PLEA Community Services is currently
seeking a Regular Full-Time Youth Development Worker for
our Ridge Meadows Youth Services team. The proposed start date for this
position is as soon as possible. This position requires BCGEU membership.
Ridge Meadows Youth Services are our
community-based one-to-one services that are provided to youth and their
families/caregivers who are referred by MCFD. The Youth Development Worker is
responsible for addressing the full range of needs and circumstances presented
by youth and their families, and assisting them to accomplish their identified
goals that may include improving individual competencies, strengthening their
relationships, facilitating access to community resources and supports,
re-connecting to educational programs, securing employment, responding to
crises and in many cases supporting youths' transition to independence. The
Youth Development Worker will also be expected to provide intensive support and
supervision to youth who are medium to high risk of re-offending and are
subject to Youth Court Orders, and monitoring compliance with the terms and
conditions of these orders.
Please submit a resume and cover
letter referencing the competition number 2022106YDW1.R. Closing date for
Internal Applications: Friday, October 14, 2022, at 4:30PM. If the
position is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops positive relationships with youth
that will provide them with the emotional support and practical assistance
required to address their strengths, needs, and circumstances, achieve
their personal goals, and increase their protective factors.
- Plans and implements strategies, activities
and interventions that address the issues that youth present in the five
domains (individual, family, peers, school/employment, and community) of
their lives using a positive youth development approach.
- Develops collaborative relationships with
youths' families/caregivers, significant others and informal support
systems to maintain and strengthen these connections.
- Facilitates access to community resources and
specialized services when required by youth and their families/caregivers
to ensure they receive services that are integrated, timely and meet their
identified needs. Includes formal and informal support systems as an
integral part of all work with youth and their families.
- Participates in Integrated Case Management
planning processes, functions as the key worker for youth on a team of
professionals when required, and provides ongoing coordination of services
to youth and their families/caregivers. Works closely with Ministry
personnel to ensure the safety and well being of youth served, and that
case management objectives are met.
- Provides intensive goal-focused support and
supervision services to youth who are subject to a Youth Court Order that
will assist them to achieve their goals and make safer choices, support
their integration and normative functioning in the community and target their
criminogenic characteristics – consistent with the case management
objectives developed by the supervising probation officer.
- Monitors compliance with the terms and
conditions of Youth Court Orders, and Extra-Judicial Sanctions including
reparative conditions and completion of Community Service Work hours.
Performs curfew checks as required, and reports all known instances of
non-compliance to the supervising probation officers.
- Assists youth to meet the goals identified in
their Youth Agreements. These may include but are not limited to locating
and maintaining safe and stable housing, accessing financial, educational,
vocational, and recreational opportunities, developing adult competencies
and strengthening their connections to the community and resources.
- Teaches youth the life skills they require to
make their transition to living independently as successful as possible.
Works with youth individually, and in groups when appropriate to develop
effective communication, problem-solving, conflict management, personal
care, and money management skills. Provides emotional support and
encouragement to youth remaking safer choices, and using their strengths
and abilities to manage difficult situations.
- Supports youths' families/caregivers
individually or through the facilitation of educational groups. Provides
advice, assistance, mediation, and crisis intervention services to
families/caregivers when required.
- Develops strategies that are effective in
connecting youth who are at risk of homelessness, or are already homeless,
or are experiencing other significant challenges in their lives, to the
supports and services they require.
- Responds to critical incidents and implements
crisis intervention strategies that address the specific health and safety
issues of those involved, and informs the manager when such situations
- Establishes strong connections to the
community, including maintaining close working relationships with all
formal and informal service providers.
- Maintains necessary program participant and
program reports and statistics. Ensures that all records, reports, and
documentation pertaining to service delivery are accurate, complete and in
compliance with PLEA’s policies and procedures.
- Adheres to all policies and procedures
established by PLEA, and meets the performance expectations of the
position in a manner that demonstrates compassion and respect for all
persons served. Exercises the responsibilities of the position in a manner
consistent with the philosophical approach and mandate of the program.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Job Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal communication,
counseling, facilitation and conflict management skills, including a
demonstrated ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive written
- Demonstrated proficiency in teaching others
and an ability to work collaboratively with families/caregivers and
networks that provide support to youth.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with
others, enjoys the company of young people and can implement effective
behavior management strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to develop supportive
relationships with youth and their families/caregivers who may be
reluctant to engage, and to be sensitive and understanding of their social
realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity,
sexual orientation, poverty, and lifestyle.
- Ability to facilitate a group and work through
difficult group processes effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a
team with other program staff, community professionals and other
collaterals; use good judgment; manage conflicts constructively; work
independently and be accountable for results.
- Knowledge of theory, principles and best
practices with respect to providing services to youth who are high risk,
and their families/caregivers.
- Good understanding of relevant Criminal
Justice Legislation and policies, the role of Youth Court, Child Welfare
Legislation and policies including the Child, Family, and Community
Service Act; and applicable government legislation, regulations, and
- Excellent organizational, time and general
- A Bachelor of Arts in the social sciences or
human services or a related discipline.
- At least one (1) year recent experience
working in programs with youth who are at risk, including work with youth
involved in the criminal justice system, and their families/caregivers.
- Direct program delivery experience in the
community social justice services sector, with a demonstrated working
knowledge of community-based programs and related provincial and community
support services are preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and
facilitate groups designed to teach a wide variety of participants –
personal, family and vocational skills.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Office, and familiarity with database programs.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
- Satisfactory Centralized Services Hub
screening by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid
Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
- Use of Personal Vehicle. This position
requires travel in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.
- A valid B.C. Driver's License (Class 5 or
Class 7), and suitable driver's abstract.
- The usual hours of work in
this position are based on Tuesday to Saturday flextime scheduling
arrangement, including days, evenings and weekends, of 35 working
hours per week.
- Documentation that applicant is legally
approved to work in Canada.
- As a Public Service employer and to meet our
funding obligations, PLEA requires successful applicants to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.
conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including
education, training, work history, and licensure.
We thank all applicants for their interest;
however, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.