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Specific Title: Justice Coordinator
Program/Department: Community Services Department
Location: Ottawa or Hamilton
Created on:May 28, 2021
Revised on:May 28, 2021
At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community and internationally for generations to come.
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 well– being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.
The Justice Coordinator will coach and support a group of employees within the community services portfolio and building capacity with the various ONWA programs while ensuring ONWA’s vision, mandate, objectives, and Community Member deliverables are met and aligned with ONWA’s Strategic Plan.
The Justice Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the Anti-Human Trafficking programs are implemented and managed according to the program standards and guidelines and work to facilitate achievement of the agreed program deliverables, to ensure that all ONWA’s offices are a safe space for Indigenous Women, their families, and the community. The Justice Coordinator will coordinate, support and work in collaboration with all staff in their respective worksites.
The Justice Coordinator will provide systemic advocacy and system navigation for immediate response to women who are involved with the criminal justice system, by providing immediate support to the Gladue Workers and additionally the Branch Managers who oversee the portfolio. The Justice Coordinator will liaise with all necessary court personnel to develop working relationships, raise awareness, education on Gladue as well as foster a professional relationship with the courts. The Justice Coordinator will work to support the Gladue program by providing Management with up-to-date research on legislative changes that may impact Indigenous women involved with criminal justice. The Justice Coordinator will play a pivotal role in ensuring that as Gladue evolves ONWA’s Gladue program evolves to continually provide Indigenous women a safe space to share their story. The Justice Coordinator will additionally work to support ONWA’s Ministry of Attorney General funded programs to support the creation of specialized aftercare plans for Indigenous women and work with Branch Managers to ensure that provincially based initiatives are being developed, coordinated, and delivered.
The Justice Coordinator will work one on one with the Gladue Writers and Gladue Aftercare Workers to assist in developing cultural programming, reviewing Gladue Reports, assisting with streamlining process on accessing in-custody community members, and additionally, ensuring that Gladue Writers and Aftercare Workers are working within the scope of their roles to support Indigenous women who have matters in the criminal court. The Justice Coordinator will also work with Trauma Informed workers to streamline requests, coordinate training opportunities, and assist in the development of partnership building with Indigenous and non-indigenous agencies to ensure Indigenous women have access to support and advocacy.
- A degree or diploma related to Law, Paralegal or Social Work with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a Supervisory or Management role.
- Minimum 3 (three) years previous work experience in supporting and advocating for Indigenous women and families within justice sectors.
- In depth knowledge and previous experience working with vulnerable individuals; in the areas of justice, trauma informed practices and community safety.
- Knowledgeable of Criminal Code of Canada and its impacts on Indigenous Women
- Demonstrated administrative management with the ability to supervise.
- Knowledge and experience with Indigenous culture, traditions, ceremony and connecting Community Members to cultural practices that can be used in supporting Community Members.
- Successful working experience influencing, changing, affecting, impacting law as it relates to Indigenous Women.
- Proven ability to bring creative and progressive ideas to the table in support of Indigenous Women impacted by current law.
- Positive, collaborative and team-oriented attitude.
- Able to manage and prioritize many conflicting priorities simultaneously with strong organizational, project management and time management skills.
- Facilitation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
- Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
- Awareness of the recent, historical, and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women and their families may have experienced, including the psychological, neurological, physiological, social, and spiritual impact of trauma.
- Understanding of the principles of cultural trauma-informed care and wise practices.
- A strong understanding of gendered based lens/perspective from an integrated feminist, anti- racist, anti-oppression perspective is required.
- Proven work experience in managing crisis support and ability to mediate conflict.
- Ability to work with community member centered approaches; ensuring team members follow the provisions of the community member centered approaches.
- Thorough knowledge and experience with case management and supportive counselling skills.
- Demonstrated experience managing a variety of contribution agreements and successful proposal writing skills.
- Experience with program budgets, cash flows and projected expenses, and project financial management
- Willing to work flexible hours as needed to provide ongoing support and services to branch office(s).
- Knowledge and working understanding of Not-For Profit Organizations.
- Knowledge and experience with program development and implementation.
- Thorough knowledge of other service agencies with proven ability to build and maintain, strong and healthy relationship.
- Excellent networking skills, and the ability to establish and maintain these connections and partnerships.
- Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective Community Members.
- Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
- Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families.
- Ability to travel and work flexible hours.
- Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
- Current vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR
- Class “G” license, 2 million liability insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.
- 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.
- Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
- ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required
KEY CORE COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- 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.
RESPONSIBILITES – SPECIFIC:
- To provide direct assistance to Staff to increase and maintain capacity and competence in service delivery, program administration and reporting, including:
- To review monthly activity reporting – implement monitoring procedures.
- To recruit / hire / evaluate staff at each site in accordance with the Policy and Procedures of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA).
- Responsible for providing Community Member service advice, direction and supervision as required for all programs.
- Coordinate the facilitation of the Gladue Report.
- Ability to receive, review, accept and assign appropriate Glade Writer to file
- To ensure each Gladue Report is being submitted for revision in timely manner and submitted to the appropriate court on scheduled date.
- Responsible to communicate with Branch Managers on upcoming deadlines and progress of Gladue reports.
- To be a consistent point of contact for both regional office’s ONWA’s Gladue program operates from
- Be knowledgeable of relevant caselaw surrounding Gladue; ensure both staff and Branch Managers are aware of changes and updates.
- Work in collaboration with Gladue Writers and After Care Worker(s) for the betterment of Community Members.
- To assist Management with the development of the uniformed provincial process to ONWA’s Gladue reports; to ensure that process is being followed in each service delivery catchment area.
- Support After Care Worker(s) to develop strong community partnerships are built and maintained to ensure continuance of services to support the Community Members.
- To maintain and enhance partnerships with judicial and community resources in the implementation, development, and maintenance of the Gladue Writer program through collaborative efforts.
- Work with Management to liaise potential partnering agencies to continue to develop a more accessible Gladue program.
- Assist with program promotion, raise awareness on Gladue and impacts of Criminal justice systems on Indigenous women and girls.
- Meet with necessary justice personnel in the development of referral protocols (i.e., Crown Attorneys, Defense Bar and Judges).
- Maintain collaborative working relationships with the local justice personnel (Judges, Justice of the Peace, Duty Counsel, Defense Lawyers and Crown Attorneys) in the advocacy of the Gladue program.
- Assist in the coordination of ONWA’s Ministry of Attorney General funded programs (Gladue Writers, Gladue Aftercare Workers and Trauma Informed Program)
- Collect and submit to Branch Managers, monthly and quarterly stats and reports from Gladue Writers and Aftercare Workers
- Provide regular updates on overall program operation including program updates to Community Members, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous service providers, justice personnel and the ONWA to Branch Managers
- Assist in the development and delivery of Gladue training and team development.
- Provide training to employees, colleagues, Community Members, support services.
- Assist/participate in evaluation exercises and seek on-going feedback of program operations.
- Travel as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
RESPONSIBILITIES – ADMINISTRATIVE:
- Complete monthly reports and submit to Director when required.
- Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date and submit to Director of Community Services in timely manner for review.
- Complete reports to funders as required.
- Complete and attend supervisions with Director of Community Services on a regular basis
- Other reports or admin as assigned.
RESPONSIBILITIES – PUBLIC RELATIONS:
- Always promote the program in a professional manner within the community.
- To adhere to professionalism in always representing the organization and maintain good communications.
EXPECTED STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:
- Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
- Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
- To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Maintain good communication.
- Always maintain professionalism.
- The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
- Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
- Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.
To execute the functions outlined in this job description.
The Justice Coordinator will be directly accountable to the Branch Manager of Community Services the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.
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