Job Posting: Part-time Residential Counsellor

Updated: 20 hours ago

Choices for Youth Inc. (CFY) is a professional service, youth-focused, non-profit, charitable organization that creates spaces and conversations and operates programs and social enterprises to help vulnerable youth secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and support, we help youth and young families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives.

The Choices Shelter provides emergency, short-term housing for young male-identified and gender non-conforming youth between 16 and 29 years of age. Our Shelter team is seeking to hire 1 part-time Residential Counsellor on a six (6) month contract.


Supporting youth and assisting in the daily operation of the shelter in accordance with agency policies and procedures. As a residential counselor, you will work as part of a staff team to ensure quality service to the youth that uses the shelter services. This will include intake/assessments, providing supportive and crisis counseling, community liaising, advocacy and referrals to programs and services as required. Residential counselors are also responsible for daily shelter operations including cleaning, meal preparation, and other general duties.


· Assess the immediate and basic needs of youth accessing the Shelter

· Complete the required forms and processes for youth entering and leaving the shelter.

· Maintain logs and records as required and ensure confidentiality

· Advocate with income support and other agencies on behalf of the youth

· Provide support, crisis intervention, and services for all youth

· Provide a supportive environment that allows youth empowerment and a successful transition towards independent, long-term housing

· Assist with daily activities within the Shelter such as meal preparation, cleaning, room preparation, and general upkeep.

· Ensure appropriate supervision to ensure that all youth of the Shelter are safe

· Ensure that all building alarms and doors are secured

· Fulfill other responsibilities as identified by supervisor

· Other duties as assigned


· Post-Secondary education in social sciences or related accredited program

  • 1-3 years of professional experience working in residential settings

· Experience working with homeless and at-risk youth

· Supportive counseling experience

· Demonstrated conflict resolution and de-escalation skills

· Experience working with diverse populations

· Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

· Strong documentation and administrative skills work using a client directed approach

· Current Standard First Aid/CPR and ASIST training

· Satisfactory Criminal Record Check & Vulnerable Sector Check


This position will work 38.5 hours bi-weekly. (Evenings and Weekends) Flexibility in work hours may be required to accommodate higher work volumes, and program and requirements.


The salary for this position will be 23.42 - 25.83 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay and shift differential.


Reference ID: SRC-1121

Deadline to Apply: November 22, 2021

Please submit your cover letter and resume explaining how you meet the criteria and using the reference ID in the subject line.


Human Resources at

Jolene Cooze, Shelter Program coordinator

Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about Choices for Youth, please visit

Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.

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