Contract, Spiritual Care Practitioner

As we serve vulnerable youth, all employees working for Covenant House Vancouver must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required prior to your start date.

About Covenant House Vancouver

Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver has provided relentless support for youth experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, homelessness. We provide support to young people age 16 to 24 who have experienced a wide range of early life and ongoing, complex trauma; including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. Our purpose is to serve all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and provide a safe and supportive environment for all youth in need.

Working at Covenant House will be one of the most meaningful things that you’ll do in your life. However, you will be confronted with significant issues in this work and frankly, this work is not for everyone. In the course of doing your work, particularly for those doing frontline work, you will be exposed to the trauma of others. The youth we serve may also experience overdose, physical harm perpetuated by self or others and even death. Because we provide a relational model of care, the harms our youth experience can impact us in varying degrees.  
 
While we provide training for youth workers on avoiding what we call vicarious trauma (namely, the trauma you can experience or take on by hearing other’s traumatic stories), and a generous allowance for counselling, it is still difficult work that can and does take its toll on many employees. Self-awareness and self-care are key. Some candidates and employees decide during the recruiting and probationary periods that this work isn’t for them, and that is totally fair. 
 
We will provide more information on vicarious trauma during recruiting and on-boarding, to help you decide if Covenant House is the place for you.  

The Impact the Spiritual Care Practitioner can make:

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.

How You Will Contribute:

  • Offers uplifting counsel to youth seeking guidance and direction about spirituality, religion, identity, hope, gratitude, meaning, and loss
  • 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
  • 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

Who We Are Looking For?

Education and Experience:

  • 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
  • Minimum 1 completed unit in Clinical Pastoral Education
  • 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

Competencies:

  • Interest in serving as a support and ally to youth in the 2SLGBTTQ 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 delivering presentations.
  • Takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work commitments. Follows organizational guidelines, professional standards, regulations and principles. Demonstrates reliability and integrity on a daily basis.
  • Applies versatility, reasoning and innovativeness in the face of change. Ability to comfortably collaborate in a variety of situations and with diverse individuals.
  • Adapts communication to respond to audience or situational requirements
  • Effectively builds constructive, friendly, professional relationships and networks of key contacts with people and colleagues, maintains partnerships that can provide information, assistance and support

Compensation

The successful candidate can expect a starting salary of between $53,198.60 and $66,502.80, depending on factors such as internal equity, experience, competencies, and education.  Once hired, salaries are reviewed annually following the annual performance review and successful employees have the opportunity for their salary to increase, over time, up to the maximum of the pay band, currently $79,807.00. 

Total Rewards

This position has limited extended health and dental benefits for you and your spouse & children beginning on your start date.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Covenant House Vancouver is a secular organization that welcomes and serves young people from all backgrounds. While the international federation to which we belong was founded in the 1970s by members of the Catholic Church, we are not aligned with any specific faith traditions.

CHV is committed to upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • Persons from groups marginalized due to race, ancestry, colour, religion/spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible (physical) and/or invisible (mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women;
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and
  • Indigenous persons.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, diversity, equity, and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all at Covenant House Vancouver.

We love what we do and try to make a difference every day. Covenant House Vancouver offers a competitive salary with a great benefits package and excellent opportunity for training and career advancement. If you are looking to join a place where we have a purpose and aim to achieve positive outcomes, please join us by applying.

If our recruitment process does not work for you, let us know. Let’s see how we can work together to get to know you and see what might be a great fit!