Job Opportunity with John Howard Society of Ottawa
World Skills Employment Centre is working with John Howard Society of Ottawa to recruit for the position of Child & Youth Services Counsellor.
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This position offers a unique opportunity in prevention and intervention services. The successful candidate will be involved in three Child and Youth Services programs:
1) The Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC) program is a non-custodial sentencing option as identified in the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This program in Ottawa is a continued plan from the Youth Justice Division of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to decrease reliance on custody and further intensive community-based interventions. The goal of this program is to support youth in reducing offending behaviour through targeted programs that are offered in both individual and group settings.
2) The Prevention stream of the On Point program is in partnership with youturn Youth Support Services and is funded by the Youth Justice Division of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Serving youth aged 12-20 in Ottawa, Rockland, and Russell, On Point aims to serve youth who may be at-risk of being affected by, or involved in, street violence and gang activities. Services are delivered in the community and this program has an open referral source.
3) Diversion Services is in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Ottawa Community Youth Diversion Program, providing individual and group programming to youth who are involved with Extrajudicial Measures or Sanctions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Post-secondary degree or diploma in the field of criminal justice or social services
Minimum 2 years working with vulnerable populations (preferably youth and youth justice)
Understanding of, and experience working with, clients that struggle with multiple barriers (mental health,criminality, substance use)
Delivery/facilitation of structured group interventions
Competency in using criminogenic risk/need assessment instruments and supporting clients who are mostly precontemplative establish and achieve goal plans, as well as support successful sentence conditions
Experience collaborating with other system professionals to support client success
Experience working in gang prevention or intervention programs considered a strong asset
LANGUAGES: Advanced competencies (written and oral) in English; French, or other language, considered a strong asset
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Thorough understanding and experience applying Cognitive Behavioural, Social Learning, and Social Ecological approaches
Thorough understanding and experience in the use of Motivational Interviewing
Understanding of the theory and application of effective correctional interventions
Familiarity with the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the youth justice system
Understanding of and experience teaching effective parenting strategies
Strong engagement and rapport building skills to establish relationships with high risk youth
Be highly creative to support interactive and engaging curriculum implementation
Easily adaptable, extremely organized with solid time management, flexible, committed, hard-working and willingness to "do whatever it takes" attitude for client, and program success
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL:
Have an updated clear Criminal Record Check working with a vulnerable population
Have a demonstrated ability to work as part of a cohesive team unit
Have experience working within a program model that is accountable to process, as well as comprehensive quality assurance measures
Have an interest and willingness to work within a structured clinical model, established program model
Be prepared to work closely with JHS Clinical Director and Program Coordinator
Have strong facilitation skills to support structured group interventions with youth
Have valid driver’s license and their own reliable vehicle for working with clients in the community
Be willing to work evenings; willing to attend weekend events when necessary
Have excellent people skills to facilitate relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, program partners and community members
Have a genuine interest in working with youth in a caring, empathic and non-judgemental manner
Be willing to work at multiple site locations (Kanata and Vanier office sites, community work)
The John Howard Society of Ottawa is committed to reflecting and responding to the diversity of the people and communities we serve, and is seeking that diversity in applicants for this position.
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