FULL-TIME CHILD/YOUTH CARE WORKER – Ponoka, AB


FT CYCW - Ponoka, AB
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Program Overview: At UP we provide ongoing group care treatment services and educational programs to children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and/or psychiatric difficulties (including FASD and mental health concerns).

Our clients, who range from 11-19 years of age, live in a group home, therapeutic setting. We are looking for an individual who has a passion for working with these vulnerable youth, becoming their role model and teaching them life skills through various activities.

Position Overview: This position ensures that the therapeutic and social environment is safe and secure so that individual service plans are developed, followed and meet the individual needs of the youth and their families. As a primary care provider, the position is relied on to continuously evaluate individual service plans, monitor and record behaviors, oversee and arrange for daily activities and provide input to the service team based on observations and direct interaction with the youth.

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

 Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, customs and beliefs

 Passion for working with children, youth and families;

 Understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities

 Good understanding of health issues affecting youth and adults, such as FASD, drug and alcohol addictions, intergenerational trauma, mental health, suicide and other mental and behavioural issues

 Good understanding of cultural differences and how they impact treatment approaches for children and youth

 Good verbal and written communication skills with proven organizational and documentation skills

 Able to work well in a team environment with the ability to handle stressful situations in a non-confrontational, problem solving manner is required.


Qualifications/Experience: Must have a diploma/degree in Child Youth Care, Social Work (if education is in Social Work, must be registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers) education or related field.

Previous experience working with children, youth and families would be a definite asset.


Other Requirements: A current, clear Police Information Check (vulnerable sector included) and Child Intervention Record Check, both dated within the last 6 months. A valid AB driver’s licence (minimum class 5) and current driver's abstract (no more than 8 demerits). Must be willing to work shifts, sometimes alone and weekends.


Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to Human Resources at opportunities@upcs.org



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