Full Time Contract Employment Opportunity
Oahas Women’s Community Development Worker
Location: Thunder Bay
Reports to: Program Manager
The goal of the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (Oahas) is to provide culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies to respond to the shifting HIV/AIDS epidemic and contemporary related issues among Aboriginal people in Ontario through promotion, education & prevention, access, long term care, treatment and support initiatives consistent with harm reduction (the Teaching of Non-Interference), and to work with Aboriginal leadership and other decision-makers until the disease no longer affects Aboriginal people.
This position is part of the Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI). WHAI is a provincial capacity-building initiative designed to enhance local response to the needs of women living with HIV, and in creating supporting safe and healthy environments. This position is unique to WHAI in that it is specific to Aboriginal women in the province of Ontario.
- Post-secondary education with 2-3 years of experience in community work;
- Proven time management skills;
- Public speaking/facilitation skills/experience;
- Excellent written skills;
- Knowledge of Aboriginal social determinants of health;
- Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and impacts of colonization;
- Knowledge of local/regional community programs and services;
- Demonstrated experience working with HIV/AIDS, especially the Aboriginal AIDS sector would be an asset;
- A valid driver’s licence is required for this position.
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Women’s Community Development Coordinator is responsible for:
- Identifying local community organizations and groups that serve women within the Thunder Bay & North-Western Ontario (NWO) region;
- Meeting with local community organizations to determine their capacity and their need to respond to Aboriginal women’s HIV-related needs;
- Participate in local community planning initiatives and promote the integration of HIV/AIDS into planning initiatives;
- Respond to requests to provide consultation and advice to local organizations that serve Aboriginal clients living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and facilitate linkages with local AIDS Service Organizations.
- Build sustained relationships with service providers and with indigenous women living with and affected by HIV in the region to inform community development work
Training & Resource Development:
- As part of the community development response, provide women and HIV/AIDS-related information at local community organizations and/or at community events, forums, or conferences;
- As part of working within an Aboriginal AIDS Service Organisation, provide service providers and service users with information on the impacts of colonization, multi-generational trauma and linkages with the epidemic of HIV in Aboriginal communities;
- Distribute resource materials and other HIV prevention tools (e.g. safer sex materials including female condoms).
- Participate in WHAI resource development working groups, advisory committees as required.
- Participate as an active member of the Oahas staff team, including participation in program and strategic planning, coordination and collaboration with other staff.
- Meet with other Community Development Coordinators as required, and make appropriate links with other service providers (e.g. Public Health).
- Participate as an active member of the WHAI network and attend all trainings, webinars and in-person forums as required.
Evaluation & Monitoring:
- Maintain sufficient data to complete reports required by the AIDS Bureau, such as the Ontario Community HIV/AIDS Reporting Tool (OCHART) & OCase;
- Attend and contribute to Oahas annual Board & Staff Retreat;
- Participate in WHAI community development initiatives including needs assessments, evaluation and monitoring etc.
- Participate in program evaluation.
ABORIGINAL PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS ARE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
Please submit cover letter and resume to Tyler Pennock, Acting Executive Director at email@example.com. or submit to the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, 7 Hayden Street, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2P2.
Application deadline is 3 pm, Friday, March 10, 2017. Only selected candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries will be accepted.