Murray McKinnon House Supervisor

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Murray McKinnon Foundation - Supervisor Posting

Our Vision:

Youth are inspired through opportunities to learn, grow and succeed

Our Mission:

Murray McKinnon Foundation aspires to encourage and support the potential of the young persons in our care


Murray McKinnon House:  A youth open detention and custody facility located in Oshawa, ON.


Murray McKinnon Foundation (MMF) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility together with anti-oppressive and anti-racism practices.  MMF employees are expected to demonstrate this commitment as well as committing to the agency’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and Strategic Plan.


Murray McKinnon House Supervisor will have the following areas of responsibility:

  • To model all responsibilities of the Youth Worker role.
  • In conjunction with the Director and/or Assistant Director of Residential Programs, oversee all administrative tasks related to care provision.
  • Assist in the coordination of any research related to the program.
  • Where requested, by the Director of Residential Programs, Assistant Director of Residential Programs, and/or Executive Director, participate in community committees and assist with stakeholder collaboration.
  • Responsible for
    • staffing (e.g., recruitment, hiring, supervising, mentoring, scheduling, assessing performance, training, etc.)
    • acting as a leader/model of agency philosophy and operational direction.
    • proper custody supervision and care of youth while in our care are consistently being provided.
    • ensuring responsive programming is in place to meet the unique needs of our youth.
    • physical plant maintenance.
    • assistance in creating and maintaining strong community partnerships.
    • reporting to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) and complying with all annual MCCSS Licensing requirements.
    • providing an inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist environment of physical and psychological safety where staff would feel cared for, supported, understood, respected, and positively challenged.
    • scheduled rotations with On-Call support.
    • upkeep/training of the agency automation system.
    • Works as part of a team under the direction and supervision of the Director of Residential Services, Assistant Director of Residential Programs, Broader Management, and Executive Director and indirectly the Clinical Social Worker(s).  


  • Proof of completed post-secondary education with a specialization in the area related to the position (e.g., Child and Youth Care, Youth Justice, Social Work, Criminology, or related discipline(s)).  Minimal educational credential of a two-year related diploma. Preference is for those with a Bachelor’s Degree.


  • At least the equivalent of five (5) years, full-time, prior work experience serving a vulnerable male population – high risk and complex needs such as but not exhaustive: child welfare, youth justice, mental health, addiction, and unsustainable housing.  Preference will be given for those with five (5) plus years.
  • In addition, at least the equivalent of two (2) years, full-time, in an administrator, supervisory, training, and reporting role.  Preference will be given for those with two (2) plus years.

Knowledge and Skill Set

  • Knowledge of trauma-informed, culturally safe, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist practices and a client-centered, relational, strength-based approach to working with young persons grounded in harm reduction principles are vital to this role. Strong Indigenous, Black, and LGBTQ knowledge-based are necessary for the position. Several years of experience and training working with justice-involved youth and families and community partners.
  • Knowledge and experience in overall program development, management, coordination, evaluation and service delivery.
  • Administration and reporting experience.
  • Understanding and competence on theory and principles related to working with a high-risk youth population apply to behaviour management, risk needs responsivity and reintegration.
  • Understanding and competence with group processes and dynamics.
  • Understanding of supervisory/administrative practices (Analysis, evaluation and recommendations), structure and function of the not-for-profit sector.
  • Of organizational behaviour and promoting a positive culture.
  • Of how to build and maintain partnerships with community agencies, partners and stakeholders.
  • Of relevant legislation relevant to a youth justice open detention/custody facility and working within, community resources pertaining to work with youth, and, adherence to policies/procedures of program funders and MMF.
  • Of child/youth development, individual and family dynamics and a wide range of intervention practices.
  • Of time management practices in order to plan their own works schedule, establish priorities and to balance multiple, sometimes conflicting tasks and/or changing priorities.
  • Of team building and motivational strategies.
  • Demonstrated anti-oppression and anti-racism practice and approach.
  • Values, promotes and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal/problem-solving/communication (oral and written) skills and leadership qualities.
  • Function independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Maintain composure, tact and objectivity in challenging or stressful situations.
  • Adhere to confidentiality of sensitive and/or confidential information as required by law or agency direction.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills and computer literacy.

Required Documentation:

  • A valid G level driver’s license; with proof of a safe driving record.
  • Medical note that you are fit for this type of work.
  • Proof of Immunization Records.
  • Provision of Criminal Reference check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive rate of pay / time-off benefits
  • Extended Health Benefits (includes Dental and Eyes)
    • Example: up to $1,000- paramedical claims, such as physiotherapy, chiropractor, etc.
    • Employer RRSP contribution
  • Extensive professional development opportunities
  • Progressive workplace environment
  • A trusted agency, known for being innovative, with service provision in our region for close to 50 years.

We thank you for your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  MMF will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process.  If contacted for an interview, please inform us if you require any accommodation through the hiring process.