For more than 25 years, Phoenix has provided at-risk and homeless youth with the support they need to realize their potential. Our innovative continuum of care helps young people, aged 12-24, who have faced adversity, remain strong, resilient and optimistic as they transition to a place of independence. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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.
For more information about Phoenix please visit our website: www.phoenixyouth.ca
Position: Parent Support Worker
Reports to: Coordinator, Phoenix Centre for Youth
Job Summary: The Parent Support Worker offers support to youth with young children and is based out of Phoenix Centre for Youth, a street-front walk-in centre. The centre also offers youth counselling, referral to community resources, advocacy, health services, food, showers and laundry facilities.
Status: Full-time, permanent
Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation in the first year and four in the second.
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with flexibility and occasional evening and weekend work.
Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a criminal record check, a child abuse register check and proof of education.
- Responsible for program development, implementation and facilitation of educational and support activities for parents and/or children that are designed to develop parenting skills and enhance child development.
- Advocate on behalf of the family to obtain assistance from community resources and participate in community committees, projects or activities as appropriate.
- Assist families in acquiring and maintaining housing and child care subsidies.
- Assist the parents in developing self-advocacy skills through counseling, education, outreach to appointments and home visits.
- Assess family needs, to promote enhanced child management and life skills.
- Provide pre-natal and breastfeeding support.
- Collaborate with Child Welfare Services and support young families with potential involvement.
- Bachelor of Social Work, or an undergraduate degree and other relevant undergraduate degree such as Early Childhood Education.
- Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).
- A minimum of three years’ experience working with parents/families and their children.
- Extensive knowledge in the areas of normal/abnormal child development, pre-natal health, infant and toddler health, attachment and bonding.
- Sound knowledge of the physical, psychosocial, and emotional needs of a family unit.
- Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to, assess barriers to parenting.
- Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice (harm reduction, narrative practice, a client-directed approach and a social justice perspective).
- Experience in program development and support for youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Extensive knowledge and ability to facilitate groups using a learner driven model.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and the social service delivery system.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.
|How to Apply:
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Please forward a cover letter and a resume by Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 5:00 p.m. AST to Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager:
Preferably by email: a Word or PDF document to with the subject line “Parent Support Worker”
By mail: P.O. Box 60006 RPO Professional Centre, Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R7