Indigenous Peer Coordinator

Job No: PCRS340
Location: Surrey/Langley/Aldergrove

Indigenous Peer Coordinator

Surrey/Langley/Aldergrove

Regular Full-time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

 

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is a large not-for-profit agency that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Vancouver to Hope. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities. Our strong agency values of advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being guide us in our work with participants and how we support our diverse staff. We place a high value on work-life balance. This is demonstrated through our compensation and comprehensive/fully employer-paid benefits package, including extended health and dental, sick leave, Municipal Pension, and flexible work options for many positions. 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 care for the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Peer Coordinators are regionally situated but attached to the larger Chilliwack team. These Peer Coordinators will hold traditional Indigenous knowledge and have lived experience with substance use. The Peer Coordinators are currently living as champions of the work through a commitment to their own wellness journey. The Peer Coordinators will work alongside First Nations individuals and families who have been affected by substance use. They will provide the link to meaningful engagement in Indigenous cultural activities and ceremony. The Peer Coordinator will support First Nations people living in urban settings, as well as Indigenous communities. Through development of peer engagement networks, shared knowledge, and connections with existing resources and programs, the Peer Coordinator will provide a collective voice to help identify gaps, inform policy, or create recommendations.

Primary Duties:

  • Walk and work alongside First Nations individuals who are using substances to provide resources, harm reduction, and an individual and collective voice, thereby increasing the capacity for wellness
  • 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
  • Assist in developing peer engagement committees/networks to build a strong collective peer voice and communicate peer input to inform policy and create organizational change and standards at the community level
  • Be strongly committed to your own journey of wellness, 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, as well as regular collaboration with the other FNHA positions.
  • Conduct administrative tasks such as documenting a daily log of activities and collection of stats for reporting purposes, managing a budget, tracking spending and mileage.
  • Maintain health and safety of self, participants, and community; manage inappropriate behavior according to agency policy and practice; report critical incidents immediately to supervisor

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • A combination of experience and education is considered. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a relevant field plus one-year direct experience, or a Diploma in related field plus two years of direct experience working with First Nations individuals
  • Lived Experience with Substance Use while currently living as a role model to your peers through a commitment to your own wellness 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.
  • Experience creating and working within a culturally inclusive environment for staff, partners, and participants.

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Proof of being fully Vaccinated for Covid 19
  • Current first-aid certificate
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
  • Non-Violence Crisis Intervention
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction practices
  • Trauma-informed practice, including the generational impacts of colonialism, residential school, Indian Day School, 60s-scoops’ impact 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

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:       

Kim Lloyd, Supervisor of Harm Reduction, Indigenous Wellness, and Indigenous Peer programs

Salary Range:   $27.26/hour – $28.43/hour, plus full benefit package (100% employer paid)
Closing Date:   Open Until Filled

Offer of employment is conditional upon the applicant providing us with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

"Pacific Community Resources Society is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact our H.R. department at hr@pcrs.ca. Personal information will be kept confidential."

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