1 Full Time (35 Hours/week) – Contract ending July 31, 2020 with the potential for extension
English Essential. French is considered an asset.
Anticipated start date:
December 1, 2019
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington
$19.00 – $20.00
(35 Hours a week)
4% vacation pay, after 3 months eligibility for Health & Drug Benefits
Experience working with Children, Youth and Families
Closing Date: November 8, 2019 @ 4:00pm
ABOUT THE AGENCY
Youth Diversion is a charitable organization which has offered service to youth in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area since 1974. The goals of the organization are to help youth overcome challenges by providing individualized services to divert youth from risk; offering both intervention and prevention services; and, working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families and our community. The agency is comprised of various prevention and intervention programs such as our CHANCE Youth Mentoring program, Rebound, Youth Justice Police and Court Diversion (EJS/EJM/YJC programs), Early Intervention Intersections, Suspension & Expulsion School program (SNAP), KAIROS Addictions and Substance use counselling, School based mediation program (MEND) and Youth Outreach services.
In order to enhance the delivery of the services we provide to Children and Youth within the Kingston and Surrounding areas; Youth Diversion is a volunteer-driven agency. Volunteers are a major factor in the successes that our youth achieve, they take on roles assisting with programming to provide more support and role models in the lives of our clientele. Agency staff provide guidance and training to our volunteers within their programs which allows us to help our volunteers grow in their abilities to support and build resilience in our youth and foster growth within our communities.
The Mentoring Coordinator position makes up part of our Prevention Programming team alongside our Outreach and Rebound Programs. These programs each are involved with providing services to youth through the delivery of programming which helps divert and foster resiliency and growth opportunities. The Mentoring Coordinator would oversee the delivery and oversight of the Mentoring program along with providing support to the Prevention team as needed.
As the Coordinator of the Mentoring program your responsibilities would be in the Coordination and Case management of our Mentoring Program. The Mentoring Coordinator receives referrals from the community for youth that could benefit from a supportive role model to help them with the challenges of adolescence. Our mentoring coordinator meets with referred youth to complete an intake assessment and builds therapeutic rapport to determine their appropriateness for the program. Eligible youth are matched with adult volunteers who participate in a mentorship role with the youth. The youth will be matched with a mentor for a minimum period of six months. Volunteers work with their assigned youth to accomplish specific goals which have been set for the relationship, while providing support and advocacy to the youth. The Youth and mentor will meet once a week for a minimum of 2-3 hours each time. The Mentoring Coordinator will be responsible for providing match support to ensure safety and positive outcomes for youth.
Responsibilities of the Mentoring Coordinator include effective communication and liaison with stakeholders, fostering teamwork and collaboration, demonstrating culturally competent service and confidentiality as the norms. Additionally, suitable candidates should expect to engage in ongoing client advocacy and support, as required. The Coordinator will be responsible for providing guidance and support for the Mentoring Program, by establishing and maintaining strong internal and external relationships and maintaining effective, and evidence-based practices. The position requires the successful applicant to work flexible hours and travel throughout the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington counties. With ability to travel up to northern communities within the catchment area in order to provide outreach services to participants.
Skills & Experience / Compétences & expérience
• Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in human services field with 2 years of related experience in working with youth;
• Knowledge of relevant legislation, Child & Family Services Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act and Occupational Health & Safety Act;
• Knowledge of evidence based and best practices;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
QUALIFICATION & SKILLS:
• Sound knowledge of community services and resources for children, youth and families;
• Experience engaging in client-centred work with vulnerable children/youth, specifically those with mental health concerns, addictions, and developmental disabilities in related role supporting children, youth and families;
• Skills and cultural competency in working with a diverse range of cultures particularly with First Nations, Métis and Inuit;
• Knowledge of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches;
• MEND level one training, Mediation or Conflict Resolution training considered an asset;
• Possess excellent documentation skills relating to Client Records and Case Managing following appropriate reporting procedures;
• Computer skills in using applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the use of Client Information Systems Database;
• Ability to work independently along with strong willingness to work within a collaborative team environment.
• Assess the needs of the client using standardized assessment tools;
• Develop a treatment/intervention plan that is evidence based and reflects the needs of the client and best practice;
• Deliver the program or service according to the standards of the organization;
• Ensure client documentation is complete including files, case notes and reports;
• Provide written reports as required;
• Liaise with agencies in the areas of education, child welfare, mental health, and justice;
• Maintain accurate statistics and report as required;
• Engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to client needs and refer clients to other agencies as necessary;
• Transition clients to other agencies as necessary;
• Maintain client confidentiality as required by law and according to our policies;
• Liaise with referring agencies;
• Develop a goal directed plan for each youth;
• Match clients with volunteers;
• Provide ongoing support to mentors;
• Communicate with mentors, youth and families on a monthly basis;
• Organize individual and group events.
STANDARD AGENCY PRACTICES:
• Engage in professional development to ensure skills and knowledge remain current;
• Engage in public education about the services of the organization;
• Develop and distribute educational materials appropriate to the program or service;
• Assist in the supervision and evaluation of volunteers and placement students;
• Attend monthly staff meetings;
• Actively promote the programs and services of the organization;
• Maintain familiarity with policies and procedures of the organization;
• Conduct evaluation and quality control including outcome measures and client feedback;
• Actively participate on relevant committees and workgroups;
• Communicate with Volunteer Manager regarding required volunteer resources;
• Provide training and support to volunteers specific to the program or service;
• Refer clients to agencies and services that provide support in the areas of mental health, education, housing, recreation, child services and other services;
• Complete appropriate assessments of college placement students;
• Participate in threat assessment, case conferences and plan of care meetings;
• Act as an advocate for client groups in the community;
• Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
• Up to date immunization status according to national standards, including Hep B and a two-step TB protocol completed once;
• Current First Aid / CPR-C certificate;
• Oral and written fluency in English is essential. Oral and written fluency in French is considered an asset. Bilingual candidates please indicate on your resume your level of French Language proficiency both oral and written;
• Ability to travel through the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Areas to fulfill the demands of the position. Suggestion would be to have a valid Class “G” driver’s licence along with the use of a reliable vehicle with required insurance. Candidates who have been able to find alternative transportation arrangements to fulfill this need may be considered;
• A current Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check will be required.
Other Comments / Autres commentaires
Applications will be received no later than November 8 by 4:00pm. We request that candidates submit cover letter and resume, clearly indicating how you meet the qualifications, by email and addressed to:
The Hiring Committee
Youth Diversion invites applications from all qualified individuals. Youth Diversion is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, First Nations and Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.