Job Title: Rural Child and Youth Counsellor
Status: Full-time Indeterminate
Hours: 35 hours/week
Benefits: 4 weeks of vacation leave, Personal leave, Insurance and Health Coverage, HOOPP Pension
Salary: $49,554 annually
Application Deadline: July 3, midnight
Bringing care and community together since 1986. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre connects children, youth, parents, adults and seniors with services and resources in Ottawa west. We are committed to supporting our diverse communities in far west Ottawa by providing and coordinating accessible health and social services. Our work is guided by our four core beliefs: empowerment, equity, partnership and innovation and demonstrated through our day-to-day interactions with clients, partners, volunteers, members and staff.
Working at WOCRC means working within our Guiding Beliefs and making a difference to our community. As our employees support the community, WOCRC supports and values its employees by offering a generous wellness package including vacation leave, personal leave, insurance and health coverage, HOOPP enrolment, and maternity leave top-up for full-time indeterminate employees.
WOCRC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. WOCRC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Support and/or accommodation is available through all phases of our hiring process, please let us know how we can support you.
The Rural Child and Youth Counsellor is responsible for coordination and facilitation of youth drop-in programs and system navigation in the rural areas of WOCRC catchment areas. The Rural Child and Youth Counsellor works in collaboration with the counselling services team with direction and support provided by the Program Manager, Counselling and Community Response and as part of a multi-disciplinary team that addresses and supports issues related to youth ages 12-18, their family and community. This position is responsible for the planning and delivery of activities/programs at offsite drop-in programs as well as onsite and offsite meetings with youth that empower youth and encourage and support community members to identify needs. Activate a system navigation lens to support youth in connecting with resources. Work collaboratively with counselling services to support youth and families.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Outreach to community partners to promote youth engagement;
- Facilitate community events and recreation activities for youth;
- Support youth programming and collaboration within WOCRC as well as community partners;
- Perform administrative duties of scheduling, planning, reporting and coordinating activities;
- System navigation for youth;
- Onsite responsibility for participant safety and managing behaviors and potential risks;
- Work collaboratively with members of counselling team;
- Onsite responsibility for ensuring program guidelines, rules and expectations of the program are met and adhered to in collaboration with the Manager of Counselling and Community Response;
- Manage communication with youth through social media;
- Adhere to accurate documentations standards as outlined by the program manager;
- Responsible for grocery shopping for the program, gardening in program and moving supplies for program activities.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
- Degree in social work or counselling;
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working with youth, their family and community in a community-based model of practice, including community capacity building and mobilization;
- Training and experience with group facilitation and leadership development.
- Strong critical analysis, problem solving, planning and decision making skills;
- Excellent relationship building skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently in remote locations;
- Demonstrated conflict management and resolution skills;
- Ability to develop and implement programs using an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team environment;
- Demonstrated ability to work within an equity inclusion framework;
- Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of community-based model of intervention;
- Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of a feminist and anti-oppression framework;
- Knowledge of social services delivery in Ottawa;
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle required, including $2 million in liability insurance.