Job Posting 99473

Indigenous Seniors Program Coordinator
Watari Counselling and Support Services
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
320 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC
closes in 20 days (Thu, 14 Mar)
full time  •  $28.00 per hour
Organization name: Watari Counselling & Support Services 
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia 
Job opening: Indigenous Seniors Program Coordinator
Working hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week 
Salary: $28.00 per hour + Extended health benefits after successfully completing a 3-month probation period 
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About Watari Counselling & 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 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. 
  • Access to free lunches when you work at the office. 
  • Have the ability to work in a multicultural and engaging work environment. 
Job description 
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. This job description is subject to change depending on the needs of the agency.
Shall maintain a working knowledge of the Watari Policy and Procedures Manual.
As the Indigenous Seniors Program Coordinator, you will play a central role in managing and running our program, with a focus on serving and connecting with the Indigenous community. This position involves overseeing the logistics of the Indigenous Seniors Program, ensuring its smooth operation, and actively engaging with Indigenous culture to build meaningful relationships. In addition to traditional program management tasks, your role is integral to fostering cultural connections and understanding, actively working to build relationships within the Indigenous community, ensuring that the program aligns with cultural values, and meets the specific needs of the community members it serves. This may involve collaborating with local Indigenous leaders, organizations, and community members to create a program that is culturally sensitive and supportive.
The position reports directly to the Food Programs Director and Executive Director.
Essential duties and responsibilities 
Program Development:
  • Maintain and develop a culturally sensitive grocery program tailored to the specific needs and preferences of DTES Indigenous seniors.
  • Build trusting relationships with community members, elders, and relevant stakeholders to gather input and ensure the program aligns with cultural values.
Coordination and Logistics:
  • Coordinate the procurement, distribution, and delivery of groceries for elders.
  • Establish partnerships with local grocery stores, suppliers, and transportation services to ensure seamless operations.
  • Manage inventory, track deliveries, and maintain accurate records.
Cultural Sensitivity:
  • Ensure the grocery program respects and reflects Indigenous cultural practices and dietary preferences.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous elders to incorporate traditional foods and culturally relevant items into the grocery offerings.
Community Engagement:
  • Foster strong relationships with local Indigenous communities, elders, and relevant organizations.
  • Conduct outreach to raise awareness about the grocery program and encourage participation among eligible elders.
  • Support elders' participation in creating a protocol guide for traditional foods in the 320 kitchen and Watari Food Programs.
  • Support elders and seniors in participating in food sovereignty governance and advisory work.
Advocacy and Support:
  • Advocate for the unique needs of Indigenous elders, addressing any challenges they may face in accessing nutritious and culturally appropriate food.
  • Provide support to seniors and elders in navigating the grocery program and accessing additional community resources for housing, health, and more.
Documentation and Reporting:
  • Maintain accurate records of program activities, including participant data, expenditures, and outcomes.
  • Prepare regular reports for stakeholders and funders, highlighting the impact and success of the grocery program.
  • Budget Management:
  • Manage the program budget efficiently to allocate financial resources and meet program goals.
Training and Development:
  • Provide training and support to staff and volunteers involved in the program, emphasizing cultural competency and sensitivity.
Other tasks and reposnbilities:
  • Managing and running the Indigenous Seniors Program and actively connecting with indigenous culture
  • Supporting and collaborating with the Indigenous community members and building a safe space for them by building positive relationships.
  • Connecting indigenous community members with other programs and evaluating their needs.
  • Support regular community organizing meetings through facilitation and scheduling.
  • Work in relationship with local Indigenous communities; take direct guidance from staff Elders and Knowledge Carriers in your work.
  • Provide honest, respectful care and develop trusting alliances with marginalized communities to ensure dignified and respectful access to food within a harm reduction framework.
  • Provide reports and document daily/weekly/monthly activity, as required.
  • Support program research and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with different community-based groups, organizations, and professionals, and as a member of a team.
  • Maintain accurate petty cash receipts, time sheets, records, and reports for reporting to funders, as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with legislation, standards, protocols, and guidelines.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all conversations and referrals.
  • Access, collect, and distribute relevant information and resources.
  • Liaise with other organizations and programs in the community where appropriate to secure better coordination.
  • Attend agency training as required.
  • Submit the required paperwork promptly.
  • Provide supervisor/manager with verbal updates on progress, developments, and unusual occurrences on a timely basis.
  • Ability to gain confidence, trust, and respect of community members.
  • Knowledge of the issues facing residents of the Downtown Eastside and other Eastside communities.
Qualifications and other requirements for applicants 
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • In-depth understanding of challenges faced by the Indigenous community.
  • Proven strengths around communication and conflict resolution.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness.
  • A successful criminal record check, updated every 5 years
  • Advocacy skills and collaborative approach.
  • Record-keeping and reporting proficiency.
  • Experience in organizing community events.
  • Adaptability to changing work situations.
  • Valid driver’s license (Class 5) 
Preferred skills and experience for applicants 
  • Experience working with, providing service to, or volunteering with homeless people and other vulnerable populations. 
  • Conflict management skills are a plus (must be able to remain calm and collected in the face of conflict or  challenging situations) 
  • Strong working knowledge of Indigenous and migrant cultures and well-being.
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 behaviours that enhance the freedom and respect that every individual deserves. 
How to apply? 
This position requires a person who can provide honest, respectful care, community outreach, and advocate for participants. If you believe that you have the above-named skills and abilities, please forward your resume and cover letter to:
Closing date: Open until filled
Watari is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous applicants, people of colour, 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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