Breaking Free From Violence Training Coordinator

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Breaking Free From Violence Training Coordinator

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Author pmnationtalk
Date April 12, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Community Development
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Breaking Free From Violence Training Coordinator


The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario.

ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language, and heritage.  Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship, and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization.  ONWA insists on social and cultural wellbeing for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.


The Breaking Free from Family Violence Training Coordinator will develop and implement the training program for the program’s Family Support Workers.  The Breaking Free from Family Violence Program (BFFV) supports Indigenous women in a culturally rooted, holistic way, to assist women in navigating through the complex systems encountered when experiencing violence and involvement in child welfare matters.  The coordinator will develop and collect training and resource materials, including best practices, as well as, communication materials to support the Family Support Workers in their roles in advocating for Indigenous Women and their families.

The Breaking Free from Family Violence Programs works closely with Indigenous women and their families utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach and provides a wrap-around circle of care that responds to their needs. The focus of the program is on prevention and early intervention; however, the program also provides crisis management and stabilization as well as ongoing aftercare in order to support families in staying together. The program also provides skills transfer, knowledge exchange, tools, and resources development in order to support Indigenous women to prevent child apprehensions and promote family unity. The program also provides culturally rooted and trauma-informed safe spaces, creating an environment where women feel safe to build upon and share their bundles and to pick up their leadership roles in their families and communities.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Work, Indigenous Learning, Women’s Studies with a minimum three (3) years’ work experience in community service delivery.
  • Thorough knowledge of Child Welfare Systems and Violence Against Indigenous Women Sectors.
  • Proven experience in and knowledge of victims’ issues surrounding child welfare and violence.
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Experience coordinating workshops and conferences.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of Train the Trainer models.
  • Ability to network with strong partnership building skills.
  • Awareness of Community Resources provincially.
  • Excellent administrative and coordination skills.
  • Proficiency in computer programs, especially Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and to manage time effectively.
  • Highly motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision and able to meet strict reporting deadlines.
  • Capacity to problem solve and to see different perspectives.
  • Experience with project financial management.
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle with valid insurance and a safe driving record.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position.
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements.  This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language an asset.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness, and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  1. Develop and implement the training program for the Family Support Workers.
  2. Develop resource materials to support Family Support Workers including program guidelines, booklets or handouts for Indigenous women and their families.
  3. Collect existing materials on good practices in regards to CW and VAW with Indigenous families for use by the Family Support Workers and so they may share with service providers in the community.
  4. Develop communication materials for the BFFV program including press releases, bulletins, and website materials.
  5. Develop training models, curriculum, toolkits, and best practices resources to share with the BFFV FSWs, ONWA staff and other service provider agencies.
  6. Support the Family Support Workers in their local communications work including hosting open houses, etc.
  7. Build trust with women and develop a dependable and reliable relationship.
  8. Ensure all material is rooted in culture, trauma-informed, gender based and responds to the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Indigenous Women and their families.
  9. Teach/inform FSW’s to support knowledge transfer to Indigenous mothers of their rights and responsibilities.
  10. Proven ability to ensure confidentiality, and show respect, patience and empathy towards Family Support Workers and their Community Members.
  11. Demonstrate initiative and work within established procedural guidelines as needed, liaise with stakeholders and service providers to provide integrated services and/or pertinent specialized information to enhance program effectiveness and Community Member outcomes.
  12. Existing connections to and knowledge of local community resources and agencies.
  13. Develop/maintain networking with service providers for referrals to assist Indigenous women and their families.
  14. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Complete monthly reports and submit to Director when required.
  2. Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  3. Complete reports to funders as required.
  4. Complete and attend supervisions with Director on a regular basis.
  5. Other reports or admin as assigned.


  1. Promote the program within the community.
  2. To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  1. Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  2. Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  3. To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Maintain good communication.
  4. Maintain professionalism at all times.
  1. The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  2. Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  3. Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Breaking Free from Family Violence Training Coordinator will be directly accountable to Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply. 

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority.  ONWA is scheduling all interviews, providing all training, onboarding and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools.  We will continue to accommodate remote and home based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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