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Careers at Covenant House Vancouver

Covenant House Vancouver provides shelter and other services supporting homeless and at-risk youth. We are a diverse team dedicated to fighting against the crisis of homelessness through many exciting careers. Come make a difference with us. Embark on a fulfilling career while helping young people in our community.

Covenant House Vancouver fosters a culture of absolute respect and unconditional love, with the principles of Sanctuary, Immediacy, Value Communication, Choice, and Structure guiding us in how we work. Through these values, we strive for employees to feel a sense of belonging, inclusion, and psychological safety where they can feel heard, appreciated, supported, and empowered. Our culture is intended to inspire creativity, innovation, collaboration, transparency, fun, and personal growth so we can provide an engaging work environment where employees can thrive and will result in the best care for the vulnerable young people that Covenant House Vancouver is privileged to serve.

We offer a safe workplace and have safety measures in place that are above and beyond government regulations prioritizing the safety of our youth and employees, applying policies and practices that will minimize risk for all. In order to be hired at Covenant House Vancouver as an employee, practicum student, or volunteer, candidates must provide evidence of full courses of Health-Canada approved vaccinations prior to starting their first shift.

We have been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and BC’s Top Employer for 2024. These awards recognize employers leading their industries in providing exceptional workplaces for their employees. We place a significant emphasis on professional development. From skills and leadership training to learning workshops and tuition reimbursement programs, we help employees reach their full potential. We also implement initiatives and programs to prioritize our employees’ mental health and well-being, including a range of benefits designed to meet the needs of each employee. Check out our Canada’s Top 100 profile and our BC Top Employers profile to learn more.

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. 

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  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Covenant House Vancouver celebrates equality and diversity in the workplace.

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  • Our Purposes & Principles

    The values and guiding principles incorporated into everything we do.

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  • Programs & Departments

    We provide whole-person care to youth and offer unconditional love and absolute respect to both our youth and staff. Find out more.

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  • Employee Testimonials

    Learn first-hand from current staff why they enjoy working at Covenant House Vancouver.

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  • Benefits & Total Rewards

    Benefits offered include vacation, employee and family assistance programs, and more.

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