Job posting: Indigenous Women’s Bridging Program – Facilitator and Mentorship Program Coordinator

 

Position Title: Indigenous Women’s Bridging Program – Facilitator and Mentorship Program Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Programs
Hours: 35 hours per week
Terms: Permanent
Salary: $27-$28/hr
Closing date: Open until filled

Bridges for Women Society is looking for a dynamic and skilled woman* to join our team. We are seeking someone passionate about women’s programs, with a grounded understanding of Indigenous Feminism, and experience and understanding of issues and priorities for Indigenous Women including members of the Metis nation, Inuit and First Nations women.

Summary

Bridges for Women Society offers Indigenous programs in communities as well as at our offices. Thanks to multi-year funding from the Women and Gender Equality we have the opportunity to formally develop and evaluate our Indigenous Women’s Bridging Program as a promising practice. Our goal is to improve and deliver services for Indigenous women survivors living in urban centers and in reserve communities and increase the availability of trauma-informed, women-centered and culturally safe programs.

Our Bridges Employment Program provides specialized employment services to women who have experienced violence, abuse and trauma. Our goal is to assist women to increase their emotional wellness, employability skills, life skills and achieve financial independence. We provide a range of employment and trauma recovery services to program participants including: employment skills workshops, career exploration assessments, psycho-educational group workshops, 1:1 counselling, and 1:1 coaching.

 

Responsibilities

Group Facilitation and Curriculum Development:

• Facilitate group workshops on Personal Development such as: Boundaries, Assertiveness, Communication Skills, Self-Esteem Building, Learning Styles, Recognizing, Understanding and Overcoming the Impact of Abuse, Breaking the Cycles of Abuse

• Facilitate group workshops on Employment Related Skills such as: Experience Database, Resume Writing, Workplace Behaviours, Interviewing Skills, Volunteer Placement

• Plan, review and deliver curriculum focused on trauma recovery with an emphasis on safety, resource building and strengthening resilience, personal development, employment readiness, and communication skills development

• Work in partnership with local First Nation’s Employment and Health Departments to deliver onreserve services

• Organize and coordinate classroom learning

• Track participant attendance

• Work as part of a team on project development and curriculum writing

 

Intake and Individual Client Support:

• Conduct intake interviews and assessments/screening of potential program participants

• Organize and maintain client intake systems and protocols including client follow-up

• Engage in crisis intervention, assessing suicide risk, creating safety plans, partnering with other community resources as needed

• Provide 1:1 support for women who have experienced trauma living with mental and physical health challenges such as complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, grief and loss, anger, chronic illness

• Provide 1:1 career coaching to women who have experienced violence, abuse and trauma

• Refer clients to appropriate community resources and advocate when appropriate for access to supports

• Participate in case conferencing and clinical debriefing with a multi-disciplinary staff team

• Maintain confidential client files including updated case notes and required documents

 

Mentorship Program Coordination:

• Facilitate Mentor-Mentee matches

• Provide 1:1 support for Mentors

• Provide follow up support and debriefing for Mentors and Mentees

• Complete program evaluations and funder reports

 

Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of feminist and adult learning approaches to group facilitation and learning with a focus on resilience and strength-based perspectives

• Knowledge of violence, abuse and poverty and how they affect women’s economic status, employability and ability to learn

• Leadership and ethical conduct including a high level of respect for confidentiality and professional boundaries

• Comfort with a non-hierarchical structure and consensus decision-making processes and work environment

• Skilled in project planning and implementation

• Experience in participant data collection

• Ability to mentor one staff person, as required for the WAGE research project

• Skill and training in trauma counselling approaches including containment and grounding techniques; ability to mirror back the courage, bravery, skills and strengths of the women we serve

• Support women to create meaning from the past, develop and implement a vision for the future, set goals and take action leading to employment

• Assist women to break the abusive cycle by becoming more independent and self-directed

• Ability to assess individual and group learning needs and adapt approaches accordingly

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• The ability to work cooperatively, evidence of honesty, trustworthiness and non-judgmental attitude

• Strong information technology skills including ability to learn specialized database systems and use MS Office software

• Presentation skills including proficiency with Power Point

• Conflict management and conflict resolution skills

• Strong ability to work cooperatively as a team member

• Solid commitment to personal and professional wellness practices

• Understands that personal and professional self-care and is an ethical imperative which supports healthy boundaries and work- life balance

 

Qualifications

• Bachelor or Masters Degree in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Education, or a relevant combination of experience and education in a related field

• Strong education and experience with trauma-informed counselling approaches such as, person-centered, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, somatic experiencing,
integrative mind/body/spirit approaches, and career and life planning

• Proficiency in providing 1:1 and group counselling to women who have experienced violence abuse and trauma

• Knowledge of culture and protocol of Lekwungen-speaking and W’SANEC peoples

• Demonstrated understanding of issues specific to Indigenous women such as intergenerational impacts of residential schools, colonization, discrimination and isolation

• Strong knowledge and experience working with women with behavioural addictions and/or substance misuse issues with a focus on the interconnection between experiences of trauma and addictions
• Experience with intake, assessment, crisis intervention and safety planning

• Experience facilitating educational/employment training groups and 1:1 career coaching

• Demonstrated program coordination skills

• Working knowledge of community resources and social/legal systems

• Experience with maintaining confidential client databases and client files

 

 

* We acknowledge with respect the traditional territories on which Bridges for Women is located are the lands of the Ləkʷəŋən peoples (Esquimalt and Songhees nations). We also offer programs and services in the territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, and Tseycum nations), Malahat (Mill Bay), Pacheedaht (Port Renfrew), Scia’new (Beecher Bay), and T’Sou-ke (Sooke) peoples. Through our partnership with the North Island Employment Foundations Society, we also deliver online programs in the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish peoples. We aim to have the Bridges staff team reflect the participants we serve. We encourage self-identified women, non-binary people, and two-spirit people who identify with the women’s community to join our team. We value diversity and lived experience, and enthusiastically welcome applicants who identify as Indigenous, racialized, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the LGBTQ+ community (for this position preference will be given to Indigenous women).

Please submit your application via email, with a covering letter, to [email protected] Applications accepted until position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest and will only contact those selected for the interview process.