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Company Name:
Aspen Family & Community Network Society
Approximate Salary:
45000.00 - 48.00 Per Year
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Less than 2 years
Education level:
Associate Degree

Youth Connections Specialist

 (Youth Portfolio)

Full Time (40 hours/week)


“Aspen partners with people to unlock potential and transform lives”



The responsibilities and accountabilities outlined in this position profile may change as the position evolves along with the growth of the Agency. They include, but are not limited to:


• Work in collaboration with natural supports and youth to identify relationship needs, where needed identify basic needs, make referrals, and provide opportunities for positive engagement and growth

• Implement and adhere to industry standards and best practices including working from a trauma informed care, grief and loss, attachment lens, asset-based approach, and positive peer culture

• Plan, organize, and implement recreational and therapeutic activities in and around the Calgary area with youth and their   natural supports

• Develop strategies, treatment and safety plans, informed by harm reduction, to modify and create positive growth

• Make intentional efforts towards the creation of a stable and consistent home-like environment (i.e. - modelling meal preparation and general housework)

• Engage and model respectful and appropriate relationships and professional boundaries with youth and staff team

• Collaborate with youth to follow program expectations and youths’ individualized plans

• Daily documentation and formal report writing as required

• Case management responsibilities for assigned youth with professional and natural supports

• Flexibility to work day, evening and weekend shifts

• Work closely with, or in collaboration with, the Supervisor and Team Leader



This dynamic role requires our ideal candidate to possess at a minimum the following:


  • Diploma or degree in Human Services
  • Previous experience working with children, youth, and families
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written along with computer literacy
  • Strong relationship building skills, with an awareness of the impact of disrupted attachment on families, to allow for and enhance family connects; a good understanding of working with vulnerable youth with challenging behaviours
  • Successful candidate must have a working understanding of harm reduction, trauma informed care, asset-based approach, attachment theory, natural supports framework, and positive peer culture
  • Organized, self-motivated, confident, and able to work with a team and independently
  • Valid driver’s license and current Driver’s Abstract and reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance
  • First Aid/CPR and Suicide Intervention (a requirement prior to commencement)
  • Successful candidate must have a clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Intervention Record Check 


Pre-employment requirement: Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.


Closing Date:   This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


Hourly Rate:     $45,000 - $48,000 per year, depending on the successful candidate’s experience.


To Apply:         Interested and qualified applicants are asked to email a resume and letter of interest stating their salary expectations to [email protected]


At Aspen, we take our value of Diversity very seriously and foster an inclusive work environment. We consistently seek to recruit, develop and talent that is reflective of the diverse demographics of persons served. We intentionally live our other values of Empathy, Community and Partnership in our daily activities.


For more information on Aspen Family Services and Community Network please visit our company website:


This job advertisement is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.


We thank those applicants who are interested in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.