Youth Support Worker – Chatham

The Salvation Army, Chatham-Kent Ministries
July 12, 2018
Job Type
$17.42 per hour
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Mail: The Salvation Army Attention: Allie Matthews Chatham-Kent Ministries 19 Raleigh Street Chatham, ON N7M 2M6. Fax (519) 354-1919 or E-mail: Attention: Allie Matthews Please no phone calls.
Closing date
July 24, 2018


This is a casual/relief position with no standard weekly hours of work.

There are no guaranteed hours; work will be offered as per the hours of operation, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. includes a ½-hour unpaid meal break where applicable.  Some travel is required.

Normal hours of work:  Supervisor will offer work as work becomes available.

Interested applicants must respond in writing with a cover letter and resume.


Conduct initial intake assessment and determine immediate needs and housing supports required by the youth; where applicable conduct intake assessments and provide budget management support to youth who qualify for Ontario Works at an off-site location, as directed.

Empower youth with information and assistance in housing search

Working knowledge of affordable/appropriate housing available to youth.

Instruct youth on the landlord/tenant act and other related housing legislation

Support youth to ensure accommodations are sustained

Advocate for youth and mediate between youth and landlord

Appropriate and timely referrals to agencies/resources related to housing, financial, counseling and other requirements specifically geared to youth

Provide a variety of casework duties, including analysis of data, statistics, and monthly reports, filing, data entry, and accurate case notes as well as assessments, progress reports, formulation/implementation of the plan as required to the Community and Family Services Coordinator and/or Community Ministries Director, DHQ and other agencies as directed.

Effectively utilize the client management system to record youth documentation while maintaining confidentiality and providing statistical reports.

Represent The Salvation Army on related community committees and agencies approved by the Community and Family Services Coordinator

Maintain and improve SA relations in the community (i.e. workshops, speaking engagements, etc.)

Assist in organizing and implementing fund raising events (ie. Christmas Appeal, etc)

Monitor youth’s progress, problem solve and make necessary recommendation for adjustments; prepare evaluations and progress reports to update and inform the Community and Family Services Coordinator of all matters in relation to youth support issues

Provide on-going youth support and work in consultation with any youth workers as needed.

Teach life skills working one-on-one and in small groups to help youth with unique challenges, such as, Basic household management, how to clean, proper nutrition, shopping, meal planning and cooking; hygiene; money skills; self-care such as appropriate skills related  to grooming, dress habits and social skills; time management, help clients organize and develop a routine - facilitate completion of daily responsibilities.

Oversee and implement life skills curricula, review lesson plans and create “best practice” for instructional strategies.

Ensure that the youth meet their goals; ensure uniformity and timeliness of assessments and reporting.

Participate in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned.

Perform other position related duties as required.


Requires completion of Community College diploma in social work or counseling or equivalent.

Minimum of two (2) years of prior related experience, including, experience working with multi-barriered persons.

Ability to work with youth experiencing stressful situations

Ability to manage personal finances and provide budgeting counseling

Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Excellent personable/relational and attentive listening skills

Capable of advocating on behalf of youth

An understanding of current landlord/tenant act, rights and practices

Possess a knowledge of youth related community programs/services

Possess office skills (ie.  Note taking, record keeping, statistics, etc)

Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Required to work with other stakeholders.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Self-motivated and disciplined.

Ability to lift/move 25 lbs.

Must have strong computer skills and experience using word processing (WORD); spread sheet use (EXCEL)

Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License, own vehicle and insurance is required; a current copy of driver’s abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.

Provide an original copy of a Criminal Background Check with vulnerable sector screening that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.  The screening is secured either through the national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or through a local police detachment.

Screening through The Salvation Army Abuse Registry.

Support for and an understanding of the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada.

NOTE: Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered

Interested applicants must respond in writing with a cover letter and resume. We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates throughout the recruitment and employment process. If you require accommodation, please inform us of your requirements.

Internal Applicants, please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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