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#17.67 Aboriginal Housing Support Worker

919 Pandora

(1 Full time position)

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This posting is open to all qualified applicants.

Our Place Society (OPS) is an organization with Christian values and principles. We work as a Team to create a nurturing atmosphere of home and family, where all are welcomed. A team approach is critical to living out our mission and values and to directing our work.

Preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants. We invite such applicants to self-declare their ancestry in their cover letter.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Manager of Outreach the Aboriginal Housing Support Worker will be dedicated to addressing the housing needs of the homeless or marginally housed aboriginal population and will help in all aspects of locating permanent, secure housing, moving or re-housing, and support.  The Support Worker will also work with the Aboriginal population on culturally appropriate referrals and advocacy to help them access service and supports through a variety of agencies and treatment programs. The Aboriginal Support Worker will be based in-house, but will also work extensively with other housing agencies and out in the community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working independently and in collaboration with other housing agencies assist the Aboriginal homeless or on the verge of homelessness population secure and maintain housing.
  • Maintain connection and support once housing secured.
  • Assist the Aboriginal community with access to other agencies and treatment programs.
  • In collaboration with other housing agencies act as a liaison and build and maintain a network of working relationships/partnerships with landlords, agencies and health care providers to assist in housing and programs for the Aboriginal community.
  • Data collection and reporting.
  • Help break down stigma and systemic barriers and provide information on Tenancy Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Work with marginalized Aboriginal population to have a voice and champion to help them secure culturally sensitive and appropriate housing.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in relevant field or a combination of experience and education.
  • Relevant experience working with Aboriginal Persons and cultural awareness is essential.
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of the Aboriginal peoples of Vancouver Island.
  • Extensive knowledge of the housing market in Victoria and housing challenges facing the Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated previous experience/familiarity using various software/database applications is required.
  • Knowledge of agencies, treatment programs, and supports for the Aboriginal community.
  • Knowledge of current social issues related to homelessness, mental health, and drug and alcohol addiction within Aboriginal communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and oral.
  • Proven success working within a Team; experience in a non-profit organization preferred.
  • Have a valid Class 5 driver’s license.

Successful candidates must submit to a criminal record check on hire.

Compensation/Working Conditions:

Salary:   $41,000 - $45,000 per annum. 

Hours of Work:  37.5 hours per week.  Mon – Fri. Some weekend and evening work may be required.

Benefits:  Excellent benefit package available after 3 months of employment.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a covering letter and resume detailing their related background, experience and qualifications by 4:30 p.m. November 17, 2017 to [email protected] or drop off to Our Place Society, Attention: Marion Hoadley, Human Resources Manager, 919 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, B.C. V8V 3P4. Please quote “#17.67 Aboriginal Housing Support Worker” in the subject line.