Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

JOB SUMMARY

The Indigenous Youth Outreach Advocate (IYOA) work closely with the Youth Program Development & Services Manager and will be focused on building relationships with Indigenous youth who are unhoused, at risk of losing housing, recently housed and/or aging out of Ministry care. The IYOA will assist in completing surveys and interviews to gather baseline data to inform a 3-year Housing & Services Strategy for youth. Other responsibilities will include coordination of recreation and cultural events, supporting youth focused projects, one-on-one support, and group work.

The IYOA will be actively engaged on the frontline, at the storefront facility and in land-based cultural camps. Therefore, it is important to have sound knowledge on Coast Salish territories, the local nations on whose territory the aboriginal coalition conducts its work, the island-wide tribal groups, protocols, and practices as well as a strong cultural lens to conduct oneself and the services offered.

Our Vision: Our Way is to care for all our people, from the youngest to the oldest. We are all one. Some of our people living away from home are suffering, isolated, and homeless. We stand together to end homelessness.

JOB DELIVERABLES

· Assist in completing research with Indigenous youth for the purpose of identifying their housing needs; liaising with local community organizations as needed.

· Assist in the development of a 3-Year Housing & Services Strategy.

· Actively engage in outreach and advocacy.

· Support youth in ACEH Housing Facilities, including running errands, cleaning, and hoarding prevention.

· Represent the ACEH on the Youth Task Force organized by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness when the manager is unavailable.

· Organize land-based cultural camps and day events and support the coordination of the Climate Action events.

· Coordinate recreational activities on a regular basis, minimum bi-monthly

· Implement housing policies to support + 2SLGBTQQIA adequately and appropriately Indigenous youth.

· Support the development of individualized care plans for youth

· Support relevant program evaluations and report writing.

· Focus on outreach and advocacy on indigenous youth who are unhoused; support the pathway to housing and cultural supports.

· Support youth at the ACEH Youth House and those at risk of homelessness.

· Other duties as required.

EDUCATION: Minimum two years of relevant post-secondary education or three years of experience in a related sector with front line work. Experience working in a similar environment is a definite asset. Education and credentials will be valued only as much as work and lived experience.

EXPERIENCE

· Required two-years of relevant post-secondary education or three-years front line in a similar field; demonstrated experience in planning, coordinating, and working in a fast-paced environment; troubleshooting and conflict resolution; experience working with Indigenous peoples and awareness of the impacts of colonization.

· Preference given to those with experience working with Indigenous peoples and communities, knowledge of local nations and protocols, culture and language, non-profit organizations, family support, social services, and youth empowerment.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

· Excellent ability to deal professionally, effectively, and non-judgmentally with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, and abilities.

· Strong relatability and rapport building skills.

· Progressive understanding of persistent mental illness, addictions, and other challenges that impact health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

· Understanding of harm reduction; understanding of decolonized harm reduction.

· Demonstrated knowledge about Indigenous and decolonizing research methodologies, theories, and practices.

· Demonstrated knowledge about the intersectionality’s of Indigeneity, gender and sexual orientation as it relates to housing security.

· Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

· Strong written and verbal communication skills, organization, and administrative skills.

· Ability to work under pressure and exercise good judgement in a variety of situations

· Effective working independently and collaboratively.

· Understanding of the intergenerational trauma that occurs because of colonization, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems. More generally, is knowledgeable about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

· Class 5 Driver’s License; Drivers Abstract; Working Vehicle

· Current First Aid Certification / Wilderness First Aid preferred

· Criminal Record Check Clearance

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry.

The ACEH values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its staff, the ACEH encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.

WHO WE ARE:

Established in 2016, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization whose mission is to end Indigenous homelessness across Vancouver Island by lovingly providing culturally supportive housing and services. Our work is grounded in Indigenous knowledge and centers on the voices of the Indigenous Street Community who share their immediate needs, lived experiences, and thoughts on solutions. Together, these perspectives guide our path toward collective healing, health, and housing stability. Being the sole organization focused on ending Indigenous homelessness on Vancouver Island, the work of the ACEH is critical.

Rate of Pay: $24 per hour for 40 hours a week.

Hours of Work: 8 hours per day, Sunday to Thursday.

Term: Positions begins September 13th to March 31st, 2022, with a strong possibility of continuation.

Location of Work: Based out of the Downtown Store Front and other ACEH sites as required.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume and references highlighting how your knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience align with this position and why you would like to work in this position. Include “Youth Coordinator Application” in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@acehsociety.com