Kamloops Youth Shelter (KYS)
$28.32 - $32.51 per hour (Grid 12 as per collective agreement)
HOURS of WORK:
40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday, 3:00-11:00 PM
ABOUT the KAMLOOPS YOUTH SHELTER
The KYS provides living support services to meet the basic needs of youth aged 13 to 18 who require short-term emergency housing. The Youth Shelter provides assessment, intervention, harm reduction, and various other support services to assist youth in creating positive change in their lives.
ABOUT THE JOB
The Youth Support Worker provides assessment and intervention to assist youth in creating positive change and growth in their lives and acts as an advocate for youth and families in the community. Responsibilities include:
- Welcomes youth to the shelter and assesses the suitability of services.
- Maintains a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment at the shelter.
- Completes intake process and documentation.
- Monitors and ensures the safety and wellbeing of youth while in the program and responds to needs and concerns as they arise, including responding to unusual, emergency, or critical situations.
- Applies effective harm reduction strategies.
- Supports youth in creating and maintaining healthy daily living routines.
- Collaborates with individuals, caregivers, and other community professionals to assess the youth's needs and develop and attain realistic, attainable goals. Adjusts goals and strategies as required.
- Supports youth to establish and/or maintain relationships with natural supports.
- Provides referrals to internal and community programs as required.
- Completes program-specific documentation in a timely manner – contact notes, daily journal, critical incident reports, etc.
- Performs housekeeping duties including meal preparation, cleaning, and yard maintenance (mowing, weeding, gardening).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
- Diploma in Human/Social Service
- Two (2) years of recent related experience supporting individuals experiencing substance use issues, mental health concerns, and homelessness.
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, and ABILITIES
Demonstrated knowledge and strong abilities to:
- Build healthy, trusting relationships with all involved parties, including the individual, colleagues, supervisors, community professionals, care teams, and family members
- Respond appropriately to challenging behaviours, crisis situations, and aggression
- Practice from a trauma-informed lens while supporting youth who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.
- Support youth with substance use, mental health, and emotional regulation issues.
- Apply effective and inclusive harm reduction strategies.
- Provide life skills support using a strengths-based approach
- Provide assessment and implement a variety of intervention strategies to assist youth in creating positive change
- Work effectively independently and as a strong contributing member of a team
- Follow directions and implement strong critical and analytical thinking in the work, applying appropriate policies and procedures
- Take initiative, notice what needs to be done in the program, and follow through
- Manage conflict effectively, mediate/facilitate between youth and their family members
- Provide clear and accurate written documentation
- Make appropriate community referrals to other resources as needed
- Valid Class 5 Driving License
- A safe driving record
- Following training is required and provided to the successful candidate free of charge. Existing certification is an asset: Emergency First Aid (Community Care) with CPR-C, Mandt, Safe Food Handling, Medication Management, Naoloxone, MCFD Privacy, Anti-Bullying, and Harassment.
- Complete set of Covid-19 vaccinations (minimum two doses)
- TB Testing showing free from tuberculosis
- This job requires union membership.
- Extended Health Care Benefits including Dental, Vision, Paramedical Services, Life Insurance, Employee & Family Assistance Program, etc. upon completion of the probationary period
- Municipal Pension Plan
- 6% vacation accrual
- Fully paid statutory holidays
- 1 day/month sick time accrual
- ¢61 /km mileage reimbursement for job-required travel using a personal vehicle
- Up to $200 /year insurance premium reimbursement in case of a Business Insurance switch
- Fully paid training and professional development opportunities
- Community involvement and wellbeing activities
- Priority as an internal candidate for future job vacancies
If you need any accommodations at any stage of the hiring process, contact us at [email protected]
. This information will be kept confidential.
ICS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, visible or invisible diverse abilities, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or, citizenship or immigration status. Where bona fide occupational requirements limit the applicant selection, the burden of proof rests with the Employer.