Oct 20, 2022

Youth Team Lead – Full Time

  • Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre
  • $55,000 - $60,000 yearly
Full time Youth Services

Job Description


The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people living in Ottawa. We are a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect, and community interdependence. And we are proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.

Our Programs team provides a holistic model of care for Indigenous youth and seeks a positive and experienced team lead to support day-to-day guidance for front-line youth workers in coordinating culture, case management, and health promotion activities for Indigenous youth.

The lead will guide the youth team in their roles. Provide guidance in case management and health promotion and be responsible for program targets and deadlines while also assuming a hands-on role in supporting youth between the ages of 7-18 in various health promotion activities.

You are the right person for this job if you are passionate about leadership and enjoy supporting others to achieve outcomes. Your passion for uplifting Indigenous Youth motivates you to do more each day. And you love to lead team goals through clear communication and want to move to the next step in your career. In addition, your strong sense of self, culture, and community connects you to the seven generations coming behind you.

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Youth Team Lead’s responsibilities includes:


The Youth Team Lead supports Wabano and the community by:

  • Working with and for our community Indigenous Youth to provide a bright future;
  • Leading and supporting team members through completing team and individual work plans, meeting goals, reporting and problem solving;
  • Sourcing consultants (ex. Elders, traditional educators, facilitators), manage contracting of consultants for youth events planning and program delivery;
  • Providing orientation for staff and consultants;
  • Supporting team to provide case management and systems navigation to eligible youth and manage referrals from Indigenous and mainstream organizations;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with community partners;
  • Coordinating and facilitating Indigenous youth programs and workshops as required;
  • Conducting program evaluation and reporting.



Document the story of the way you support the client’s wellness journey in the internal database using service and cultural codes.

  • Enter all encounters in the database in a timely fashion and maintain client records in the database;
  • Document any internal or external referrals to support the clients healing journey.
  • Complete monthly reports using the template provided.



Support some key programming as an integral part of the interdependent (interdepartmental) matrix within Wabano

  • Assist with functions such as Gala, Symposium and AGA, and community events such as Pow wows.
  • Participate in professional development for continued improvement of skills and knowledge.

Qualifications and Skills 

In addition to the team management and leadership skills, we are looking for people who have:

  • A Bachelor Degree or College Diploma in a related field;
  • Experience with youth programming, effective communication with Indigenous youth;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ history and challenges Indigenous youth face in contemporary society;
  • Demonstrated superior problem-solving ability with sound judgment;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working with high risk youth and managing crisis situations;
  • Knowledge of available resources in Ottawa and ability to research the resources available in remote communities outside of Ottawa;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to work a flexible work week that may include non-traditional hours, evenings and weekend.


Range $55,000 – $60,000 per year + Benefits 

Why Work at Wabano

  • Collaborative and Supportive Work Environment
  • Group Health and Dental Insurance
  • Employee Pension Plan (defined benefits) with matching contribution from Wabano
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Four (4) weeks paid vacation time

Application Details 

Please submit your application to jobs@wabano.com. Application materials include a cover letter and resume. This opportunity will remain open until filled, so tell us your story early!

Successful applicants will be required to provide a criminal reference check to work with a vulnerable population.

Wabano is an inclusive and equitable organization, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry (please self-identify in your application).

Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.