Senior Administrator (Social Worker)
For more than 25 years, Phoenix has provided at-risk and homeless youth with the support they
need to realize their potential. Our innovative continuum of care helps young people, aged 1224 who have faced adversity, remain strong, resilient and optimistic as they transition to a place
of independence. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Phoenix serves hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To
better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent.
For more information about Phoenix please visit our website: www.phoenixyouth.ca
Position: Senior Administrator (Social Worker)
Program: Phoenix Supportive Housing Program
Reports to: Director of Residential Programs
Status: Full-time, permanent
Compensation: A competitive salary, comprehensive group insurance plan, Employee and
Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, three weeks of vacation in the first year and four
in the second.
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with some flexibility and
occasional evening and weekend work. Week-long on-call responsibilities on a rotational basis
Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a criminal record check, a child abuse
register check and proof of education.
Job Summary: This position will oversee the Supportive Housing Program, which is comprised
of two residential programs that offer long-term housing for youth aged 16-24. Phoenix House
is a ten-bed, co-ed residence. Through 24/7 support, it offers safe, supportive housing for youth
learning skills for independent living. The Supervised Apartment Program is a program for ten
youth living in three homes, who are transitioning from semi-independent living with on-site
staff to independent living.
This new program brings two existing programs together and requires someone who is adept at
program development and change management to lead their unity into a continuum of
services. The Senior Administrator is responsible for all aspects of the program including
strategic visioning and planning, budget responsibilities, and managing two teams with a total
of nine full-time employees, including a social worker who provides social work and case
management support to youth and staff.
Develop and ensure the continuum of supportive housing services between the two
distinct housing models.
Develop core program outcomes and their evaluation components.
Manage all activities related to personnel and the program budget.
Advocate with community agencies on behalf of the program and its youth.
Manage building maintenance (four buildings) and ensure a therapeutic milieu.
Ensure appropriate supervision of student placements and volunteers.
Commit to Phoenix’s development and participate in internal committees, projects and
Liaise and advocate with other agencies and participate in community committees,
projects or activities.
Master or Bachelor of Social Work is required.
Registration or Candidacy for Registration with NSASW.
A minimum of five years’ experience in a management position with supervisory
Demonstrated successful practices including strategic planning, program development
and implementation, community development, service delivery, communication and
Experience working in a youth residential setting.
Demonstrated skill using anti-oppressive practice.
Demonstrated high level of understanding of youth development and the issues of
Demonstrated knowledge of “best practices” within supportive housing programs for atrisk and homeless youth.
Physical ability to lift light loads, walk up and down stairs, and maintain a fairly active
Non-violent crisis intervention (CPI), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a
commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.
Extensive knowledge of community resources, government funding and the social
service delivery system is an asset.
Experience supervising student placements and managing volunteers is an asset.
TO APPLY * Please note that interviews may take place during the posting period.
Please forward a resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent
information about your qualifications by May 24, 2015 to:
Rob Morris, Director of Residential Programs
[email protected] with the subject line “Senior Administrator”.