Youth Liaison

Competition number: 1393

Date posted: August 30, 2019

Job type: Full time

Application deadline: Until filled

The Family Centre has a strong reputation for providing quality services basing our work on research and evidence-based practices. We pride ourselves on providing leading-edge training and strong, reflective supervision. We intend to create a healthy organization that is intelligent in its response to community issues and intentional about our respectful treatment of each other. We have a strong focus on Trauma-Informed Care for the communities we support, as well as our staff teams. The Family Centre strives to hire a diverse team of employees, reflecting the diverse communities we support.

Mission: The Family Centre exists to support families and children to help them flourish and to help people engage with one another to promote healthy, safe, and economically viable communities.

Vision: Healthy families in healthy communities.

The role

Youth Liaisons help to transform the ecology surrounding youth to increase the probability of positive change within their lives and the lives of their families. A positive environment surrounding youth prevents involvement with the criminal justice system, which is manifested in safe and crime-free communities and neighborhoods for not only youth, but other community members as well. This is achieved by mobilizing youth and youth-serving agencies to be active agents in sustainable, positive community change. The position reports to the Manager of Community Initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Human Services or Social Work or Community Development
  • Community development experience an asset
  • Experience working with high risk youth
  • Ability to create and manage community based projects/initiatives
  • Eligibility for membership in a professional organization
  • Effective communication skills with a wide range of individuals
  • Ability to work in an integrated service team
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Computer Literacy

Key Responsibilities

  • Advocate for youth by consulting with youth and youth-serving agencies regularly to be informed of current crime and safety issues faced by youth
  • Bring youth together to be part of the solution to neighborhood crime and safety
  • Seek out and build relationships with all youth-serving organizations in order to be well-informed of the youth-based capacity in the community
  • Respond to crime and safety issues with innovation and creativity
  • Research local, provincial, national and international responses that can inform practice within Edmonton
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders, including youth and youth-serving agencies, in order to develop strength-based, diverse, best-practice informed responses
  • Address crime and safety issues and build positive ecology around youth
  • Continually research community organizations, resources and stakeholders to create opportunities to familiarize ourselves with contacts within those organizations; employing those contacts when useful in order to meet particular needs within our work
  • Bridge community partners, residents, families, schools, youth-serving organizations, and municipal and provincial decision-makers to ensure that youth in the targeted areas(s) are being supported effectively and perceived positively
  • Evaluate and understand crime and safety issues, and their root causes by evaluating the youth perspective on the issue; addressing apathy, ignorance, and disconnect from the issue at stake and maximizing on the strengths and capacities at hand
  • Understand how the youth’s perspective and the perspective of other stakeholders may differ and helping to broker conversations between the two entities
  • Use research based analysis in addition to both the community and youth perspective to understand and define the issue
  • Collect the opinions and knowledge of the youth population on targeted  issues; evaluating how prevalent the youth voice is on the issue and strategize with young leaders as to getting the youth population more involved

Mandatory Requirements

  • Police Criminal Record Check and Child and Youth Information Systems Check (must have to start employment and renewed every 3 years)
  • Enhanced Police Intervention Check approved through Edmonton Police Services
  • Standard First Aide-16 Hours and Suicide Intervention Training-14 Hours (must have within 3 months of employment and refreshed every 3 years)
  • Aboriginal Awareness (8 hours within the first twelve months of employment and every year thereafter)

Compensation

The Family Centre is committed to employee well-being and development. The comprehensive compensation package offered to employees reflects those values and is competitive within the marketplace.

  • From $44,096 to $56,827 Annually

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Nimir Raval, Community Initiatives Manager

nimir.raval@the-family-centre.com

The Family Centre thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Family Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment. We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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