DIRECTIONS YOUTH DETOX
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL JOB POSTING COMPETITION NO.13-17
Are you a strong advocate with a passion for supporting others?
Do you believe in the possibility for people to create change in their lives?
Would you enjoy working independently within a committed team?
Directions Youth Services provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with entry points to
access the tools, support, and guidance they need to go about making healthy, positive changes in their
lives. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Directions Youth Services consists of:
Directions Youth Services Centre provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with a range of services to
assist them to access housing, and increase health, life-skills and wellbeing. DYSC also encompasses our housing,
outreach and transition to adulthood programs.
Directions Youth Detox offers youth a continuum of service, which includes outreach, drop-in and assessment
counselling and referrals, in-house detoxification, education and groups.
Directions Youth Safehouse is a first stage emergency shelter to assist youth to return to family/extended family
and/or access needed transitional supports to independence.
This is a 40 hours per week position within the Youth Detox Program beginning March 1, 2017. The hours are
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 00:00-08:00 and Monday, Tuesday from 00:30-08:30. This position reports to
the Manager of the Youth Detox Program. This position requires Union Membership.
Purpose of the Position:
This entry level Youth Worker position focuses on the role of creating and maintaining a safe, supportive and
therapeutic living environment for detoxing youth in a team environment. Youth workers aid and manage the daily
needs of the residents, the position will consist of working with a variety of youth residents struggling with
addiction including those with intellectual, emotional/social challenges, dual diagnosis and sexual abuse victims.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assessment and screening of referrals, non-standard hours admissions, including suicide risk
assessment/safety plans and discharge of clients; completes all relevant documentation following standard
Performs searches of client belongings during admission, orients and assists residents settle in to program,
safely dispose of contraband, sharps, and weapons following standard procedure.
Provides support, encouragement and education to clients in matters related to crisis intervention, harm
reduction, conflict resolution, community resources, alcohol and drug information, and advocacy to clients
and referral calls.
Monitors youth in detox 24 hours per day, ensuring the safety and comfort of clients, by observing and
documenting client behaviour, withdrawal symptoms/stressors/physical and emotional needs and informing
counselling staff/supervisor as required.
Monitors the overall safety of the resource through enforcing program guidelines and observation to detect
severe withdrawal, drug use, and contraband.
Participates in the management of emergency situations by initiating first aid, calling emergency medical
services, and defusing situations.
Responsive to counselling team, other service agencies and health care professionals in the development,
implementation and revision of client service plans.
Attend medical assessments, advocating for client and communicating non-medical program model to
physicians for clients requiring medical clearance or withdrawal management medication treatments, or
medication approval. Follow standard procedures in ordering receiving and disposing of all medication,
administrating all approved medication following established policy.
Ensures maintenance of the facility and care of clients by performing household cleaning, yard work, and
minor repairs. Preparation of meals, maintaining supply inventories, assisting with orders and shopping.
Performs clerical duties as required such as answering phones, filing, sorting, and indexing Maintaining daily
client logs, notes, documents, forms, reports, youth review and statistical information.
Participates in training practicum students and trainees in a job shadow model.
Assist youth in accessing community support by supervising, escorting, and transporting clients to all outside
Actively participate in staff meetings, supervision, and continuing education and/or agency initiatives.
Ensure adherence to all program and agency policies and procedures, accreditation and community licensing
Perform all other duties as required.
Education and training:
Two years post-secondary course/diploma/certificate in related field
Valid BC Drivers License – requires submission of abstract.
Current First Aid Certificate and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training an asset
Minimum one year experience working with youth, preferably in support of youth who have alcohol /drug
Applicants with personal experience with addiction require a minimum two years clean/sober
A combination of education and experience may be considered
Knowledge of community, social and health resources
Knowledge of substance misuse, adolescent development and the problems encountered by chemically
dependent individuals; basic understanding of behavioural management
Basic knowledge of mental health issues and treatment
Ability to observe and recognize change in clients
Ability to demonstrate and assist clients with the daily activities of living
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients
Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients
Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis
intervention and behavioural management techniques
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines
Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees to deal
tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and other agencies and to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work independently and a part of a team
Ability to work in a culturally diverse population
Basic computer literacy
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
Working conditions: 24 hour residential program
Ability to work shift work, awake overnights, days, evenings
COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES TO: Alexander Earl
Assistant Manager, Youth Detox
Wage grid: Standard grid level 10 – General Services Collective Agreement
Hourly Rate: $16.81 – 19.58/hr
Union: SEIU BC local 1
START DATE: March 1, 2017
CLOSING DATE: February 22, 2017
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews
An eligibility list may be created.
Thank you for your interest.
FSGV is committed to the principles of Diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all
genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.