As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof. A national leader, we educate and advocate for change to help at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs. More than a place to stay, we serve almost 1,000 youth through our 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community and about 2,000 with our comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare, annually. The agency raises about 80 percent of its $22.8 million annual operating budget from donations. Covenant House is part of an international recognized child care agency with “houses” in 27 cities in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. The Toronto site has served more than 90,000 youth over 33 years.
We are seeking a dedicated, passionate individual who is committed to supporting survivors of human trafficking who are currently or have been involved in the child welfare system. In partnership with Native Child and Family Services, 360 Kids and East Metro Youth Services this person will assist in the identification of survivors for the purpose of providing specialized supports and case management. This is a remarkable opportunity for a worker who seeks professional and personal challenge. The successful candidate will be responsible for direct implementation of Covenant House philosophy, mission statement, and policies as they pertain to supporting at risk youth
This position will report to the Community Support Services Manager.
The successful applicant will be responsible for:
• Supports staff in identifying survivors of human trafficking in our programs and in our partner agencies
• Provides counseling support to youth through a strengths based, trauma informed framework
• Connecting youth to community resources and social supports
• Provides ongoing assessment of youth’s needs and responsible for the development and monitoring of case plans through case review process
• Responsible for escorting youth to court, legal proceedings and supporting them through victim impact statements
• Provides crisis Intervention in situations of physical confrontation, medical and psychiatric emergencies for youth who have recently experienced trauma
• Responsible for facilitating family engagement where appropriate
• Acts as a liaison with child welfare agencies and other referral sources to coordinate service plans for youth and document progress
• Provides outreach to youth and youth serving community agencies to promote the program
• Participation in program evaluation through completion of outcome tools and surveys with youth
• Minimum Child and Youth Work Diploma, plus 2 years’ experience working with marginalized, at-risk youth or equivalent education and experience
• Knowledge of resiliency, trauma informed care practices and Stages of Change
• Knowledge of clinical issues associated with human trafficking experience and best practices in supporting survivors in their recovery
• Demonstrate initiative, critical thinking and a self-directed working style
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• UMAB, ASIST, First Aid, CPR and basic computer skills and a willingness to participate in on-going training
A driver’s license would be an asset.
Interested candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27, 2017
We thank all applicants however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
As an employer, Covenant House is committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from qualified individuals who represent diverse communities. Covenant House is committed to providing accommodations for individuals with disabilities, upon request.