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Now Hiring: Youth Care Counsellor for our Overly Creative Minds Program

December 7, 2018

This position has now been filled. To see current employment opportunities, please visit our Get Involved page.


A bit about UNYA and Overly Creative Minds (OCM)

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.


Overly Creative Minds (OCM) offers Indigenous youth ages 11 to 24 a safe and welcoming space for arts and culture. At OCM, we support youth in exploring arts and culture, and offer activities that help youth build skills, develop as leaders, and engage with community.

Highlights of this opportunity:

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

Are you dynamic and compassionate in your approach to youth work?  Do you thrive working in a team committed to open and positive communication? Do what it takes to get the job done?


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


• Contribute to a team focused on fostering a positive sense of belonging and empowerment for Indigenous youth. 

• Organize, facilitate, and supervise engaging activities that encourage and support Indigenous youth to explore arts and culture in a way that’s meaningful to them.

• Build lasting relationships with other professionals, volunteers, and community organizations.

• Engage in outreach to increase youth participation and community partnerships.

• Maintain a clean, welcoming space, while supervising and ensuring safety for all.

• Share responsibility for daily operation of the program, including providing healthy snacks for youth.

• Deliver timely and accurate program reports, stats, and evaluation.


Your accomplishments and experience include:

• Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and traditions, and a willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies. Understanding of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems and colonization. Priority is given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit applicants.


Post-secondary education in a relevant program, preferably a degree/diploma/certificate in a related field, plus 2 years of recent related experience. We recognize that formal education is not the only qualification for this role, and will also consider an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


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

Join our team at OCM and support Indigenous youth to explore arts and culture in a way that’s meaningful to them.

Youth drawing artwork on a canvas.

Join our team at OCM and support Indigenous youth to explore arts and culture in a way that’s meaningful to them.

What we can offer you:

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. We pay 40 hours per week for full-time, not 35 or 37.5. 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 (EAP). Our EAP includes counselling services, at no cost to employees. In addition to this, 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.


How to apply:

Let us know how you see yourself contributing to our tremendous team!


Send a cover letter stating the position you’re applying for, along with your resume, to the Director of Youth Programs at [email protected]. To best support Indigenous youth in this program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. If you are Indigenous, please self-identify in your application.


We will be conducting interviews on an ongoing basis, and applications will be accepted, reviewed, and interviews set up until this position is filled. We thank everyone for applying, but due to time constraints only those short-listed will be contacted.


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