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Employment Opportunities

  2 Positions Open at this time:

Education and Sexual Health Coordinator             

The position is responsible for the following:

  • Nurture and enhance relations with Francophone and/or Indigenous services as they relate to Gay/Two-Spirited/MSM issues.
  • Reporting to the Manager of Programs and Services, the Gay/Two-Spirited/MSM Education and Sexual Health Coordinator works with diverse individuals and agencies.
  • Provide education and supportive counselling to those who identify as men, in an effort to address: healthy relations with sexual partners; health issues related to Gay/Two-Spirited/MSM; PEP & PrEP; and work towards minimizing HIV/HCV/STBBI transmission.
  • Develop or work with existing campaigns to increase awareness on issues of HIV/HCV transmission, benefits of treatment; HIV/HCV stigma and discrimination and other health factors specific to Gay/Two-Spirited and/or MSM.

 The successful candidate:

  • Degree/Diploma with a specialization in Social Work/ Social Services (Indigenous or mainstream).
  • Sound knowledge and experience working with issues of sexuality, gender identity, mental health and sexual minorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Creative, self-directed, results focused and team player.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends when required in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of harm reduction principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, perspectives and organizations as well as an understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons.
  • Fluency in French and English, both oral and written is an asset.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong ties and experience with either the Indigenous or Francophone communities.

 Competitive salary and benefits, including staff development budget

The full job description is located below. Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume with a cover letter by the closing date of Sunday, August 25th , 2019, to the attention of the Manager of Programs and Services @ heidie@reseauaccessnetwork.com

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. 

NOTE: Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

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

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OUTREACH WORKER 0.43 FTE

The position is responsible for the following:

  1. Provides low threshold “Street Outreach” and “Community Outreach” to marginalized community members living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/HCV/STBBIs.
  2. Facilitates community development specific to the needs of targeted population – those who use substances.
  3. Assists in the provision of case management for those living with HIV.
  4. The successful candidate:
  5. Post-secondary education in Social Work, Social Services, Addiction, or other related fields.
  6. Minimum of three years’ experience working with members of substance-using communities.
  7. Physically able to handle the rigors of outdoor programming.
  8. Strong ability to collect data and transpose to appropriate data collecting tool.
  9. Awareness of and sensitivity when working with diverse communities, perspectives, and ways of knowing.
  10. Experience working with volunteers and/or Peers
  11. Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities and organizations an asset.
  12. Understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons an asset.
  13. Valid driver’s license, with a clean driver’s abstract and good driving record.
  14. Ability to work flexible hours including evenings.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong ties and experience with either the Indigenous or Francophone communities.

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 25, 2019, to the attention of the Manager of Programs and Services  @ heidie@reseauaccessnetwork.com

 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. 

NOTE: Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

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

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Full Job Descriptions: 

  GAY/MSM EDUCATION AND SEXUAL HEALTH COORDINATOR (1.0 FTE Staff) 

  • Full Time
  • Salary – $41,209.00 – $45,058.00
  • Partial benefits after three months (health benefits, sick time)
  • Full benefits after completing six month probation (vacation)

REPORT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO:      Manager of Programs and Services

POSITION PURPOSE:

  1. Works with designated local communities to build and maintain strong capacity to respond to the HIV/Hepatitis B/C prevention needs of gay and/or Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) (18+) communities and those at risk.
  2. Provides education and supportive counselling to gay and/or MSM, those living with or those at risk of HIV/HCV, to advance HIV/HCV prevention initiatives and facilitate access to health and social services.
  3. Develops or works with existing campaigns targeting gay and/or MSM, and those at risk to increase awareness on issues of HIV/HCV transmission and benefits of treatment, HIV/HCV stigma and discrimination and other health factors specific to gay and/or MSM.
  4. Aims to support and empower those who identify as men, promote healthy relations with sexual partners, address specific health issues related to gay and/or MSM and reduce the possibilities of new HIV/HCV infections and other sexually transmitted infections.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Community Development

  1.  Acts as a liaison between Réseau ACCESS Network and local community organizations, committees and other gay/MSM population programs in advancing prevention initiatives for gay/MSM population and building supportive environments.
  2. Establishes, facilitates, and maintains collaborative partnership opportunities with local community organizations and groups that provide service to gay/MSM population.
  3. Participates in local community planning initiatives related to gay/MSM population and promotes integration of HIV/HCV into programs, services and policies-procedures.
  4. Represents Réseau ACCESS Network at public meetings and committees and directs partnership relationship strategies to advance the mission of the organization.

Community Education and Training

  1. Works with Réseau ACCESS Network’s multidisciplinary team to develop, promote and execute HIV/HCV testing campaigns geared to gay/MSM population.
  2. Coordinate the development and / or provision of educational material (i.e., literature, audio visual, posters and promotional materials), specific to gay/MSM population to decrease HIV rates and increase testing. Is responsible for assuring educational materials specific to gay/MSM is ordered through CATIE, GMSH or other service provider as needed.
  3. Develop and implement educational presentations / workshops on issues associated to gay/MSM population, including safer sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, internalized homophobia, aging, HIV stigma and discrimination, POZ prevention. etc., specific to needs of gay/MSM individuals/groups, or those who provide services to them.
  4. Work with Advisory Committee members and appropriate staff to take the lead and develop / coordinate annual Classroom Closet Conference; annual Pride events; annual Frosh Week and other workshops as appropriate.
  5. Be a resource person in the areas of safer sex, sexual orientation, homophobia, heterosexism, HIV/HCV, stigma and discrimination, to personnel, volunteers, clients and those who provide services to them.
  6. Develops and maintains Internet communication and Social media platforms (website, twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.,) on issues of gay/MSM population. Upon approval of the immediate supervisor, will respond to all forms of media inquiries related to gay/MSM issues.
  7. Will nurture and enhance community relations with Francophone and/or Indigenous specific services.

Support and Outreach

  1. Provide one on one and/or group supportive counseling on issues of gay/MSM population, including sexual orientation, assist in increasing self-esteem and decreasing internalized homophobia.
  2. Work with the Agency’s Gay/MSM Sexual Health Clinic’s multidisciplinary team to provide support, education and referrals as needed.
  3. Coordinate the Online Outreach Program (ie, Grinder, Scruff, etc)
  4. Coordinate Outreach initiatives at local gay establishment and Pride events.

Support Personnel

  1. Liaise with agency’s multi-disciplinary team in the training of volunteers and new staff.

Administration

  1. Ensure that all necessary reports (i.e. OCASE, OCHART, Program Plans, etc.) are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources by the requested due date.
  2. Ensure that files are secure, confidential and have all necessary backups.
  3. Assist and implement the evaluation of all program activities.
  4. Work with the Manager of Programs and Services to develop annual program work plans
  5. Meet regularly with the Manager of Programs and Services to keep them fully informed on program developments, problems and activities.
  6. Assist with the regular upkeep of Réseau ACCESS Network offices.
  7. Participate in networking opportunities with peer GMSH coordinators / workers through the Ontario AIDS Network and/or other peer opportunities.
  8. Participate in staff meetings and other staff sharing opportunities.
  9. Provide input to organizational reviews.

Other:

  1. Assist in fundraising projects and/or other duties as deemed important and appropriate by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • Degree/Diploma with a specialization in Social Work/Social Services (Indigenous or mainstream).
  • Sound knowledge and experience working with issues of sexuality, gender identity, mental health and sexual minorities.
  • Experience in developing and implementing educational programs and materials for internal and external distribution.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, presentation, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills (organize, identify needs and carry through to completion).
  • Sensitive to issues of diversity and a commitment to support the mission and philosophy of Réseau ACCESS Network.
  • Creative, self directed, results focused and team player
  • Ability to develop promotional materials using various formats (i.e. posters, pamphlets, etc).
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends when required in a variety of social and physical settings.
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or peers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, perspectives and organizations an asset.
  • Understanding the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons an asset.
  • Work with diverse populations and backgrounds in a non-judgmental approach.
  • Experience working in a non-profit community based organization.
  • Ability to function well under pressure.
  • Applicants from Indigenous communities or those with lived experience are considered an asset.
  • Applicants from Francophone communities or those with lived experience are considered an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English both oral and written would be an asset.

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.
  • 35 hour work week, overtime compensated by time off in lieu.
  • Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license.

 NOTE: Applications that do not include a cover page will not be reviewed. 

Revised:           July 2019

Please think of getting involved with  Réseau ACCESS Network through volunteerism.

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OUTREACH WORKER 0.43 FTE

REPORT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO:      Manager of Programs and Services

  • Part Time 30 hours within a two-week period (one week on one week off) – Wednesday to Sunday
  • Salary – $15,791.00 to $17,286.00

POSITION PURPOSE:

  1. Provide low threshold street outreach & community outreach to marginalized community members living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/HCV/STBBI. The low-threshold approach aims to reach more persons affected by their substance use earlier and to remain in contact in order to prevent health damage while not requesting abstinence. 
  2. Provide brief counselling, referrals and harm reduction teachings as appropriate.
  1. Facilitate community development specific to the needs of those who use substances including those from Indigenous communities. Community development strengthens the connections and relationships between individuals and with organizations resulting in an increased capacity within communities to work towards common goals – to make communities vibrant and healthy.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

RESPONSIBILITIES TO:            Manager of Programs and Services

Street Outreach Services      

Street Outreach is provided Sunday through Saturday, with eleven (11) shifts within a given week for 38 hours per week.  The outreach worker normal hours of work will be thirty within a two-week period (one week on one week off). The Outreach Worker is responsible for working a minimum of 20.50 hours of street outreach with a maximum of 9.50 hours within the office

  1. In collaboration with the Agency’s Outreach Service Providers and workers from other Community Street Outreach programs, coordinate outreach activities targeting those at risk of HIV/HCV transmission through injection/needle and other means of drug use.
  2. Conduct outreach to people who use and are at risk for HIV and HCV acquisition and opioid overdose, drugs in locations where people congregate and/or access other services.
  3. Distribute harm reduction (safer injection, safer inhalation, and naloxone) supplies to reduce risk for opioid overdose and HIV and HCV transmission.
  4. Where appropriate, deliver brief counseling (crisis intervention / just listening), Indigenous traditional services, and harm reduction teaching, including training people to administer to naloxone, to reduce risk of opioid overdose and HIV and HCV transmission.
  5. Provide referrals to other community, social and health care services, including mental health, addictions, primary care, and HIV and HCV care and testing.
  6. Provide practical support to assist with scheduling and transportation to appointments, assistance with identification and access to other social services.
  7. Promote the inclusion of peers (people with current or former lived experience of drug use) within local harm reduction outreach programs (i.e. recruit, train, supervise and support peers in their roles).
  8. Advise Manager of Programs and Services of changes in programming.
  9. In collaboration with the Agency’s Outreach Service Providers, order supplies from approved sources, and distribute harm reduction materials / condoms / paraphernalia as needed.
  10. Act as a replacement for other Agency Outreach Coordinators during holidays, etc., when necessary.
  11. Work with community trained volunteers/students/peers in the provision of Street Outreach services.

Community Outreach

Meet with priority population members accessing services delivered by other 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, coordinate scheduling to best meet the needs of community partners and those we serve.
  3. Provide referrals and supports to those who use substances to bridge individuals to HIV/HCV/STBBI testing, treatment and support services as appropriate.
  4. Provide ongoing risk/harm reduction information/education/materials to those at risk of HIV/HCV transmission through injection/needle use.

Outreach Services Training

  1. By working collaboratively with the Agency’s Outreach Coordinators, assist with supervision/mentoring of trained and approved placement students, volunteers and peers working within the Street Outreach Program.

Administration

  1. Maintain client records and database including contact information, activities and client service history when appropriate (in-office services versus outreach services).
  2. Ensure that files are secure, confidential and have all necessary backups.
  3. Ensure that all necessary reports are completed and submitted to the appropriate sources meeting set deadlines.
  4. Recommend program changes to the Manager of Programs and Services as appropriate.
  5. Assist and implement with the evaluation of all program activities.
  6. Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures set out by the Board of Directors of Réseau ACCESS Network.
  7. Assist with the regular upkeep of Réseau ACCESS Network offices.
  8. Participate as a team member in all team functions – program planning, team meetings, inter-team meetings, and case conferences.
  9. Provide input to organizational reviews.
  10. In consultation with the Manager of Programs and Services arrange for knowledge transfer to staff and contribute to the overall day-to-day running of the agency.

Responsibilities to:     Manager of Programs and Services

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

Other:

  1. Maintain and develop professional competence and learning.
  2. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities are based on a thirty-hour week, with a substantial portion of these providing direct street and community outreach services.

Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in Social Work, Social Services, Addiction, or other related fields.
  • Minimum three years’ experience working with members of substance using communities.
  • Physically able to handle the rigors of outdoor programming.
  • Strong ability to collect data and transpose to appropriate data collecting tool.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity when working with diverse Indigenous cultures, perspectives, and ways of knowing.
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or peers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous communities and organizations an asset.
  • Understanding the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous persons an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driver’s abstract and good driving record.
  • Must work evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated experience providing support services.
  • Demonstrated experience working with issues of addiction, and sexuality.
  • Work with diverse populations and backgrounds in a non-judgmental approach.
  • Experience working in a non-profit community based organization.
  • Ability to function well under pressure.
  • Applicants from Indigenous communities or those with lived experience with addictions are considered an asset.
  • Applicants from Francophone communities or those with lived experience are considered an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English both oral and written would be an asset.

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.
  • Ability to speak openly and frankly about sexuality in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.

Accountability

  • The Outreach Worker is responsible to the Manager of Programs and Services.

Working Conditions

  • Physical requirements include the dexterity to reach, stand, squat, twist, lift light loads, and the ability to do sedentary work.
  • Outreach component includes working with inclement weather and carrying moderately heavy supplies in a backpack.
  • Must work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of settings.
  • 30 hour work week, overtime compensated by time off in lieu.
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driver’s abstract and good driving record an asset.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong ties and experience with either the Indigenous or Francophone communities.

Updated:          July 2019  

 

 

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