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Now hiring: Full Time Youth Care Counsellor for Aries

June 17, 2020


A little bit about Aries and UNYA:

At Urban Native Youth Association, we believe that youth are the experts in their own lives. We have developed a Philosophy of Care, drawing from best practices. These philosophies are the grounding framework that shape 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


Aries is an alternative education program for Indigenous youth ages 13 to 16 whose needs are not being met in traditional school programs.
As a student coming to Aries, we recognize and respect that each youth has their own unique strengths, goals, interests, needs, and history.


Staff collaborate with each youth and their family to identify these goals, which leads to the creation of a youth’s own Individual Education Plan.
Indigenous teachings, knowledge, and perspectives are an important part of learning at Aries. We provide tools and create space for each student to experience and explore traditional Indigenous practices and teachings, and to share their own cultural knowledge.


At Aries, our full-time Vancouver School Board teacher, program manager, and two youth care counsellors work together with family, guardians, and other support workers to support youth in a way that considers all aspects of their wellbeing: physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual, at school, at home, and in the community.


Highlights of this opportunity:

Are you creative, strategic and confident in your approach to youth work? Passionate about empowering Indigenous youth?

Do you have a strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love of what you do? Believe in open and positive communication with everyone? Do you want to give back to the community by being a positive role model for youth?

If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!


Details on the job:


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, informal counselling, developing intervention strategies, providing on-site support. Organizing, facilitating, and supervising youth in various activities.


4. Recording required information where necessary (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.

Support youth at Aries by creating a culturally focused family environment, increasing stability, continuity, and belonging for Indigenous youth.

Support youth at Aries by creating a culturally focused family environment, increasing stability, continuity, and belonging for Indigenous youth.

Your accomplishments and experience include:

• Relevant degree or diploma, 2 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

• Understanding of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems, colonization, the Indigenous Community, and an understanding and willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies.

• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, coupled with strong crisis intervention and conflict mediation skills.

• Class 5 Drivers License and Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.


What we can offer you:

We currently have one full-time position open at Aries: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00,with the occasional allowance needed for events in the evening. Compensation for this position starts at $48,266.20 per year, with extended benefits after 3 months.


Taking care of people is our priority, and this includes our staff. Together, we strive to create an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental work environment.

Having a self-care plan in place is important to your wellbeing, both personally and professionally, and we have a number of supports in place to help our staff with this. In addition to our extended health benefits plan, full-time staff have access to our Employee Assistance Program, including counselling services. Our Elder in Residence has set hours every week to meet with staff for personal, cultural, and spiritual support.


We are committed to ongoing learning and positive team building, and the entire UNYA team comes together once a month for a morning of professional development, followed by a shared meal and an afternoon of fun activities.


To Apply:

If you would like to become a part of this tremendous team, send a cover letter and resume to the Aries Program Manager at [email protected]

Please indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for.


To best support Indigenous youth in this program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. If you identify as Indigenous, please let us know in your application!

We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis, and will end the posting when the position is filled. Due to time constraints, only those short-listed will be contacted. Thank you for your application!


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