Job Title: Life Skills Worker
Program and Site Location: Community Living Program, Juniper House
Reports To: Director of Merritt Operations, Coordinator of Supportive Housing (Merritt)
Term Permanent Full-Time (40 hours per week)
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm with ½ hour paid break
Wage Range: $22.06 to $25.69 based on education and related experience.
The ASK Wellness Society is an Accredited not-for-profit organization. Through the generous support of funders, we assist those who are marginalized and at-risk to strengthen the communities we serve (Kamloops, Merritt, and Penticton). We provide housing and support to those who are facing homelessness/at risk of homelessness and support those who may use substances, mental health challenges, harm reduction, health education and ultimately provide the skills to re-enter the workforce.
What We Offer:
- Competitive benefits including but not limited to dental, vision, physiotherapy, massage, and fertility upon eligibility
- Municipal Pension Plan upon eligibility
- On-site training and development opportunities such as Violence Prevention, Cultural Awareness and 2SLGBTQ+ training
- A culture of equality, inclusion, and diversity including paid cultural sensitivity days
- Accidental death insurance and Wellness plan benefit
- Vacation entitlements for Part-Time and Full-Time employees
Effective November 1, 2021, the Society requires all employees to be fully vaccinated (as defined by Health Canada). Full vaccination will be required before commencing employment with the Society unless a legal exemption is obtained.
Position Summary: To provide life skills/supports to adults living with developmental disabilities while promoting healthy, independent living and vocational skills to those residing at Juniper House. The worker will oversee day to day participant needs, case managing individuals working towards independent living and long-term housing goals and assisting Participants to remain connected to community support workers. The Life Skills Worker will also assist the individual to stay on track with their vocational plan created by the Participant. Service delivery is based on a client centered, nonjudgmental perspective.
Typical Duties Include:
Life Skills Worker Responsibilities
- Conduct Individual Case Management meetings with all Participants to ensure compliance with program agreement and mental health and addictions wellness plan.
- Liaise with the Community Living Program Coordinator and applicable team members to ensure a clear and consistent plan is being adhered to.
- Provide individualized support, as needed, to multi-barriered Participants in need of low barrier housing and assist them in the development and adherence to a personalized wellness plan.
- Work with the Participants to maintain the cleanliness of their suites.
- Encourage and support Participants to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional, organizational, and practical support, and training as appropriate.
- Contribute to the protection of Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress.
- Assist Program Participants in preparing to move onto new housing, including support through the move and resettlement. This may include cleaning, packing, and moving support.
- Assist and encourage Program Participants to create connections within the community by volunteering and finding employment.
- Encourage and motivate Program Participants to develop a sense of their own identity, purpose, and self-esteem.
- Work closely with referral agencies (i.e., CMHA, IHA, etc.).
- Actively seek the views of Participants and involve them in decision-making to improve their services and accommodations.
- Monitor emergencies that take place such as medical or mental health assistance and complete necessary incident reports.
- When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on-the-spot overdose response and support.
- Be prepared to work calmly and together with your team, paramedics, and police in crisis situations.
- Help maintain a clean and organized workspace by doing light housekeeping in the office space.
- Ensure Limitation of Service Notices are completed and current.
- Complete accurate and up to date communication/case notes.
- Maintain files and statistics as per accreditation standards.
- Complete move in/move out documentation as required by the Property Services Department.
- When requested, be a member of the Society’s Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) team.
- Ensure compliance with all Society policies and procedures.
- Other duties which may or may not be outlined within this job description.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor of Social Work, Human Services Diploma, Support Worker/Care Aid Certificate, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or lived experience.
- Strong ability to recognize and address difficult behaviors.
- Good communication, documentation, interpersonal and conflict management skills.
- Ability to work within a team-based environment involving multi-agency supports.
- Strong working knowledge of community resources.
- Understands and maintains professional boundaries.
- Valid driver’s license, safe driving record and reliable/appropriate transportation with business use coverage.
- Must pass an acceptable criminal record check for the vulnerable sector.
- Occupational First Aid Level 1 required.
- Readiness to complete in-house online training within the first month of employment.
- Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, and Trauma Informed Practice an asset.
- As Program Participants are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.
How to apply: Please submit your application with a detailed cover letter and resume with the reference “CLP Life Skills Worker, Juniper House” to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3:00pm on August 15, 2022. Interviews set to take place on August 18 & 19, 2022. You may also apply directly online at https://askwellness.ca/careers/
The ASK Wellness Society offers assistance from an Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) and/or would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, we encourage you to contact us, and you will be redirected to our Employment Advisor.
The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.