Indigenous Cultural Liaison Support Worker, Vancouver

POSITION TITLE: Indigenous Cultural Liaison Support Worker
PROGRAMS: the Biltmore Housing Program
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY:$25.40/hour (BCGEU grid 34) + $2.25/hour as a premium for overnight shifts.
POSITION TYPE: Temporary Part-Time for one year or upon return of incumbent. 0.8 FTE
SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday 4:00pm-12:00am, Monday and Tuesday 3:30pm-11:30pm; with a half hour unpaid meal break
START DATE: As soon as possible

Indigenous ancestry/identity is a bona fide occupational requirement for this position: Indigenous (First Nations, Native American, Metis, Inuit) staff only please.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter (quoting competition # job2020.116) to Edzi’u Loverin, Assistant Manager of Indigenous Cultural Services, at eoo@raincityhousing.org

DIVERSITY

RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT US

RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Biltmore Housing Program provides 95 units of housing to people who are coping with the realities of homelessness, substance use, and complex physical and mental health concerns. The units are situated on the 3rd-7th floors of the building. All units include bathrooms. One meal is provided daily. There are common areas situated on the 7th floor, with some amenities. The building is located at Kingsway and 12th Ave in Vancouver. The program is staffed 24/7 by support workers.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Indigenous Cultural Liaison Support Worker​ ​(ICL) consults with Indigenous clients to provide/connect them with a range of Indigenous specific supports in the community. These can include, but are not limited to, cultural activities, outside organizational supports, and agencies that assist in navigating the health and/or court systems. In addition to these Indigenous specific supports, the ICL provides daily supports to all program participants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, including: medication administration, building security, crisis intervention, building maintenance, front line overdose response.

Using a culturally informed model that is rooted in harm reduction, the ICL walks alongside clients in their self-identified and self-determined goals for healing, culture, and community integration; while advocating for access and rights as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived expertise of mental illness / substance use / homelessness.

Minimum education and experience also include:

  • A Diploma in community social services
  • One year of recent, related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification; Naloxone Certification

Support Worker Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services

  • Establish a dignifying and purposeful relationship with the client, contacting and getting to know the client as a unique individual, and clarifying the role of the PSS and client in the service planning process
  • Ability to identify and work to increase client strengths, including the use of hope inducing strategies and assisting the client in self-managing their illness and other aspects of their life
  • Informally teach harm reduction, life skills
  • Respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
  • Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals
  • Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
  • Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction
  • Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations
  • Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals
  • Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to establish workload priorities, adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and deal effectively with conflict situations
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position

 Indigenous Cultural Liaison Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services

  • Experience navigating paths to healing and work with tenants using culturally informed strategies
  • Knowledge of the holistic addictions model including stages of change and harm reduction, cultural pillars of healing and cultural forms of medicine
  • Knowledge of legislation and regulations related to Indigenous persons, including residential schools, the 60’s scoop, child and family welfare system; knowledge of indigenous cultures, services, ways of healing and recovery
  • Fostering awareness and understanding of the cultural context of trauma related addiction/MH among Indigenous community members – work to create paths to healing
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Specific Job Duties

  • Research/connect individual and group supports for indigenous tenants regarding indigenous ways of understanding healing and recovery, indigenous services and resources, and indigenous culture. To actively plan, arrange and seek out these relationships while on shift in coordination the program team and manager
  • Walk beside indigenous tenants as they connect with community and cultural events and build supports with the tenant such as elders. Connect with supports available through the Cultural Safety Working Group and Indigenous Cultural Liaison Manager and ICL reference group at RainCity
  • Collaborate with additional ICL supports in the site around planning and running the programming
  • Assist with creating an effective and supportive connection between the Indigenous/non-Indigenous service providers and community supports and tenants. Advocate for tenants as needed
  • Assists to build connection to the greater community to promote healing and wellness beyond RCH building to foster connection circle of care and support
  • Orientate new tenants to the role of the ICL and familiarize them with cultural services
  • Perform related work as assigned