Weekend Overnight Worker

Employer: Phoenix Youth Shelter

Closing Date: 20191020

Contact Name:



Location: Tower Rd., Halifax



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: www.phoenixyouth.ca

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.

Program: Phoenix Youth Shelter provides free, safe, emergency accommodations to youth ages 16-24. The Shelter supplies daily essentials (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) around the clock to youth who seek support.

Wage: A competitive wage, Employee and Family Assistance Program, in-house trainings and professional development opportunities.

Hours of Work: Full-Time Position: 40 hours weekly based on a schedule of: Friday 12am-8am, Saturday 8pm-8am, Sunday 8pm-8am and Monday 11pm-7am.
Part-Time Position: 40 hours bi-weekly based on a schedule of: Thursday 12a-8a, Friday 11p-7a, Saturday 4p-12a, Sunday 4p-12a and Monday 12a-8a.
Start Date: As soon as possible

Reports to: Manager, Phoenix Youth Shelter
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.

• Ensure the program delivery is congruent with Phoenix’s mission, vision and philosophy.
• Work in accordance with Phoenix’s policies, procedures and philosophy of practice.
• Supervise and monitor the program’s overnight activities and ensure that policies, security and safety are maintained.
• Provide support and crisis intervention for youth.
• Maintain wakefulness for entire shift.
• Fulfill significant cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
• Contribute to building maintenance to ensure a therapeutic milieu.
• Complete and maintain all logs, files and records as required and ensure confidentiality is protected.
• Complete assigned tasks.
• Enter statistical data in the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (database).
• Communicate overnight activities with daytime staff.
• Train new staff and field placement students as required.

Required Skills:

• Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of homelessness.
• Demonstrated exceptional level of interpersonal and youth service skills.
• Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a client-directed approach and a social justice perspective).
• Knowledge of mental health issues, substance abuse and crisis intervention.
• Comfort and ability to work independently.
• Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs, and maintain a fairly active pace.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and using the Internet.
• Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and the social service delivery system is an asset.
• Bachelor of Social Work, or an undergraduate degree and Human Services diploma or other relevant undergraduate degree.
• Registration or Candidacy for registration, certification or membership of a related professional body if applicable.
• Experience working in a youth residential setting.
• Non-violent crisis intervention, suicide intervention, standard first aid and Phoenix medication dispensing training or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.
• Experience supervising staff, field placement students and/or volunteers is an asset.
• Experience working for a non-profit organization is an asset.

How To Apply:

* Please note that interviews and hiring 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 on Sunday, October 20th to [email protected] with the subject line “WOW”

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