Employment Opportunity:

Women and HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator (0.72 FTE) 25 Hours

The position is responsible for the following:

  1. The Women and HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator works with designated local communities to build local community capacity to respond to women’s HIV/AIDS prevention needs, and to improve the quality of life for women living with or facing systemic risks to HIV/AIDS.
  2. The incumbent works with diverse agencies, organizations, and groups that serve women, to advance the Women and HIV Prevention Initiative

The successful candidate:

  • Demonstrated experience working in health promotion or community development; post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline or experience and transferable skills.
  • Thorough understanding of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, safer sex, and harm reduction principles and practices.
  • Strong knowledge of women’s health and gender equity issues including women’s reproductive and sexuality rights.
  • Strong knowledge of Indigenous culture, its history and the organizations that provide them services.
  • Strong program management, delivery, and evaluation, community mobilization or development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and sex positivity principles
  • Ability to function well under pressure
  • Access to a vehicle and driver’s license is an asset
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

Bilingual (French/English) candidates or those of Indigenous decent will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.Réseau ACCESS Network provides equal opportunity employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.  Réseau ACCESS Network is committed to the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C and these are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 

Competitive salary and benefits

 

The full job description is located below. Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume with a cover letter by the closing date of August 15,2022 , to the Executive Director @ heidie@reseauaccessnetwork.com

 We regret that only those candidates selected for an interview may be contacted. No phone calls please.

Women’s Community Development & Harm Reduction Coordinator permanent (40 hr 1.14 FTE)

 Part 1

612.00             JOB TITLE                    WOMEN AND HIV/AIDS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR                                                                            (Staff) (0.71 fte)

REPORT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO:    Executive Director 

POSITION PURPOSE:

  1. The Women and HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator works with designated local communities to build local community capacity to respond to women’s HIV/AIDS prevention needs, and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
  2. The incumbent works with diverse agencies, organizations, and groups that serve women, to advance the Women and HIV Prevention Initiative

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Development

  1. Identifies local community organizations and groups that serve women within the geographic boundary served by the agency
  2. Acts as a liaison between Réseau ACCESS Network and local community organizations in advancing women and HIV prevention initiatives.
  3. Establishes, facilitates, and maintains collaborative partnership opportunities with local community organizations and groups that serve women.
  4. Participates in local community planning initiatives related to women’s issues and promotes integration of HIV/AIDS into programs, services, and policies-procedures

 

Community Education and Training

  1. Delivers educational training and workshop modules to local agencies and groups that serve women, with the aim of increasing their capacity to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention services
  2. Makes presentations on a broad range of HIV-related issues impacting women, including safer sex, safer drug use, harm reduction, and HIV Poz prevention
  3. Evaluates and modifies training modules and workshops to ensure the goals of the program are achieved and the needs of those requesting training are met

Research and Program Evaluation

  1. Gathers and documents accurate data to complete reports required by the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (for example, the Ontario Community HIV/AIDS Reporting Tool (OCHART)
  2. Monitors and evaluates program activities to ensure optimal quality of service delivery to local communities
  3. Identifies and responds to emerging issues related to HIV/AIDS and women’s health by engaging in community-based research and/or needs assessments, as required

Resource Development and Distribution

  1. Maintains and distributes current resource materials and other HIV prevention tools (e.g female condoms) to community partners, as required

Other Duties

  1. Advances the values, principles and priorities of related provincial strategies, including the Strategy on HIV/AIDS for African and Caribbean Communities in Ontario and the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, as appropriate
  2. Respond to requests to provide consultation and advice to local community agencies’ clients living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and facilitate linkages with Réseau ACCESS Network
  3. Ensure that all necessary reports are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources
  4. Work with the Executive Director to develop annual work plans for educational programs
  5. Recommend program changes to the Executive Director
  6. Assist and implement with the evaluation of all program activities
  7. Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures set out by the Board of Directors of Réseau ACCESS Network
  8. Develop newsletter submissions to promote educational program activities
  9. Assist with the regular upkeep of Réseau ACCESS Network offices
  10. Participate in networking opportunities with Provincial peer coordinators / workers
  11. Participate in staff meetings and other staff sharing opportunities
  12. Provide input to organisational reviews
  13. In consultation with the Executive Director, arrange for knowledge transfer to staff and contribute to the overall day to day running of the agency

Responsibilities to:     Executive Director

  1. Compile and submit activity reports and pertinent statistics as requested by the Executive Director and/or funders
  2. Meet regularly with the Executive Director to keep them fully informed on program developments, problems successes and activities

Other:

  1. Assist in other duties as deemed important and appropriate by the Executive Director and mutually agreed upon

Position Responsibilities are based on a twenty five hour week.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in health promotion or community development; post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline, and/or relevent transferable skills and knowledge.
  • Thorough understanding of HIV/AIDS, safer sex, and harm reduction principles and practices.
  • Strong knowledge of women’s health and gender equity issues including women’s reproductive and sexuality rights.
  • Strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture, its history and the organizations that provide them services.
  • Strong program management, delivery, and evaluation, community mobilization or development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and sex positivity principles
  • Ability to function well under pressure
  • Access to a vehicle and driver’s license is an asset
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

Skills

  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-directed and able to take initiative
  • Good organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Comfortable working with people of all backgrounds (ie., sexual orientation, people who use drugs)
  • Ability to speak openly and frankly about sexuality in a supportive, non-judgmental manner

Accountability

  • The Women and HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator is responsible to the Executive Director

Working Conditions

  • Physical requirements include the dexterity to reach, stand, squat, twist, lift light loads, and the ability to do sedentary work
  • Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends
  • Must be able to work in a variety of settings
  • 25 hour work week, overtime compensated by time off in lieu
  • Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s licence

 

Approved:       November 2009

Approved:        July 2022 

Part 2

615.00 (b)            JOB TITLE                 HARM REDUCTION EDUCATOR (HCV) (Staff) (0.43 FTE) 

REPORT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO:    Executive Director 

POSITION PURPOSE:

The Harm Reduction Educator (HCV) will:

  1. Facilitate community development specific to the needs of the injection/needle use communities, those at risk of HCV and community stakeholders whose clientele are infected/at risk of acquiring HCV (e.g. community health and social service agencies, needle exchange programs, correctional representatives, mental health and addiction agencies, etc).
  2. Collaborate with the Outreach and HCV Treatment Nurse(s), members of the Direct Client and Clinical Services Department, and community partners, facilitate HCV/HIV/STBBI testing opportunities, including but not limited to HCV clinic, outdoor testing blitzes/roadshows and testing within community partner’s organizations/agencies.

 POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Community Development/Coordination

  1. In collaboration with the Executive Director  establish / maintain community partnerships and provide community development specific to the needs of the injection/needle use communities.
  2. In accordance with the Educational Guidelines, promote and facilitate assigned HCV/HIV educational presentations as they relate to harm reduction and drug use within the community, including issues of Naloxone/Narcan.
  3. By recognizing the social determinants of health, build a community response to achieving goals, bringing about change and mobilizing people in communities to improve the health of members of the injection/needle use communities living with or affected by HCV/HIV.
  4. Work at removing barriers that prevent people from participating in issues that affect their lives by building active and sustainable communities based on social justice, mutual respect, participation, equality, learning and cooperation.
  5. Work with community partners/agencies, to meet clients within those organizations and to encourage active participation to programs and services within Réseau ACCESS Network.

Community Outreach (In-Reach)

Meet with priority population accessing services delivered by community partner services, to provide education/support and referrals to services offered by Réseau ACCESS Network.  

  1. Working collaboratively with community partners, create opportunities to meet with potential/existing clients within their sites to establish/maintain contact.
  2. In collaboration with other Réseau ACCESS Network Outreach Coordinators (i.e. HIV, GMSH, as appropriate) coordinate scheduling to best meet needs of community partners and those we serve.
  3. Provide referrals and supports to those who use substances to bridge individuals to HCV/HIV/STBBI testing, Naloxone/Narcan training and distribution, treatment and support services as appropriate.
  4. Provide ongoing risk/harm reduction information/education/materials to those at risk of HCV/HIV transmission through injection/needle use.

 HCV/HIV/STBBI Testing Event Coordination

  1. In collaboration with the Outreach testing Nurse, members of Direct Member/Patient Services, and the Executive Director , assist in the scheduling, development, and coordination of HCV/HIV/STBBI testing events.
  2. Through community consultation and development, seek new opportunities to provide testing to priority population.
  3. During testing events, facilitate access to HCV/HIV/STBBI prevention and treatment information, as well as Naloxone/Narcan information/internal referrals pertinent to priority population.

Enhance Partnerships

  1. As approved by appropriate Manager, participate to various community/provincial committees established to enhance services for program’s priority population.
  2. As approved by appropriate Manager, act as spokesperson for clients on issues of Naloxone/Narcan, HCV and/or HIV co-infection and harm reduction philosophy to community partners.

Administration

  1. Ensure that all necessary reports are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources meeting set deadlines.
  2. Recommend program changes to the Executive Director as appropriate.
  3. Assist and implement with the evaluation of all program activities.
  4. Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures set out by the Board of Directors of Réseau ACCESS Network.
  5. Assist with the regular upkeep of Réseau ACCESS Network offices.
  6. Participate as a team member in all team functions – program planning, team meetings, inter-team meetings, and case conferences.
  7. Provide input to organizational reviews.
  8. In consultation with the Executive Director, arrange for knowledge transfer to staff and contribute to the overall day to day running of the agency.

Responsibilities to:    Executive Director

  1. Compile and submit activity reports and pertinent statistics as requested by the Executive Director and/or funders.
  2. Meet regularly with the Manager of Direct Client Services to keep them fully informed on program developments, problems, successes and activities.

Other:

  1. Maintain and develop professional competence and learning.
  2. Assist in the training of the 627.00 (b) Outreach Workers.
  3. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities are based on a fifteen hour week, with a substantial portion of these providing community outreach and education services.

Qualifications

Post-secondary education in Social Work, Social Services, Addiction, or other related experience and transferable skills.

  • Demonstrated ability working with community partners and facilitating community development.
  • Previous experience working with individuals struggling with mental health and addictions.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of HCV harm reduction and peer support models.
  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized/oppressed communities in a non-judgmental approach.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the local health and social service sector, government programs and current legislation that may affect clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to anticipate potential problems/conflicts and take appropriate actions and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member within an evolving role in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiation skills.
  • Strong commitment to health promotion, community development and adult education.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS computer applications and other office related software.
  • Sound knowledge and experience providing case management approach.
  • Sound knowledge and experience working with issues of addiction and sexuality
  • Sound knowledge and experience working with Brief Solution Focused Therapy, individual counseling.
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or peers
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driver’s abstract and good driving record.

Skills

  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Strong interviewing and assessment skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed and able to take initiative.
  • Good organizational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Comfortable working with people of all backgrounds (ie., sexual orientation, drug addiction).
  • Ability to speak openly and frankly about harm reduction and sexuality in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.

Accountability

  • The Harm Reduction Educator (HCV) is responsible to the Executive Director .

Working Conditions

  • Physical requirements include the dexterity to reach, stand, squat, twist, lift light loads, and the ability to do sedentary work.
  • Must be flexible to work evenings.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of settings.
  • 15 hour work week, overtime compensated by time off in lieu.
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driver’s abstract and good driving record a requirement.

 Developed:                  January 2011

Revised:                       July 2022

 

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