Child and Youth Counsellor - Casual Relief

EMPLOYER: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre



Job Title: Child and Youth Care Practitioner – Casual Relief – CCR

Status: On-call

Hours: Ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends) is required

Salary: $24.80/hour + 4% vacation pay

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Bringing care and community together since 1986. Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre connects children, youth, parents, adults and seniors with services and resources in Ottawa west. We are committed to supporting our diverse communities in far west Ottawa by providing and coordinating accessible health and social services. Our work is guided by our four core beliefs: empowerment, equity, partnership and innovation and demonstrated through our day-to-day interactions with clients, partners, volunteers, members and staff.

Working at WOCRC means working within our Guiding Beliefs and making a difference to our community. As our employees support the community, WOCRC supports and values its employees by offering a generous wellness package including vacation leave, personal leave, insurance and health coverage, HOOPP enrolment, and maternity leave top-up for full-time indeterminate employees.

WOCRC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. WOCRC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Support and/or accommodation is available through all phases of our hiring process, please let us know how we can support you.

Position Summary

The Child and Youth Care Practitioner is part of a multi-disciplinary team that addresses and supports issues related to youth ages 12-26; their family and community. Through facilitation and coordination, this position is responsible for empowering youth and for encouraging and supporting Community Members to identify needs, develop strategies, as well as implement programs and services that respond to the issues. In addition, this position is responsible for providing opportunities for increased community capacity as well as supporting public education and community engagement. This position supports the communities of Kanata, Goulburn and West Carleton.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Outreach activities to at-risk youth (ages 12-26) and their families, including identification of needs and interests through planning and facilitation;
  • Develops and implements/facilitates, community-based leadership and mentoring programs and workshops that develop the self-confidence, social and life skills of participants;
  • Develops/implements special projects and workshops that meet the identified needs of the community;
  • Facilitates project activities and community forums related to youth needs;
  • Promotes community volunteerism and recognizes volunteers, supervises volunteers and ensures proper orientation, evaluation, and feedback;
  • Supports advocacy and increases awareness around youth issues.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Diploma in the Child and Youth Care Practitioner program, or degree in Social Work, or equivalent combination of education and training;
  • Minimum of one (1) year 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;
  • Knowledge of risk, risk assessment and protective factors faced by LGBTQ+ youth;
  • Knowledge of building resilience and community belonging through the youth drop-in model;
  • Lived experience of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia is an asset;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional standards and ethical guidelines for child and youth workers, counsellors and social service workers, including knowledge of ethical challenges and guidelines for providing service to gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation that may have dual roles within the LGBTQ+ communities.

Please apply online via this career centre. The application is open until the position has been filled. 

Submit any questions to Note that applications submitted via email will not be considered.

Address cover letters to:

People Services Manager

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

2 MacNeil Court

Kanata, ON K2L 4H7

We are an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on business and job requirements. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment based on individual qualifications, without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, record of offences (in employment only), sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Ontario.

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

START DATE: 03/09/2023

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