Quick Response Program (Job # 8400 – 1002)
Term Full Time (4 months – Potentially leading to full time opportunity) (Grid 13)
Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is an award-winning, accredited not-for-proﬁt that has served the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for over 30 years. Our participants are often vulnerable or marginalized from society. PCRS is committed to integrated service delivery which is people-centred, inclusive, collaborative, and evidence-based. PCRS has an annual operating budget of approximately 24 million; employs nearly 350 staff; and engages over 200 volunteers.
The Live-In Home Support Worker is a member of the residential team which is responsible for the direct care of youth placed with Pacific Community Resources Quick Response Program. The program provides short-term (six – eight weeks) assessment and stabilization services to youth in the Fraser Region who are at high risk to harm themselves or others. Core responsibilities include: assisting in stabilization by providing basic care and supervision to youth, on and off site; participating in the assessment and planning for each youth; and taking a leadership role in organizing household duties. This position requires a sound understanding of both normal and delayed or problematic development and behavior, levels of care and standards.
This position is a live-in position for seven days in a 14 day period, and provides a supportive role to shifted Residential Support Workers. Adherence to standards of professional practice and ability to work independently within a team framework is essential. All Live-In Home Support Workers receive free room and board during work periods. It is expected that Live-In Home Support Workers will receive breaks from the house on a daily basis, as conditions permit.
1)Maintain a safe and supportive environment and provide a high standard of basic care:
- Assist in admission and orientation routines for new admissions.
- Conduct safety inspections of belongings in line with agency policies, to help ensure that sharp objects, drugs, etc., are not brought into the house.
- Participate in the development of a care plan for each youth in the program.
- Administer medications to youth in accordance with program policy and procedures.
- Assist in planning and managing daily structure and routines (i.e., wake-ups, school, meals, daily chores and tasks, bedtimes, etc.).
- Involve youth in enhancing and developing various living skills, such as: meal preparation, cooking, budgeting, shopping (food, clothes, etc.), gardening, hygiene, etc.
- Monitor activities of youth on and off site, unless directed otherwise by care plan or management strategies.
- Act as a positive role model for youth and assist youth in developing values of honesty, self-assertiveness, respect for others, a democratic viewpoint, lack of dependency on drugs, alcohol and self-abusive behavior.
- Apply a range of behavior management strategies, consistent with: logical consequences, standard practices, and agency policy.
- Identify potential crises and take steps to intervene effectively to prevent and/or diffuse these situations.
- Support youth toward the completion of goals established by the youth and QRP team.
- As part of the team, takes responsibility for monitoring the health of the youth and recommending appointments with relevant professionals, as necessary.
- Transport youth to and from appointments and activities.
- Monitor visits by family/friends of youth.
- Organize and participate in the provision of developmentally appropriate activities.
- Comply with agency financial policies and program petty cash procedures.
- Maintain good safety practices and employ a preventative approach.
- Identify and manage Unusual Occurrences according to agency policy.
- Handle emergency situations in accordance with policy, including documentation.
- Maintain communication through prescribed documentation and verbal reports.
- Assist in discharge planning.
2) Assist in the completion of a comprehensive assessment on youth involved in the program:
- As required, timely completion of checklists, questionnaires, interviews, exercises, written and verbal reports, etc., in relation to understanding the youth and their perception of the world around them.
- Assist in the evaluation of care plans and management strategies.
- Assist youth in exploring their actions and reactions to various situations, and assist them in identifying possible alternatives.
- Participate in the evaluation of social skills, life skills, strengths/resiliency, problem-solving abilities, coping patterns, etc.
- Monitor youth’s response to medications and alerting the Psychiatric Nurse/Program Supervisor as required.
- Timely written and/or verbal reporting of information relevant to the formal assessment of each youth, including: observations, communication from other service providers or families, comments or reports from youth, etc.
- Proactively assist youth in making an effective transition to the next resource.
3) Leadership in organizing household duties:
- Organize and assist in the completion of household tasks (i.e., meal planning; food purchasing and preparation; house cleaning; maintenance; etc.).
- Assist in preparing a room for new admissions.
- Assist in evaluating the clothing needs for youth and in the shopping of new clothing as necessary.
- Contribute towards maintaining the house and grounds.
- Encourage and supervise participation of youth in house/grounds maintenance, in line with abilities, through promoting a sense of pride and spirit among residents.
- Assist in the completion of safety inspections of the house and making recommendations for repairs and improvements; reporting other safety issues regarding the house and grounds as they arise.
4) Contribute to team performance:
- Manage own time efficiently and works independently within a team framework.
- Communicate effectively and professionally within the team, including positive and critical feedback.
- Communicate professionally with other service providers, families/friends of the youth and members of the community.
- Consults with other QRP team members, and other relevant resources.
- Seek to continue professional development.
- Maintain First Aid, CPR, and basic physical safety skills.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, committee meetings and agency staff meetings, as required.
- Understand the stresses of the job and takes steps to prevent stress (burn-out).
5) Performance of duties in accordance with accepted standards of practice:
- Punctuality in reporting to work.
- Documents all relevant information in the clinical file in accordance with program standard practices.
- Maintain clinical files in accordance with program standards.
- Timely completion of administrative reports (i.e., time sheets, petty cash receipts, etc.).
- Carries out other administration tasks as assigned.
- Maintains good awareness of agency policies, including periodic review of agency manuals.
- Participate in periodic reviews/evaluations of program structures.
- Makes recommendations to improve program effectiveness and efficiency, as appropriate.
- Assist in orientation of new staff and auxiliary workers.
- Assist in the orientation, training, supervision and evaluation of practicum students and volunteers.
- Conduct aftercare activities (contact with youth after discharge, consult with new resource, etc.), as directed.
- Conduct follow-up activities (outcome evaluation surveys, etc.), as directed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Academic and Job Experience Required:
BSW, or BA in a related field plus 1 year experience or a 2 Year Child and Youth Care Diploma plus two years’ experience or the equivalent, or 4 years’ experience working with high risk youth.
- Criminal records check including the vulnerable sector
- Tuberculosis and medical clearances.
- Current standard first aid certificate.
- Class 5 B.C. Driver’s license with driver’s abstract.
- Use of own vehicle in good repair and three million dollar liability insurance. Paid Mileage.
- Clear and concise communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Residential experience with youth.
- Sexual abuse training
- Substance abuse training
- Learning disabilities training including FASD, ADHD, early childhood education, special needs
- Knowledge of attachment theory
- Second language prevalent in the Fraser Region
- Other skills/certification in recreation or arts
Jeet Dhaliwal, Program Supervisor, Quick Response Program
Salary Range: $22.74/hour – $25.88/hour, plus .58/hour worked in lieu of benefits
PCRS fosters an environment which ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.