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Housing Outreach Prototype Worker

Boyle Street Community Services

This is a Full-time position in Edmonton posted November 22, 2020.

REPORTS TO: Housing Services Manager

HOURLY RANGE: $22.40 – $26.36/hour

HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM

JOB ID: 20-091BSCS

“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients.  If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: https://www.boylestreet.org/mission-history, please consider joining our team.

This position comes with a comprehensive dental, health and drug benefits package, three weeks of annual vacation, and numerous professional development and training opportunities.

Job Purpose:

As part of the Housing Outreach Prototype Pilot (HOPP), workers assertively connect with individuals who chronically sleep rough throughout Edmonton (including in the river valley/parkland areas) to properly prepare them for the housing process and subsequently to provide intensive follow-up support with an overall objective of housing retention. 

The Boyle Street HOPP team is multidisciplinary in nature and part of a partnership involving Homeward Trust and the Bissell Centre. Collaboration is a key component of this position. 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Connect and build rapport with street populations sleeping on public lands through intensive outreach in the River Valley, parks and other public spaces 
  • Connect individuals sleeping rough to resources that will improve their standard of living, such as income, medical supports, and identification, accompany them to appointments, and advocate on their behalf 
  • Support clients in their transition from homelessness to being housed 
  • Maintain detailed case notes, regular assessment, documentation, and files to track outcomes 
  • Assist clients in accessing household goods and furniture as needed 
  • Coordinate referrals to other support services such as Home Care, Mental Health professionals, Addiction Treatment, Doctors, Children and Family Services, and others as necessary 
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed; including follow-up services until crisis situation has stabilized 
  • Maintain monthly contact with landlords, and weekly contact with clients.  
  • Partnership responsibilities including but not limited to: intake, partnership meetings, case conferencing, training and committees.  
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Manager/Team Lead 

Qualifications:

Education: Degree or equivalent in social services or related field.  Candidates without a degree but who have a combination of post-secondary education and related experience will also be considered 

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Ability to work in a highly stressful and ever changing environment
  • Must have excellent boundaries
  • Mental resiliency is key
  • Able to quickly, creatively and ethically solve problems with clients  
  • Proven ability to work in a respectful and client-centered manner 
  • Understands how to use de-escalation techniques 
  • Works with initiative, commitment and enthusiasm; physically fit 
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office  
  • Familiar with entering data into databases, such as the Efforts to Outcomes system 
  • Able to plan and make decisions in a timely, organized and appropriate manner 

Experience:

  • At least two years of experience delivering community-based services. Accumulated diverse experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural techniques
  • Particular expertise developing and monitoring case plans
  • Knowledge of Landlord & Tenant Legislation
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of poverty-related issues, trends and services, particularly within, but not limited to the urban Indigenous population
  • Local travel on behalf of clients and the agency is required; must have a valid class 5 Non-GDL license, reliable vehicle and clean driver’s abstract
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Criminal Record and Child Intervention Checks (results will be reviewed on a case by case basis)

Location of work: Boyle Street Community Services 10116 105 Ave, Edmonton, AB

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found.

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities. 

Clients, staff and partners are vital members of the Boyle Street team, so we place emphasis on making sure that we address each other correctly. Pronouns are an important part of how we speak about people.

Pronouns might be:

She/Her/Hers

He/Him/His

They/Them/Theirs

And other pronouns that help individuals to express themselves

At Boyle Street, we use pronouns to properly address and refer to people in our face-to-face interactions, in verbal introductions, as well as in writing on name tags, email signatures, and ID badges. We invite you to let us know how to properly refer to you and your pronouns as you explore finding a professional home with us.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include 20-091BSCS Housing Outreach Prototype Worker in the Subject Line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position and why you are suitable for the position.