Rural Child and Youth Counsellor

EMPLOYER: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre


The Rural Child and Youth Counsellor is responsible for coordination and facilitation of youth drop in programs and system navigation in the rural areas of WOCRC catchment areas. The Rural Child and Youth Counselor works in collaboration with the counselling services team with direction and support provided by the Program Manager, Counselling and Community Response and as part of a multi-disciplinary team that addresses and supports issues related to youth ages 12-18, their family and community. This position is responsible for the planning and delivery of activities/programs at off site drop in programs as well as onsite and offsite meetings with youth that empower youth and encourage and support community members to identify needs. Activate a system navigation lens to support youth in connecting with resources. Work collaboratively with counselling services to support youth and families. 


Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre operates under the following guiding beliefs:  

  • Empowerment
  • Equity
  • Partnership
  • Innovation



Job Specific Responsibilities:   


  • Outreach to community partners to promote youth engagement
  • Facilitate community events and recreation activities for youth
  • Support youth programming and collaboration within WOCRC as well as community partners.
  • Perform administrative duties of scheduling, planning, reporting and coordinating activities.
  • System navigation for youth.
  • On site responsibility for participant safety and managing behaviors and potential risks.
  • Working collaboratively with members of counselling team.
  • On site responsibility for ensuring program guidelines, rules and expectations of the program are met and adhered to in collaboration with manager of counselling and community response.
  • Manage communication with youth through social media.
  • Adhering to accurate documentations standards as outlined by program manager.
  • Responsible for grocery shopping for the program, gardening in program and moves supplies for program activities.




All WOCRC employees have some fundamental responsibilities that go beyond the confines of their occupations.

These include:   

  • Ensuring that the commitment to diversity is understood and respected.
  • Working in a manner that incorporates health promotion and recognizes the determinants of health
  • Maintaining up-to-date professional skills and knowledge through formal and informal training;
  • Acting as an “ambassador” for WOCRC within and outside the Centre by creating an awareness of WOCRC programs and promoting services offered;
  • Compliance with all mandated legal/regulatory requirements related to working at WOCRC ( Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety, standards of professional conduct);
  • Maintaining awareness of and compliance with WOCRC policies and procedures;
  • Maintaining awareness of and compliance with funder requirements, policies, procedures and regulations;
  • Working in a manner that preserves confidentiality and seeks to minimize risk in keeping with Privacy and Confidentiality Policies and Procedures.
  • Supporting the Centre’s student and volunteer placement programs.
  • Working during both regular and extended hours of operation in locations identified by the Centre.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned




Education and Experience:  


  • Degree in social work or counselling.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working with youth, their family and community in a community-based model of practice, including community capacity building and mobilization;
  • Training and experience with group facilitation and leadership development.




  • Strong critical analysis, problem solving, planning and decision making skills
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in remote locations
  • Demonstrated conflict management and resolution skills
  • Ability to develop and implement programs using an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work within an Equity inclusion framework
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of community-based model of intervention;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of a feminist and anti-oppression framework;
  • Knowledge of social services delivery in Ottawa;




  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, spoken and written.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in French, spoken and written, an asset.
  • Other languages reflective of the community we serve an asset.


Computer Competencies:   


  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Familiarity with Data Management Systems




Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle required, including $2 million in liability insurance




  • Salary $49,063.00 annually will be prorated to 28 hours per week ($39,250/annually)
  • 28 hours/week
  • There will be evening and potentially Saturday shifts required


Please submit your resume by midnight on July 30, 2021 via the ADP Career Centre at .


Questions can be addressed to; please note that applications will not be accepted via email.  


Please address your cover letter to:  


Janice Weir
People Services Manager
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
2 MacNeil Court
Kanata ON K2L 4H7  


WOCRC has an accommodation process in place that provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best accommodate you.  

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this employment opportunity. Please note however that, due to the volume of resumes received, only those applicants selected for further consideration, will be contacted.

START DATE: 09/01/2021

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