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Prevention & Outreach Worker

Positions available: (4)

Reports to: CEO 

Hope247 is an accredited community-based mental health organization. We are the provincially designated Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) for the Region of Peel working with all persons 12 years of age and older who have been impacted by trauma. Our services are delivered through trauma-informed, harm reduction frameworks with an aim to assist those who have experienced traumatic interpersonal violence so that we can actualize our vision of a community without relationship and sexual violence.

Position Description: 

We are seeking (4) dynamic and passionate individuals to join our Prevention and Outreach team. The Prevention & Outreach Worker will be responsible for engagement with activist and lobbying efforts to promote the advocacy interests of the Agency. This includes playing a key role in further development and implementation of our #FuckThePatriarchy campaign, a collaborative initiative aimed at disrupting the patriarchal systems that contribute to the ongoing VAW epidemic. Specific activism responsibilities may include lobbying for abortion accessibility, enhancing safe third-party reporting capacities,  dismantling rape culture, defunding the police, and representing the agency at community protests.

Alongside this role, the Prevention and Outreach worker will work within the Our Youth Our Future (OYOF) program; a violence prevention and resiliency building program which seeks to support youth across the Region of Peel in developing the skills to end sexual and gender based violence. Primary areas of focus will include program development, group facilitation, community engagement, and advocacy campaigning. This position requires a charismatic individual with significant skills in the areas of youth engagement, crisis intervention and grassroots activism. The successful candidates will possess a demonstrated commitment to working within a critical intersectional feminist framework to challenge systems of oppression as well as a thorough understanding of sexual violence as it relates to various intersecting axis of oppression including misogyny, anti-black racism, anti-indigenous racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, etc.

Position Duties: 

  • Deliver the Our Youth Our Future curriculum in elementary and high schools across the Region of Peel. This program is the primary prevention activity undertaken by the Agency.
  • Facilitating workshops for youth, parents, and teachers on various topics including sexual violence and mental health through a trauma informed, intersectional feminist lens.
  • Develop and implement ongoing community awareness campaigns related to addressing gender based violence. Secure event sponsorships, program advertisers and in-kind donations, as appropriate. 
  • Respond to crises as it arises, in a non-clinical capacity; referring program participants to Agency in-person services and/or the Agency’s crisis chat/call or other organizations as appropriate.
  • Participate in outcome and/or program evaluations as needed and complete all daily documentation and program statistics.
  • Participate in the Agency’s general outreach programming. This involves liaising with Agency clinical staff to provide consultation on outreach components related to the Agency’s psychoeducational workshops. 
  • Develop and deliver public speaking engagements on behalf of the Agency.
  • A first point of contact for many youth within the school program. Supporting youth in identifying their goals and providing necessary community referrals.
  • Participates jointly in program delivery with volunteers/students.
  • Maintain positive rapport with program participants,  regional schools, school administration, partner agencies, and supporters of Hope 24/7.
  • Adhere to Agency goals, service delivery principles, policies and procedures. 
  • Complete other tasks that from time to time may be assigned by the position’s supervisor. 

Position Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of three years experience in a community organizing role.
  • A diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in community development, child and youth work, social service work, social work or equivalent.
  • Completion and maintenance of a successful vulnerable sector screen; this is an ongoing requirement of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance as well as consistent access to a reliable vehicle.

Required Skills

  • Strong knowledge of implementation of critical intersectional feminist framework informed by anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice principles required.
  • Extensive knowledge of issues facing youth including sexual violence, social media, mental health/addictions, trauma as well as knowledge of associated community resources and youth criminal justice system. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain a high level of professionalism and effective working relationships internally and externally with staff, management, suppliers, community partners and external stakeholders.
  • Adept at community organizing via social media platforms. 
  • Knowledge and experience with trauma informed practice, harm reduction practices, anti-oppressive practice.
  • Solid and effective interpersonal, communication, and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self directed and take initiative when producing creative and innovative programming.
  • Proficiency in the use of a computer; knowledge of databases, internet and e-mail fundamentals, and a working knowledge of software programs, including Apple products.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines along with accuracy and attention to detail.

As a part of our commitment to anti-oppressive practice HOPE247 is prioritizing diversity in the workplace through the hiring of individuals that reflect the community we serve. Individuals with marginalized identities including 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC, Metis, Inuit and First Nations identified folks as well as community members with lived experience with sexual violence or human trafficking are encouraged to apply for this position. 

Interested candidates can forward their cover letter and resume to info@hope247.ca by October 16, 2020. We thank you for your interest, applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Date of Posting: September 24, 2020

Application Deadline: ongoing until all positions are filled

Renumeration Details: 3-Year Contract at $50 000/yr + benefits

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