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Coordinator, Shelter Peer Support Program

Parkdale Activity Rec Centre

This is a Full-time position in Vancouver, BC posted March 13, 2023.

Use Website In a Screen-Reader Mode Skip to Content ↵ ENTER Coordinator, Shelter Peer Support Program Salary: CAD 47367.00
– 54833.00 yearly PUBLISHED: January 30, 2023 EXPIRY: February 13, 2023 Onsite Toronto, Ontario Full Time Healthcare: Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Clin.

Therapy Housing Svcs: Emergency Housing Wkr, Host/Family Home Provider Summary The Coordinator will provide coordination, training and recruitment for peer support workers, in partnership with city shelter operators that are participating in the.

The peer support program aims to provide effective peer-to-peer supports to people currently living in shelters by drawing on the unique benefits of shared lived experience and support clients to achieve greater housing stability, in addition to providing meaningful opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness.

Description Summary The PARC Coordinator for the Shelter Peer Support Program is responsible for the smooth operation of the new City of Toronto Peer Support Program.

The project will provide peer support programming within the City of Toronto shelters that are currently part of the New Shelter Service Model and within the PARC Drop-In and Housing department.

The Coordinator will provide coordination, training and recruitment for peer support workers, in partnership with city shelter operators that are participating in the.

The peer support program aims to provide effective peer-to-peer supports to people currently living in shelters by drawing on the unique benefits of shared lived experience and support clients to achieve greater housing stability, in addition to providing meaningful opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness.

Responsibilities include: Coordination, providing onsite peer support and coaching seven full-time Peer Support Workers who will be working within the city-identified shelter sites located across the city and within PARC Work within city shelters sites, within the PARC drop-in and housing department as assigned In partnership with Working for Change; recruit, assess, train, assign and provide ongoing programming support for shelter operators with site-specific programming; Support WFC as they implement a training curriculum for peer support workers that focuses on transferable knowledge and skill development that can lead to future employment and academic pursuits; Launch new programming and services that meet the unique needs of the city shelter residences with a focus on peer support, housing search, service navigation; Development in partnership with City Shelters, Peer Supports that meet each site’s unique needs
– functions will vary by site and will include: harm reduction, connections to community-based opportunities, post-housing community integration, orientation and stabilization; Program admin including stats collecting and reporting; Establishes and implements a yearly evaluation plan including inputs from staff, management, program participants, the funder, and other relevant stakeholders Team Leadership; Manages challenges that may unexpectedly arise, including risk assessment and impromptu requests for coaching and support from team members, with the best interests of the participants and staff as the primary goal Allocation and monitoring of program resources; Partner relations; Program evaluation; Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Be a self-identified current or former user of mental health or addictions services with a history of homelessness who can relate to others who are now using those services; 2-3 years’ direct experience working in a community mental health setting and/or social service sector, with direct service experience a must; Post-Secondary education in social work, human services or related discipline; Experience with supporting and overseeing workers, students and/or volunteers; Experience working/coaching in progressive models of service delivery such as trauma-informed practices, housing first, anti-oppressive framework, recovery, holistic and client-centred programming, harm reduction, etc.; Advanced knowledge of advocacy, crisis intervention, assessment, and demonstrated sound judgement and decision-making skills; Strong critical analysis, interpersonal, problem solving, planning, decision-making, leadership, organizational and time management skills; Experience with system navigation about our members experience including housing-especially eviction prevention, legal, food security, diversity/inclusion and income security; Experience in leading groups and developing workshops; Computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); Ensures staff compliance with statistics reporting requirements and provides coaching as is required to ensure targets are met; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Possess the ability to work effectively in a high-stress environment with a diverse team; Strong ability to work within a collaborative team environment; Demonstrated ability to establish trusting relationships; Engaged in community advocacy and social justice activism; A justice-based analysis of social service provision, experience in navigating systemic barriers to resources and experience providing personal support for high need /high-risk populations, gained either through life experience, front-line work, social work education or some combination of the above; A high degree of resourcefulness, flexibility, and adaptability Sound knowledge of community resources and services.

Hours of Work The Coordinator for
– Shelter Peer Support Program will work 37.5 hours, primarily between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm including some evenings and weekends People with life-experience of poverty and contact with the psychiatric system and other marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre promotes the principles of and adheres to the tenants of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

We strongly encourage applicants from Aboriginal communities, people of all races, colours, ethnic origins, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, and lived experience of the mental health system to apply.

We recognize that equitable access to employment is an agent in social change.

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