School and Community Liaison
1 Full Time Term Position 18 Months
Opportunity # AY-IN-01/2013
Make a difference in the life of a child
Come join an energetic and fun team that is committed to providing deserving children and youth with hope for the future. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary provide a supportive environment in which to share your experience, develop your skills, and take on new challenges.
If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is the place for you!
In collaboration with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, United Way, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School Division, the School and Community Liaison will become the key contact for youth identified in the All in For Youth initiative. The School and Community Liaison will meet youth and provide one to one support, identify strengths and address challenges that are preventing them from finishing school. Ensuring strength based, trauma sensitive strategies are utilized, the School and Community Liaison will work with youth to support individualized learning plans and assist students as they work towards achieving their personal, academic and career goals. The School and Community Liaison will collaborate with District personnel and assist youth in navigating resources and supports with community agencies and organizations. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Advocate and liaise with youth who are navigating a return to school
- Build positive relationships with youth and with staff of CBE Encore and St. Anne Academic Centre.
- Provide transition support and advocacy for youth as they prepare to return to school.
- Liaise with Encore CBE and St. Anne staff to explore options for further education and/or career exploration with the youth
- Working with the school systems, assist youth in identifying their strengths and challenges and then assist them with addressing barriers through outreach, referrals and case management
- Work with community organization and service providers, offering linkages to appropriate supports that will increase the youth’s capacity for self sufficiency
- Connect with youth once they have transitioned to academic settings to support on-going success and stability
- Liaise with parents/guardians when appropriate and assist youth in enhancing their natural supports
- Support youth in learning self-advocacy and self help skills
- Participate in weekly meetings at Encore when available
- Degree or diploma in psychology, social work, education or a combination of relevant training and applied experience
- 3-5 years experience working with vulnerable youth
- A willingness to inform and modify practice based on cultural needs of clientele
- Eager to engage in professional learning opportunities and reflective practice
- Knowledge of community services and supports for youth
- Knowledge of basic developmental needs of youth
- Able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and in various environments
- Class 5 license and access to a reliable vehicle
- Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Welfare Intervention Check
We offer the opportunity to be part of a creative and positive work environment, a competitive salary, supports for professional development, opportunity for advancement and the chance to be part of a national organization dedicated to supporting youth to develop skills for life. We are a committed equity employer.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by quoting the above opportunity number for consideration. No phone calls please, only qualified candidates will be contacted.