Newcomer Youth Advisor job - YMCA

Employer: YMCA of Greater Toronto
Job city: Mississauga
Job region: Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 11:00pm 
Job terms: Full-time contract

Nature and Scope

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) program will provide newcomers to Canada between the ages of 13-24 with youth-friendly environments where they can meet new friends, develop their leadership skills, and more quickly adapt to Canadian society. The program has a specific focus on settlement and integration issues and community involvement. The program also engages the parents and immediate family members of youth participants through fun, educational and recreational family activities. The goal of this YMCA initiative is to assist newcomer youth and their parents to have a positive settlement experience.

The Newcomer Youth Advisor develops and facilitates sessions for newcomer youth that are relevant to their settlement process and which encourages them to become involved in their new community. The position works closely with staff from across the Association and externally in the community and schools to recruit and engage newcomer youth. The position is also responsible for finding meaningful volunteer opportunities for participants, overseeing community service projects initiated by the youth, building relationships with parents of newcomer youth, outreach, promotion, recruitment, program evaluation and reporting.

The Advisor must ensure they are proactive in staying abreast of leading trends in youth, teen and young adult development. The position will provide a practical link to all YLD programs to integrate principles of Healthy Adolescent Development, the four strategic frameworks of Harm Reduction, Model of Change, Social Determinants of Health and Abundant Assets into all newcomer youth leadership programs.

Reports to: Manager, Newcomer Youth Settlement Programs

Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates Newcomer Youth Leadership Development programming. Recruits and retains diverse youth membership of surrounding communities, including managing the process of inquiry to registration to long term participation and retention as a YMCA member
  • Anticipates needs of youth and communities and assists in planning ahead for future programs and leadership opportunities
  • Assists in planning and implementing special NYLD events throughout the year including but not limited to, Peace by Piece, Family Days, Integration Conference, Recognition events, celebrations and trainings
  • Works with NYLD team to plan and deliver family engagement activities
  • Conducts needs assessment within community and builds relationships within the community to promote newcomer youth and parent programs
  • Outreaches to community through presentations and relationship building with other newcomer settlement agencies and works to build referral mechanisms
  • Delivers presentations in schools and community to raise awareness of NYLD and reach more newcomer youth
  • Researches, collects and organizes settlement-related information pertaining to youth
  • Prepares monthly narrative reports for submission with the association’s report to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Acts as lead contact for Brampton region NYLD program
  • Models appropriate behaviours to staff in line with our Mission, Vision and Values; establishes rapport and maintains effective relationship building behaviours with staff and members. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services
  • Understands and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism and imparts this knowledge and belief upon staff, volunteers and members
  • Other related duties as required

Qualifications:

  • University Degree or Community College Diploma in related field or equivalent training/work experience
  • Experience working with teens and young adults is a requirement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of settlement services and community information resources geared towards newcomer youth
  • Superior presentation, facilitation, and organization skills
  • Flexibility regarding work hours including evenings and weekends and at different locations
  • Ability to communicate in a second language is an asset
  • Proficient with personal computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet search engines; familiarity with social media required
  • Experience as a newcomer to Canada an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity

The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: superior competence in: teamwork and collaboration; advanced competence in: Effective interpersonal communications; relationship building and partnering; in valuing diversity and social inclusion; fundamental competence in: being member focused; ethics and self-management; being results focused.

Employment Type: Full Time
Job ID: 585 
Pay: Starting Salary: $37,900
Effective: November, 2017
Location / Region: Mississauga Employment and Community Centre, 151 City Centre Drive (office), 40 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton (program space)

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

How to apply:

Please submit your résumé and cover letter by November 03, 2017 to:

Newcomer Youth Advisor

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.