Manager, Housing and Youth Programming – Job Posting 1291

YouthLink believes in the potential of every youth. We are dedicated to providing them with the support, guidance and opportunities they need to make positive life choices. We provide youth with brief and ongoing counselling, in-home wraparound support, shelter, housing, educational support, and safe drop-in spaces.  YouthLink works towards equitable outcomes for youth in our community and, as such, is committed to equity-based hiring practices. 

YouthLink Benefits are Top of Class!

  • Competitive pay
  • *Annual vacation with pay at 1.66 working days for each calendar month to a maximum of 20 working days per year.
  • *5 ‘authorized absence’ days for family illness or emergency circumstances that prohibit employees from reporting to work.
  • *3 paid agency days every calendar year after 3 calendar months’ service.
  • Maternity / parental /adoption leave top-up payments (to top-up Canadian government unemployment benefit payments).

*(pro-rated for part-time employees according to the employee’s full-time equivalency (FTE))

Manager, Housing and Youth Programming

(Permanent, Full-time, 35 hours/week)

Working with the management team the Manager, Housing and Youth Programming, is responsible for the management of the Youth Transitional Housing and Shelter Program (YTHSP) and the Danforth Housing Program.   In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Shelter and Housing Programs, this position, in collaboration with the Program Facilitator, develop and implement Afrocentric programming that address the needs of Black, Indigenous and racialized youth.

The Manager, Housing and Youth Programming will support the planning, development and implementation of the new Afrocentric Housing program located at 596 Danforth Road. Supporting with program administration and oversight of residents within the program.

Your Role

Operational Planning and Budgeting:

  • Builds and implements a strong housing and programming operational plan and supporting budgets that will ensure youth in the shelter and housing system have optimal and equitable outcomes. 
  • Continually manages organizational risk and opportunities; participates in the development and implementation of risk mitigation plans.  Ensures full compliance with accreditation and all regulatory standards.

Thought Leadership and Staying Up-to-date on Best and Emerging Practice:

  • Knowledgeable on the Residential Tenancy Act, Supportive Housing and the Africentric Youth Housing First Model, Homelessness Prevention programs and strategies, and well versed in principles of Anti-Black racism and Harm Reduction.

Maintaining Deep Expertise on Africentric Programming and Excellence

  • Personal or professional knowledge or lived experience within the Black and Indigenous community
  • Ensure strong programming that creates optimal opportunities for excellence for Black youth accessing programs and services.

Working with colleagues on the management team on the day to day operations of the shelter and housing programs including:

  • Participates in the overall activities of the shelter, housing and the organization, for example: in-service training, committees and special events.
  • Ensures the provision of housing-focused case management, including triage, screening, assessment, individualized service planning, case conferencing, brokering, referrals and transition to follow-up.
  • Ensures that staff conduct intake assessments for shelter and housing referrals including: screening clients to assess appropriateness and fit to our service; ensuring that all current and background information is recorded that might be relevant to the treatment matching and planning process
  • Participates and collaborates on all program admission decisions; participates in weekly triage teleconferences with Centralized Access to Shelter Services.
  • Ensures strong policy, guidelines and supporting documentation and processes are in place to support the delivery of exceptional programming.

Models and Builds a Strong Workplace Culture:

  • Builds and/or maintains team and organizational values that ensure a healthy work environment where everyone feels safe, supported, engaged and motivated.
  • Where reasonable, meets weekly with direct reports and reliably attends and supports effective team meetings.
  • Understands and implements the Collective Agreement and relevant employment and health and safety legislation.
  • Ensures the timely processing of relevant personal forms and processes including attendance management, time sheets, requests for time off.
  • Works with individual direct reports to build annual goals and work plans, professional development plans, and complete performance evaluations.
  • Anticipates emerging issues and de-escalates or addresses them before they escalate to complaints.
  • Upholds YouthLink’s commitment to a discrimination free environment.

Funder Applications, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Seeks funding opportunities, and actively participates in the building of program logic models and outcome indicators.
  • Monitors program impact progress and outcomes and completes progress reports to leadership team and funders.
  • Builds and monitors program budgets; meets with finance team and leadership team to adjust spending priorities.

Ensures the provision of client programming to meet client needs and support the client’s journey to independent living:

  • Programming includes arts programming, recreation, employment, education, outdoor programming, life skills, substance abuse recovery, harm reduction, and trauma counselling.  Client programming will be centered in Africentric practices and tailored to client needs.

Ensures the provision of community engagement & partnerships including referral, liaison & service resolution, establishment of a Peer Program, Africentric programming and housing, shared community programming, development of community relations & outreach.  Developing and maintaining partnership with private landlords and supportive housing providers.

  • Developing formalized service partnerships, referrals, development of community relations strategies, collaborating on joint community events, developing participant agreements with agencies and community partners to achieve optimal results. 
  • Ensure excellence in data collection & reporting, including developing a measurement framework, including fidelity measures, a data management system, regular reporting on both KPIs and system indicators, evaluation reports, data analysis for program and outcome evaluation, presentations to management and Board, conducting evidence based research and addressing funder requirements.          
  • Actively contributes to the Agency’s Strategic Plan by participating in initiatives and committees to support the overall Plan. Assists with funding proposals as needed.
  • Takes all reasonable and necessary precautions to protect their own health and safety and that of co-workers by complying and demonstrating knowledge of the policies, procedures and safe practices established by YouthLink.

Equity, Diversity and Belonging:

  • Proactively and enthusiastically stays updated on best practices as it relates Equity, Diversity and Belonging and organizational development.  Works collaboratively with ABR Committee and Director of Anti-Racism, Equity and Belonging to embed best practices into all programs, operational goals and processes.

Leader Character:

  • Embraces reflective learning and development to enhance all traits of leader character

What You Bring


  • Undergraduate Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related discipline or combination of education and experience.
  • Training in shelter and/or residential operations for youth and young adults strongly preferred.
  • Training in the following areas is an asset: clinical counselling models such as CBT, Narrative, Solution-Focused, evidence-based practices, outcome informed approaches, trauma assessment, diversity and anti-oppression, Anti-Black Racism data collection and analysis.
  • Coursework that demonstrates your desire for continual learning in Equity, Diversity and Belonging practices.


  • Demonstrated skill in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practices, and specifically using an Anti-Black Racism lens is a requirement.
  • Three (3) years’ experience working with youth in underserved communities
  • Understanding of the economic, political and social factors black and racialized youth and their community
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following systems: child welfare or protection laws; mental health and youth justice systems
  • Experience in design, implementation and evaluation of programs that address youth complex needs  
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles and strategies to support youth
  • Two (2) years’ people leadership experience
  • Experience working in a unionized environment.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in programming, case management;
  • Broad knowledge of theories, principles and practices of youth housing strongly desired.

Full COVID-19 vaccination and Vulnerable Sector Check required.

How to Apply