Youth Support Worker

Job No: PCRS344
Location: Chilliwack

Youth Support Worker - Day/ Evening

Traverse Program - Chilliwack

Regular Full-Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

**Flexible Hours may be required

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is a large not-for-profit agency that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Vancouver to Hope. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities. Our strong agency values of advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being guide us in our work with participants and how we support our diverse staff. We place a high value on work-life balance. This is demonstrated through our compensation and comprehensive/fully employer-paid benefits package, including extended health and dental, sick leave, Municipal Pension, and flexible work options for many positions. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who care for the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The daytime/evening YSW works as part of a large multi-disciplinary team that provides treatment for substance use for youth (13-18) in a residential setting. The team works within the strategic objectives of Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) to ensure the provision of effective and efficient services to our participants. As a member of the treatment team, the YSW will utilize trauma-informed practice to provide basic care, case planning and to respond to the emotional and practical needs of youth. 

Primary Duties:

  • Support the daily activities of the program through trauma-informed practice, care of participants, case planning, transitions, and discharges.
  • Participate in setting attainable expectations for each participant and supporting the achievement of identified goals.
  • Participate in case conferences/meetings with team members to identify and manager youth mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Collaborate with the team to facilitate the management of cases; coordinate care using a supportive case management approach within the principles of harm reduction.
  • In coordination with clinical and recreational staff, support relevant group programming.
  • Develop and plan activities that align with programming philosophies
  • Dispense medication in accordance with medical direction
  • Transport participants to appointments and activities as required
  • Other related duties as required
  • Provide support to participant’s families
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers and staff, and participate in team efforts

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated discipline plus one years’ direct experience or Child and Youth Care Diploma, Child, and Youth Justice Diploma, Community Social Services Diploma plus two years’ experience.
  • A sound understanding is required regarding the impact of trauma, both normal and delayed or problematic development behaviors and barriers, impulsivity, attachment issues, FASD, ADHD, the effects of abuse and how this relates to substance abuse.                

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Tuberculosis and medical clearance
  • Current standard first aid certificate
  • Class 5 Driver’s license with business use insurance
  • Use of own vehicle required (Mileage is paid)
  • Driver’s abstract
  • Proof of being fully Vaccinated for Covid19 

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:       

Youth Support Worker Team Lead, Traverse Program

Salary Range:   $27.26/hour – $28.43/hour, plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)

Closing Date:   May 20, 2022, at 4.00 p.m.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the applicant providing us with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

"Pacific Community Resources Society is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact our H.R. department at hr@pcrs.ca. Personal information will be kept confidential."

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