JOB: “Moving Forward with Care” Coordinator

 

Job Title Moving Forward with Care Coordinator
Type of Position Temporary Part time 

(One year contract with option to renew up to 2 additional years)

Schedule 12 hours/week

Flexible schedule, one evening per week

Hourly Salary $18/hr + yearly increase
Benefits 3 weeks vacation in first year, 4 weeks in subsequent years

13 health days

 

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental wellbeing. Our approach is preventative, non-judgmental, and holistic with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. We facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.

 

About the Moving Forward with Care (MFWC) Program & Coordinator Position

MFWC is Head & Hands’ newest program, aiming to launch in late fall 2019. The project was originally researched and conceived of in 2017, in response to Head & Hands’ Counselor noticing particularly acute needs of youth living in the Batshaw system. 

Moving Forward with Care support youth 16-25 who have personally experienced living under youth protective care (ex. group homes, foster system, youth social services). During the pilot period, the program will run once a month, with the goal of increasing to bi-weekly programming in the first year. It will address key determinants of mental health by providing:

  • Pre-employability programming: including hospitality/cooking training, mentorship opportunities
  • Peer support & access to on-site counselor
  • Workshops and skills-building activities (by request of participants)
  • Community meals
  • Drop-in and casual time

The MFWC Coordinator will be responsible for creating and implementing the program, providing support for youth participants, and advocating for the needs of youth in care and care-leavers in the community. 

 

Responsibilities include:

Program development & operations

 

  • Work with Head & Hands’ counseling team to design program
  • Create programming schedule and timeline
  • Create menus, buy groceries & supplies for activities
  • Regularly consult with youth participants to design further programming

Outreach & Community Building  

 

  • Reach out to group homes in the surrounding areas 
  • Reach out to and build links with community partners to support in program & liaising with stakeholders

Participant support

  • Active listening support to youth participants as needed
  • Accompaniments as needed
  • Providing internal referrals to other Head & Hands’ services, and external referrals (as needed) 
  • Distributing bus tickets to participants

Volunteer Coordination  

  • Recruit animators and guest speakers 
  • Recruit peer volunteers to support with program coordination
  • Coordinating peer-volunteer cooks

Program Evaluation 

  • Work with Counseling team and Fundraising on regular program evaluation
  • Work with Director of Finances on budget management
  • Keeping and compiling statistics

 

Requirements & Assets

Requirements:

  • Experience (lived or working) in child welfare services or youth protection systems in Canada
  • Personal or Professional experience in providing active listening (ex. counseling, peer support, or life coaching). Formal certification is not required. 
  • Deep understanding of the chronic strain or stress of being marginalized, including: racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, living with disability, transmisogyny 
  • Experience with facilitation & group activity coordination 
  • A commitment to harm reduction and anti-oppression principles
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Bilingual (ability to provide services in French obligatory)

 

Assets:

  • Recent lived experience of Batshaw or DPJ
  • Experience working in a community organization and/or non profit
  • Experience working with youth 
  • Ability set strong boundaries

 

Application Process

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter to eveningcounselor@headandhands.ca with “Attn: MFWC Hiring Committee” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted by fax to (514) 481-2336 or in person at 3465 ave Benny.  Please send your application in one PDF document, with the document title “Last Name, First Name – MFWC”. 

Applications are due by August 23rd  2019 at 5:00pm. All candidates will be sent a confirmation that their application was received, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further. No incomplete or late applications will be accepted.

 

Employment Equity

In line with our mission, Head & Hands recognizes that experiencing marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives. People of colour, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and state their positionality. We are committed to a creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve.