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Now Hiring- Full Time Youth Care Counsellor on the Aboriginal Youth Outreach Team

March 10, 2022

Full Time Youth Care Counsellor on the Aboriginal Youth Outreach Team

 The Outreach program provides street outreach services and 1-to-1 support to Indigenous youth aged 12-18.  Youth Care Counsellors in the Outreach program work with each youth closely, assisting them to identify their individual needs and set positive goals for the future.  We focus on each youth’s unique strengths and support them to obtain housing, employment, education, training, and life-skills, as well as to positively address alcohol and drug, mental health, and physical health issues, or anything else youth feel they need support with.  The usual hours of work will be Wednesday – Saturday from 9am – 7pm.  However, a highly flexible schedule will be maintained to meet the needs of the youth, and the days and hours of work will be adjusted as required.  This position reports directly to the Manager of the Aboriginal Youth Safehouse, Outreach & Transitions Teams.  

At Urban Native Youth Association, we believe that youth are the experts in their own lives. We have developed a Philosophy of Care, drawing from best practices. These philosophies are the grounding framework that shape all of our decisions and every interaction we have with the youth we serve.

Following these philosophies empowers our staff to meet youth where they are at, by giving them the ability to balance flexibility and structure. This allows us to meet our youth’s needs, and ensure that our youth experience a consistent quality of care across all UNYA programs.


Our 5 key philosophies are:

–  Trauma-Informed Practice

–  Two-Eyed Seeing

–  Harm Reduction Practice

–  Youth/Person Centered Practice

–  Culture as Therapy 

The Urban Native Youth Association believes that youth are the experts in their own lives. All employees use a harm-reduction philosophy and a trauma informed lens when performing their work. Staff will treat each youth individually, and develop and implement individual interventions and care-plans as needed, along with continuous evaluation together with each youth to ensure their success.

Highlights of this opportunity:

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


Details on the job:

  1. Being 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.
  2. Establishing positive rapport and developing relationships with youth and other professionals.
  3. Care-planning, advocacy, informal counselling, developing intervention strategies, providing on-site support. Organizing, facilitating, and supervising youth in various activities.
  4. Recording required information where necessary (paper records, Sharevision, Excel, etc.)
  5. Contributing to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for Indigenous youth, and fostering a positive and engaging workplace for all.

Your accomplishments and experience include:

-Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.

-2 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

-Knowledge of the following modalities:

-Culture as Therapy

-Person Centered Approach

-Harm Reduction Approach

-Trauma Informed Approach.

-Demonstrated experience engaging and working effectively with Indigenous youth.

-Demonstrated knowledge of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems, colonization, the Indigenous Community, and an understanding and willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies.

-Demonstrated knowledge of mental health issues, addiction issues, concurrent disorders, and FASD.

-First Aid.

-Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.

What we can offer you:

Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, with the occasional allowance needed for events in the evening. Compensation for this position starts at $49,212.80 per year, with extended benefits after 3 months.

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 several supports in place to help our staff with this. In addition to our extended health benefits plan, full-time staff have access to our Employee Assistance Program, including counselling services. 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, apply with a cover letter and resume to the Aboriginal Outreach Team Manager at [email protected]. Please indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for. To best support Indigenous youth in this program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. If you identify as Indigenous, please let us know in your application! We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis and will end the posting when the position is filled. Due to time constraints, only those short-listed will be contacted. Thank you for your application!



Job Types: Full-time, Permanent 

COVID-19 considerations:
We are following Provincial orders.