Youth Worker – Employment | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
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Youth Worker – Employment

LOCATION: 10 positions: Barrie(2), Orillia(2), South Simcoe(2), Collingwood/Wasaga Beach(2), Muskoka(2)
DEPARTMENT: Youth Services
PAY BAND: 36,000.00 – 43,000.00
POSITIONS: 10 Full-time Positions available
PLACEMENT: 5 – 2 year contracts, Start Date October 9th, 2017 (contingent upon funding)  5 – October 9th, 2017 – June 21st, 2019 (contingent upon funding)

ABOUT THE YMCA OF SIMCOE/MUSKOKA:
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka currently serves over 125,000 people in Simcoe County and the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound in Central Ontario. The YMCA is one of the largest charities within our service area, providing over $1.1 million annually of support and access to our programs and services.

With a staff complement of 1200+ full and part-time staff, combined with over 1,000 volunteers and donors, and an operating budget of $39 million, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka serves over 30,000 annual members and participants through its eight membership centres in Barrie, Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia, Parry Sound, and Wasaga Beach; 3,000 Child Care families across a number of communities; registers 5,000 day campers in addition to 1000 overnight campers at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island; over 15,000 people through leadership development, outdoor education and family programs at YMCA Geneva Park; and counsels over 20,000 people in several community development programs.

As our Mission Statement affirms, “My Y is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of belonging to each other and the global community.” Our Vision for the future is “My Y inspires people to reach their full potential.”

GENERAL FUNCTION:
To develop and deliver the YMCA Youth Quest Program. Areas of service would include job development, employer recruitment, employment readiness, stress and anger management, positive communication skills, self-confidence building as well as, life skills and independent living. Provide outreach, follow up support and assistance to clients. Develop and facilitate group programming on topics identified as needed to assist youth and employers. Conduct outreach and liaison in the community to local businesses, youth and youth serving agencies. The Y adopts a model of support based on the following frameworks: harm reduction, model of change, determinants of health and developmental assets.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Maintain high quality program in accordance with YMCA standards and best practices, participant needs and Association strategic directions.
• Monitor and maintain high participant retention through the delivery of exceptional programs and services.
• Prepare clients for success through facilitation of group based employability workshops and training
• Monitor and maintain high employer retention by fostering positive rapport, proactively identifying employer needs/supports and ongoing collaboration to ensure long-term program success.
• Detailed management of program budget, including youth wages, supports and employer reimbursements.
• Build collaborative working relationships with funding partners, mentors, and other community partners through ongoing reports, communication and visits.
• Prepare and coordinate all monthly reports for the program, including court reports if applicable.
• Actively participate with the supervisor and community partners (probation officer, case manager, etc.) to assess the youth needs and develop a case plan based on the individual’s needs and mutually agreed upon goals with the client.
• Provide individual and/or group counselling for youth.
• Provide counselling and advocacy services to youth at various locations throughout the service region as assigned by the supervisor.
• Assist at-risk clients to determine appropriate service delivery or client vocational limits.
• Prepare clients for success through facilitation of individual counselling or group workshops
• Effectively manage a caseload, completing case notes following each contact, setting appropriate job priorities consistent with the various government ministries and department.
•  Consult with social services and community agencies to ensure effective coordination and provision of services.
• Participate in case conferences or consultation where appropriate.
• Ensure all administrative duties, reporting, and file management, are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
• Exercise sound judgment in making decisions which affect the welfare of youth clients.
• Work with youth facing multiple barriers, including those in crisis, on a regular basis, at times in isolated situations.

JOB KNOWLEDGE/QUALIFICATIONS:
• Post-Secondary Education in Social Services, Child and Youth Worker or combination of education and work experience
• Minimum 2 years’ related work experience
• Counselling experience both one-on-one and in a group setting
• Knowledge and understanding of community systems and resources
• Experience working with youth facing barriers
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including letters, memos, reports and presentations
• Life Skills Coaching certificate an asset
• Leadership management an asset
• Healthy Adolescent Development training an asset
• Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
• Mandated training (including AODA, Workplace Violence & Harassment, Health & Safety Awareness, Child Protection, PCI Compliance, etc.) is required before or shortly after commencement of work
• Clear Police Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
• Must be able to work flexible hours based on client needs

 

Qualified candidates who wish to be considered are invited to send a resume and cover letter to:

Sarah Stea
Team Leader
YMCA of Simcoe/ Muskoka, Youth Services
Email: sarah.stea@sm.ymca.ca

Applications will remain open until August 18th, 2017

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in this position; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please be advised that all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Individuals needing employment accommodation in the hiring process or job postings in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources department.