COVID Response Indigenous Navigator

Job Opportunity by Native Men’s Residence (Na-Me-Res)

Job type: Full Time Contract


JOB DESCRIPTION

Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) located in Toronto, is a diverse, multi-service organization.  Through a culture-based approach that addresses the holistic needs of its clients, Na-Me-Res’ mission is to provide temporary, transitional and permanent housing to Indigenous men experiencing homelessness in Toronto, while providing outreach and support services to the broader Indigenous homeless population. MAIN FUNCTION: The COVID Response Indigenous Navigator positions are intended to support the on-site teams at COVID-19 Recovery programs through the Enhanced Shelter Support Program (ESSP) and the Indigenous specific COVID testing center in creating a welcoming, supportive and culturally safe space for Indigenous clients, and to develop and provide supports. This program is a part of an initiative taken on by Native Men’s Residence (Na-Me-Res) in partnership with Inner City Health Associates to provide a range of services to Indigenous clients through their stays at the Recovery sites. Program Development and Support:

  • Serve as a member of the COVID-19 Recovery programs and ESSP program teams
  • Participate in clinical team meetings, huddles and case conferences whenever possible
  • Support the development of policies and practices targeted to improving the wellbeing and safety of indigenous clients
  • Communicate with Indigenous communities regarding the supports and resources available at the recovery sites and ESSP
  • Assist in the development of culturally safe pathways into and through the recovery program, from testing through discharge
  • Facilitate indigenous clients’ journeys from ESSP to COVID-19 Recovery programs and back to ESSP or other shelter-based programs or transitional or permanent housing
  • Support the development of data collection and tracking initiatives targeted at understanding experiences and outcomes for Indigenous clients
  • Develop, disseminate and post communication materials about COVID and related resources and supports, specifically targeted at Indigenous clients
Liaison and Community Building: 
  • Support the development of linkages to Indigenous-focused community organizations and partners.
Supports for Clients:
  • Provide mental, emotional and spiritual support to Indigenous clients
  • Provide information, advocacy, support and counseling to Indigenous clients
  • Facilitate ceremony and access to Indigenous medicines
  • Facilitate connections with family, elders, traditional healers and other community supports
  • Develop and coordinate the provision of material resources for clients, including for babies and families and indigenous medicines and ceremonial supplies
  • Participate in and initiate case discussions/conferences with other team members
Supports for Site Management and Staff:
  • Act as a resource for staff regarding the needs of Indigenous clients and community
  • Provide monitoring, oversight and advocacy related to the quality and equity of services being offered by non-Indigenous providers
Reporting: The navigator will report to Manager of Sagatay Duration: The position will begin immediately and continue for a term of 6 months.  Possible extension of duration dependent upon available funding and the status of the pandemic. Qualifications: Candidates will possess a deep knowledge of Indigenous communities and culture.  Candidates will have a strong understanding of collaborative health team and program functioning. A health professional degree will be considered an asset.  Ability to travel independently to Etobicoke Recovery and physical distancing hotels is essential.  Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates. REQUIREMENTS:
  • Post-secondary education in Social Work
  • Registered member of respective Ontario College, in good standing
  • 3-5 years experience working with people who are homeless and have mental health and addiction issues
  • Specialized knowledge and ability to navigate the health and mental health system
  • Strong capacity to manage crises and problem solve
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Housing First Principles
  • Knowledge of Indigenous social and health related issues
  • Clear Police reference check required as a condition of employment
Na-Me-Res encourages Indigenous applicants (First Nation, Métis, Inuit). We thank all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are invited to an interview and require accommodation, we will make every effort to accommodate you. CLOSING DATE: December 23, 2020 A cover letter and resume can be submitted to: Human Resources 26 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2C4 Fax #: (416) 652-3180 / Email: jobs@nameres.org (Hand delivered applications will not be accepted/no phone calls please)