Careers with MYS

Casual Youth Care Practitioner - Independent Living with Supports Program

Application deadline: 01-01-3000


POSITION:  Casual Youth Care Practitioner – Independent Living with Supports Program

SUMMARY: Macdonald Youth Services requires an experienced Youth Care Practitioner (YCP) within the Independent Living with Supports (ILS) Program.  To provide a program within the policies and treatment philosophy of MYS and Transition Services.  The successful candidates will be required to work independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing a nurturing, caring and safe environment for male and female youth in their own apartments.  As a team member duties may include, but are not limited to, teaching life skills, administrative responsibilities, crisis management, maintaining health standards as directed by residential licensing, and contributing to treatment programming.  Sound judgment, stress management, and good role modeling skills are required.

YCPs are responsible to provide care and specialized treatment for the youth in accordance with agency policies and the treatment philosophy of MYS.  YCPs are also responsible to carry out all duties and responsibilities within a youth-centered, relationship-based strengths framework that promotes the cultivation and mobilization of youth strengths, potentials and capacity for growth within the Therapeutic Model of care.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:  of the YCP include, but are not limited to:
• Assists in formulating and evaluating program objectives involving youth;
• Assists youth with attaining their individual goals and day to day life skills including education, employment, health and hygiene, budgeting, cooking, home maintenance, recreation and positive relationships;
• Works to build a working relationship with youth;
• Maintains an awareness of the needs of the youth and structures specific programming that attends to the physical and emotional needs of youth;
• Communicates updates/feedback to Team Leader/Housing Support Manager;
• Observes, evaluates and record daily events to assist with program planning and implementation;
• Respects and encourages appropriate family involvement in youth’s  life;
• Ensure that legal and human rights of youth are respected and preserved;
• Completes incident reports as outlined by Licensing Standards;
• Reports inappropriate behaviours to the Housing Support and/ or Therapist;
• Distributes medications as outlined by Licensing Standards;
• Compiles all documentation of youth activities, doctor, dental, therapy as required;
• Prepares reports as required and/or assigned;
• Provides an opportunity for the youth to observe and participate in a variety of community activities;
• Performs house maintenance duties including but not limited to; washing floors, cleaning bathrooms, kitchen, shovelling snow, mowing lawn and laundry;
• Represents the organization both formally and informally in a professional manner; acts as a healthy role model;
• Attends and participates in staff meetings; as well as professional development sessions as required by MYS; reads and complies with MYS Policy Manuals;
• Engages in regular supervision with the Housing Support Manager.

• Certificate or diploma in Child & Youth Care (other combination of education and experience may be considered);
• Two years’ experience working with at-risk youth;
• Knowledge of trauma and resilience informed care;
• Strong counselling skills and experience in behavior management;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C;
• 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;
• Assist Certificate (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training);
• NVCI Certificate (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training);
• Mental Health First Aid & Safe Talk will be considered an asset;
• Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset;
• Ability to work independently with youth in their apartments and the community;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team of professionals (Therapists, Program Manager and Team Leader) with the ability to teach Life Skills and recognize safety risks;
• Willingness to obtain training as per MYS policy;
• Willingness to use public transportation;
• Previous knowledge and experience of FASD;
• Knowledge and experience with groups and group dynamics with a desire to work with youth;
• Computer skills, with excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Working knowledge of community resources and experience in community partnerships.

SALARY RANGE: $15.00 per hour.

HOURS OF WORK:  20 to 40 hours weekly, varied schedule. Must be available to work days, evenings, weekends with set days off. Possibility of permanency.


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 R3L 0A1
Fax: 204.284.4431 

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