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Indigenous Community Justice Navigator

Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

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Indigenous Community Justice Navigator Job Posting

Are you an individual who is a self-starter, with a passion for working with a growing non-profit organization that supports Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness? The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEHS) is seeking an Indigenous Community Justice Navigator to support with our community-based justice program.

The Indigenous Community Justice Navigator will lead the ACEHS’ Community Based Justice Program by developing services specifically to support First Nations, Inuit, and Metis (FNIM) peoples with the focus of prevention, diversion, Gladue Aftercare, reintegration, and post-incarceration. The role will work closely with a team which includes 2 part-time Elder Mentors, a Gladue Aftercare Worker, and a Youth Justice Coordinator. This role will liaise with the Victoria Police Department, Crown, Courts, BC Corrections, and local service providers to offer clients culturally based options within community and meet the needs of those in the justice system. The Navigator will also coordinate and oversee the relationship building and training for the Justice program by raising public awareness and supporting the development of pre-sentencing options as well as sentencing alternatives, and reintegration into the community.

JOB DETAILS:

Term: October 2022 to March 31st, 2024 with a possibility to be extended based on funding.

Position Type: Full-Time 40 hours per week – This position qualifies for benefits funded through the ACEHS upon completion of a probationary period.

Salary: $29-30 per hour based on experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the Indigenous Justice Program which includes prevention, diversion, Gladue Aftercare, and re-integration into community for FNIM adults and youth.
  • Focus on relationship building and raising awareness of the ACEHS Indigenous Justice Program.
  • Network with relevant cross sectoral support providers, to build knowledge through baseline data collection, centred on participant input through talking circles, focus groups, surveys, etc. and design a program model based on the participant’s expressed needs.
  • Introduce, coordinate, and facilitate cultural/self-awareness activities for the Indigenous Family Members residing in Correctional Facilities.
  • Initiate connections with Indigenous Family Members prior to their release to develop post-incarceration plans.
  • Work with the Youth Justice Coordinator to support youth at risk of becoming involved with the justice system and support connection to resources.
  • Maintain current, positive relationships with community resources and referring agents.
  • Support, supervise and oversee the Justice Team which includes Elder Mentors, Gladue Aftercare Worker, and Youth Justice Coordinator.
  • Partner with a Victoria Parole Service Officer to help support the release of Indigenous peoples under Section 84 of the CCRA.
  • Build relationships with BC Corrections and coordinate regular meetings.
  • Connect with the Court, the Crown, BC Corrections and Native Court Worker to identify FNIM individuals in the justice system.
  • Facilitate and plan relevant justice educational development for the ACEHS Justice Team.
  • Build partnerships and support case management for those being released from incarceration to access traditional culture, health, and wellness.
  • Support sentencing by educating the courts of the individuals needs and advocate for alternative measures.
  • Support individuals to connect with their communities and families if desired, providing travel support, supervision for them to have visits with children in care when required.
  • Keep and maintain adequate record keep, upholding the Personal Information Protection Act and all privacy standards.
  • Collect and provide Tracking Reports.
  • Liaise with the Indigenous Community Development Officer to support FNIM community members current incarcerated and assist with Reintegration Planning.
  • Evaluate Program Successes and provide the ACEHS’ Executive Director updates on the developmental needs of the ACEH Justice Program.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in administrative/human services work with at least 1-year progressive experience overseeing full cycle intake services.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a manager position.
  • Experience working within or navigating the provincial court system.
  • Experience or personal insights working cooperatively with people with disabilities, lived experience, and addictions considered an asset.
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations, family support, social services, and Indigenous support services and programs considered an asset.
  • Required to consent to the Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check for Working with Vulnerable Adults.
  • This position requires a valid drivers license and working vehicle.
  • Preferred Naloxone Overdose Training and Certification.
  • Preferred Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification.
  • Valid First Aid Certification preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Progressive understanding of persistent mental illness, addictions, and other challenges and how these impact people’s overall health, well-being, and quality of life.
  • Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner as you are working with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, lived experiences and abilities.
  • Ability to effectively respond and adjust to unexpected events, assess high risk situations, problem-solve, provide crisis intervention, and manage conflict in a culturally supportive manner.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively respond to and manage competing demands while adhering to deadlines within a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong leader and team builder with excellent communication skills (written and oral); ability to listen and ask questions for clarification and to implement resolution skills.
  • Able to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction.
  • Understanding of the intergenerational trauma that occurs because of colonization, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems as well as the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Ability to work in a holistic, professional, and non-judgmental manner as you are working with a broad range of personalities, needs, cultures, lived experiences and abilities.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with Indigenous ancestry. The ACEHS values strength in diversity. As an inclusive employer that celebrates the gifts of all its employees, the ACEHS encourages members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community to apply.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter which highlights how your knowledge, skills and abilities will culturally support and contribute to the ACEHS and our community.

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