Community Worker - Youth Advocate Program

External Job Description
Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the Part-time Permanent, position of Community Worker - Youth Advocate Program in Parks & Recreation. Preference for filling this position will be given to qualified African Nova Scotians. Please self-identify on your application form, cover letter or resume.
The primary goal of the Youth Advocate Program is to prevent youth from engaging in gang related activities, anti-social and criminal behaviors while enhancing public safety. The Youth Advocate Program targets youth between the ages of 9 to 15 years.
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Community Worker will support the multi-disciplinary Youth Advocate Program team and is responsible for supporting program delivery and day to day operations in the Youth Advocate Program communities. Primary responsibilities will be supporting, initiating and developing Youth Advocate Program supplementary programming and fostering and strengthening Youth Advocate Program community relationships. The position is responsible to assist in delivering a core component of the overall program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Community Navigation:
  • Facilitates access to the Youth Advocate Program communities
  • Advises the Program Manager about specific community norms and considerations
  • Facilitates access to the Youth Advocate Program Communities
  • Advises the Program Manager about specific community norms and considerations
  • Demonstrates leadership and professionalism, while maintaining positive working relationships with youth & families, the public, with internal & external colleagues and with management.
  • Creating and maintaining updated youth & family community resource list for Youth Advocate Program Communities
  • Attend community meetings on behalf of Youth Advocate Program
  • Provide regular updates on Youth Advocate Program communities

Intake, Orientation, Assessments:
  • Supports the Program Assistant throughout the intake, orientation, assessment processes
  • Supports the Youth Advocate Program Assistant with exit protocols
  • Maintains regular communication with referral agencies
  • Carries out 6 Month post program follow-up assessments with youth & families who exited/graduated from the program.

Case Management:
  • Attends and contributes to case conferences
  • Attends and contributes to Youth Support Team Meetings & community visits

Program Operations:
  • Provides input in monitoring and documentation of the daily performance of youth
  • In coordination with Youth Section staff responsible for youth recruitment, facilitates and delivers information and recruitment sessions
  • Provides support to the team in coordinating youth involvement in community programs
  • Demonstrates modelling behavior and participatory leadership
  • Supports the Program Manager by researching supports and services for youth
  • Supports the Program Manager with community projects.
  • Maintains an emotionally, mentally and physically safe environment for youth
  • Provides program support as required, including situations that mitigates risk
  • Manages risk and adheres to safety and crisis protocols & policies.
  • Supports, develops & initiates Youth Advocate Program supplementary program initiatives and events
  • Provides support to the initiatives and activities of the Youth Advocate Program

QUALIFICATIONS
Education & Experience

  • Completion of Grade 12, or equivalent education and experience (GED is an acceptable equivalence)
  • A minimum of six (6) months related work or volunteer experience in a social service environment in a support capacity.
  • Or, a minimum of six (6) months experience working or volunteering in the community with at-risk youth and their families.

Technical/Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities
  • Knowledge and understanding of HRM's diverse communities
  • Proficiency with computer applications and related software (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Valid Driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle is required
  • Knowledge of case management practices.
  • Must have ability to pass a security clearance and vulnerable sector check.

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.
Please note - Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer's discretion.
COMPETENCIES: Communication, Conflict Management, Customer Service, Decision Making, Teamwork and Cooperation, & Valuing Diversity
WORK STATUS: part-time, permanent
HOURS OF WORK: Up to 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday (Core hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) with work outside normal hours occasionally required to complete tasks and meet deadlines. May periodically require working in the evening and weekend to assist with meetings and events.
SALARY: NSUPE 13. $25.00 per hour
WORK LOCATION: 1606 Bell Rd, Halifax NS
CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on January 22nd, 2018
This is a bargaining unit position. External applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified bargaining unit candidates.
Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.
Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.
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