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Program Coordinator & Social Navigator – Reclaiming Our Spirits Program (0.8 FTE)

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to assist the Kilala Lelum Health Centre in the role of Program Coordinator & Social Navigator (our reimagined version of Social Worker) for the Reclaiming Our Spirits program. Kilala Lelum (KL) aims to provide access to decolonized primary care, Allied Health services, and Elder-led cultural care to new and existing members of the Health Centre through an outreach-based, culturally-safe, strength-based, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach. 

Reclaiming Our Spirits (ROS) is a health promotion program for Indigenous women-identifying people who have experienced intimate partner violence. Currently in its second year of operation, ROS provides regular nursing visits, clinical counselling, Elder care, and a weekly cultural circle. The interdisciplinary team includes two RNs, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and an Elder. We’ve recently secured funding to expand the program in several meaningful ways, including the addition of a Cultural Coordinator and this Program Coordinator & Social Navigator position.

Under the leadership and guidance of Elders, Reclaiming Our Spirits–so named by the program members–continues to grow towards the reclamation of culture, a sense of connection to heritage and traditional teachings, and access to Elder knowledge. Using the additional funding, we plan to expand in this direction by offering land-based cultural outings every second month, enhancing the weekly cultural group, and offering ceremonies as members are welcomed into, and transition beyond, the program. 

Other elements of the program that we plan to expand include supporting women to manage basics such as: housing security (through support from this position and funding available for women to establish and/or stabilize housing); psychosocial workshops every second month; and funding for childcare and transportation. The program aims to serve sixteen (16) women per year, with more intensive participation for 6-10 months followed by several months of transitional support and connection.

Job Summary:

The Program Coordinator & Social Navigator (0.8 FTE) will split their time between service delivery and coordinative/administrative tasks. 

This position provides social navigation (social work) services for the program members (16 annually) with a specific focus on housing, income, food security, personal administrative needs (ex: ID), as well as navigating relationships with other service providers such as MCFD and delegated agencies. 

In terms of housing, this position will develop a Housing Plan for members and work collaboratively with the KL Housing Worker, who will implement the Plan. As an example of this working relationship, the Program Coordinator & Social Navigator will work with the member to fill out housing applications while the Housing Worker will help the member physically move into housing.

This position also acts as the coordinator of the ROS program, which includes: receiving member referrals; organizing logistics for the weekly circle, monthly workshops/outings, and welcoming/graduation celebrations (in collaboration with the Cultural Coordinator); scheduling and taking minutes for the monthly ROS team meeting; managing the program budget; and monitoring and evaluation. 

This position is best suited for someone who is well-organized and detail-oriented and enjoys a more administrative-focused social navigation role. The approximate breakdown of the role is ½ coordination/administration and ½ service delivery. 

Responsibilities:

Social Navigation (Social Work)

Program Coordination

Qualifications & Skills:

Working Conditions:

Supervision Provided:

Work will be carried out independently with support and mentorship provided by the Allied Canoe Lead. This position will also receive support and mentorship from the ROS team and the Social Navigation team, with the option to attend weekly Social Navigation meetings. The Social Navigator/Program Coordinator’s work will be monitored and reviewed by the Allied Canoe Team Lead.

Supervision Responsibility:

This position will engage, direct, and supervise the ROS Peer Workers in collaboration with the ROS team. 

Additional Information:

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to fleurie.hunter@uihhc.ca. Your cover letter should outline your interest in the role, how your background and experience meet the requirements and make you a good fit for the role. Applications will be assessed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled.