Youth Worker (Unionized – Youth Justice Division)

How to apply

Send resume by email, mail or fax to the coordinates below:

For consideration, qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Manager.

Quote “Youth Worker” in subject line.

Kennedy House
Attention: Human Resources Manager
10 Milner Business Court, Suite #404
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6

Position Summary

Youth Worker “YW” (Unionized)
Compensation: as per CBA (starting at $54,080/year)

Union: UNIFOR Local 361

Are you a university or college recent graduate or a seasoned security or correctional officer looking for a rewarding career in corrections? Look no further! Kennedy House is looking for dynamic, consultative, and results-driven professionals just like you to join our team in the role of Youth Workers (YW). There are several full-time positions available at our Youth Centre in Ajax, Ontario.

This is a full-time on-site unionized position and the incumbent will work an average of 40 hours per week based on a rotating 12 hour schedule including days, afternoons, overnights and weekends.

The KH – Youth Justice Division is a 24/7 secure custody/detention facility for male youth that have either been charged or currently awaiting sentencing of a serious crime committed in the community. A serious crime, is a crime that if committed by an adult a
sentence of five years or more will be awarded.

Reporting to the YW Supervisor(s) and indirectly to the Program Coordinator and Superintendent, the incumbent will provide services and supervision both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a 24/7 youth justice secure detention facility.
The YW is responsible for the care and safety of the clients residing in the facility while performing a full range of duties related to the rehabilitation, supervision and reintegration of youth in the community, including participation in appropriate structured rehabilitative
programs and services. The ideal candidates(s) must also enjoy working with people in a secure environment.



  • High school diploma is required
  • College Diploma in Child and Youth Worker/Corrections Diploma or a University Degree in youth justice studies or related field with emphasis in behaviour management, adolescent development, and knowledge of family group dynamics or security guard license with prior corrections experience is preferred



  • Prior experience specifically related to working with youth experiencing conflict with the law is considered an asset. This may include placement experience.
  • Knowledge of various youth justice related legislation (i.e. Youth Criminal Justice Act, Child, Youth and Family Services Act, Human Rights Code).
  • Knowledge of various sociological issues impacting on youth (e.g. poverty, family violence and abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, gang involvement, peer-on-peer violence; racial issues; and societal issues that put youth at risk of offending behaviour;
    and human rights issues);
  • Knowledge of mental health and behavioural disorders, abnormal and deviant psychology, symptoms and causes of deviant behaviour, and cognitive behavioural intervention-philosophy and techniques, as well as, knowledge and understanding of
    youth/adolescent development.
  • Cultural competency skills and the ability to be inclusive of diversity
  • Current certification in CPR Level C and First Aid Level C is mandatory within 30 days of hire
  • Current certification in CPI
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License and clean Driver’s Abstract is required
  • Current (within 6 months) Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Search must be provided
  • Advanced communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive relationships with youth
  • Good interviewing, coaching, counselling, facilitation and team building skills
  • Basic to intermediate computer skills with the ability to operate various business software and operational systems (e.g., Windows, Microsoft Word, etc.)
  • Maintain all required immunizations and vaccines



As an Ontario Government licensed male Youth Secure Custody and Detention Facility we are required to maintain a 1 staff to 5 youth ratio. We use a 2 male to 1 female staffing model in support of this requirement.


  • Participates in daily interactions, supervision and provision of services to address youths’ emotional, clinical, educational, physical, family, spiritual, social, legal and cultural needs
  • Observes relationships among youth and recognize changes in individual and group dynamics
  • Models and reinforces positive interpersonal relationships
  • Implements appropriate behaviour management techniques to promote stability and effect change where necessary
  • Maintains required written records of all youth behaviours including all significant interaction with the youth
  • As part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributes knowledge, observations and assessments to develop and maintain case management and scheduling that provide appropriate programs and unit monitoring to improve outcomes for youth
  • Prepares documentation and maintains up to date and accurate files for assigned youth in keeping with case management expectations
  • Maintains security requirements of the Youth Centre such as key control, regular formal/informal counts, and appropriate searching of youth, their living areas, and Youth Centre property for irregularities affecting safety/security and take corrective
    action while adhering to established policies, procedures and protocols
  • Maintains constant and ongoing interaction with youth for the purpose of a safe, positive environment, the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of youth, and community safety
  • Performs other duties as required

Additonal Information


Kennedy House provides its employees with a combination of challenging yet exciting career opportunities, both short and long-term. Being a Kennedy House employee means that you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution
to the organization, our clients’ lives and wellbeing, and the community you live in. Here at Kennedy House, we help the youth of today achieve their dreams of tomorrow.

Additionally, Kennedy House provides the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Group healthcare benefits (extended health, dental, and vision care)
  • Life insurance
  • Paid vacation
  • Company matched retirement savings plan (RRSP)
  • Opportunities to grow within the organization, including relocation within other the Kennedy House programs
  • On-site parking
  • Company events
  • Casual dress code
  • Employee assistance program

Kennedy House thanks in advance all applicants who submit an application for their interest and time spent preparing their application; however, due to the high volume of candidates received, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Kennedy House is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. At Kennedy House, we are committed to a supportive work environment where employees have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Diversity and inclusion are a central part of our culture, and we aspire to be a workplace that is respectful to everyone. We appreciate the interest of all candidates. Due to the volumes of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates that are selected to move forward in the recruitment process. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Representative of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made.