Peer Coordinator – Permanent, Part Time
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021| EXTERNAL/INTERNAL JOB POSTING
COMPETITION NO. 21-083
Position: Peer Coordinator
Location: White Rock
Hours: 20 hours/week – including some weekend work
We are looking for a Peer Coordinator to join our Sources Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services team! This individual must be compassionate, engaging and self-aware.
Sources is a community-based non-profit organization that has been providing help, encouragement, and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Prince George for 40 years. We serve 40,000 individuals yearly and that is all owing to our dedicated team. We provide services such as food banks, counselling, employment services, and community living programs. At Sources we value respect and collaboration as we are all striving to promote the same mission—social wellness for our community.
Sources Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services
Reporting to the Manager of Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services, the Peer Coordinator is a permanent employee of Sources Community Resources, coordinating programs, engaging people with lived and living experience (PWLLE), and managing the provision of harm reduction supports, supplies and information to people who use substances.
The Peer Coordinator will be helping to develop and implement a new Peer Support Network that will provide a sense of community for people who use substances in which acceptance, compassion, cultural safety and access to harm reduction and other resources are provided. The Peer Coordinator will engage other PWLLE to provide support to their peers in the community, facilitate peer support meetings and develop and coordinate efforts to outreach to people who use substances and may be experiencing mental health and housing challenges.
- · Coordinate and participate in the daily operations of Peer Support Network and Outreach Services.
- · In consultation with the Tides of Change Overdose Community Action Team and the Manger of Overdose Prevention Services, develop a draft program framework for the Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction and Peer Support services in White Rock.
- · Once the program framework is approved, ensure that the framework guides overdose prevention, harm reduction and peer support activities and program interface within Sources and the community of White Rock/South Surrey.
- · Perform scheduling functions for the outreach team, including ensuring staff and peer shifts are filled, and maintaining and submitting all information to ensure honorarium payments are processed and accounted for
- · Work with service partners and other external service providers to ensure the programs are relevant, coordinated and integrated with the larger continuums of care, including integration between the OPS and the Peer Support Network
- · Promote the interest of drug users and the program with systems of care, external service partners, and community resources.
Peer Support Network and Outreach Responsibilities:
- · Collaborate with the Manger of OPS to develop the Peer Support Network program
- · Facilitate Peer Support Network Meetings and lead the Peer Outreach Team to distribute food and harm reduction supplies and connect with people using substances in the community
- · Recruit and engaging People With Lived/Living Experience (PWLLE) to serve as Peers on the Outreach Team and the Peer Support Network Meetings
- · Securing and organizing supplies (and possibly food) to distribute to people experiencing homelessness (clothing, hygiene supplies, etc.)
- · Developing and Implementing the Peer Outreach Services activities and operations, including leading the outreach team in community outings to locate and engage people who use substances
- · Liaising with the Tides of Change Community Action Team
- · Liaising with other Peer Support Networks in neighbouring communities to ensure connection and collaboration
- · Coordinate training for Peers on harm reduction strategies, destigmatizing language, peer engagement
- · Coordinate with other organizations that provide space for peer support meetings and as a hub for the outreach team.
- · Provide oversight, support and coaching to the peer team.
- · Perform scheduling functions, including ensuring staff and peer shifts are filled, approving payroll and maintaining and submitting all information to ensure honorarium payments are processed and accounted for.
- · Ensure that effective quality/risk management activities are developed, implemented, and evaluated in the assigned area.
- · Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Sources and Tides of Change Community Action Team colleagues including all levels of management, governmental officials, clients and the public.
- · Ensure the workplace meets all health and safety guidelines and regulations by implementing and overseeing the organizational health and safety program at the work site.
- · Collecting and reporting data on program activities and outcomes to provide to the BC CDC, Tides of Change Project Coordinator and Sources Director of Personal and Family Counselling and Support
- · Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Relationship building
- Ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision
- Client-centred care that empowers and motivates the client
- Adaptability in ambiguous situations
- Case management including record keeping, report writing and statistics
- Ability to work with a team
- Ability to network and interact with other service providers and allied colleagues
- Sensitivity in a culturally diverse environment
- Understanding and compassionate spirit in supporting peers
- Destigmatizing language and practices
- Trauma and Resilience Informed Practice
- Cultural Safety and Humility awareness
- · Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental health challenges / substance use/ homelessness;
- Diploma in community social services, the social/human sciences, addictions or in law/justice.
- Preference will be given to those who have post-secondary education and training relevant to the social service field. Alternately, pursuit of certification in social work, counseling, criminal justice or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered for this position.
- 1 year of related experience with emphasis on mental health, substance use, homelessness and/or social services
- Effectively utilize Office suite including Excel, Word, Outlook and central data systems
- Proven communication and conflict resolution skills
- Strong organizational and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated knowledge of social justice, health promotion and public health approaches and models of social support and health care
- Effectively communicate professionally, verbally and written in English
- Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with diverse range of cliental including individuals who are actively using substances and living with significant health and behavioral challenges
- Demonstrated understanding of the importance and role of people who use drugs in the development, delivery and evaluation of services intended to benefit them
- Current Food Safe certificate (Training may be accessed through Sources)
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Training may be accessed through Sources)
- Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response Training, including Naloxone Administration
- Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training (Training may be accessed through Sources)
- Criminal Records check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Criminal Records Review Program Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and driver’s abstract
Start Date: Anticipated for October 12, 2021
- · Generous paid time off, starting at 3 weeks
- · Employee and Family Assistance plan
Closing Date: September 28, 2021. Internal candidates will be contacted by September 30, 2021
How to apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to Leanne Utendale, Manager Overdose Prevention and Peer Support Services. firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include where you saw this job posting in your email.