Posted on: May 05, 2023
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Job Location:
1094 Tower Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia


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 aged 11-24 and their families. 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 these equity-seeking groups, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter or your resume. We would also appreciate if you would share your pronouns in your cover letter or your resume.
Program: Phoenix Youth Shelter provides free, safe, emergency accommodation to youth ages 16-24. The Shelter supplies daily essentials (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) around the clock to youth who seek support. All residents have access to daily programming and are connected with a Key Worker who provides on-going guidance and support to help residents meet their identified goals.

Compensation: $43,771, comprehensive group medical insurance plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation in the first year and four in the second, generous sick leave, a generous paid holiday schedule, in-house trainings, and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work: 37 hours weekly: Friday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Monday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., and Tuesday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Phoenix Youth Shelter, 1094 Tower Rd., Halifax, NS.

Reports to: Manager, Phoenix Youth Shelter

Screening Requirements: Due to the sensitive nature of our work with youth, this position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.

• Assess and address the immediate and basic needs of the program’s youth.
• Ensure the program delivery is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision, and philosophy.
• Work in accordance with Phoenix’s policies, procedures, and framework of practice.
• Supervise and monitor the program’s overnight activities and ensure that policies, security, and safety are maintained.
• Provide therapeutic support, crisis intervention and programming for the youth.
• Maintain wakefulness for the entire shift.
• Fulfill significant cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
• Provide relief coverage for the team staff meeting and conduct weekly grocery shopping.
• Contribute to building maintenance to ensure a therapeutic milieu.
• Complete and maintain all logs, files and records as required and ensure confidentiality is protected.
• Communicate overnight activities with daytime staff.
• Train new staff and field placement students as required.

• Bachelor of Social Work; or other relevant undergraduate degrees; or an undergraduate degree and Human Services diploma.
• Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification, or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).
• A minimum of two years experience working in a youth residential setting.
• Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of homelessness.
• Demonstrated exceptional level of interpersonal, communication, youth service and organizational skills.
• 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.
• Ability to lead a shift and make appropriate decisions.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs, and maintain a fairly active pace.
• Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook and using the Internet.
• Access to a vehicle is required, (grocery pick-up).

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  to:

careers@phoenixyouth.ca with the subject line “WEW 92.5%”.