Careers with MYS

Youth Care Practitioners, Youth Resource Centre - Casual

Application deadline: 01-01-3000

SUMMARY: Macdonald Youth Services requires an experienced Shelter Worker/Youth Care Worker (YCW) for a full-time position within the Youth Resource Centre (YRC). The Shelter Worker/YCW is responsible to provide shelter, crisis intervention, youth intake, and case planning as well as basic needs service provision to vulnerable youth and young adults, in an emergency shelter setting, from a person-centred, non-judgmental, trauma-informed, strength-based philosophy.  Shelter Worker/YCWs are also responsible for collaborating across various systems to ensure that outcomes are in the best interest of the youth, and align with the overall mission and purpose of the program.
Duties are performed within a team environment that focuses on establishing collaborative and trusting relationships with youth and colleagues.  Providing culturally competent services and ensuring youth safety, choice, and control are priorities at MYS. 

 PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: of the Shelter Worker/YCW include, but are not limited to:
• Provide holistic mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual support based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel
• Work with youth to problems solve, and navigate a variety of systems 
• Performs shelter intakes, assessments, and registration duties
• Provides support and crisis intervention
• Performs various administrative duties related to the care of the youth staying in the shelter
• Supervises, provides service and basic needs care to youth
• Performs general facility tasks, cleaning and cooking chores, and routines
• Attends staff meeting and training as required
• Works in collaboration with other teams and external service providers
• (Occasionally) takes on an in-charge role, overseeing the shifts and providing direction when needed in the Senior Youth Care Worker’s absence
• Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings;

Bravery/Courage – Bear
• Continuously seek opportunities that benefit 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 shelter 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 YRC 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 youth come to us with complex histories, stories and needs. Demonstrate clear understanding of personal triggers and biases in order to not take youth 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 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 youth.

• Post-secondary education or a combination of education, work experience and lived experience may be considered
• Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset
• Experience working with vulnerable youth
• Knowledge of trauma and resilience informed care
• Strong relationship building skills and experience in de-escalation
• 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 
• ASIST Certificate (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) will be considered an asset
• Mental Health First Aid & Safe Talk will be considered an asset

SALARY RANGE: Depending on qualifications per annum.                   

HOURS OF WORK:  Must be available 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
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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