POSITION: LIVE-IN SUPPORT WORKER
START DATE: NOVEMBER 2021
Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s eleven 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.
A staff group that represents the diversity of the people and communities we serve is of the utmost importance. Phoenix is committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth that have traditionally impacted members from the following groups, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous People, and Other Racially Visible Persons, Members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community, and Persons with Disabilities. If you are a member of one of theses equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or your resume and share your pronouns.
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 three youth in a four-bedroom house, the Live-in Support Worker supports youths’ 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, $1,175.00 monthly honorarium (taxed) and opportunities for training and professional development and five days off per month. Basic furniture is provided.
Location: Willow Street, Halifax, NS.
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: November 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.
- Provide some therapeutic support and crisis intervention for the youth.
- Facilitate regular house meetings and monthly house programming.
- Participate in wider cross-PHI programming and celebrations.
- Support program development, including attendance at biweekly team meetings and communication with the Phoenix Homes for Independence team.
- Complete and maintain documentation as required and ensure confidentiality is protected.
- 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.
- Ensure the program is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision, and values.
- 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.
- Demonstrated understanding of youth development and the challenges of homelessness.
- Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a client-directed approach, and a social justice perspective).
- Knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse and crisis intervention.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and with limited direct supervision.
- CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention (offered internally), Standard First Aid (offered internally), Naloxone administration, 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).
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 by Thursday September 30th, 2021, at 11:59pm (ADT) to:
email@example.com with the subject line “Live-in”.