Youth Program Social Worker
Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI) is seeking a Youth Program Social Worker
PCPI is a not-for-profit organization that provides career development and employment related services to a diverse population to reach their full potential. The organization is also the proud creator and presenter of the IEP Conference, a unique forum for internationally educated professionals. Our organization’s success in delivering quality service is based on a business-like approach, supported by knowledgeable caring staff, user-friendly resources, and innovative programming.
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Social Worker who shares our passion for delivering excellent quality client-centered services for diverse client groups. The selected Social Worker will work as part of the Youth Pathway Program team that provides soft skills training and work experience to young adults participating in the program. We are looking to hire a Social Worker to work within our employment pathway program with a focus on youth mental health and well-being.
The position of social worker is accountable for assessing and providing psychosocial support to youth and unemployed individuals who need additional help managing social and mental health challenges and who need short-term interventions to help them get back on track in managing everyday life and sustainable employment. The individual will work with clients using a variety of therapy methods that are short-term (e.g., crisis counselling, brief solution-focused counselling and or referrals) to promote crisis stabilization and coping mechanism to function at an optimal level.
The Social Worker will work collaboratively with our managers across employment and settlement projects and acts as a resource expert to the teams.
Working as part of a team, the incumbent will promote the organization and ensure that services are in accordance with PCPI projects’ service delivery funding agreements.
Specific responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Develop and facilitate a series of workshops including mental health and social wellbeing, work life balance and coping mechanisms.
- Complete a psycho-social assessment and provide therapies using a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities that are short term non- judgemental and supportive, to promote crisis stabilization aimed at returning to an optimum level of functioning.
- Liaise with government, community agencies serving youth and unemployed individuals, to bridge services that will address the needs of this demographic.
- Evaluate participants’ progress and provide ongoing support through case management.
- Assist with evaluating the delivery of the program and make recommendations for addressing gaps and or improvements.
- Coordinate interactive group activities both online and in-person participants, that include opportunities for leadership development, civic engagement, intergenerational understanding, cultural acknowledgement and celebrations, and orientation/information sessions to help youth develop social skills and stay connected with their environment.
- Provide referral to educational institutions, recreational and/or, volunteer programs and to Job development once youth are functioning at their optimal level.
- Work with team members to develop strategies for connecting participants experiencing mental health and social challenges, with the appropriate service for ongoing support.
- Identify new sources for referral to the program and as needed conduct follow-up to establish rapport and assess their needs.
- Maintain current knowledge of Government program guidelines and funding regulations.
- Develop and present seminars to promote the organization services, and to address mental health strategies for job seekers, tips for coping with stress etc.
- Work as part of a team to develop a communication plan to share information/resources across the organization projects’ teams.
- Develop a network of mentors to provide mentoring support for participants during and after employment/placement.
- Maintain accurate and timely casefile documentation using internal systems (e.g., case files, and database,) and monitor participants’ progress through follow-ups at specified intervals, and surveys to obtain impact/outcomes.
- Other general duties as required.
Summary of requirements and qualification
- MSW obtained from an accredited School of Social Work.
- Two years’ experience working with unemployed individuals in a NPO environment.
- Recent experience working with youth serving institutions is an asset.
- Experience using individual and or group therapy skills (e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy) is an asset.
- Demonstrated skills in crisis intervention, individual and brief solution focused psychotherapy
- Knowledge and experience with different models of assessment and treatment for youth experiencing mental health challenges, etc.
- Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to work in an evolving environment.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills.
- Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
- Ability to respond quickly and decisively to crisis situations.
- Demonstrates diverse cultural awareness and sensitivity.
- Experience working with diverse client groups.
- Knowledge of a second language, not required, but is an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering workshops and /or seminars.
- Must demonstrate organizational planning and time management skills.
- Possess excellent communication skills - oral and written.
- Knowledge of community resources is essential.
- Flexibility to work some occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
- Strong work ethics that complement the organization’s business standards.
- Working knowledge using MS Windows environment including Excel spreadsheet and familiar with Teams.
If this sounds like an opportunity for you to apply your education, skills, and experience to this position and to an organization that is progressive with growth opportunity, then we want to hear from you.
PCPI offers a competitive benefits package.
Please submit your interest in a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All responses to this job posting must be submitted by email, no telephone enquiries please.
In keeping with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we encourage qualified applicants from all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those whose education, skills and experience match with the required qualification and requirements will be invited for an interview.
Vaccination Policy: In accordance with PCPI COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all PCPI employees are strongly encouraged to obtain all COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses as recommended by Toronto Public Health.
Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring.
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