Live-in Support Worker

Posted on: January 05, 2021




Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s ten locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth ages 11-24 and their families. We offer important services and programs including shelter, food, housing support, health care, parenting support, recreation, education and employment services, and clinical therapy. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. 


Job Summary: The Homes for Independence Program offers homes for independent living for youth ages 16-24. Reporting to the Manager of the Supportive Housing Program, the Live-in Support Worker provides a consistent presence as a positive role model while living on site with youth. As the on-site supervisor for four youth in a five-bedroom house, the Live-in Support Worker implements case plans, facilitates the household, and spends time in the home. Live-in Support Workers are able to have a second place of employment or be attending school in addition to their live-in responsibilities.


Compensation: Includes free rent and utilities, $1250.00 monthly honorarium (taxed) and opportunities for training and professional development and five days off per month. Basic furniture is provided.


Location: Oxford St., Halifax, NS (4 youth, co-ed)


Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, child abuse register check and proof of education.


Start Date: January 2021 (flexible).  Some training for the position will commence prior to the move-in date. 



  • Support the youth in their daily activities and provide supervision and encouragement as needed, including supporting youth with household dynamics.
  • Facilitate home maintenance, including participating in distribution and completion of household chores and reporting repairs needed.
  • Be familiar with and monitor the youths’ short- and long-term goals as they work toward independent living.
  • Facilitate regular house meetings and monthly house programming.
  • Participate in wider cross-PHI programming and celebrations.
  • Regularly attend youth support meetings and keep up to date case notes.
  • Regularly report to the Homes for Independence Program team, including regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Occasionally liaise with other community supports, e.g. schools, doctors, social workers, etc.



  • University or College education (can be in progress) in a related field and two years of experience working or volunteering with youth.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience living independently or in a group setting.
  • Skills and discretion to be an appropriate role model to youth in transition.
  • Excellent organizational skills and good oral and written communication skills.
  • High energy, flexible and committed to teamwork.
  • CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention (offered internally), Standard First Aid (offered internally) and ASIST Suicide Intervention certification are requirements of the position or the candidate must have a willingness to obtain them at the earliest possible opportunity after commencing employment.
  • Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification, or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).


We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment reflective of the youth we serve. We welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ2S+ community and others who reflect the diversity of our Nova Scotia communities. All employment is decided based on qualifications and merit; however, we encourage self-identification on either your cover letter or resume.


TO APPLY * Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period.


Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications to: with the subject line “Live-in”.