Careers with MYS
Youth Care Worker, Healing Homes - Perm/Full-Time
Application deadline: 15-03-2021
SUMMARY: Youth Care Worker(s) in each Healing Home Program operated by MYS report to their immediate Healing Home Supervisor and are responsible for implementing all aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the program. The YCW is expected to provide ongoing, culturally sensitive care while adhering to organizational policies and procedures. A major focus of their work with young people is to be a positive role model at all times and to intervene purposefully into the young people’s daily life events in a manner, which will help the young person, reach the agreed-upon goals of their placement. Youth Care Workers work from a needs-based, trauma informed, relational child and youth care approach as per the agency expectations and standards.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: of the YCW include, but are not limited to:
• Develop, manage, facilitate, and direct all daily program activities as well as implement household routines.
• Interact with young people in a manner designed to help them achieve their goals.
• Work as part of the team to ensure consistency in the youth’s experiences and intervention plans as based on the placement goals.
• Intervene into daily life experiences to help the young person achieve their goals and connect to their experiences in a healthy manner designed to help them achieve their goals.
• Participate with the team in making informed culturally responsive decisions regarding therapeutic methods based on observations and interactions with the young people and their knowledge of the young person’s culture.
• Active involvement with youth in developmentally appropriate activities within the facility, in the community and with their families with a view towards their growth and development and reaching the goals of their placement.
• Encourage young people to develop engagement with relevant community activities.
• Teach the youth about nutrition and healthy eating habits, planning for meals and grocery shopping and meal preparation while engaging the youth in process.
• Assist with all procedures and routines related to health and safety of staff and youth and the importance of a safe environment. Assist with maintenance and cleanliness of physical property, building and yard.
• Involvement in learning opportunities and development of an attitude that promotes a relevance for learning in young people.
• Display an attitude that promotes positive teamwork and exhibits a high degree of positive role modeling for young people.
• Participate in the assignment of any other job-related tasks as requested by the Supervisor, Manager of Operations and/or CEO.
The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings;
Bravery/Courage – Bear
• Continuously seek opportunities that benefit our youth by taking initiative and championing new ideas.
• Initiate creative planning and problem solving: be an advocate for positive change.
• Actively advocate for youth, both within the healing home and throughout the various systems that have an impact on the lives of our youth.
• Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing circumstances or conditions with flexibility and compassion.
Respect – Buffalo
• Build positive and caring relationships with youth, focusing on meeting their needs in all four directions of the medicine wheel.
• Build positive and caring relationships with other staff members, based on mutual respect.
• Acknowledge and advocate for teachings and/or spiritual practices and beliefs, and incorporate them into daily living whenever possible.
Honesty – Saabe
• Perform with good intention, take responsibility, and follow through on commitments.
• Demonstrate effective communication by sharing information, asking questions, and active listening.
• Role model positive practices and ethics with an ability to represent the organization in a positive manner
Love – Eagle
• Role model healthy, caring, and respectful relationships.
• Recognize the gifts that all people bring and allow people to share those gifts, even if different from our own understanding.
• Show an understanding of love in the form of appropriate and effective self-care strategies
Wisdom – Beaver
• Demonstrate a good understanding of the impacts of inter-generational and historical trauma, colonization and the impacts of residential schools.
• Demonstrate respect, knowledge, and awareness of Indigenous cultures, languages, traditions, and ways of being and knowing.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the impacts of the Child and Family Services and Community Living Disability systems, particularly in the context of Indigenous communities
Humility – Wolf
• Understand that the youth come to us with complex histories, stories and needs. Demonstrate clear understanding of personal triggers and biases in order to not take the youth’s behaviours personally.
• Demonstrate critical self-reflection, an ongoing willingness to learn, and an understanding of power and privilege (race, ability, sexuality, gender, as staff members, etc.) and how our positionality impacts our work with our youth.
Truth – Turtle
• Gather relevant information, recognize patterns and themes in the data, generate and consider multiple alternatives and make decisions in a timely manner.
• Analytical and critical thinker, particularly in regard to engaging and planning with the youth.
• Completion of high school or equivalent program. 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 counseling skills and experience in Relational Care, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Valid driver’s license and acceptable driver’s abstract (subject to approval)
• Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C (Mandatory), NVCI and ASIST (Preferred)
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search, a clear Child Abuse Registry Check with acceptable Prior Contact Check outcomes and a clear Adult Abuse Registry check; all completed within the last 3 months
• Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset.
SALARY RANGE: Depending on qualifications per annum.
HOURS OF WORK: 80 Hours bi-weekly. Successful applicants may be asked to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, weekends and holidays.
Please forward a cover letter and resume (in word or PDF format) quoting the competition number by March 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MYS is committed to providing a safe environment for children. All applicants will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process. MYS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce including Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 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 www.mys.ca/careers.