Vancouver Supported Housing Program – Vancouver (Job #8290 – 1902)
Regular Part Time (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. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. 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.
Pacific Community Resources Society requires an experienced Youth Housing Support Worker (HSW) for Supported Youth Housing Programs in Vancouver. The successful applicant will be part of an integrated youth services team providing overnight support for at-risk youth at various sites.
The Overnight Youth HSW will provide one-to-one overnight support to a caseload of young people aged 16-24, working on life-skills and individualized goals, providing back up support to other overnight staff, supporting clients in maintaining housing and successfully transitioning into adulthood. The position involves coordinating with daytime case management staff and other community supports. The Thompson Court Housing Support Worker is responsible for providing one-to-one support to up to 14 residents at Thompson Court aged 16-24. The core role is to provide individual and building support for youth to facilitate their transition to stable housing post programming within a two year time frame. This requires a sound understanding and knowledge of youth development, support, navigating complex systems and mental health concerns. The overnight youth support worker will act as a go between with the day time support worker. They will assist the day worker to keep the youth database files up to date and to ensure that weekly check ins are completed.. A portion of the position assists with coordination of building maintenance and site upkeep. One quarter of this positon involves working with the PCRS Facilities Manager or their representative to maintain the building and property. The successful applicant will have a background in non-violent crisis intervention and experience liaising with on-site security and other emergency staff.
A solid background in work with LGBTQ2S* youth, Aboriginal youth, youth at-risk and youth exiting the foster care systems is required. Previous supportive housing work preferred. We require the candidate to be able to connect well with Aboriginal, newcomer, LGBTQ2S* and youth of colour, to ensure they feel safe, supported and connected.
Academic and Job Experience Required:
B.A. or a degree in a related field or Community Service Support Worker (CSSW) or Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) diploma, plus two years’ experience.
- Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
- Standard first aid certificate and CPR
- Experience working with multi-barriered homeless youth from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience working with youth in a residential setting is an asset.
- Experience working with you 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 and use of own vehicle will be an asset.
Ange Myers, Overnight Housing Program Supervisor
Salary Range: $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour, Plus benefit 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.”