Community Outreach Worker, Phoenix Prevention Program

Full-Time, Term: October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 (with the possibility of renewal) At Phoenix, people matter. All people. Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s ten locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth ages 11-24 and their families. We offer important services and programs including shelter, food, housing support, health care, parenting support, recreation, education and employment services, and clinical therapy. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix Youth Programs, visit: 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ Job Summary: Phoenix operates a Youth and Community Centre in Mulgrave Park. Our primary goal in the centre is to work collaboratively with the community to develop relevant and meaningful programs for youth who face systemic and contextual challenges. Our programming focuses on meaningful, community-based programming with youth, in collaboration with parents, community members and other stakeholders. We primarily provide recreation, art, team-building, communication, life-skills development, and employment and education support programming. Each of our programs fosters resiliency by increasing each youth’s sense of confidence, connection, and contribution to their community. The Community Outreach Worker facilitates a range of individual and group workshops related to life, social skills development and youth resilience, to youth and their families in both community and school-based settings. Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation (pro-rated for the term), in-house trainings and professional development opportunities. Hours of Work: 40 hours per week. September through June (school year): Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with one or two days a week working 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. July and August: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with regular evening work. There is some flexibility offered with the work hours. There is also regular weekend work to attend community events and other Phoenix related activities. Location: 123/133 Jarvis Lane, Halifax Reports to: Coordinator, Phoenix Youth and Community Centre Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES  Support the on-going development and implementation of the prevention and early-intervention program in the junior and senior high schools as well as within specific communities.  Develop supportive connections with youth in the school system and community and be a referral source for youth in need of on-going supportive services both within and beyond Phoenix.  Develop and facilitate workshops for groups using arts, an adult education model and experiential education.  Develop and implement an evaluative process for assessing the impact and benefits of the program.  Complete and maintain records, assessments, daily statistics and files, and ensure confidentiality is protected.  Advocate with educational intuitions and community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth.  Participate in community committees, projects or activities as appropriate. QUALIFICATIONS  Bachelor degree related to human services.  Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).  Experience and a passion for working with junior and senior-high aged youth.  Experience working in social services, recreation and/or community engagement.  Experience developing and facilitating groups.  Experience advocating for youth within the school system and the community.  Demonstrated success working within a youth development framework.  Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a youth-directed approach and a social justice perspective).  Demonstrated familiarity with risk and protective factors that affect youth resilience.  Understanding of the range of contextual challenges facing many youth and experience engaging with issues of social justice.  Knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse and crisis intervention.  Demonstrated ability to build and maintain partnerships with other service providers.  Ability to work in a team environment.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and using the Internet.  Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.

TO APPLY Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications by Monday, September 26, 2016, to: Maurice James, Coordinator, Phoenix Youth and Community Centre with the subject line “COW”

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