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Now Hiring: Full-Time Youth Care Counsellor at UNYA’s Aboriginal Youth Safehouse

February 25, 2019

A little bit about the Aboriginal Youth Safehouse and UNYA

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.


The Aboriginal Youth Safehouse is a short-term live-in resource for 7 youth ages 16-18 that are in need of safe housing and support services.  Our program is trauma-informed and grounded in the philosophies of harm reduction and person centered care.


Highlights of this opportunity:

Are you creative, strategic and confident in your approach to youth work?  Passionate about empowering youth?


Do you have a strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love of what you do?  Believe in open and positive communication with everyone? 


Do you want to give back to the community by being a positive role model for youth?


If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!


• Be a positive role model for youth, working in cooperation with others, and positively participating in programming activities while supervising and ensuring safety at all times.

• Establish positive rapport and develop relationships with youth and other professionals.

• Care-planning, advocacy, developing intervention strategies, providing on-site support.

• Record required information (paper records, Sharevision, Excel, etc.)

• Contribute to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for Indigenous youth, and fostering a positive and engaging workplace for all.

• Support youth through their relationship with mental health and substance use.


Your Accomplishments and Experience Include:

• Relevant degree or diploma, 2 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. We recognize that formal education is not the only relevant qualification for this role.


• Supporting youth to address the effects of poverty, colonization and intergenerational trauma, and reinforcing a positive sense of belonging and identity. Priority is given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit applicants, as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.


• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, coupled with strong crisis intervention and conflict mediation skills.


• A strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love of what you do.


• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

What We Can Offer You:

Taking care of people is our priority, and this includes our staff. Together, we strive to create an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental work environment.


Having a self-care plan in place is important to your wellbeing, both personally and professionally, and we have a number of supports in place to help our staff with this.  Our Elder in Residence has set hours every week to meet with staff for personal, cultural, and spiritual support.


We are committed to ongoing learning and positive team building, and the entire UNYA team comes together once a month for a morning of professional development, followed by a shared meal and an afternoon of fun activities.

To Apply:

If you would like to become a part of this tremendous team, send a cover letter and resume to the Program Manager at [email protected] 


To best support Indigenous youth in our program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. Please self-identify in your application.


We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis. Due to time constraints, only those short-listed will be contacted. Thank you for your application!


Final deadline: March 11, 2019

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