Residential Youth Care Counsellor
Howe Sound Rehabilitation Services - Maple Ridge, BC

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Residential Youth Care Counsellor - Full Time (Maple Ridge)


Full Time – Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm, and 11pm to 7am
Part Time – Saturday and Sunday 7am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm, and 11pm to 7am

Medium-sized non-profit Society has employment opportunities for a Full Time Residential Youth Care Counsellor our highly specialized staffed residential home located in Maple Ridge. Residential Youth Care Counsellor is responsible for implementing the day-to-day operations of the home. They provide and maintain a safe, supportive environment that is culturally open and accessible in order to support the personal development of resident youth. The Residential Youth Care Counsellor facilitates all aspects of the resident youth's life, including accompanying them on daily recreational outings, to medical appointments, providing all meal preparation, supporting them in their bedtime routine and to develop life skills. The Residential Youth Care Counsellor reports directly to the Residential Coordinator.

Qualifications and Conditions:

  • Child Care Diploma / Certificate or related University Degree.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in child & youth care, or a combination of relevant education & experience working with youth with developmental delays and special needs.
  • Criminal record clearance.
  • Valid BCDL and suitable Driver’s Abstract
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification.
  • FoodSafe certification.
  • Will have the ability to manage crisis, including incidents of aggression, and work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Must have a broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Aboriginal youth face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on Aboriginal families and communities, and a good understanding of Aboriginal cultures and traditions.
  • Must demonstrate a good working knowledge of community resources in the Tri-Cities area, particularly youth & Aboriginal-specific resources.
  • Must have previous experience working with youth with special needs, including experience following and implementing behaviour management and crisis intervention plans and using specialized augmentative and visual communication strategies, such as the use of PECS.
  • Will have the ability to identify with mandate, policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Must possess a good working knowledge of computer systems and programs.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to compile accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Must have a personal support system and self care plan in place.
  • Willingness to take on additional training as required.

Duties and Responsibilities Include but Not Limited to:

1. Supervise the youth in their day-to-day living, including establishing a trusting, non-judgmental, non-exploitative rapport. Positively participate in programming and activities in order to provide a positive role model experience for youth residing in the home. Educate youth with regard to safe health practices.
2. Maintain the day-to-day operation of the house, including shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, and maintenance.
3. Consult with youth, Residential Coordinator and staff, and other relevant individuals to identify the needs and goals of the youth. Ensure that case plans are implemented.
4. Build and maintain a network of positive working relationships with other service providers to ensure effective referrals and a good continuum of care for the youth.
5. Actively assist in the ongoing development and review of program components. Positively address all concerns, incidents or crises which affect program mandate, policy, personal issues, community relations, resident youth, etc.
6. Attend and positively participate in staff meetings as required.
7. Respect and maintain confidentiality of staff issues within the team, with the exception of the Program Coordinator and/or their direct supervisors. Respect and assure the youth of confidentiality in the community and with other service professionals.
8. Consult with and report to immediate supervisor, and prepare and submit reports to supervisors, as required. Maintain accurate logs and compile statistical records to support program needs and inform ongoing program development and evaluation.
9. Perform any other duty that the Residential Coordinator deems necessary to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the home.

In return, the agency provides paid orientation, competitive wage ($25.14/hr), employer paid benefits (upon meeting eligibility requirements), and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Please send a resume and a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for.

Start date is Mid-May.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted for interview.

Please note, resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter.