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Employment Opportunity – Youth Care Counsellor (1 year maternity leave coverage) – Raven’s Lodge

May 29, 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.

 

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

About Raven’s Lodge

Raven’s Lodge is a 3-bed live-in program (open 24/7) for Indigenous female youth who are in the care of Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS), between the ages of 12-18 years old. We provide a safe environment using Culture as Therapy, one-to-one support, cultural and recreational activities, care-planning, crisis management, and advocacy.

Highlights of this opportunity:

As a member of the Raven’s Lodge program team, the Youth Care Counsellor is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of Raven’s Lodge by increasing stabilization, fostering empowerment, and creating a sense of belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally open, and accessible environment. The Youth Care Counsellor reports directly to the Program Manager and maintains a fixed schedule from Wednesday to Sunday, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. This is a temporary 1-year position starting July 2024 to cover a maternity leave.

As a member of the Raven’s Lodge program team, the Youth Care Counsellor is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of Raven’s Lodge by increasing stabilization, fostering empowerment, and creating a sense of belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally open, and accessible environment.

Photo of the drumming room at Urban Native Youth Association's Ravens Lodge program

As a member of the Raven’s Lodge program team, the Youth Care Counsellor is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of Raven’s Lodge by increasing stabilization, fostering empowerment, and creating a sense of belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally open, and accessible environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Build Rapport with Youth: Engage with youth to establish trust and understanding, fostering a safe and supportive environment.

2. Resource Connection: Assess the needs of youth and connect them to appropriate resources and services.

3. Implement Care Plans: Develop and execute care plans and intervention strategies, utilizing a variety of approaches including Culture as Therapy. Provide one-on-one informal counseling.

4. Create a Safe Environment: Foster a safe and respectful environment by addressing behaviors and situations with a trauma-informed approach.

5. Team Collaboration: Actively participate in the team, demonstrating commitment, respect, and support for colleagues.

6. Crisis Management: Address concerns, incidents, or crises affecting youth and program operations proactively and positively.

7. Record Keeping: Maintain accurate records, logs, case files, and client reports to meet program and funder requirements.

8. Policy Adherence: Follow UNYA’s Philosophy of Care and comply with all program-specific and organization-wide policies and procedures.

9. Additional Duties: Perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the Program Manager to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of Raven’s Lodge.

Qualifications and Conditions:

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

2. Experience: One year of recent 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 and a MCFD Hub Screening Clearance.

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.

What We Offer:

• Compensation: $27.11 to $31.58 an hour (based on years of experience)

• Comprehensive Benefits Package: 100% employer-paid.

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

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

• Cultural and Spiritual Support: Guidance and teachings from UNYA’s Elder in Residence.

• Professional Development: Monthly staff development day, including a morning of professional development, a shared meal, and afternoon activities.

How to Apply: If you would like to become a part of this tremendous team, send a cover letter and resume to the attention of the Program Manager, Danialle Sagmoen at [email protected]

 

Posting will remain open until the position is filled. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

 

***We are an Indigenous youth organization committed to providing meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth. We encourage qualified Indigenous applicants—First Nations, Métis, and Inuit—to apply. If you identify as Indigenous, please indicate this in your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.