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Position Title: Per Diem Awake Overnight Youth Worker
Department: Program
Posting Start Date: 5/16/2017
Posting Cut-Off Date: 5/23/2017

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.

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 required to work minimum of 4 shifts per month and available to work over the weekend and overnight shifts as well. Shift hours are 10:30pm-8:30am.

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
• Maintaining client files; recording accurate intake information, brief social history and assessment; completion of all necessary forms pertinent to youths' plans.

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. Interested candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter to by May 24, 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.