Team Lead

Employer: Phoenix Homes for Independence

Closing Date: 20200529

Contact Name:



Location: Halifax, N.S.

Hours: Full-Time, Permanent


Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant
community. Phoenix’s ten locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth aged
11-24 and their families. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix visit our website:

Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To
better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent.

Job Summary:
The Team Lead will work within the Phoenix Supportive Housing Program (PSHP), which is
comprised of two residential programs that offer long-term housing for youth aged 16-24. This
position will work primarily with Phoenix Homes for Independence (PHI), a program for ten youth living in three homes who are transitioning from semi-independent living with on-site staff to independent living. Phoenix House, the second PSHP residential program, is a ten-bed co-ed residence. Through 24/7 support, it offers safe, supportive housing for youth learning skills for independent living.

Under the supervision of the Manager, the Team Lead is responsible for providing case
management and supportive counselling to ten youth residing in the Homes for Independence

Program: Phoenix Supportive Housing Program

Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group medical insurance plan, Employee
and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation in the first year and
four in the second, generous sick leave, a generous paid holiday schedule, in-house trainings and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week with some flexibility, primarily Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
One evening/week (roughly 12p-8p) is required, as is one floor shift/week, usually 7:30am to
3:30pm. Occasional additional evening and/or weekend work as required. Week-long on-call
responsibilities on a rotational basis also required (compensated).

Start Date: June 22, 2020 (flexible)

Location: Phoenix House, with regular travel between PHI homes (Halifax, NS)

Reports to: Manager, Phoenix Supportive Housing Program

Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a satisfactory criminal record check
including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.

• Assist youth with the development of short-and long-term goals that support their
transition to independent living.
• Identify and make plans to address issues of concern that would prohibit youth from
successfully transitioning to independence.
• Offer direct service to youth including interviewing, orientation, case management,
support meetings, crisis intervention, programming (individual and group) and departure
• Offer direct programming services to youth, including both life skills development and
recreational/community building programming.
• Ensure a therapeutic milieu, including having a regular presence in the Homes and
supervising regular maintenance work in the homes.
• Complete and maintain records, assessments, statistics and files, and ensure
confidentiality is protected.
• Participate in the development and implementation of the program including strategic
planning; evaluation; and providing leadership and supervision of the staff team.
• Advocate with community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth.
• Ensure the program delivery is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision and philosophy.
• Commit to Phoenix’s development and participate in internal committees, projects and
• Support the supervision of student placements and volunteers.
• Liaise and advocate with other agencies and participate in community committees,
projects or activities.
• All positions at Phoenix House and Phoenix Homes for Independence include cooking and
cleaning responsibilities.
• Other duties as required.

Required Skills:

• Relevant Bachelor or Master degree is required, Bachelor or Master of Social Work is
• Registration or candidacy for registration with NSASW (if applicable).
• A minimum of two years’ experience working directly with youth (including some
experience in a youth residence).
• Demonstrated excellent counselling/clinical skills and commitment to anti-oppressive
• Experience in case management.
• Experience supporting others in case management.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and with limited direct supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and contribute to and foster a strong team
• Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of
• Demonstrated knowledge of a supportive housing continuum.
• Demonstrated successful practices including strategic planning, program development
and implementation, community development, service delivery, communication and
• Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs, perform cooking and cleaning
responsibilities, and maintain a fairly active pace.
• Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a
commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.
• Extensive knowledge of community resources, government funding and the social service
delivery system is an asset.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and using the Internet.
• Experience supervising student placements and managing volunteers is an asset.
• Must have valid license and access to a vehicle to transport youth and travel between the
PHI homes as necessary.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment reflective of the
youth we serve. We welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as
racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ2S+ community and others who reflect the diversity of our Nova Scotia communities. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications and merit; however we encourage self-identification on either your covering letter or resume.

How To Apply:

* Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period.
Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent
information about your qualifications by midnight, Friday, May 29th, 2020, to
[email protected] with the subject line “Team Lead”.

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