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Employment Opportunity – Young Bears Lodge Program Manager 1 Year Term (Mat Leave) Position

May 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:


Are you passionate about empowering Indigenous youth? Do you have a knack for building positive relationships?

Are you strategic, creative, and dynamic in your approach to youth work? Does working within a fast-paced environment energize you? If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!


Young Bears Lodge (YBL) provides a five-bed, live-in, traditionally and culturally-based Tier 4 youth addictions treatment program for Indigenous youth aged 13 – 18.  Our Program strives to increase stabilization and foster empowerment and belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally-focused environment.  YBL provides time-limited treatment in a structured, substance-free environment that blends cultural and therapeutic groups with individual programming to support youth to address their relationship to substances through a harm-reduction and trauma-informed service model.  Over the course of 16 weeks, programming is offered in four cycles/phases which are based on cultural teachings, ceremonies and protocols. This position is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the program, including: planning, implementing, overseeing all activities and scheduling for the program; individual, team and program development; human resource and financial management, networking and reporting.  The Manager will maintain a regular schedule and be available on weekends and evenings on an on-call basis to respond to urgent/emergency program issues.

Our Program strives to increase stabilization and foster empowerment and belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally-focused environment.

Our Program strives to increase stabilization and foster empowerment and belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally-focused environment.

Your Accomplishments and Experience include:


  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree and/or Counselling Certificate and/or Child + Youth Care diploma, with preference for professional training in management, leadership, and/or program administration.
  • Must have a minimum of (3) years’ experience in a supervisory role in social/health services, with a preference for experience in a residential youth setting, particularly working with Indigenous youth. Consideration will be given to a relevant combination of education, training and experience.
  • Ideally have experience working within a harm reduction environment.
  • Have current First Aid, TB Test, and Food Safe.
  • As a licensed facility the proposed manager has knowledge of: Pharmacy Operations & Drug Scheduling Act, Food Premise regulations, WCB Regulations, Child, Family and Community Services Act & Mental Health Act.
  • Must have a solid knowledge of Indigenous Culture and Traditions, and experience working collaboratively with Elders & Knowledge Keepers. Must have a broad-based knowledge of the family and social issues that Indigenous youth face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on families and communities.
  • Must have excellent understanding of the foster care system, counselling, mediation and supervisory skills, and experience managing staff and/or volunteers. Must have experience and capacity to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage a wide range of responsibilities. Will have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Must have strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to compile accurate records and prepare reports.  Must possess a good working knowledge of computer programs.
  • Must have a personal support system and self care plan in place.
  • Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
  • Understanding of supporting Indigenous youth to address the effects of colonization and intergenerational trauma, and reinforcing a positive sense of belonging and Indigenous identity.   Priority is given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit applicants, as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.
  • A strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love for what you do.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID as per Provincial Health orders.


What we offer:


  • Salary $71,406.000
  • Healthy Staff Meals during shift
  • On-sight gym & infrared sauna
  • Comprehensive Benefits package
  • 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 for to the attention of the Hiring Director at [email protected]  Posting will close when 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, Metis, and Inuit, applicants to apply. If you identify as Indigenous, please let us know in your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




UNYA acknowledges that we are gathered on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are honoured and grateful to be able to do our work on this land.