Housing First Support Worker

- Closes September 21, 2018

  • Housing Worker
  • Vancouver

Vancouver Housing First Program (Job # 7700 – 1002)

Part Time Term position – Until March 31, 2019(17.5 hours/week) (Grid 13) 

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. In fact, we care about well-being so much that we were the recipient of the 2016 Surrey Board of Trade’s Surrey Child & Family Friendly Workplace Award. This means we have been recognized for placing high value on work-life balance, laughter and joy in the workplace, exercise and nutrition, and self-care. Also, our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve. 

PCRS seeks a part time, experienced housing first housing systems navigator for its supported youth housing programs in Vancouver. The successful applicant will be part of an integrated youth services team providing housing support to at-risk youth at various sites. 

Position Summary:

The housing first support worker will provide one-to-one support to chronically homeless young people ages 16 to 24 as they search for and obtain housing and work on individualized goals.  This position will also provide back-up support to other housing staff, and support participants in maintaining housing and transitioning into independence and long term sustainable housing. The position involves coordinating with a team of housing staff, liaising with landlords and assisting program participants in obtaining market and subsidized housing. The successful applicant will have a background in nonviolent crisis intervention and experience liaising with landlords and housing providers. 

A solid background in work with LGBTQ2S* youth, Aboriginal youth, at-risk youth, and youth exiting the foster care systems is required. Additional requirements include a class 5 or higher valid drivers and the ability to work independently. As part of a larger working group at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre, the successful applicant will also provide support to the Resource Room and BYRC Programming. 

The term of this position concludes on January 31, 2019.  At this date the funded portion of the federal Housing First contracts is slated to end, though we feel there is a strong potential for contract renewal after the ending of this term. 

Academic and Job Experience Required:

B.A. or a degree in a related field, or a community service support worker (CSSW) diploma or a child and youth care counsellor (CYCC) diploma plus two years’ experience. 

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Valid first aid certificate

Desired Requirements:

  • Experience working with multi-barriered homeless youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience working with youth in a residential setting is an asset
  • Experience working with youth dealing with mental health and addictions challenges
  • Sound judgement and effective interpersonal skills
  • Clear and concise communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong understanding of non-binary gender representations, expressions, and identities
  • Strong understanding of Aboriginal culture and impacts of colonialism, racism, and oppression
  • Strong understanding of the foster care and other child welfare systems
  • Certificate of completion for nonviolent crisis intervention or similar program
  • Valid driver’s license

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:         

  • Brian Gustavson, Supervisor, Vancouver Housing.
Salary Range:     $22.97/hour – $26.14/hour, plus a comprehensive benefits package (100% employer paid)

“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”

How to apply

Send Cover Letter and Resume to: resumes@pcrs.ca

ATTN: Zachary Batalden, Manager, Vancouver Housing and Transition

Please quote “Job #7700 – 1002” on your cover letter

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