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Transition Home/Support Housing Worker

Part-Time, Temporary (21hrs per week, 1-year contract)

Starting a.s.a.p.

Bargaining unit position

POSTING DATE: August 20, 2018

CLOSING DATE: August 29, 2018

LOCATION: 747 Warden Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1L 4A86

REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Youth Transitional Housing and Shelter Program

 

DESCRIPTION:

This position works with the case manager to support and provide specialized Follow-up Support Services to youth at risk of homelessness. They will act as a transition worker for youth seeking independent living options in the community.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Assist front line staff in the development of consistent case plans, group activities, mediation services and transition of youth from the shelter into long-term accommodation.
  • Incorporate into the work a strengths-based relationship-based philosophy of care and a belief in the resilience of youth.
  • Promote a safe and therapeutic environment and establish therapeutic relationships with clients through role modeling consistent with our agency mission, vision and values.
  • Assess and understand client mental health needs through a developmental and trauma informed lens and formulate methods of intervention.
  • Support clients in sustaining housing who have obtained secured accommodations.
  • Assist clients with securing appropriate housing by developing an appropriate housing plan which could include market rent apartments, co-ops or group homes that are in accordance with Hostel Services guidelines.
  • Assist with connecting clients to medical services.
  • Support clients to integrate into their community.
  • Provide pre-housing support services, including, but not limited to
    • Assisting youth in organizing and applying for community start up allowance from the welfare offic
    • Securing identificatio
    • Independent living skills training and education on tenant rights and responsibilitie
    • Provide after care support for vulnerable youth through CSS drop-in and home visitin
    • Promote and integrate youth and family engagemen
    • Developing an appropriate discharge plan in accordance with Hostel Services guideline
    • Individual and group workshops geared to independent living skill
    • Supporting youth during negotiations with landlords. Landlord outreach and conflict resolution once place
    • Liaison with furniture bank and other services geared toward furnishing their new accommodation
    • Assisting youth in selecting an appropriate roommate for shared accommodatio
    • Assisting youth in developing and following a housing budget.
  • Ensure that client records are maintained as per agency standards and in accordance with privacy policies and legislation.
  • Ensure that administrative duties are completed within required timeframes including completing a housing history and assessment.
  • Effectively utilize communication systems to convey client and program related information.
  • Represent the Agency in a professional manner when dealing with families, external professionals, general public and community partners.
  • Work in accordance with all policies and procedures of the Agency.
  • Promote an environment of inclusion that promotes equity and respects diversity.Ensure that client records are maintained as per agency standards and in accordance with privacy policies and legislation.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Actively contributes to the Agency’s Strategic Plan by participating in initiatives and committees to support the overall Plan.
  • Takes all reasonable and necessary precautions to protect his or her own health and safety and that of co-workers by complying and demonstrating knowledge of the policies, procedures and safe practices established by YouthLink.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Social Work or Degree / Diploma in Child and Youth Worker or a combination of directly related education and experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a front-line worker, preferably in a residential, housing, outreach, or shelter setting.
  • Valid First Aid / CPR certification.
  • Valid UMAB certification.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 2 years’ experience in the shelter system, or housing, or a residential setting.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to inclusiveness, diversity and anti-oppressive practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of adolescent developmental theory and specific issues related to street youth.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have housing and community resources experience.
  • Working knowledge of the Tenant Protection Act, and the welfare system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with at risk adolescents and young adults.
  • Understanding of the complex issues facing our clients.
  • Appreciation of the importance of engaging youth and families from a strengths-based relationship-based approach.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with a diverse client and staff group
  • Sound knowledge of the issues facing homeless and street-involved youth.
  • Sound knowledge of the City of Toronto Hostel Standards and all other applicable legislation (CFSA, YCJA, Mental Health Act, etc.).
  • Strong professional network and knowledge of relevant community resources.
  • Ability to exercise professionalism and sound judgement in conflictual and stressful situations.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to resolve issues with supervisors and co-workers in a manner that is respectful and cooperative in accordance with the agency culture and philosophy.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Completion of required suicide prevention and intervention training.
  • Flexible person, team player who has strong organizational skills, time management skills, the ability to multi-task, shift priorities, handle interruptions and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate in both official languages and/or other languages is a definite asset.
  • Ability and discretion to deal tactfully with different clientele who can at times be difficult / aggressive.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the range of Microsoft Office products (intermediate Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet mandatory.       Proficient and accurate keyboard skills.
  • Ability and discretion to maintain sometimes delicate and confidential information.
  • Attention to details and high level of accuracy
  • This position requires irregular daytime and evening hours to accommodate client traffic.
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check required.
  • Medical clearance including up to date vaccination and tuberculosis testing.

HOURS OF WORK: 21 hours per week. 

SALARY: $44,939 to 50,911 (to be pro-rated based on hours worked)

APPLY IN WRITING TOshelterposting@youthlink.ca – Please quote File #1021 in the subject line.

 

YouthLink values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to equity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. If you have a disability and require accessibility accommodations with the application process please contact accessibility@youthlink.ca.