/landlord is present
- Participates in the annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.
- Writes reports (monthly, weekly, budgetary, intake, critical incident, transition plan, & discharge etc.)
- Attends meetings, including weekly team meetings and monthly Staff Development
- Regularly updates and informs supervisor of activities; seeks direction from supervisor in crisis situations as needed
- Communicates weekly with Support Link Landlords and provides coaching support to youth when needed
- Attends the office daily to complete logs, reports , budgets and general housekeeping business
- Attends events as directed by Supervisor
- Communicates weekly or as needed with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other professionals regarding the youth’s Individual Service Plan
- Work is performed in an office environment and Special Services Youth Workers will provide service to youth at drop-in, assist in programming, and drive to meet with the youth
- Special Services Youth Workers will also be working off site within the community and in suites in which the youth resides, in providing one to one support
- As schedules will vary, Special Services Youth Workers are expected to maintain flexibility in their work schedules
- This position requires some lifting of heavier objects up to 50lbs
- Participates in on-call as scheduled and is able to support and attend as required
- Maintains confidentiality
- Performs other related duties, as assigned, that do not affect the nature of the work
We offer: A comprehensive benefit package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation and personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Hours of Work: Willing to consider part-time (22.5 hours a week) or a full-time regular role (37.5 hours a week); may require working some evenings and weekends. Possibility of remote work during COVID-19.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Special Services Youth Worker in the subject line, to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society!