Senior Youth Worker (Open Until Filled)

Position Title:                    Senior Youth Worker

Reports to:                         Youth Services Program Manager

Classification:                    Permanent Full time FTE

Benefits:                             following 3-month probation and with satisfactory review.

Location:                             Surrey and Circle 5 Region

Schedule:                            Fixed, day/afternoon/evening schedule.             

Rate:                                     Dependent upon experience


The Fraser Valley Aboriginal Friendship Center Association is a non-profit organization that provides a diverse range of culturally safe and supportive services to Aboriginal people in Surrey and the Fraser Valley including youth in care, youth at risk, and Indigenous youth generally.  The Friendship Center works from a decolonizing perspective, and as such, works to strengthen family bonds, between generations and within the family; strengthen identity and understanding about interpersonal impacts of colonialism; fostering positive self-identity, personal agency, and safety.


The Senior Youth Worker ensures that the home is youth focused, and that all of the standards regarding care of youth while in ANYSH are maintained.  This includes providing a safe therapeutic daily living environment for the residents of the safe house; Provide positive role modeling that is culturally open and accessible to all youth; and making referrals to appropriate community resources.


In the absence of the Manager, the senior youth worker is responsible for administering the Youth Safe House program in compliance with the MCFD contract, FRAFCA policies and procedures, ANYSH policies and procedures, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, Residential Care Regulation and the Standards for Safe Houses in British Columbia. 


  • Senior worker when the Manager is not on shift.
  • Assist Manager with planning of daily operations if needed.
  • Adhere to the Safe House policy and procedures manual for clients and staff, FRAFCA policies and procedures and ensure COA/CARF standards and Licensing Standards are met.
  • Assist in the preparation of work schedules to ensure proper staffing levels are maintained at all times. 
  • Provide a caring and positive environment for youth.
  • Administrative and file management regarding youth entering and discharging from the safe house.
  • Regularly and consistently log activities and visitors in the daily log book.
  • Refer youth to and encourage participation in referred programming and services.
  • Understand the continuum of youth services with partners especially Options and Pacific Community Resources.
  • When requested, support youth to communicate with other professionals, including Ministry social workers, school officials, medical personnel and others.
  • Promote healthy and hygienic practices.



  • Coordinate safety and sanitation procedures, first aid and emergency medical procedures in the safe house, particularly bed bug protocol.
  • Assist in the overall care and maintenance of the safe house area and equipment.
  • Perform daily cleaning and prepare meals as needed for youth.
  • Overnight, awake, work times are part of the work schedule.
  • Provide shift coverage on an emergency basis.
  • Work cooperatively with each safe house team member and assist the staff team in the development and review of program components.
  • Act as a representative of ANYSH for the OHS Committee, liaise with the members, attend monthly meetings and manage monthly documentation.
  • Other duties as directed by the ANYSH Manager or FRAFCA ED.



Education and Experience:

  • Child and Youth Care Diploma plus a minimum of 6 months supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience as demonstrated by i.  Combination of certifications; years of experience in a youth related field; 6 months’ supervisory experience; valid certifications as outlined below.
  • Previous demonstrated work experience with youth.
  • Demonstrated positive personal characteristics.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid First Aid certificate.
  • Valid Food Safe certificate.
  • Valid non-violent crisis intervention certificate.
  • Experience working in a non-profit sector an asset.
  • Knowledge of multicultural communities, organizations and service providers within the Circle 5 area (Surrey/Delta/White Rock Region).
  • Criminal Record Check and review is a requirement of all employees of FRAFCA.


Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Knowledge of effective outreach and engagement practices with Youth.
  • Knowledge of the diversity of Indigenous cultures, identities, and lived history.
  • Harm Reduction approaches with at Risk Youth.
  • Extensive knowledge of youth serving resources and supports in Surrey and the Fraser Valley including career, educational, job, food, income, cultural, and recreation.





Key Skills and Abilities.

  • Demonstrated understanding of First Nations and other diverse cultures, traditions, and knowledge of socio-economic barriers, family dynamics, youth identity development, and the rights of youth in care.
  • Experience working with adolescence.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent conflict management skills
  • Analytical and observational skills.
  • Basic computer skills (including Microsoft Office).
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Experience working with the demands of a diverse team environment and cross-cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure.


CLOSING DATE:                 Open until suitable candidate is found. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Please send RESUME; and COVER LETTER by fax, mail, hand delivery or email marked attention, Annette Christopher at:


Fax:                                       604.595.1176

SNAIL Mail:                         10095 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey, BC | V3T4G1

Identify the position code (ANYSH) in the header of your email; fax, and COVER LETTER.

We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Position open until filled.


*****Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Applicants.