Job Posting 70041

Indigenous Peer Coordinator
Pacific Community Resources
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Surrey & Abbotsford
closes in 17 days (Fri, 30 Apr)
full time  •  $24.49/hour – $27.87/hour, plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)

Regular Full-time (35 hours/week) 

Abbotsford/Aldergrove/Langley (1 position)
Surrey/Delta (1 position)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve. 

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Peer Coordinators are regionally situated but attached to the larger Chilliwack team. These Peer Coordinators will be well-connected to their Indigenous heritage and have lived experience with substance use while currently living as role models to their peers through a commitment to their continuous growth and learning within their Indigenous culture, knowledge and spirituality. The Peer Coordinators will work alongside First Nations individuals who use substances and the families affected and link to meaningful engagement in Indigenous cultural activities and ceremonies. The Peer Coordinator will reach First Nations people living in urban settings and develop close working partnerships with the specific Indigenous communities within the catchment areas. Through the development of peer engagement networks, shared knowledge, and connections with existing resources and programs, the Peer Coordinator will provide the peers' collective voice to help identify gaps, inform policy, or create recommendations. 

The IPC staff works within the Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) to ensure effective and efficient services to individuals and community partners. 

Primary Duties:

  • Connect to all existing cultural resources and projects in the catchment area, in urban settings and in First Nations communities to gain knowledge and understand the community's current context, specific to peer engagement, harm reduction, and culturally relevant practice.
  • Walk and work alongside First Nations individuals who use substances to provide resources, harm reduction, and an individual and collective voice, thereby increasing wellness capacity.
  • Be the link to meaningful engagement through the collection of stories and information from peers to guide the work in areas that are needed and relevant
  • Identify, support and provide education and capacity-building opportunities for peers and help develop peer engagement committees and networks to build a strong collective voice.
  • Assist in developing peer engagement committees/networks to build a robust collective peer voice and communicate peer input to inform policy and create organizational change and standards at the community level
  • Be firmly committed to your journey of recovery, continuous learning and growth within your Indigenous culture and spirituality to live as a role model to peers
  • Partake in meetings and on committees at a community-level to communicate peer input to help guide policy, standards and systemic change.
  • Work collaboratively with other PCRS programming in each region and regular collaboration with the different FNHA positions.
  • Conduct administrative tasks such as documenting a daily log of activities, collecting stats for reporting purposes, managing a budget, tracking spending and mileage.
  • Maintain health and safety of self, participants and community; manage inappropriate behaviour according to agency policy and practice; report critical incidents immediately to supervisor

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, or a relevant discipline plus one-year direct experience
  • OR a Diploma in a related field plus two years of direct experience working with First Nations individuals. A combination of experience and education is considered.
  • Lived Experience with Substance Use while currently living as a role model to your peers through a commitment to your continued growth and learning within your Indigenous culture, knowledge and spirituality
  • Experience in Indigenous cultural activities that support a model of wellness; strong community and cultural connections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of restorative justice, equity and healing.
  • Experience creating and working within a culturally inclusive environment for staff, partners, and participants.

 Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Current Standard First Aid certificate
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
  • Non-Violence Crisis Intervention
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction practices and Naloxone-trained
  • Trauma-informed practice, including the generational impacts of colonization, residential school, 60s-scoop on our First Nations people
  • Class 5 Driver's License with Business Use Insurance; use of own vehicle required (Mileage is paid); Driver's abstract


Manager at Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre 

Salary Range:     $24.49/hour – $27.87/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Closing Date:     Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:00pm.

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