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Employment Opportunity – Aboriginal Safe House – Residential Child and Youth Worker – Hourly Relief Position

July 17, 2023

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:

As members of the Aboriginal Youth Safehouse program, the Residential Child and Youth Workers are responsible for supporting youth in identifying their individual needs and setting positive goals for the future. The 24-hour program provides stabilization care and temporary housing to those who do not have a safe space to stay. The position focuses on each youth’s unique strengths and supports 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. This position reports directly to the Program Manager. This position maintains Flexible Scheduling as the program runs 24 hours per day. Shifts are 07:00-15:00, 08:00-16:00, 15:00-23:00, 16:00-00:00, 23:00-07:00, and 00:00-08:00.

Contribute to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for youth.

Contribute to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for youth.

Qualifications and Conditions:

  1. Educational experience required (example: Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in a relevant field, 2 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience)
  2. Experience working with the Indigenous community. Must demonstrate a good working knowledge of community resources in Vancouver, particularly youth & Indigenous-specific resources.
  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. Must demonstrate the ability to identify with mandate, policies, and procedures of the organization.
  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, and Inuit candidates as per section 41 of the Human Rights Code.
  8. Vehicle/driving abstract/first aid requirements (if relevant to the position)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  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, developing intervention strategies, and providing on-site support.
  4. Recording required information (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.
  6. Supporting youth through their relationship with mental health and substance use.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Programs/CEO.

What we offer:

  • Salary: $23.66 per hour.
  • On-Call, Relief position. Shifts are from 07:00-15:00, 08:00-16:00, 15:00-23:00, 16:00-00:00, 23:00-07:00, and 00:00-08:00.
  • Program runs 24/7 and is double staffed for each shift.

 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 Hiring Manager at [email protected]. We review candidates on an on-going basis. 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.