Key Worker - Phoenix House

CAREER OPPORTUNITY KEY WORKER – PHOENIX HOUSE FULL-TIME, TERM (Early January, 2016 – January 23, 2017) 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: ______________________________________________________________________________ Program: Phoenix House is a ten-bed long-term residential facility for male and female youth aged 16-24. It offers safe, supportive housing for youth while learning skills for independent living. Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation. Hours of Work: Shifts fall during days, evenings and overnights (awake), weekdays and weekends. Location: 2385 Hunter St., Halifax Reports to: Coordinator, Phoenix Supportive Housing Program Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, child abuse register check and proof of education.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES - Work with youth and other Phoenix programs to create effective case plans that address the issues of those who experience homelessness. - Supervise and monitor Phoenix House’s day-to-day activities and ensure that policies, security and safety are maintained. - Assess and address the immediate and basic needs of the program’s youth. - Provide therapeutic support, crisis intervention and programming for the youth. - Engage youth in life skill development and goal planning opportunities that support independent living. - Provide a supportive environment that promotes youth empowerment. - Contribute to building maintenance to ensure a therapeutic milieu. - Advocate with community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth. - Complete and maintain logs, files and records as required and ensure confidentiality is protected. - Fulfill significant cooking and cleaning responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor of Social Work; or other relevant undergraduate degree; or an undergraduate degree and Human Services diploma. - Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable). - A minimum of two years’ experience working in a youth residential setting. - Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of homelessness. - Demonstrated exceptional level of interpersonal, communication, youth service and organizational skills. - Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a client-directed approach and a social justice perspective). - Knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse and crisis intervention. - Ability to lead a shift and make appropriate decisions. - Ability to work in a team environment. - 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. - Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook and using the Internet.

TO APPLY Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by Sunday, January 3, 2016 to: Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager with the subject line “Key Worker”

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