FG-26 Homeless Shelter Worker

FG-26 Homeless Shelter Worker

24 May
Macdonald Youth Services

24 May

Macdonald Youth Services


This summer term is part of Canada Summer Jobs initiative and runs from June 28, 2021 to August 27, 2021 (8 weeks). Must be between the age of 18-30 and eligible to work in Canada.

Macdonald Youth Services is hiring! Come grow with Us, help Manitoba youth grow strong & resilient while enhancing your own personal & professional growth. We are seeking a candidate with strong character & a clear vision for a brighter future; people of action who can help youth soar to new heights in resilience & potential. Guided by the principles of love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility & truth, you are a mentor, a role model & a caregiver.

SUMMARY:  Macdonald Youth Services is looking for a summer term,

Full-time Homeless Shelter Worker. The Homeless Shelter Worker report to their Supervisor and are responsible for implementing all aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the program. The HSW is expected to provide ongoing, culturally sensitive care while adhering to organizational policies and procedures. A major focus of their work with young people is to be a positive role model at all times and to intervene purposefully into the young people’s daily life events in a manner, which will help the young person, reach the agreed-upon goals of their placement. Youth Care Workers work from a needs-based, trauma informed, relational child and youth care approach as per the agency expectations and standards.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:   of the HSW include, but are not limited to:

- Develop, manage, facilitate, and direct all daily program activities as well as implement household routines;

- Interact with young people in a manner designed to help them achieve their goals;

- Work as part of the team to ensure consistency in the youth’s experiences and intervention plans as based on the placement goals;

- Intervene into daily life experiences to help the young person achieve their goals and connect to their experiences in a healthy manner designed to help them achieve their goals;

- Participate with the team in making informed culturally responsive decisions regarding therapeutic methods based on observations and interactions with the young people and their knowledge of the young person’s culture;

- Active involvement with youth in developmentally appropriate activities within the facility, in the community and with their families with a view towards their growth and development and reaching the goals of their placement;

- Encourage young people to develop engagement with relevant community activities;

- Teach the youth about nutrition and healthy eating habits, planning for meals and grocery shopping and meal preparation while engaging the youth in process;

- Assist with all procedures and routines related to health and safety of staff and youth and the importance of a safe environment. Assist with maintenance and cleanliness of physical property, building and yard;

- Involvement in learning opportunities and development of an attitude that promotes a relevance for learning in young people;

- Display an attitude that promotes positive teamwork and exhibits a high degree of positive role modeling for young people;

- Participate in the assignment of any other job-related tasks as requested by the Supervisor, Manager of Operations and/or CEO.


The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings;

Bravery/Courage – Bear

- Continuously seek opportunities that benefit our youth by taking initiative and championing new ideas.

- Initiate creative planning and problem solving: be an advocate for positive change.

- Actively advocate for youth, both within the healing home and throughout the various systems that have an impact on the lives of our youth.

- Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing circumstances or conditions with flexibility and compassion.

Respect – Buffalo

- Build positive and caring relationships with youth, focusing on meeting their needs in all four directions of the medicine wheel.

- Build positive and caring relationships with other staff members, based on mutual respect.

- Acknowledge and advocate for teachings and/or spiritual practices and beliefs, and incorporate them into daily living whenever possible.

Honesty – Saabe

- Perform with good intention, take responsibility, and follow through on commitments.

- Demonstrate effective communication by sharing information, asking questions, and active listening.

- Role model positive practices and ethics with an ability to represent the organization in a positive manner

Love – Eagle

- Role model healthy, caring, and respectful relationships.

- Recognize the gifts that all people bring and allow people to share those gifts, even if different from our own understanding

- Show an understanding of love in the form of appropriate and effective self-care strategies

Wisdom – Beaver

- Demonstrate a good understanding of the impacts of inter-generational and historical trauma, colonization and the impacts of residential schools.

- Demonstrate respect, knowledge, and awareness of Indigenous cultures, languages, traditions, and ways of being and knowing

- Demonstrate knowledge of the impacts of the Child and Family Services and Community Living Disability systems, particularly in the context of Indigenous communities

Humility – Wolf

- Understand that the youth come to us with complex histories, stories and needs. Demonstrate clear understanding of personal triggers and biases in order to not take the youth’s behaviours personally.

- Demonstrate critical self-reflection, an ongoing willingness to learn, and an understanding of power and privilege (race, ability, sexuality, gender, as staff members, etc.) and how our positionality impacts our work with our youth.

Truth – Turtle

- Gather relevant information, recognize patterns and themes in the data, generate and consider multiple alternatives and make decisions in a timely manner.

- Analytical and critical thinker, particularly in regard to engaging and planning with the youth.


- Must be between the age of 18-30 and eligible to work in Canada

- Education/training in social services (i.e. Social Work, Community Development, Inner City Studies, Child and Youth Care)

- Experience with one-on-one mentorship with at risk youth

- Demonstrate an understanding of the realities of being a youth

- First Aid & CPR Level C

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Knowledge and experience with diverse cultures and economic backgrounds

- Knowledge of Crisis Intervention & the ability to navigate crisis and support others through stressful situations

- Knowledge in the area of mental health

- Experience working with a diverse population of youth with a variety of complex needs

- Current Criminal Record checks with Vulnerable Sector Screening, Child Abuse and Adult Registry Checks (current within 3 months)


- NVCI, ASSIST, Mental Health First Aid, Trauma informed Care, ETC and/or willingness to obtain certification

- Understanding of culture, cultural identities and resources for Indigenous and Newcomer youth and their families

- Experience working in community development and community outreach

- Experience working within an integrated youth services setting (an asset)

- Experience working with Homeless youth (Asset)

- Valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s license with and Drivers Abstract

SALARY:   $ 15.00 an hour. 

HOURS OF WORK:   35 hours per week with a variety of shifts to meet programming needs. 

Please forward a cover letter and resume & include job title (in word or PDF format) by June 4, 2021. 

MYS is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website www.mys.ca. 

Contract length: 2 months

Application deadline: 2021-06-04

Expected start date: 2021-06-28

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: From $15.00 per hour


- Casual dress

- On-site parking


- Day shift

- Night shift


- Support Care: 1 year (preferred)

Work remotely:

- No

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