Youth Worker- Weekend Overnights

Posted on: May 22, 2020
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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. To learn more about Phoenix Youth Programs, visit:  

Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent.


Program:  Phoenix Youth Shelter provides free, safe, emergency accommodations 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: A competitive wage, Employee and Family Assistance Program, in-house trainings, and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work:  40 hours weekly based on a schedule of: Friday 12am-8am, Saturday 8pm-8am, Sunday 8pm-8am and Monday 11pm-7am.

Location: Halifax, NS.

Reports to: Manager, Phoenix Youth Shelter

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


  • Ensure the program delivery is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision, and philosophy.
  • Work in accordance with Phoenix’s policies, procedures, and philosophy of practice.
  • Supervise and monitor the program’s overnight activities and ensure that policies, security, and safety are maintained.
  • Provide support and crisis intervention for youth.
  • Maintain wakefulness for entire shift.
  • Fulfill significant cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
  • Contribute to building maintenance to ensure a therapeutic milieu.
  • Complete and maintain all logs, files and records as required and ensure confidentiality is protected.
  • Complete assigned tasks.
  • Enter statistical data in the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (database).
  • Communicate overnight activities with daytime staff.
  • Train new staff and field placement students as required.


  • Bachelor of Social Work; or other relevant undergraduate degree; 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.

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 on the basis of qualifications and merit; however we encourage self-identification on either your covering letter or resume.

TO APPLY:  *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 midnight on June 5th, 2020 to with the subject line “WOW 100%”