Organization name: Watari Counselling & Support Services
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Job opening: Community Programming Coordinator
Working hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Pay: $28.00 per hour + extended health benefits after successfully completing a 3-month probation period
About Watari Counselling and Support Services
Watari was developed in 1986 as a response to the lack of services and programs for high-risk street-involved youth in Vancouver. Since then, Watari has helped thousands of people in the Downtown Eastside and the surrounding communities, through several youth and community programs as well as through our counselling team. Over the years, Watari has developed important programs not only for youth but for everyone needing support here in the community, including Indigenous people and migrant workers. Our Latin American Group and Vietnamese Community Kitchen have become important staples in the community as well. Although much has changed over the years, Watari continues to be a safe and supportive place for the people in the community. Today, Watari has 13 essential programs made possible by the dedicated staff, and amazing volunteers and community partners!
Watari’s mission statement
Our mission is to facilitate meaningful change and provide a bridge to healthier possibilities through innovative, community driven and supportive programming.
Benefits of working with Watari
- Start with 2 weeks paid vacation (receive 1 day of additional vacation time for every year you work at Watari, up to 11 years)
- Receive additional paid time-off (up to 126 hours of additional paid time-off per year for full-time employees)
- Become eligible to receive comprehensive extended health benefits after successfully completing a 3-month probationary period.
- Become eligible to receive RRSPs after completing 1 year of work at Watari. (3%)
- Access to training and professional development opportunities which are paid for by Watari.
- Access to free counselling services with certified and experienced counsellors.
- Have the ability to work in a multicultural and engaging work environment.
Watari is opening a wellness space for residents in the Downtown Eastside and surrounding communities to access healthcare, cultural and wellness programming, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty at 320 Alexander Street.
We are looking for a Community Programming Coordinator to play a key role in establishing and coordinating on-going programming, site safety, and general support at 320 Alexander Street. This is a full-time (35 hours per week) position which works in collaboration with all staff at 320 Alexander Street. The Community Programming Coordinator will help organize and hold space for the cultural programming at 320 Alexander, including weekly talking circles, language classes, beading classes, and more. The Community Programming Coordinator will also organize onboarding and orientation, training sessions, and continued support for peer community workers so they can be successful in their roles at 320 Alexander Street. The successful applicant will also support data collection, budget management, report creation, and other information requirements.
The ideal candidate should have experience working with residents in the Downtown Eastside and surrounding communities, and they should also have extensive knowledge about the issues and realities of the people living in this community. The successful candidate should also have extensive experience working with Indigenous peoples, migrant communities and they should be knowledgeable about the cultures and histories of these peoples and the issues they face. Additionally, this role also involves working with Trans-gender, Two-spirit, and other LGBTQIA+ individuals, so we are also looking for someone with experience working with these groups and extensive knowledge about their experiences, needs, and the issues they face. The ideal candidate should also have strong organizational skills, an ability to work independently and manage deadlines, an acute knowledge of community services, and the ability to work on weekends and evenings, as needed. To be successful in this role, the successful candidate should be compassionate, a strong leader, and great at building relationships with staff, peer workers, volunteers, and community partners. The Community Programming Coordinator should also be able to work collaboratively with a wide range of people and organizations who work at 320 Alexander Street.
The successful applicant shall be familiar with the Constitution, Code of Ethics, and Oath of Confidentiality of Watari Counselling and Support Services, and thereby subscribe to its philosophies, standards, and objectives. They shall also maintain a working knowledge of the Watari Policy and Procedures Manual.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Provide honest, respectful care and develop trusting alliances with vulnerable communities that are using 320 Alexander Street.
- Work collaboratively with different professionals and as a member of a team.
- Model and cultivate Cultural Safety and support staff in de-escalation and peacekeeping.
- Organize cultural programming, supplies, meetings, events, and trainings.
- Upkeep and manage the cultural medicines cabinet.
- Provide reports and documents for meetings, as needed.
- Maintain accurate petty cash receipts, time sheets, records, and reports for reporting purposes to our funder.
- Administer and provide stipends and honoraria to Elders, facilitators, and community workers.
- Accept referrals from individuals, agencies, and the community.
- Design and organize a low barrier employment program for community peer workers
- Conduct intake interviews and support job placements for community peer workers.
- Organize training sessions for community peer workers.
- Support safety plans for the shared common spaces, washrooms, kitchen, cafeteria, showers
- Connect and collaborate with other community organizations which are running parallel programming.
- Support and advise on community peer workers job descriptions to support aligning with 320 Alexander safety planning.
- Attend community meetings and events which are relevant to the Community Programming Coordinator’s roles and responsibilities.
- Organize and support cultural programming at 320 Alexander Street.
- Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all conversations and referrals.
- Liaise with co-workers, other organizations, and programs in the community, where appropriate, and secure optimal coordination.
- Attend Watari staff meetings and 320 Alexander staff meetings, as required.
- Participate in clinical supervision meetings.
- Attend agency training, as required.
- Submit required paperwork in a timely manner.
- Provide supervisor/manager with verbal updates on progress, developments, and unusual occurrences on a timely basis.
Skills and qualifications requirements for applicants:
- Extensive experience working with residents in the Downtown Eastside and extensive knowledge about the needs and realities of these people and the issues they face.
- Extensive experience working with Indigenous peoples and migrant communities, and extensive knowledge about Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, migrant populations histories, and the issues they face and have faced, (e.g., colonialism, residential/day schools, the 1960s, trauma, displacement, etc.).
- Extensive experience working with the Trans-gender, Two-Spirit, and other 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, youth, and Elders.
- Knowledgeable about Trans-gender, Two-Spirit, and other 2SLGBTQIA+ culture, issues, and histories.
- Experience working in community outreach/development/support services, social services, mental health services, cultural and/or wellness programming, or in a related role.
- Ability to gain confidence, trust, and respect from community members and members of committees.
- Ability to work as an effective leader and cooperative team member.
- Experience with conflict resolution and excellent mediation skills.
- Strong organization, time management, and general management skills.
- Ability to work under pressure, independently, and with minimal supervision.
- Excellent problem-solving and leadership skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to prioritize workload and occasionally work under pressure to ensure cyclical deadlines are met.
- Ability to maintain emotional distance from committee members, while recognizing boundaries and respecting them.
- Ability to work occasionally during the evenings and weekends, depending on priorities.
- A Driver’s license is an asset. (Class 5)
- Successful criminal record check. (updated every 5 years)
Watari’s statement of diversity & inclusion
Watari embraces diversity as an integral part of being a caring community. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, accessible, civil, and supportive environment by including diversity of religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socioeconomic class.
To this end, we will make positive efforts to reach out to groups that have traditionally been under-represented and who can enrich and be enriched by their experience at Watari. At Watari, we encourage behaviors that enhance the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.
Watari is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous applicants, people of color, all genders, LGBTQ2S+, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Thank you to all applicants in advance, only those who are short-listed will be contacted.
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