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Position Status: Full Time

Hours: 35 hours per week

Start Date: October 2019

Scope of Position: 

Reception House Waterloo Region is accepting applications for a Youth Services Coordinator to support the New Canadian Youth Connections program (NCYC), a program delivered in partnership with Community Justice Initiatives.

The NCYC program supports refugee youth through a variety of activities to help reduce isolation and build a sense of belonging to the community. The program aims to build connections between volunteers and refugee youth to help break down barriers, share experiences and receive educational support. The increased interaction between new arrivals to Canada and the wider community helps refugee youth acquire language, meet positive and caring role models and gain access to leisure activities, sports and field trips.

The Youth Service Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and overseeing program services with a specific focus on recreational activities and the on-going development and implementation of the program.

The position involves collaborative team work with CJI and Reception House staff and leadership from both organizations as well as community capacity building through engaging with local service providers in the Waterloo Region.

Community Justice Initiatives is an organization which has pioneered innovative programs in restorative justice for 40 years. Our mission is to inspire safe, healthy and peaceful communities, one resolution at a time.

Reception House Waterloo Region is a community-based organization that provides a warm welcome to government-assisted refugees (GARs) through a number of programs and services designed to make their new life in Canada a success.

Key Responsibilities:

  •  Assist with the development and implementation of programming to assist refugees to cultivate a network of support and friendships with community volunteers
  • Assist with the development further relationships with other community partners
  • Continue to adapt CJI’s current Stride Circle models, processes and materials to reflect the needs of government assisted refugees
  • Design, plan and facilitate regular recreation programming to encourage volunteer and refugee relationships that occur 3 times per week
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers
  • Assist with facilitation of annual program evaluation and annual planning day

Skills, Competencies and Requirements:

  • Post-secondary education in the social services field, recreation and leisure field, and /or experiential equivalent
  • Excellent leadership and organizational capabilities, along with great people skills
  • In-depth understanding of restorative justice philosophy and principle
  • Knowledge of the Immigrant & Settlement services sector
  • Multilingual – Arabic and Somali languages desired
  • Experience with social recreation program planning, working with volunteers, large and small group facilitation skills
  • Experience and knowledge of working with refugee populations
  • Ability to ensure a high level of confidentiality
  • Must have availability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid Ontario G class licence and minimum $1M liability insurance
  • Police reference check will be required
Reception House is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

Please apply to: talent@receptionhouse.ca

Reception House Waterloo Region thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.