THE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE IN SAULT STE. MARIE (IFCSSM)

 LOCATION: 462 McNabb St. – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

POSITION STATUS: Full-Time, Permanent

CURRENT HOURS OF WORK:  40 Hours/Week

POSTING DATE: October 6, 2021

CLOSING DATE: October 22, 2021

JOB DESCRIPTION:

At The Indian Friendship Centre, we are passionate about the cause and the people we serve in our community through various programs and services offered.

Homeward Bound Indigenous Women’s Navigator is one of the key forces behind both, and we are currently seeking an individual who is client centred, solution focussed and can provide demonstrated leadership skills. This person must be passionate about supporting single Indigenous women and their children. The ideal person for the job will have proven initiative, judgement, decision-making and problem-solving capabilities. The selected candidate will provide women with basic life skills, and advocacy, in addition to a wide array of emotional and practical support to ensure these women achieve their goals and successfully complete the four-year, four phase program, to help them independently get back on track and create positive change in their life.

WHY THE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE?

  • Meaningful and rewarding work provided in the development and mutual understanding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through common activities
  • A workplace that values equity, inclusion, anti-racism, self-expression and the development of Indigenous leadership
  • A focus on teamwork, passion, and commitment through Indigenous needs, as well as the planning of services with Indigenous people in both public and private agencies

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

The purpose of the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound program is to enrich the lives of women, improve the increase independence and control in their life, assist stabilizing their health, sustain social networks and support unemployed or underemployed Indigenous women complete the required intake process as follows: learn to establish new Skills Training & Academic Upgrading (Phase 1), apply and enroll in Formal Education (Phase 2), seek Internship/Apprenticeship responsibility (Phase 3), and secure full-time Employment (Phase 4), while in turn, providing these women with housing, living accommodations, and community supports, provided they are meeting the requirements and conditions outlined in the program.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare and oversee facilitation of intakes and referral process
  • Develop and maintain client files inclusive of all required documents in addition to maintaining individualized case notes
  • Act as a resource person or advocate to assist individuals that have difficulty navigating and obtaining information/accessing other internal and external services and supports
  • Research community resources and make referrals to other service organizations
  • Develop and execute outreach plans to promote the program and recruit new individuals
  • Provide recommendations for improvement, development and/or expansion of the program to ensure proactive response to clients’ changing needs
  • Support reintegration of clients into school, work and social activities
  • Work collaboratively to coordinate and co-facilitate the delivery of activities and support needed, relevant to, but not exclusive to culture, childcare, skills enhancement, education and housing support
  • Assist in all aspects of the project deliverables as directed

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:

  • University degree or college diploma in social services or closely related field
  • Minimum 1-year front-line support work experience or client facing role in a community setting
  • Continued education in Indigenous studies
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention certificate is an asset
  • Or the equivalent combination of education and experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated experience and proven ability to deal respectfully and competently with clients, diverse community members and partners
  • Current knowledge of best practices in trauma informed mental health (ex. crisis de-escalation, risk assessment, anti-racism, gender-based violence, suicide prevention, harm reduction, etc.)
  • Proven experience working with clients from diverse cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds
  • Expert organizational and time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Exceptional listening, verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to maintain sensitivity towards cultural, religious, economic and social beliefs, values and opinions
  • Understanding of housing and homelessness challenges and barriers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources, support services and the variety of unique program information
  • Knowledge of case management practices
  • High-level experience planning and organizing interest-based learning experiences
  • Demonstrated abilities using Microsoft Office and database experience
  • Understanding of social media platforms for use of virtual programming
  • Knowledge of Ojibway/Anishinaabe culture, language and traditions
  • Must work independently, but also effectively as a team member

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proof of valid Covid-19 Vaccination (Dose 1 & Dose 2)
  • Current and valid Vulnerable Sector Check, as per the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Must provide a clear Driver’s Abstract
  • Must have or is willing to obtain First Aid/CPR Training Certification
  • Commitment to working regular 12PM-8PM shifts (occasional evenings and weekends, may be required)
  • Occasional travel for networking and/or training purposes

The Indian Friendship Centre (IFCSSM) is dedicated to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve. IFCSSM encourages applicants from all qualified individuals. Applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.

APPLICANTS MAY SEND A COVER LETTER, RESUME & 3 EMPLOYMENT REFERENCES TO: HRC@SSMIFC.CA