Job Posting 76388

Project Lead - Purpose Academy
Archway Community Services
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
closes in 12 days (Fri, 5 Nov)
full time - term / contract  •  $26.00 - $27.00 per hour

JOB POSTING 2021-111-01

Social Justice, Seniors and Housing Program Area

Project Lead, Purpose Academy

Wage: $26.00 - $27.00 per hour

Full Time: 35 hr/wk.

Temporary - until October 1, 2022


Archway Community Services (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services) has been helping people since 1969. We provide more than 90 programs and services to clients at every stage of life. Our vision for the future is justice, opportunities and equitable access for all. We strive toward that goal by fostering community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership. Archway is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated individual with a passion for empowering and supporting those who are currently unsheltered.


The Program Lead will provide overall project and administrative support the for the Abbotsford Purpose Academy/Shelter/Washrooms project funded by the UBCM Strengthening Communities’ Services Grant. Working with the Manager, Social Justice, Seniors & Housing, those with lived or living experience and the three partner agencies (Impact Abby/Drug War Survivors, 5 and 2 Ministries, Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association), the Program Lead will be involved in coordinating all stages of development, design, and implementation of the program.

The infrastructure developed through this project (inclusive drop in space, shelter beds, and a washroom) will provide security, basic needs and empowerment to those living unsheltered in Abbotsford.  It will be largely peer-driven and peer-developed and involve a high level of engagement with formal and informal partners. 


  • Supports partner organizations in consultative processes designed to incorporate lived or living experience (peer) voices at the inception of the project and supports the inclusion of these voices in the development of all stages of this project.
  • Promote the value and benefit of the inclusion of people who have living experience of homelessness in internal and other community program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Coordinate peer participation in training and service delivery; and provide support to peer workers.
  • Work to develop collaborative and mutually respectful relationships amongst community partners including but not limited to police, various government agencies including Fraser Health, local community providers. 
  • In consultation with our project partners and those with lived or living experience, develop the effective administration and day-to-day operations of the project. This includes seeking out space, setting up the space, supporting the hiring of relevant staff, and other operational components.
  • Completes the required reporting to ensure that UBCM Strengthening Communities’ Services Grant’s administration aligns with all funding requirements.
  • Assists with the collection of program statistics and creation of reports for funder and agency on an annual and quarterly basis.

Requirements and qualifications

Education and Certification:

  • Must maintain a Satisfactory Criminal Records Check.
  • Diploma in Human Services or related field, or a combination of education, volunteer and work experience
  • Class 5 driver’s license and satisfactory driving record


  • At least 2 years’ experience leading or developing a project or program.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a position that addresses homelessness and/or substance misuse.

Knowledge and Skill Set

  • Strong understanding of boundaries, ethical decision-making, and conflict management.
  • Ability to apply an anti-oppressive lens to such issues as: harm reduction, disability, mental health, poverty, homelessness, substance misuse, and stigma.
  • Strong understanding of, and commitment to, principles of social justice and inclusive community development.
  • Knowledge of a peer-based approach to program development, or willingness to learn.
  • Strong verbal, written, and active listening skills able to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Cultural competence, works well with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including indigenous populations.
  • Strong competency with computers, able to use Microsoft Office365 particularly Work, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.


  • This position requires driving for work, use of personal vehicle insured according to Archway policy.
  • This position may experience frequent interruptions and requires a strong ability to switch tasks.
  • This position may interact with difficult people or people in difficult situations. This position may experience frequent interruptions and requires a strong ability to switch task.

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