Child & Youth Worker - Life Skills

Job No: SN190766
Location: West Vancouver


CLOSES:  March 5, 2020 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


We have a great opportunity for a Child & Youth Worker - Life Skills to join our dynamic and progressive First Nations government in West Vancouver.

The scope of this intermediate level position is two-fold 1) to manage a case load of children and youth at risk and in care and 2) to design and deliver life skills workshops to children and youth in the SN community at large.  The essence of the position is to work one to one, at the Youth Centre and in group programs with assigned children in order to build strong relationships of trust and provide moral, emotion and cultural support much the same was a “big brother/sister” would.  The position is intended to assist children as they mature towards the age of majority, helping, in particular, with basic life skills such as shopping for groceries, managing a household budget and maintaining personal hygiene and health.  He/she also protects the child in potentially frightening situations (e.g. supervised visits with natural parents or court/ probation officer appearances).  The incumbent is responsible for working with the children and youth in a way that achieves the “case plans” as designed by case social workers and other members of the interdisciplinary treatment team.  The level of work requires dealing with youth behaviour ranging from withdrawal to aggressive and violent. The worker must keep detailed records, report critical incidences and attend team meetings to discus progress of each child in his/her caseload. This position specializes in life skills and works with boys and girls age infant to 12 to 16 years of age but may be required to work with any age child.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Receives new case assignments based on area of specialty (life skills).
  • Manages active caseload of child and youth files.
  • Supports children and youth at risk.
  • Coordinates and facilitates “supervised visits”.
  • Follows procedure and maintains case records.
  • Delivers a mandatory life skills component to every Youth-in-care who is coming of age.
  • Organizes life skills programs for groups of children and youth in the community.
  • Participates in coordination of annual Summer Program.
  • Provides cultural content in support of other divisions and departments in the Nation.
  • Attends conferences and promotes awareness of division.
  • Supports and learns Squamish Nation Culture.
  • Performs shifts at the Youth Centre and instructs activities as required.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of Child, Youth & Community Awareness and Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Teams.

 Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Certificate in Life Skills, Social Work or a related/relevant field from a recognized post-secondary institution. May consider numerous, up-to-date training courses from the Justice Institute that specialize in child and youth development or child abuse and neglect as substitute.
  • 6 - 12 months of directly-related experience in the majority of specialties listed in the job description including life skills training, youth mentorship, counseling, caseload management and Squamish Nation culture.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to area of specialty such as life skills, medicine wheel, wellness, grief and loss issues, motivation, child & youth mentoring, fetal alcohol syndrome, life planning and problem analysis.
  • Strong knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, traditions and heritage is a definite asset.
  • Experience as an intermediate user MS Offices, the Internet, etc.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is preferred.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s Licence Class 4 or 5, Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Must provide a valid Criminal Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider Grade 12 plus 3 years may substitute for above education and experience.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Salary: $36,359 to $42,775 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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