The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is seeking applications for a temporary full-time (July 2017-March 2018 contract with the possibility of extension) Youth Outreach Worker (YOW).
The successful candidate will provide a range of outreach services to individuals, families and groups in Ottawa, serving to promote youth and family engagement in communities and increasing youth access to opportunities via referrals to existing programs. The YOW will also liaise with service providers to understand available services and identify gaps in services for the target client group.
This position carries responsibilities for prevention, early intervention and community outreach services under the auspices of the Ministry of Children and Youth’s ‘Youth Opportunities Strategy – Youth Outreach Workers’ program.
This is a front-line youth worker position which involves working in designated communities primarily during evening/weekend hours.
- To initiate, develop, and implement community outreach activities in specified neighbourhoods;
- To reach out and engage youth (12-21 years of age) in activities that promote assets, competencies and resiliency;
- To carry out brokerage, advocacy, and resourcing functions as well as provide general information and referral services for designated youth;
- To work collaboratively with youth, parents and service providers to develop effective service delivery plans;
- To facilitate connections between youth and their neighbourhoods;
- To participate in the facilitation of partnerships with community agencies, businesses, government and informal community groups to help foster programs;
- To build an understanding of the needs, goals, aspirations, skills and abilities of youth;
- To perform administrative record keeping and reporting as required.
- University degree/College diploma in Child and Youth Development-related field;
- Current standard first aid/CPR certification;
- 2-3 years’ experience in a youth-related field, preferably in an outreach and/or community development model.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of youth in Ottawa;
- Effective interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers;
- Demonstrated youth mentoring skills;
- Demonstrated organizational and planning skills;
- Knowledge of computers/Internet/database management;
- Demonstrated knowledge of program evaluation and outcome measures;
- Bilingualism (English-French) is an asset.
Please note: the following are required for this position:
- Valid driver’s license;
- Current Police Records check (vulnerable sector);
- Regular evening/weekend hours of work.
Salary to be determined. Start Date:
We are an equal opportunity employer that encourages all interested candidates to submit a detailed resume and cover letter, quoting the position title.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.