The Upstream Project Canada (TUPC) supports communities in a prevention-focused approach to addressing youth homelessness, through school-based early intervention. As an innovative initiative originating in Australia (Geelong), TUPC works to prevent and eliminate youth homelessness through the coordinated efforts of schools and communities, by identifying young people at risk of homelessness and providing them and their families with a suite of supports.

The Upstream Project Early Intervention Platform is a place-based community of schools and youth services’ model for early intervention with young people at risk of disengaging from school and future youth homelessness. These young people are also at greater risk of entering other service systems, and commonly present with risks relating to family violence, disability, drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns and trouble with the law.

Role and Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Coordinator, the Team Lead is responsible for the day to day operations of the Upstream Project, including Screening, Referrals and Intake processes

  • Providing direction and mentoring to the Youth & Family Support Workers

  • Acts as the point of contact for general information for schools

  • Holds the Upstream Project school monitoring list and revises with schools through quarterly meetings

  • Responsible for operational data collection and reporting

  • Work within the collective impact approach to mediate solutions when challenges arise, particularly in relations to system issues

  • In partnership with the Coordinator, assist with the development of procedures and protocols related to agreements between schools and providers for case management frameworks, privacy and consent processes and referral pathways

  • Provide support and consultation to school staff regarding at risk young people and families

  • Ability to work well in a high-pressure environment

  • Ensure that services within the Upstream project reflects the needs of its participants

  • Ensure documentation of relevant client information and that documentation is in accordance with CFY’s policy on the security and maintenance of client information

  • Represent the program or organization in the community and on committees as required

  • Nurture and contribute to the unique culture of the organization

  • Commit to helping CFY achieve the goals of its strategic plan

  • Help foster a social justice approach among employees

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in the social science

  • Experience with program development and implementation is an asset

  • Minimum of 3 years working with at-risk youth

  • Extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector and youth homelessness issues

  • Experience working with families would be an asset

  • Experience working from a collective impact approach would be an asset

Work Hours

The position will work 35 hours per week 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Flexibility in work hours will be required to accommodate higher work volumes and organizational requirements.


The salary for this position will be $45,283-$50,323 annually. Choices offers a competitive compensation package, including: a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume using job ID #TUPC0720 explaining how you meet the criteria:

Lucas Geary Senior Human Resources Specialist and David Banfield

Program Coordinator, The Upstream Project

or fax: (709) 726-3125


Applications will be accepted until August 3, 2020. Only selected interviewees will be contacted.

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261 Duckworth Street

St. John's, NL A1C 1G9


P: 709.754.0446

F: 709.726.3125

Choices for Youth

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