Spiritual Care Practitioner



Do you want to make a difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk youth?  Covenant House Vancouver is the premier provider of residential and support services for our city’s homeless youth, and we are growing! You will be joining a team of dedicated and committed youth workers whose mission is to help at-risk young people move off the streets and on to independence.

 

The Spiritual Care Practitioner provides support to homeless and at-risk youth by providing spiritual care, counsel and education on matters of faith and spirituality.

Job Description

  • Offers uplifting counsel to youth seeking guidance and direction about spirituality, religion, identity, hope, gratitude, meaning, and loss
  • Creates and facilitates engaging and meaningful programs to help youth explore spirituality, religion, and culture, as well as youths’ individual vocations and contributions to communities and issues they care about
  • Offers comfort and guidance to youth who are in hospital, detox, recovery homes, prisons, and other places they need spiritual care
  • Encourages and facilitates youth to build relationships with their own religious, spiritual and cultural communities of support
  • With a multi-department team, helps to organize and facilitate an annual staff day intended to celebrate, educate and renew staff in their mission to provide absolute respect and unconditional love to homeless youth
  • Helps Covenant House Vancouver to create, grow and maintain relationships with representatives from a broad diversity of spiritual traditions and local indigenous communities
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary Case Review Meetings and Case Management Meetings
  • Represents Covenant House Vancouver at religious, spiritual and cultural meetings and celebrations when requested
  • Serves as the organization’s liaison with families and other agencies when a youth or staff person has died
  • Supports various Covenant House Vancouver staff teams and youth through difficult or traumatic experiences, and participates on a Critical Incident Stress Management team for defusing and debriefing critical incidents

Job Requirements

  • Masters Degree in Theology, Spiritual Direction, Counselling (including formal training on issues of spirituality), or an equivalent degree
  • Preferred 2 years experience in a related field
  • Ability to communicate and work with young adults in a direct, non-judgmental, caring, professional manner
  • Experience and success in positions requiring strict boundaries with clients/patients/community members served
  • Interest in serving as a support and ally to youth in the LGBTTQ2S community
  • Interest in serving as a support and ally to indigenous youth
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn about issues facing homeless and vulnerable persons, including the root causes of homelessness, issues of poverty, exploitation, mental health and drug addiction, and intervention strategies leading to better outcomes
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn about various spiritual, religious and cultural traditions and supports
  • Experience in facilitating groups and giving presentations.

 

 

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in and would like to be a part of a family like organisation with excellent growth opportunities, please send us your resume. We also offer a great benefits package, competitive salary and the opportunity to attend a variety of training courses all paid for by Covenant House

 

Covenant House Vancouver celebrates quality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity in employment, and we affirm and welcome applicants from all backgrounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation and age, except as prescribed by law.  We encourage applicants from qualified aboriginal persons, persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with those from diverse backgrounds

 

 

 

Position Start Date

As soon as possible

 

Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled