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SOLO with Supports (SWS) Coordinator
Posted April 26, 2019

Context: The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre is a non-profit organization that has served youth and families in the Edmonton region for over 45 years. Our great staff team provide a broad range of programs and services to youth between the ages of 13 and 24. SWS Coordinators, along with the youth and our community partners assist young people on their road to successful independence.
Position & Terms: We are currently seeking a full time (35 hours per week) Coordinator in the SOLO with Supports Program (SWS).
SOLO with Supports Program: The SOLO with Supports program is a community-based program that assesses and teaches living skills to teens requiring extra support in determining their ability to live independently. The youth in the program live in a Mentor Support Home or in the Chimo 5 Transition Home and receive hands-on 24-hour supervision and support. Youth are also assigned an SWS Coordinator who provides ongoing assistance to the youth.
Responsibilities: The SWS Coordinator is responsible for case management and to help the youth build meaningful connections to the community using a comprehensive client centered approach. The Coordinator is part of a dynamic team that assists the youth in successfully transitioning from the care of Children’s Services to adulthood and very often to adult services (i.e. PDD, AISH, Adult Mental Health).
Qualifications: Applicants must have a relevant college diploma or university degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience in related Human Services or Community Rehabilitation.
Requirements: Clear, current (within 6 months) Criminal Records Check and Children’s Services Intervention Check. A valid driver’s license and vehicle with appropriate insurance is also required.
Salary, Benefits, Holidays: The annual salary range for this position is $48,000 to $50,400 based on 35 hours of work per week.
To Apply: If you meet the above qualifications and have a passion for working with youth, please email your resume and cover letter to: Melanie Young
Closing Date: May 3, 2019

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Transitional SIL Program Supervisor
Posted April 10. 2019

Context: The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre has been supporting children, youth and families involved with Children’s Services for 49 years. We are currently seeking to hire a fulltime Supervisor in our Transitional SIL program. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about being on a great team, has good problem-solving and interpersonal skills, and understands how their role as a supervisor is essential to the wellbeing of this organization and more so, with the youth we serve.
Role: The role of the Transition Supervisor is to work with youth between the ages of 13-18 years in conjunction with Child and Family Service (CFS) Caseworkers to be responsible for providing the following:

  • Advocacy and supports to the youth we serve
  • Day-to-day operations of the transition home
  • Case management alongside CFS Caseworkers
  • Transitioning youth to independence
  • Coordination of added services to support great outcomes for youth
  • Supervise a dedicated team
  • On-call support

Skills: The successful candidate will be skilled in:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving as a means to provide high-quality services
  • Therapeutic youth work
  • Good time management, organized and able to be flexible in their day-to-day activities and operations of the home

Qualifications: Applicants must have a relevant college diploma in Child and Youth Care or a university degree in human services or a related field, with a minimum of two years experience.
Requirements: A current (within 6 months) Criminal Record Check and a Children Services Intervention Check. A valid driver’s license is necessary with appropriate insurance.
Salary, Benefits, Holidays and Schedule: The salary range is $57,925.00 to $60,780.00 annually. Staff qualify for the employee benefit package after three months of full time employment. Staff accrue 2.5 holidays per month, which is equivalent to 30 days per year. The work schedule is Monday 9:00am-10:30pm, Tuesday 9-4:30pm, Wednesday 9-4:30pm and Thursday 9-4:30pm.
To Apply: If you meet the above qualifications and have a passion for working with youth in a group care setting, I would love to hear from you! Email Joan Brophy. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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Full-Time Child and Youth Care Workers- Transition Home (TSIL) Program
Posted March 28, 2019

About Us: The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre is a non-profit organization that has served youth and families in the Edmonton region for over 45 years. Our great staff team provide a broad range of programs and services to youth between the ages of 13-24 that include securing housing, training in personal living skills, relationship skills, parenting support, education, and supports for independence! Together with our community partners we assist young people on their road to successful independence.
Position: We are currently seeking qualified full-time Child and Youth Care Workers for our Transition Home (TSIL) program.
Transition Home Program: The Chimo Youth Retreat Centre operates 4 co-ed Group Care (TSIL) Homes and 2 homes for pregnant and parenting youth and their children. The Transition Homes provide a safe and supportive environment to assist youth preparing to return home or transition into an independent or semi-independent living setting.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a college diploma or university degree in human services. Experience working with youth in a residential setting is a definite asset. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills.
Requirements: Clear, current (within 6 months) Criminal Records Check and Children’s Services Intervention Check. A valid driver’s license and vehicle with appropriate insurance is also required. This is a shift-work position which includes some evenings, asleep overnights, and weekends.
Salary, Benefits, Holidays: The salary range is $49, 050.00 to $54,000.00 annually. Staff qualify for the employee benefit package after 3 months of full time employment. Staff in this program accrue 2.5 holidays per month which is equivalent to 30 holidays per year.
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible, but negotiable
Application Closing Date: Open until suitable candidates found
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Melanie Young

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Family Wellness Coordinator (FWC)
Posted February 22, 2019

Position: We are currently seeking a full time Family Wellness Coordinator (FWC) for the Chimo CSD Family Wellness Program in Leduc and another in Fort Saskatchewan. The role of the FWC is to work with families under the CSD mandate for the duration of their involvement with Chimo and Child and Family Services.
Responsibilities: The FWC will work in conjunction with Child and Family Service (CFS) Caseworkers to be responsible for providing the following services:

  • Case management
  • Front-line, in home family intervention, stabilization and preservation work
  • Family reunification/unity
  • Transitioning youth to independence
  • Coordination of additional services to support great outcomes for families
  • Advocacy for the child, youth and family services that ultimately support the reunification, unity or permanency of the family
  • On-call supports to families, colleagues and the CFS After Hours Unit (back up on call one weekend every 3 to 4 months).

Skills: The successful candidate will be skilled at:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving as a means to provide high-quality services
  • Working with contemporary practices, including but not limited to; Signs of Safety, Appreciative Inquiry, Neuroscience and Trauma Informed Practice
  • Contributing to the successful development of the Chimo Family Wellness Program

Qualifications: Applicants must have a relevant college diploma or university degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience working with children, youth and families.
Salary, Holidays, Benefits: The annual salary range for this position is $52,035 to $56,835. Staff accrue 1.25 holidays per month (15 days per year) and are eligible for health benefits after 6 months of full time employment.
To Apply: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to Melanie Young
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible but negotiable
Application Closing Date: Open until suitable candidates are found

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Roommate Mentors
Where What You Do Really Matters for a Lifetime!
Posted March 30, 2017

DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR LIVING AND WORKING WITH YOUTH?
ARE YOU CARING, COMPASSIONATE AND ABLE TO BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS?
DO YOU WANT TO “WORK” WITH YOUTH IN A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE WAY?

About: In the Solo With Supports (SWS) Program, youth entering the program are matched to live with Roommate Mentors. Mentors provide the experience of living in a shared space as well as in-home supports to young people who are developing identity, relationships, boundaries, personal expectations, dreams, hobbies, practical skills, community awareness, ambition, vocation, emotional wellness, etc. The intention is to best support them while they transition into adulthood.

Transitioning to adulthood can be particularly challenging for youth who have experienced atypical family structures, hurdles in emotional wellness, lack of nurturing experiences and some developmental roadblocks to name a few. In Solo With Supports, we begin this transition with building trust and relationships, closely followed by empowerment so that youth are open to learning other life skills and living skills. Roommate Mentors are an important part of the team as the living environment provides the nurturance for the journey ahead. Mentors are trained and supported to co-create with the youth, a new physical and relational environment.

During the time that the youth resides in your home, Roommate Mentors will be open to mentoring the youth as well as learning from the youth. Living skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice. Providing opportunities to learn and practice these skills in a nurturing environment is of great benefit to our youth.

Our program works with youth up to 24 years of age and their families. We are looking for mentors to provide long-term, short-term and respite placements for our youth. Placements can be a year or longer and respite is provided by Roommate Mentors on short-term basis.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Supervisor to develop an understanding of:
    • The various systems that intersect the lives of the young people in our program
    • The developmental, experiential, emotional and trauma based challenges common to young people we serve
  • Participate in trainings provided and actively self-educate in areas pertinent to your work
  • Critically engage with your team to identify what your mentoring style is, your strengths and youth you are best suited for
  • Upon being matched with a youth:
    • Create a welcoming, nurturing and collaborative environment with the youth in your home
    • Liaise and consult with relevant team members, the youth’s families and community agencies.
    • Co-develop next steps with the youth and the rest of the team
    • Mindfully navigate relationship building to create an open atmosphere for teaching life skills and living skills
    • Be informed of the challenges and strengths that are being presented in the home
    • Provide supervision where required
      o Participate in ongoing meetings with the various members to assess progress and next steps.
      o Where required, transport youth to and from school, appointments, activities, and workshops.
      o Submit monthly documentation relevant to the youth in your home as prescribed by the SWS Program

Qualification and Education Requirements: Applicants are preferred to have a relevant college diploma or university degree in Social Work or Child and Youth Care and a minimum of 2 years of experience working with children, youth and families.
Successful completion of all the steps in our Screening and Home Assessment process, as well as reference checks is required.

Preferred Skill Set:

  • Being able to work with a team.
  • Offer effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with developmental and mental health related hurdles.
  • Being patient.
  • Being able to deal with unexpected problems.
  • Being confident.
  • A non-judgmental attitude.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel (or some basic training will be provided)

Documentation and Training Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Child Intervention Record Check
  • Clear driver’s License and Abstract
  • Auto and Home Insurance
  • First AID/CPR Certificate
  • Medication Administration Certificate
  • Suicide Intervention Certificate
  • Aboriginal Awareness Certificate
  • Non-Abusive Restraint De-escalation Certificate

Renumeration: This is a contracted position.
To Apply: Please email your Resume accompanied with a Cover letter to:
Chimo Youth Retreat Centre
Solo with Supports
Attn: Julian Wigg

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