Live-In Support Worker (for male youth)

March 10, 2016

CAREER OPPORTUNITY
POSITION: LIVE-IN SUPPORT WORKER (for male youth)
PERMANENT POSITION
For more than 25 years, Phoenix Youth Programs 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
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Job Summary: The Supervised Apartment Program offers homes for independent living for youth ages 16-24. Reporting to the Coordinator of the Supportive Housing Program, the Live-in Support Worker provides a consistent presence as a positive role model while living on site with youth. As the on-site supervisor for three male youth in a four-bedroom house, the Live-in Support Worker implements case plans, facilitates the household and spends time in the home. Live-in Support Workers are able to have a second place of employment or be attending school in addition to their live-in responsibilities.
Compensation: Includes free rent and utilities, $950 monthly honorarium and opportunities for training and professional development and five days off per month. Basic furniture is provided.
Location: Henry St., Halifax
Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, child abuse register check and proof of education.
Start Date: Move in for June 1, 2016. Some training for the position will commence prior to the move-in date.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support the youth in their daily activities and provide supervision and encouragement as needed.
- Facilitate home maintenance.
- Be familiar with and monitor the youths’ short and long term goals as they work toward independent living.
- Occasionally attend youth support meetings and complete monthly progress reports.
- Regularly report to the Supervised Apartment Program team.
- Occasionally liaise with other community supports, e.g. schools, doctors, social workers, etc.
- Actively participate in at least one of Phoenix’s working committees.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
- University or College education (can be in progress) in a related field and two years of experience working or volunteering with youth.
- A minimum of two years’ experience living independently or in a group setting.
- Skills and discretion to be an appropriate role model to youth in transition.
- Excellent organizational skills and good oral and written communication skills.
- High energy, flexible and committed to team work.
- CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention (offered internally), Standard First Aid (offered internally) and ASIST Suicide Intervention certification are requirements of the position or the candidate must have a willingness to obtain them at the earliest possible opportunity after commencing employment.
- Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).

 

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 Sunday, April 3, 2016 to:
Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager
kdamtoft@phoenixyouth.ca with the subject line “Live-in”

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