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Youth Settlement Worker, Immigrant Services Kingston and Area, Kingston Community Health Centres

Kingston, Ontario
Deadline July 4, 2013

External Posting

Posting Date: June 19, 2013
Closing Date: July 4, 2013

Position Title: Youth Settlement Worker
Location: Immigrant Services Kingston and Area
Position Type: Permanent, Full Time
Start Date: August 2013
Salary: $44,080 -$53,108

Position Summary:

The Youth Settlement Worker provides settlement support for newcomer immigrant youth between the ages of 13 and 24. The worker provides direct assistance, referrals, and advocacy in a variety of areas to help youth meet their settlement needs, particularly in the areas training and education, recreation, community involvement and mental health supports. The worker also is involved in community engagement and broader community-wide initiatives impacting immigrant youth.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Welcome and provide initial and on-going needs assessment to immigrant youth;
  • Assess educational, social and emotional challenges and gaps as faced by newcomer youth, and identify approaches to address those issues;
  • Orient, assist and advocate for newcomer youth in meeting their settlement needs including, but not limited to; accessing training and education, establishing social networks, accompanying clients to appointments as needed; and providing itinerant services in local schools.  
  • Support and encourage youth participation in community engagement processes, such as Youth to Kingston (Y2K);  
  • Provide information to clients, including via social media, and make internal and external referrals for newcomers and immigrant youth as determined by their needs;
  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative youth program development activities, including group programs for newcomer youth;
  • Develop close connections with and maintain ongoing relationships with local organizations and institutions to establish strong service bridging and to support broad based, relevant, community engagement;
  • Organize youth involvement in conferences as time and resources allow. .
  • Address language barriers and use interpretation resources as appropriate
  • Work with staff and partners to develop sensitivity specifically related to newcomer youth issues and cultural differences ;
  • Maintain records and data in a timely manner, using internal database tools  
  • Develop and maintain communications tools, including on social media

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Promotes and demonstrates through example the mission, values, and culture of KCHC, including respecting and valuing diversity, incorporating a health promotion/determinants of health approach, fostering a positive workplace culture and environment, maintaining confidentiality, and incorporating and strengthening collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Awareness of, and ability to support, provincial and federal privacy regulations.  
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement by encouraging creativity, innovation, and excellence. Identifies opportunities for efficiencies, integration and partnerships within KCHC and the community.
  • Contributes to KCHC’s information management and research activities, including collecting data as needed.
  • Supports active learning, including training and development for staff, support of KCHC student and volunteer placements, and maintaining personal competence through professional development and training as required by KCHC.
  • Works during both regular and extended hours of operation in locations identified by the Centre.
  • This job requires flexible hours and some evening work.
  • On occasion, other temporary duties may be required.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant university degree. A college diploma with significant experience will be considered.
  • 3-5 years of practical experience in providing services to youth in the community, including orientation, advocacy, and referral work. Knowledge of community resources and social services for youth requiring specialized support.
  • Experience applying equity practices and working with diverse groups of people
  • Knowledge of the strengths of & challenges faced by newcomers or similar population groups.
  • Familiarity and experience in working with individuals encountering mental health challenges an asset.
  • Experience with informal counseling / coaching techniques; Formal counseling experience is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate in a second language, especially French, Arabic, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish, or Korean, is an asset.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to being a “team player”.
  • Ability to work independently. Above average organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications.
  • Current and satisfactory Criminal and Vulnerable Persons Check.
  • Demonstrated ability to attend work on a regular basis and meet the physical demands of the position.
  • Valid Driver’s License, valid insurance coverage and access to vehicle.

Ethics:

  • To maintain client, personnel and organization confidentiality and acting in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with the privacy legislation and the policies of Kingston Community Health Centres.
  • As a member of the staff, to use tact and good judgment in all communications and dealings with other staff members and the public, keeping confidential and private any information gained in dealing with them.

Applicants will not be considered unless they include a 1-3 page attachment in point form along with their resume which clearly demonstrates how their previous skills and experience correspond to each of the above qualification criteria.

Applications must be received by the Director, Corporate Services no later than at 4:00 P.M. July 4, 2013.

Please send applications to:

Director, Corporate Services
Kingston Community Health Centres
400 Elliott Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7K 6M9
Email: hr@kchc.ca

KCHC is an equal opportunity employer, respecting and embracing the needs and diversity of our employees