Job Posting: Program Coordinator, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS)

Job Description:

Working within an Indigenous Harm Reduction model and in accordance with established vision and mandate of the organization, the WAHRS coordinator will be responsible for supporting the WAHRS board and general membership to develop, implement and sustain a variety of interventions including outreach, the One Heart Healing Circle, cree class, resisting stigma projects and other activities. The coordinator implements and delivers services under the direction and guidance of the WAHRS Board. The coordinator will be responsible for coordinating Board commitments and working with other partners including the BC Centre for Substance Use to pursue new funding opportunities. The majority of the coordinator’s time will be in support of direct client service.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and support WAHRS board and general membership to develop, implement and sustain a variety of interventions including alley outreach, the One Heart Healing Circle, cree class, resisting stigma projects and other activities.
  • Attends WAHRS board, Cultural Sharing and Research and member meetings, provides input regarding policies, procedures, goals and evaluation of WAHRS activities.
  •  Coordinates participation of WAHRS members in community events and activities, provides training and orientation, schedules and monitors work assignments, provides feedback and support in resolving problems/issues.
  • Liaises with community partners as required; participates in public relations and knowledge translation activities; prepares public relations material and advertisements, liaises with community groups, and arranges media coverage for events.
  • Implements and delivers services under the direction and guidance of the WAHRS Board.
  • Consults with community groups and health care professionals to identify trends, needs, and priority health issues to promote interest, participation and support for the program.
  • Assists in the preparation of the program budget, monitors expenditures, leads funding applications, and assists with required financial documentation. Produces periodic reports of WAHRS activities.
  • Assists the WAHRS Board in creating the project lead position for WAHRS members.
  • Assists the WAHRS Board in creating a strategic plan for the organization.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Experience working with Aboriginal people who use substances and/or illicit alcohol, and a working knowledge of substance use, Downtown Eastside and street/urban issues.
  • Aboriginal ancestry is an asset.
  • Two years’ recent, related experience. Degree, diploma, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Skilled in Microsoft Office and email. Experience in working in the not-for-profit sectors with board and committees.
  • Understanding of Peer driven work, harm reduction, and capacity building
  • Proven history of combating stigma against people who use substances, and indigenous people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers and external agencies.
  • Financial management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to work independently with minimal direction.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.
  • Ability to perform outreach services.


Employment Terms & Accountability

The hourly range for this full-time position, depending on experience, is $24 per hour, at 30- 37.5 hrs per week, plus benefits. Benefits include a Health Spending Account, vacation time, and paid sick leave.


Closing Statement:

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision and applicable statutes. The position will remain open until filled.


Application from current and former illicit substance users will be prioritized.

Please note we are open to different qualifications that may not be listed here. 

Interested candidates please email [email protected] AND CC TO [email protected] with subject line “ WAHRS program coordinator.” your resume, and a cover letter explaining what Indigenous Harm Reduction means to you. 

Deadline for application is Tuesday January 7 , 2022.