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Employment Opportunity – Temporary Assistant Manager – Aboriginal Safehouse (Until Oct 2024)

May 24, 2024

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.


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


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 a member of the Management team at ASH, the Assistant Manager is responsible for the collaborative practice of delivering programs and services at ASH. This position provides effective leadership, role modeling, and support to a team of staff that are currently operating programs under contract. The Assistant Manager reports directly to the ASH Program Manager and Director of Youth Programs. This position maintains a 40-hour per week schedule.

As a member of the Management team at ASH, the Assistant Manager is responsible for the collaborative practice of delivering programs and services at ASH.

As a member of the Management team at ASH, the Assistant Manager is responsible for the collaborative practice of delivering programs and services at ASH.

What we offer:

• Salary: Step 1 – $69,529.17 through Step 4 – $80,258.96 (based on years of service)

• Paid Time Off: Paid vacation, sick days, and wellness days after successfully completing 3-month probationary period.

• Work Schedule: 40 hours a week

• Comprehensive Benefits Package: Includes Extended Health, Dental, Vision, LTD, and Life insurance (completely paid by employer)

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Access to no-cost counseling services to UNYA staff

• Cultural and Spiritual Support: Support from UNYA’s Elder in Residence for cultural and spiritual guidance or teachings available upon hire.

• Professional Development: Monthly Staff development

Qualifications and Conditions:

1. Educational Background: Bachelors Degree in a related human/social service field.

2. Experience: Related experience working with Indigenous youth, addressing mental health, substance use, and homelessness; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and lived experience.

3. Cultural Knowledge: Understanding of the family and social issues faced by Indigenous youth today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on families and communities.

4. Background Check: Completion of a criminal record check satisfactory to UNYA.

5. Health Requirements: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative TB skin test.

6. Certifications: First Aid and Food Safe Level 1 certificates are an asset, though paid training is available upon hire.

7. Preference: Given the needs of the youth accessing our programs, priority will be given to qualified Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates as per section 41 of the Human Rights Code.

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

9. Class 4 or 5 Driver’s License is considered an asset

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

2. Collaborate with and mentor frontline staff on care-planning and advocacy for youth.

3. Assist with the day-to-day management of the program including staff supervision, scheduling, payroll, coordinating staff holidays and sick time.

4. Facilitate recruitment, hiring, and training, and contribute to performance evaluation of frontline staff.

5. Prepare and submit accurate and timely monthly statistics and written reports.

6. Share 24/7 on-call weekly rotation with the residential managers. On-call rotation includes 1 night a week, and weekly rotation once every 4-6 weeks for the residential programs over the week.

7. Establish rapport and develop relationships with youth, staff, and other professionals.

8. Foster a positive and engaging workplace for all.

9. Ensure the Philosophy of Care practices are implemented within the program through the staff team.

How to apply: If you would like to become a part of this tremendous team, send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Youth Programs, Brittney Sharma, at: [email protected]

Posting will close when the position is filled.


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