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YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER (YSW) - TRANSITION HOUSE

Transition House – Penticton, BC
YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER (YSW)
Regular Part-time (18 hours/week)
Posting Date November 29th, 2018
Closing Date: Dec 13th, 2018

SOWINS is seeking an experienced Youth Support Worker to provide services to youth living in our transitional housing program. The Transition House is a residential setting for women and youth who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, and their children. SOWINS supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.

About the role:
The Youth Support Worker, is a new position, and is responsible for supporting up to 2 female youth, occupying the 2 emergency youth beds at Hughes House. The youth beds are a youth-centred service intended to provide short-term protective accommodation on an emergency crisis-intervention basis to primarily high-risk youth.

The Youth Support Worker will work with the youth in identifying their needs and will provide emotional support, advocacy, interactive recreation and educational activities in a group or one-on-one interviews.

This position averages 18 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Wednesday, 6 hours per day. Shift hours will be determined by needs of youth, possible flex-time agreement, possible split shifts etc. The successful applicant must be flexible and able to work evenings, and some weekends, as needed.

This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA). Rate is Grid 11 ($19.39 – 22.58 per hour, depending on hours of service).

EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum 1 year recent related experience working with youth in crisis
• Previous experience working in a Transition House(s)

QUALIFICATIONS::
• Diploma in related Human Services field
• Valid First Aid & CPR Level C
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI)
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
Or equivalent combination of Education, Training and Experience

The Youth Support Worker may be required to use their personal vehicle during performance of duties. Thus the successful applicant must have access to a vehicle with appropriate level of insurance to transport youth.

For further information about the Youth Support Worker position please review the Youth Support Worker Job Description.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to: HRA@sowins.com, by 12pm on the closing date of December 13, 2018.

CASUAL / RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE

Transition House – Penticton

CASUAL / RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE
Casual / Relief with no set hours

(H.S.A. POSITION)

This is an on-going posting

Transition House requires Casual / Relief Child & Youth Support Workers. Rate is Grid 11 ($19.39 per hr).
The Transition House is a residential setting for women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, and their children.
SOWINS supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.

WORKS WITH:
Works closely with the Family Support Worker and Women’s Support Workers

JOB SUMMARY:
The Child and Youth Support Worker is responsible for providing emotional support for children and youth staying at the Transition House. This is done through interactive recreation and educational activities in a group or one-to-one format.

Develops recreational and seasonal activities and supervises the participants (child/youth) during the implementation of these activities, ensuring inclusiveness of cultural diversity.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Duties

1. Provide child / youth residents with care and comfort during their stay.

2. Model positive parenting for children and mothers.

3. Provide age appropriate education and support for child / youth residents.

4. Maintain current knowledge on needs of children from abusive homes.

5. Maintain professional, ethical behaviour and confidentiality regarding all clients and their children.

6. Maintain current knowledge of and comply with organizational policy and procedures.

7. Maintain comfortable, safe and hygienic play areas.

8. Provide respite childcare for mothers as required.

9. Educate child / youth residents regarding abuse, safety planning and crisis communication skills.

10. Provide mothers with information regarding the effects of abuse on their children.

11. Mediate conflicts between child and/or youth residents, and assist with mediation between children and their mothers.

12. Assist children/ youth with hygiene as necessary.

13. Engage in support services, self esteem building and life skills for children and youth.

14. Assist children and youth to access community agencies and programs.

15. Keep all necessary certificates current.

16. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
Early Childhood Education certificate

Experience:
Relevant experience working with children / youth from abusive homes
OR A related degree/diploma with extensive work with children / youth from abusive homes.

Skills:
-Valid First Aid certificate is required, which includes Child CPR.
-Valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License with good driving record
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Abilities:
-Must be able to climb stairs and do general household chores
-Must be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.
-Must be physically able to lift and carry small children
-Must be physically able to get down on the floor and play with children

Asset:
-Experience in Transition Houses would be an asset
-Any second language would be an asset
-Proven working knowledge of cultural diversity would be an asset.

SOWINS Core Competencies:
1. Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
2. Follows through on commitments and obligations.
3. Works honestly and fairly with staff, colleagues, clients and other organizations with whom we work; communicates effectively.
4. Fosters open communications.
5. Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
6. Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner.
7. Models the Society’s Code of Conduct.

CASUAL RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter telling us why you are interested in supporting women and their children who have experienced violence or abuse. to: execassistant@sowins.com

Only applicants the hiring committee deems qualified will be contacted.

Casual / Relief Worker - Transition House

CASUAL / RELIEF WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE
Casual / Relief with no set hours

This is an on-going posting

(H.S.A. POSITION)

Transition House requires Casual / Relief staff to fill Women’s Support Worker (Grid 11) positions.

The Transition House is a residential setting for women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse.

Women’s Support Workers provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support for women and their children.

Using a trauma informed practice approach, the Workers provide information about the nature of abuse, support in recognizing, understanding and overcoming the effects of abuse, and assist women to assess and prioritize their needs, and develop short-term plans with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and community connectedness.

Workers provide transportation and accompaniment to appointments (using SOWINS vehicle) as required.

Services are provided at the Transition House, or at other public locations in the community.

Women’s Support Workers develop and implement short-term, issue-specific intervention plans within program guidelines, plan and conduct individual and/or group counselling sessions using basic supportive counselling techniques, advocate and provide information and referrals to other community agencies.

Qualifications:

    • Diploma in a related human / social service field
    • One year recent experience in the area of violence against women
      Other requirements:

    • Ability to provide supportive counselling
    • Valid full BC Drivers License with good driving record.
    • Acceptable criminal record check
    • Valid First Aid certificate
    • Must be physically able to do general household chores; and be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Second Language and / or good working knowledge of cultural diversity an asset

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter telling us why you are interested in supporting women who have experienced violence or abuse.

Send your application to: wswadmin@sowins.com

This is an H.S.A. Union position