Careers with MYS

Part-Time Term Family Navigator – Family Support Services

Application deadline: 11-03-2020


This term position expires on October 30, 2020 with the possibility of extension.

SUMMARY: Macdonald Youth Services requires an experienced Family Navigator within the Clinical Services Team. Family Navigators work collaboratively with self-referred individuals, families and guardians who are caring for youth or young adults between the age of 13 – 24 who may be struggling with mental health and substance-use concerns.  Family Navigators will work closely with families to assess their needs and identify appropriate and meaningful resources, supports and services available within their community of origin, or within the Province of Manitoba.
Duties and responsibilities are carried out within a trauma and resiliency informed framework that promotes MYS’ Therapeutic Model of Care, including the agency Mission, Guiding Principles and the Circle of Courage® values. All duties are performed within a team environment that focuses on establishing collaborative and trusting relationships with one another and with agency clients, while providing culturally competent services and ensuring client safety, choice and control.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:  of the Family Navigator include, but are not limited to:
• Recommend and help link young people/families to community resources (formal and informal supports) and consult regularly to ensure they are receiving services which meet their needs;
• Deliver in person, phone and/or video conferencing navigation services using a strengths-based, culturally-responsive, trauma and resilience-informed perspective;
• Develop and implement holistic family-centred needs assessments, service and safety plans, referrals and ongoing supports for youth, young adults and families;
• Connect youth and family needs with available and/or appropriate programs and services;
• Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge on mental health and addictions supports/services throughout the Province of Manitoba, along with the development of close working relationships with these resources and service providers;
• Access clinical consultation regarding specific therapeutic service and resource needs;
• Prepare and maintain accurate and timely records and reports, as per program requirements;
• Evaluate program outcomes to ensure that services delivered for families are meeting needs;
• Participate in ongoing competency-based training and professional development opportunities;
• Will be required to travel within city limits and rural Manitoba, other duties as assigned.

• Undergraduate Degree in a Human Services discipline with a minimum of 3 years work experience in a clinical Mental Health and/or Addictions setting under clinical supervision with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. A combination of education and experience may be considered;
• Extensive knowledge of the support/treatment services available in the Province of Manitoba;
• Ability to administer strengths/needs assessments and suicide/risk assessments;
• Possess strong case management skills and have a working knowledge of diagnostic categories;
• Experience using evidence-based, strengths-based, trauma, resilience and culturally-informed holistic, youth and family-centered practices;
• Knowledge & experience working with Manitoban Indigenous cultures, languages and values; prior work experience with Indigenous youth, families and communities would be an asset;
• Must have strong written, verbal and in-person youth, adult and family and systems engagement skills;
• Working knowledge of computers with skill in the use of email and Microsoft Office;
• Valid Manitoba Driver’s License (class 5), Driver’s Abstract, and access to a vehicle;
• Advanced Certificate in Addictions & Child and Youth Mental Health would be an asset;
• Eligibility for membership or member in good standing of relevant professional association or licensing body;
• Research, planning and organizational skills to facilitate advocacy and support service needs;
• Experience dealing with crisis, addictions and youth and adult mental health issues;
• Knowledge of and positive working relationships with a wide variety of youth and adult social service systems, mental health systems and addiction systems in Manitoba which support families, youth and young adults;
• Advanced skills and training in both Motivational Interviewing and the Trans-Theoretical Model of Change (Stages of Change) would be considered an asset;
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search, a clear Child Abuse Registry check with acceptable Prior Contact checks and a clear Adult Abuse Registry check, all done within the last 3 months required;
• Current First Aid/CPR certification, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

SALARY RANGE:  Depending on qualifications per annum.

HOURS OF WORK: 17.5 hours per week. This position may require the incumbent to work two evenings per week at the Youth Hub at MYS.

CLOSING DATE: 12pm/noon – March 11, 2020

Applicants must demonstrate in their resume or cover letter how they meet the requirements of the position, quoting the competition number.

Please forward a cover letter and resume (in word or PDF format) prior to the closing date, to:
Macdonald Youth Services – Human Resources
175 Mayfair Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba   R3L0A1
Fax: 204.475.5087

MYS is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website