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Youth Care Worker

Requisition ID: 328629 

Position Number: 21002231

Posting End Date: Open Until Filled

City: Portage la Prairie

Site: Shared Health

Work Location: Winnipeg Shared Health

Department / Unit: SH - Youth Residential 

Job Stream: Clinical 

Union: SH Exempt-OT

Anticipated Start Date:  ASAP

FTE: Casual 

Anticipated Shift: Days;Evenings;Nights;Weekends 

Daily Hours Worked: 12.00

Annual Base Hours: 2080


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Position Overview

Reporting to the Program Supervisor, Youth Care Workers are responsible for ensuring client safety and well-being, participating in client orientation and assessment processes, developing and implementing therapeutic interventions, delivering structured group-based educational and support programming, planning and delivering recreational programming, assisting clients in the classroom, contributing to ongoing treatment planning, crisis response, medication administration, ensuring facility safety, client transport, reception, and household/maintenance duties including food preparation. Commitment to a client centred philosophy and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. The Shared Health Compass Youth Program is a 14-bed facility located 4 kilometres south of Portage la Prairie in Southport, Manitoba.

Youth Care Workers work as members of the Compass inter-disciplinary team and demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to communicate respectfully and positively with clients and staff and present self in an approachable, friendly manner.
  • Genuine enthusiasm for client-centered care and demonstrates empathy and compassion.
  • Commitment to fostering a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for youth clients.
  • Understanding of at-risk adolescents and commitment to strength-based approach in service delivery.
  • Ability to create therapeutic relationships by offering a flexible, non-judgmental approach.
  • Ability to model, teach and create opportunities for clients to enhance interpersonal, problem-solving, emotional management and daily living skills.
  • Ability to engage in physical activity and support clients to enhance their physical fitness and the development of positive recreation and leisure interests.
  • Ability to offer therapeutic interventions and programming which take into account clients' developmental level, interests, abilities and strengths.
  • Ability to respond to potential crisis situations in a calm, effective manner.
  • Works collaboratively in the context of a provincial organization, with numerous colleagues, to ensure a consistent Shared Health approach.
  • Demonstrates the ability to balance the needs of clients, other staff persons and those of the organization.
  • Ability to contribute to an effective, positive team environment through an appreciation for an inter­ disciplinary approach, solution-focused problem solving, and open, direct communication.
  • Commitment to ongoing individual development, openness to feedback and a willingness to engage in reciprocal learning experiences with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Commitment to personal and professional ethics, integrity and responsibility.
  • Ability to manage own emotions and strong feelings; maintain a calm and tactful composure under a broad range of challenging circumstances; think clearly and stay focused under pressure.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the agency's mission, vision, values, and objectives.


NOTE: Full-time positions involve a 4 on, 4 off shift rotation (two 7 AM – 7 PM, two 7 PM – 7 AM, 4 off).  


  • Minimum of 2 years related experience, is required, preferably in a substance use and/or mental health treatment setting.
  • Crisis response experience is also desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of adolescence, at risk youth (i.e. FASO; ADHD; etc.), addictions and mental health.

Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate)

  • Complete high school education, Manitoba standards, required. 
  • Completion of the Child & Youth Care Certificate program or training in the social sciences is desirable, other combination of education and experience may be considered.  


  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and ASSIST training is desirable. 
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license and suitable driving record.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification are required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well within an inter-disciplinary team; and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, working with culturally diverse populations. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • The ability to operate Microsoft software applications, internet and email communications is required. 
  • Fluency in English (French/Indigenous languages - verbal and written an asset).
  • Knowledge of Indigenous customs, traditions, and beliefs will be considered an asset. 

Physical Requirements

  • Suitable physical health to perform required duties.
  • Availability for shift work.

This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment.


Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions across the WRHA legal entity that combine to equal more than 1.0 EFT. The WRHA legal entity includes Churchill Health Centre, Deer Lodge Centre, Grace Hospital, Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, Pan Am Clinic, River Park Gardens, Victoria General Hospital, WRHA corporate programs, and WRHA community health services.


Interviewed candidates may be called upon to participate in a skills assessment.


Any application received after the closing time will not be included in the competition.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

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