Key Worker - Phoenix Youth Shelter

KEY WORKER - PHOENIX YOUTH SHELTER 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: ______________________________________________________________________________ Program: Phoenix Youth Shelter is a 20-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth. Services offered include support, crisis intervention, the provision of basic needs, referrals, on-site health care, and support to develop independent living skills. Reports to: Coordinator, Phoenix Youth Shelter 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: Shifts (usually 8 or 12 hours) fall during days, evenings and overnights (awake), weekdays and weekends. Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check, vulnerable sector search and child abuse register check; and proof of education. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES - Supervise and monitor the Shelter’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. - Work with youth and other Phoenix programs to create effective support plans. - Provide support, crisis intervention and programming for youth. - Dispense medication to youth following medication dispensing protocols. - Provide a supportive environment that promotes youth empowerment. - Fulfill significant cooking and cleaning responsibilities. - Contribute to building maintenance to ensure a therapeutic milieu. - Assist in training new staff, students and volunteers as required. - Supervise field placement students and support the supervision of volunteers. - Complete and maintain logs, files and records and ensure confidentiality is protected. - Advocate with community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth. - Commit to the development of the Association and participate in internal committees, projects and activities.

QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor of Social Work, or an undergraduate degree and Human Services diploma, or another relevant undergraduate degree. - 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 skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a youth-directed approach and a social justice perspective). - Knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse and crisis intervention. - Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs and maintain a fairly active pace. - Demonstrated exceptional level of interpersonal, communication, youth service and organizational skills. - Ability to work in a team environment. - 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, Excel, PowerPoint, 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 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to: Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager with the subject line “Key Worker”

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