Child and Youth Care Worker - Full-time position with great benefits!
Catholic Social Services
Edmonton, AB
19-350 Child and Youth Care Worker - Full-time position with great benefits!

Goretti House (Parenting Program)

Are you looking for a fulfilling career that can make a difference in the life of youth in need? Put your passion for working with high risk youth towards a rewarding opportunity with Catholic Social Services as a Child and Youth Care Worker with Goretti House!

We are seeking one (1) full time, forty (40) hours a week, Child and Youth Care Worker to join our dynamic and talented team! Shift schedule is Tuesday to Saturday.

You will be joining an established Agency that is guided by faith to care for and bring hope to people in need with humility, compassion and respect. With more than 50 years of service delivery, Catholic Social Services is one of the largest multi-function social services agencies in Canada, with more than 1800 staff, and hundreds of volunteers delivering 130+ programs throughout Central Alberta.

“As a Catholic social services agency, we are guided by faith to care for and bring hope to people in need with humility, compassion and respect.”

Program Overview:
Goretti House is a residential group care program for high risk youth ages 15 to 24, that are pregnant and/or parenting. The youth have been exposed to substance, physical and mental abuse, sexual exploitation, physical/mental trauma, etc. This program supports youth to reduce their involvement in high risk behaviours using harm reduction principles and practices including circle of courage philosophy, strength based and resiliency focused assessments, which promote empowerment and stabilization. With counselling and support, clients work on developing skills to manage the high risk activities while working on personal goals to be able to transition to a Semi-independent Living (SIL) program or to a placement in the community.

About the Role:
As a Child and Youth Care Worker, you will be responsible for assessing the needs of the individual, providing counselling and teaching of basic life, community, living, and harm reduction skills that allow the client to minimize the participation in high-risk activities, and develop independent living abilities. The Child and Youth Care Worker will maintain a safe, warm and positive environment where individuals feel welcomed and loved.

Managing a caseload of 1-2 clients
Developing and overseeing service plans for individuals dealing with substance, mental, and/or physical abuse. Support clients to access resources relevant to addiction and mental health
Collaborating with clients and their support network to set and maintain goals relevant to enhancing life skills, decreasing severity of issues to successfully transition to independent living.
Assisting clients in overcoming barriers, and supporting them to develop positive and healthy relationships with family, peers, employers and other personal support
Supporting clients through life skills teaching and in-the-moment learning, with a hands-on approach
Teaching clients to develop self-advocacy skills. Assisting clients in developing a realistic financial budget. Assisting with developing home maintenance and organization including cleaning routines, meal preparation, etc.
Ensuring clients basic needs are met (food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, safety, etc.) and assisting with apartment searching
Facilitating monthly life skill sessions or arranging sessions through guest speakers.
Submitting required program documentation with established timeframes
Other duties as required

Education and Qualifications:
A Diploma/Degree in Human Services (or equivalent)
A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with children and/or youth who are pregnant and plan to parent their children or already have children and require supports to parent.
Experience with children and family programming, youth in care, residential care, and case management is a requirement of this position.
Certification or training in Aboriginal Awareness, Abuse Awareness, Standard First Aid, Medication Administration, and Violence/Crisis Intervention is a definite asset.
The ideal candidate will have an organized and compassionate approach to the work, strong teamwork skills, a commitment to developing positive supporting relationships. Other qualifications include:

Proven ability to provide effective communication, collaboration, crisis intervention, and conflict management with clients
Demonstrated assessment, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction principles and practices; circle of courage philosophy, strength based and resiliency focused assessments
Knowledge of community resources is an asset
Intermediate competency with Microsoft Office and other Agency computer applications
Demonstrated ability to act with professionalism, confidentiality, and diplomacy
Proven case documentation and effective information reporting practices
Valid Driver’s License
Police Information Check including vulnerable sector search, Intervention Record Check and/ or summary of driving record with no more than six (6) demerit points are conditions of employment and the financial responsibility of the candidate

Compensation:
The salary for this position is $22.63 to $25.46 per hour based on qualifications and experience. We offer flexibility and supportive working environment.

Please apply online at www.cssalberta.ca/careers to competition number 19-350.

We thank all applicants. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
We offer flexibility, a comprehensive benefits package and a supportive working environment.
We embrace diversity and offer equal opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of origin, culture, ethnicity, age, ability, gender identity and people of faith or no faith