JOB: Site Fixe Coordinator

Job TitleSite Fixe Coordinator
Type of PositionFull-Time (34 hours/week)
3 year contract, funding allowing
Ideal start date: July 2020
Hourly Salary$18.00/hr
Benefits3 weeks vacation in first year, 4 in subsequent years
Health days
Health insurance
Application DeadlineJune 13th 2020 at 5:00pm

***please note that all interviews will be conducted via videoconference

Mission

Head & Hands envisions a society where all youth are participants and are inspired by the endless possibilities available to them. Our mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well being. 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 Head & Hands and the street work team

Since 1970, Head & Hands has been helping youth harness their potential to create healthy, vibrant, and caring communities.  We envision a society in which all young people are full participants, inspired by the endless possibilities available to them.

The Street Work program uses a harm reduction approach to engage with street-involved youth/youth at risk of street involvement. Street workers at Head & Hands adhere to the Street Workers code of ethics and act as a bridge between individuals and services at Head & Hands, institutional, and community partners.

Street workers have to be able to talk to and co-exist with a great diversity of people including those whose views or experiences they do not share. They will be privy to stressful, dangerous, or disturbing experiences and must be ready to assist and support the people having those experiences to the best of their ability. Most importantly, Street workers must be able to make peace with the limits of their control in these situations. 

The Street Work team will be comprised of two street workers and a site fixe worker as well as a Coordinator. The street workers will divide the territory geographically.

About site fixe coordinator

The Site Fixe worker welcomes people who use drugs and or are housing insecure who come to the organization, distributes sterile and protective equipment and promotes lower-risk consumption practices. They offer support, referrals, and accompaniment in connection with various issues including consumption (alcohol and drugs), adoption of safe practices (consumption and sexual), interpersonal relationships, adoption of habits, healthy living (hygiene, health, food, etc.) and improving living conditions (defending rights, finding accommodation, support, social mediation, etc.).

Duties: 

  • Ensure a presence at the Site Fixe / Gear Bar;
  • Manage PPE inventory & delivery schedule;
  • Conduct on-site drug checking for clients and community members (testing their drugs for adulterants) 
  • Maintain the organization’s equipment inventory and place orders when necessary;
  • Develop prevention tools related to drugs, STBBIs, overdoses, etc;
  • Foster collective empowerment and develop activities and projects with the people who frequent the Site Fixe;
  • Attend and participate actively in team meetings;
  • Work as a team, develop and carry out activities;
  • Participate in the development of the annual action plan and take stock at the end of the year;
  • Perform all related tasks (compilation of statistics, meetings with partners, attend training, maintain the premises, etc.).drugs for adulterants)
  • Distribute prevention and protection equipment according to the protocols implemented by the organization;
  • Create bonds of trust with the people who frequent the fixed site;

Requirements & Assets

Requirements

  • Understanding of the chronic strain or stress of being marginalized, including racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, living with a disability, transmisogyny 
  • Work experience or lived experience of drug use, homelessness, sex work, and/or the criminal justice system
  • Functional bilingualism
  • Open-mindedness, interpersonal skills and desire to help others;
  • Knowledge of several community resources in Montreal;
  • Active listening, crisis intervention, and crisis de-escalation skills 
  • Understanding of the specific issues facing youth and commitment to working with youth 
  • A commitment to harm reduction and anti-oppression principles
  • Commitment to Head & Hands’ mission and approach
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team 
  • Strong commitment to self-care, strong stress management skills 
  • Able to convey caring and non-judgment 
  • High tolerance for difference and discomfort 
  • Demonstrable strength in time-management and organizational skills

Assets:

  • Program coordination or administrative experience
  • Connections to or background with NDG and its communities
  • Experience working in a collective structure
  • Experience in training of interns and volunteers

Application Process

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter to lizstreetwork@headandhands.ca, and including “Attn: Site Fixe” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted in person at 3465 Benny Avenue. Guidelines for preparing your CV and cover letter are available on our website. No incomplete applications will be accepted.

As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that experiencing marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives.

 We recognize that these skills are often undervalued and unacknowledged in professional settings, despite being highly transferable to the work we do. If you have questions about representing non-traditional skills and experience within your application, please get in touch for support in framing what you have to offer in a way that’s identifiable within the Qualifications and Assets described above. 

People of color, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans people and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your cover letter. We are committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.


Applications are due before 5:00pm on June 13th 2020. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.