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Position Title: Overnight Youth Worker - 6 Months Contract
Department: Program
Posting Start Date: 7/25/2017
Posting Cut-Off Date: 8/22/2017
Description:
Six Months Contract

As Canada's largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof. We serve as many as 250 youth daily. More than a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, along with comprehensive services including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare. To do all this, we rely on donors for more than 80 percent of our $24.4-million annual operating budget. Our doors are open to youth 16 to 24 regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or the circumstances that have brought them to our doors. Since 1982, Covenant House has served more than 90,000 young people and helped them move from a life on the street to a life with a future.

The successful candidate will be responsible for direct implementation of the Covenant House’s philosophy, mission statement and policies as they pertain to residential care.

You will be also responsible for:
• Ongoing assessment of youths' needs; individual counseling with youth
• Development of temporary case plan based on identified needs
• Crisis intervention in situations of physical confrontation, medical and psychiatric emergencies, and for youth who have recently experienced trauma
• Acting as caregiver; assisting youth with daily routines and laundry; supervising them throughout the building, escorting them within the community;
• Acting as an advocate for youth both within the agency as well with external agencies;
• Gathering together and at times physically packing up youth's belongings after discharge, ensuring it is properly labelled and stored to prevent any loss of items;
• Doing intake and reception function on a 24-hour basis; monitoring building to ensure safety;
• Management of external environment; by supervisor’s request completing building checks and searches;
• Assisting in training of new staff and maintenance of clothing room;
• Maintaining client files; recording accurate intake information, brief social history and assessment; completion of all necessary forms pertinent to youths' plans.

Qualifications:

College or university degree or diploma in child and youth work or equivalent Minimum two years’ experience in a shelter or residential setting., knowledge of adolescent developmental theory and specific issues related to street youth; First Aid, CPR and basic computer skills an asset; ability to identify, assess and intervene differentially with youth in crisis; excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of community resources. Please note this is Awake Overnight position.

Covenant House is committed to providing accommodations for individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Human Resources, on or before August 22, 2017 by email at hradmin@covenanthouse.ca.

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.