Peer Navigators needed in the Rapid Access Addictions Clinic (RAAC)
(Part Time On-going, contract)
This position is open to both non-HIV+ or HIV+ people.
Closing Date: until position is filled
Employment Type: Contract Part-Time (10-15 Hours/Week)
Location(s): Operating within the area covered under the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Employer: AIDS Vancouver
Send Cover Letter and Resume to: [email protected] or drop off in person at reception desk, 401– 1101 Seymour Street 4th Floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R1 Attention: Glen Bradford.
AIDS Vancouver’s Peer Navigators, in conjunction with the patient, provide peer counselling by developing strategies to maintain or improve health and wellness needs and implement addiction maintenance skill sets. Working collaboratively with the RAAC team, the Peer Navigators provide emotional support, direct health system navigation, health advocacy, education and linkage to relevant specialized health, social and emotional well-being and wellness resources related to addiction treatment. Must be available to work weekend hours. The position requires someone with lived substance use experience and now in successful substitution therapy or recovery based program for a minimum of 2 years. You would be working around people active in their drug or alcohol addiction. These are important points for you to consider before applying for this position.
Qualities we are looking for in a Peer Navigator
• You have a phone that takes messages.
• You are dependable, reliable and know how to use a day-planner.
• You have strong emotional self-management skills.
o The ability to keep your own feelings in check while helping someone else through theirs.
o Able to creatively solve problems.
o The ability to set firm boundaries and practice assertive communication.
o The ability to put your own personal judgments, prejudice, and biases aside.
• You are willing to draw upon your own personal experiences with substance use and recovery to help others.
• You are an intuitive listener.
• Have a reputation for helping others.
• A compassionate person with the ability to treat the person in front of you with dignity and respect.
• You are outgoing and able to engage people who may not trust you at first.
• You work as part of a team.
• Are not too proud to ask for help and able to take direction.
• You have a strong, solid support group and/or active self-care regimen.
• You are comfortable communicating with health care professionals.
• You have the ability to work within the harm reduction model of the society and RAAC clinic.
Part Time Peer Navigator Main Duties
As part of an interdisciplinary team:
• Work as a substance use worker in the RAAC as part of an interdisciplinary team in a hospital.
• Inform and educate.
• Assess member knowledge and self-management skill level in the areas of substance use including treatment, preventing disease progression, preventing transmission, self-care, emotional wellness, social support, disclosure and harm-reduction;
• Help participants to develop self-management skills based on participant-identified needs and Clinic Team recommendations;
• Refer members to substance use or HIV related health and wellness services and/or other community services;
• Accompany clients to clinics, community agencies;
• Attend patient consults at request of clinic or patient;
• In consultation with a Supervisor, promote the RAAC and Peer Navigation Program.
• Maintain confidential and accurate files;
• Comply with agency policies and procedures, including but not limited to maintaining confidentiality of participants and business operations in accordance with Society and Clinic policies.