Senior Social Worker


CAREER OPPORTUNITY SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER FULL-TIME, PERMANENT For more than 25 years, Phoenix has provided at-risk and homeless youth with the support they need to realize their potential. Our innovative continuum of care helps young people, aged 11-24 who have faced adversity, remain strong, resilient and optimistic as they transition to a place of independence. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent. For more information about Phoenix please visit our website: www.phoenixyouth.ca ______________________________________________________________________________ Program: Phoenix Supportive Housing Program Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation in the first year and four in the second. Hours of Work: 40 hours per week with some flexibility, primarily Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work as required. Week-long on-call responsibilities on a rotational basis (compensated). Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education. Job Summary: This position will work within the Supportive Housing Program, which is comprised of two residential programs that offer long-term housing for youth aged 16-24. Phoenix House is a ten-bed co-ed residence. Through 24/7 support, it offers safe, supportive housing for youth learning skills for independent living. The Supervised Apartment Program is a program for ten youth living in three homes who are transitioning from semi-independent living with on-site staff to independent living. This new program brings two existing programs together and requires a social worker who can effectively support program development and change management to help lead their unity into a continuum of services. Under the supervision of the Coordinator, the Senior Social Worker is responsible for providing supportive counselling and case management to ten youth residing in the Supervised Apartment Program and overseeing the case management responsibilities of four staff members at Phoenix House. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES - Assist youth with the development of short-and long-term goals that support their transition to independent living. - Identify issues of concern that would prohibit youth from successfully transitioning to independence. - Offer direct service to youth including interviewing, orientation, case management, support meetings, crisis intervention, programming (individual and group) and departure activities. - Participate in the development and implementation of the program including strategic planning; evaluation; and providing leadership and supervision of the staff teams. - Advocate with community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth. - Ensure a therapeutic milieu. - Support the supervision of student placements and volunteers. - Commit to Phoenix’s development and participate in internal committees, projects and activities. - Liaise and advocate with other agencies and participate in community committees, projects or activities.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor or Master of Social Work is required. - Registration or candidacy for registration with NSASW. - A minimum of three years’ experience working directly with youth (including some experience in a youth residence). - Demonstrated excellent counselling/clinical skills and commitment to anti-oppressive practice. - Experience supervising/supporting others in case management. - Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of homelessness. - Demonstrated knowledge of a supportive housing continuum. - Demonstrated successful practices including strategic planning, program development and implementation, community development, service delivery, communication and evaluation. - Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs, and maintain a fairly active pace. - Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired. - Extensive knowledge of community resources, government funding and the social service delivery system is an asset. - Experience supervising student placements and managing volunteers is an asset.

TO APPLY * Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period. Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by November 15, 2015 to: Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager kdamtoft@phoenixyouth.ca with the subject line: Sr. Social Worker

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