JOB TITLE: Indigenous Community Youth Specialist
REPORTS TO: Family & Youth Services Manager
SALARY: $43 036 to $50 641/year
HOURS: 8:30AM to 5PM and occasional evenings and weekends
JOB ID: 19-008BSCS


“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients.  If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at:, please consider joining our team.

This position comes with a comprehensive dental, health and drug benefits package, three weeks of annual vacation, and numerous professional development and training opportunities.

Job Purpose:

In the inner city Indigenous youth are not connected to positive role models or relevant healthy cultural activities.  We try to help youth connect to Indigenous culture in a healthy way.


  • Work with youth to help them connect with their birth culture.  This may include, but is not limited to, sweats, smudging, connection to elders, pow-wows, teachings, drum making, rattle making, sun dances, round dances.
  • Establish relationship-based practice with participants and to build rapport with caseworkers, family members & other supports.
  • Assist in creating a safe, secure and supportive environment which respects the participant and his/her right to participate in all decisions affecting them.
  • Provide appropriate referrals to community services.
  • Advocate and ensure basic needs of participant are being met.
  • Provide guidance and support and make referrals for participant on issues related to health, family, addictions, justice, education, employment, recreation and housing.
  • Establish working relationships with Boyle Street Community Services staff, the High Risk Youth Initiative and various NCCYF staff.
  • Create opportunities to go to culture camp, camping, participate in cultural events.
  • Work with the Boyle Street – Indian Residential School Program to encourage youth to connect with their birth culture and learn healthier ways of coping with anger, loss and survival.


  • Education: Diploma or Degree in Human Services; minimum of two years of relevant related experience. Must have knowledge and experience working with high risk youth and families.

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the High Risk Youth Initiative philosophy, including harm reduction and relationship based practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of addictions, gangs, sexual exploitation, homelessness, poverty, use and neglect.
  • Knowledge and respectful to meet the various Indigenous cultural needs of the participant.
  • Exhibits and exceptional ability in connecting with youth and understands barriers encountered by youth.
  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act.
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills, strong professional boundaries and quick and efficient problem-solving skills.
  • Basic computer and report writing skills, including Microsoft Office and experience working with a data base e.g. (ETO- Efforts Towards Outcomes).
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, ethno-cultural groups and vulnerable populations.


  • Extensive travel and transportation of clients is a necessity and have a reliable vehicle.
  • Hours will be vary each week; will be after hours responsibilities.
  • Level 1 First-Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certified.
  • Criminal Record check and Child Intervention checks are required.
  • Driver’s Abstract

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to:  Please include Indigenous Community Youth Specialist, 19-008BSCS  in the Subject Line of the email and please state how you heard about the position in the cover letter.

Closing Date: March 15, 2019