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Employment Opportunity – 1 Year Contract Youth Care Counsellor – 2-Spirit & Native Youth Learning Centre (NYLC) Programs

December 2, 2022

Who we are:

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.

At Urban Native Youth Association UNYA, we have developed a Philosophy of Care foundation, drawing from best practices. These philosophies are the grounding framework that shapes 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

Highlights of this opportunity:

The NYLC is a drop-in learning centre for 15–30 year old Indigenous youth, which supports their personal, educational, and career development. The 2-Spirit Program runs workshops & events (4-8 per month) out of the NYLC, in collaboration with other UNYA programs and community partners, with the goal of supporting 2SLGBTQ+ youth to connect with relevant services at UNYA and in the community at large. This position will provide support to both programs, with the majority of the time spent supporting the NYLC.

The Youth Care Counsellor (YCC) is responsible for helping the NYLC/2-Spirit Program Manager with the development, delivery, and day-to-day operations of both the NYLC & 2-Spirit programs. The YCC will help ensure the provision and maintenance of a safe, supportive environment that is culturally accessible, fosters meaningful youth engagement, and results in positive outcomes for youth participants.

The Youth Care Counsellor reports directly to the NYLC/2-Spirit Program Manager. The position is 40 hours per week and regular hours will be Monday – Thursday from 12pm – 8pm, and Fridays from 9am – 5pm. However, these hours will be adjusted occasionally based on the needs of the program and/or programming opportunities.

The Youth Care Counsellor (YCC) is responsible for helping the NYLC/2-Spirit Program Manager with the development, delivery, and day-to-day operations of both the NYLC & 2-Spirit programs.

The Youth Care Counsellor (YCC) is responsible for helping the NYLC/2-Spirit Program Manager with the development, delivery, and day-to-day operations of both the NYLC & 2-Spirit programs.

Qualifications and Conditions:

  1. Educational experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, 2 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  2. Must demonstrate a good working knowledge of community resources in Vancouver, particularly youth & Indigenous-specific resources. Willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the family and social issues that Indigenous youth face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on families and communities.
  4. Experience in developing and delivering education & employment based programming, and/or experience providing support or programming to youth who identify as 2-spirit or LGBTQ+, or those who are questioning their sexual or gender identities.
  5. Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
  6. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required.
  7. Given the needs of the youth accessing our programs, priority will be given to qualified Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, Inuit candidates as per section 41 of the Human Rights code.
  8. First Aid and FoodSafe certificates, and a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License, are assets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Work in cooperation with others (including UNYA programs and other community partners) as needed to plan, implement, supervise, and evaluate workshops, and other programming in the NYLC & 2-Spirit Programs. Positively participate in programming and activities in order provide a positive role model experience for youth.
  2. Assist the Program Manager in developing, promoting, and maintaining diverse community partnerships to maximize programming opportunities.
  3. On an ongoing basis, help the Program Manager to recruit, train and supervise volunteers & facilitators to contribute to the development and delivery of workshops, weekly programming, and/or resources.
  4. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, etc. in order to meet both UNYA and its funder’s requirements. Prepare and submit reports and evaluations to Program Manager, Director and funder(s) as required.
  5. Create a safe space for all youth and staff by responding to behaviours and situations through a trauma-informed lens, modelling respectful behaviour, and through thoughtful and fun interactions with staff and youth. Adhere to UNYA’s Philosophy of Care, and all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.
  6. Lead & support youth in job searches, e-learning activities, workshops & other initiatives. Provide one-to-one employment-related supports to youth, as their needs require.
  7. Provide support, resources, and programming for Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 30, who identify as 2-spirit or LGBTQ+ and those who are questioning their sexual or gender identities through events, ceremony, workshops, and more.
  8. Respect and assure youth participants of confidentiality in the community and with other service professionals. Respect and maintain the confidentiality of staff issues within the team, with the exception of the NYLC/2-Spirit Program Manager and/or Director.
  9. Perform other duties deemed necessary by the Program Manager or Director of Youth Engagement in order to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operations of the program.

What we offer:

  • Salary of $52,000/year
  • 40 hours a week
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Vacation, Sick, and Wellness days
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which consists of no-cost counselling services to UNYA staff
  • Support from UNYA’s Elder in Residence for cultural and spiritual guidance or teachings
  • Monthly Staff development

How to apply:

If you would like to become a part of this tremendous team, send a cover letter and resume indicating the position you are applying to the attention of the Director at [email protected] Posting will close when position is filled. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

***We are an Indigenous youth organization whose mandate is to provide meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth. We encourage qualified Indigenous – First Nations, Metis, and Inuit, applicants to apply. If you identify as Indigenous, please let us know in your application! Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.