POSITION: Transitional Housing Support Specialist – Indigenous Focus
DEPARTMENT: Women and Children’s Services – Springhouse
POSTING NUMBER: 18-104
SALARY: $26.29 – $28.21
STATUS: Regular Full-time: Sunday & Monday 10:00am-6:00pm and Tuesday to Thursday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
The Transitional Housing Support Specialist – Indigenous Services Lead is responsible for the management, review and continued development of the Women and Children’s Transitional Housing Program with a particular focus on provision of services for women and women-led families utilizing an established Indigenous Framework. The incumbent will act in accordance with The Bloom Group philosophy and provide low barrier harm reduction trauma informed support and assistance to women and children in crisis, reporting to the Support Services Coordinator.
EDUCATION/PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor of Social Work or other relevant Bachelors Degree directly related to human services and/or community development is required
- Five years recent related work experience providing support to women and/or children in crisis with a focus on complex case planning/management with vulnerable and marginalized populations is required;
- Two years of Informal/ formal training/experience providing Indigenous services including healing circle facilitation, medicine wheel training, or other indigenous informed ways of healing is preferred.
- Two years recent experience in a supervisory capacity is required
- Two year recent experience with program development, implementation and evaluation is required
- An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered
- Level 1 Occupational First Aid Certificate is required
- Food Safe Level 1 is required
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training or Mandt Training is required
- Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement: self-identifying women only applicants please.
- We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women who reflect the diversity of the women who access our services: Indigenous and Racialized Women strongly encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated commitment, respect and knowledge of traditional Indigenous healing, understanding and encouraging a women-centred strength-based practice
- Demonstrated lived experience in an Indigenous community with an understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions, teaching and awareness of protocols and ceremony
- Strong knowledge concerning the impact of colonization on Indigenous Women including a well-developed understanding as to the root causes of violence against Indigenous Women
- Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and verbally
- Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and ability to present documents in an appropriate business format
- Demonstrated supervisory ability and leadership skills
- Demonstrated ability to review existing policy and procedure, providing recommendations to align with current best practice models
- Demonstrated skills in both individual and group supportive counselling, including the ability to observe and recognise changes in residents behaviour and emotional state
- Demonstrated commitment to continual learning and improvement through the incorporation of reflective work-based learning approaches
- Demonstration of advanced interpersonal skills specific to the role including de-briefing, active listening, conflict resolution, group facilitation, one to one direct support and problem solving
- Demonstrated ability to participate and contribute in a strong team environment with an inclusive and collaborative approach
- Proven commitment to and understanding of the harm reduction, low barrier, strength based, empowerment, trauma informed and client-centred approaches to working with women and children
- Strong ability to work under minimal supervision and act with a high degree of independent judgement, taking action on a variety of matters as required
- Strong working knowledge of child welfare and protection issues, including relevant legislation and reporting requirements
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing parenting support, incorporating a women centered, culturally sensitive, strength based approach
- Proven ability to work with a high degree of compassion, understanding and sensitivity
- Demonstrated ability to provide non-judgmental, client-centered, non-therapeutic emotional and practical support to women and children in crisis
- Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback
- Knowledge and understanding of the complex issues which affect women and children in poverty, with a demonstrated awareness of specific issues facing Indigenous Women, Racialized Women, ageing women and women with disabilities
- Proven ability to work in a stressful and changing work environment
- Demonstrated ability to support individuals with mental health and substance use issues, utilizing a harm reduction approach, working within a harm reduction model
- Ability to work and empathize with people who may have experienced abuse, poverty, grief and loss, oppression, violence, mental health challenges, addictions issues or may be living with HIV/AIDS and other life-limiting or life-threatening conditions
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position, experience operating related equipment and ability to effectively use industrial grade cleaning products
Date Posted: September 26, 2018
Deadline for submission: October 3, 2018 for internal applicants or externally until filled
OPEN TO: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL APPLICANTS
Thank you for your interest in a career with The Bloom Group.
Should your application be selected for further consideration we will be in contact with you shortly.