POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Community Safety Liaison in Toronto.
The Community Safety Liaison will work with the community to identify community needs and assist in building capacity to address gang related issues that affect Indigenous Women and Girls. The Community Safety Liaison will assist in providing targeted service-planning and delivery supports to Indigenous agencies and communities, as well as assisting non-Indigenous agencies seeking to provide culturally appropriate services to Indigenous women and Girls who are at risk and survivors of gang related activity.
The Community Safety Liaison will have a thorough understanding of the issues that Indigenous women are facing in their lives and how human trafficking and gang related activities impacts Indigenous women and will assist in the development of unique services that are tailored to meet their needs.
Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies with a minimum five (5) years’ work experience in community service delivery in a project coordination role.
Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities.
Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and awareness of Community resources provincially.
Strong communicator – excellent written, oral, and facilitation skills.
Knowledge of and relationships with other service agencies, ability to network and create/maintain these relationships.
Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
Capacity to solve problems and to see different perspectives.
Ability to plan, organize and manage time effectively.
Highly motivated individual with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Excellent organizational and communication skills and an ability to follow through on assigned duties independently with strict deadlines.
Must be trained in trauma informed care.
Knowledge of Indigenous Culture, Traditions, and Indigenous Community and a genuine respect and understanding of it to comfortably teach and use it with our Community Members.
Preference will be given to candidates with experiential knowledge in the area of Human Trafficking and/or sexual exploitation, as well as, gang related issues.
Preference will also be given to candidates with knowledge and experience working in one or more of the five identified community hubs.
Knowledge of Not-For Profit Organizations.
Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
Ability to trave
Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
Experience working with Indigenous organizations an asset.
Experience working with Indigenous communities with a working knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
Network with organizations, service agencies and Provincial Territory Organizations to connect regarding services for Indigenous survivors of trafficking and to assess the availability of agencies to meet the needs of Indigenous survivors of trafficking.
Utilize an Indigenous gender-based approach – assessing community buy-in and needs within Indigenous agencies providing front-line services.
Assess agencies’ knowledge and consideration of existing and potential gang activities in their communities and provide advice to agencies on how their service plans, programs and policies can better meet the needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
Develop a work plan identifying services agency within the communities that can provide services to survivors.
Address culturally specific prevention and awareness appropriate to each community and its Anti-Human Trafficking initiatives.
Leverage existing resources with a unique focus on the specific needs of Indigenous survivors of trafficking.
Develop a service model and work with local and regional agencies to support and assist with developing plans to meet the needs of Indigenous survivors.
Assist with the creation of an Indigenous-specific prevention and awareness campaign within the Province.
Keep abreast of pertinent issues in communities and the province in terms of Human Trafficking, particularly the sex trafficking of Indigenous women.
Respond to trends around mining and resource extraction and the increased risk of trafficking in communities that are affected. This includes identifying service needs of Indigenous communities in remote, rural and fly-in communities.
Attend quarterly meetings to provide updates on local and regional work as well as formulating provincial responses that are specific to needs of Indigenous communities and survivors.
Participate in Quarterly Advisory Committee meetings, the Provincial Human Trafficking Committee meetings, and Training and Professional Development.
Assemble data and prepare and submit reports, periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence.
Report to and collaborate with the ONWA Management team to successfully implement the program.
Work within a designated budget.
Network and always promote ONWA and the programs and adhere to professionalism.
Support, promote and encourage ONWA’s and the programs mandates and purposes.
A willingness to learn about Indigenous culture and traditions.
All other duties as assigned.
RESPONSIBILITIES – GENERAL:
Culture – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
Support and work towards the overall aims and objectives of the ONWA.
Adhere to all policies and procedures.
RESPONSIBILITIES – ADMINISTRATIVE:
Complete monthly reports and submit to Manager when required.
Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
Complete reports to funders as required.
Complete and attend supervisions on a regular basis.
Completion of environmental scans of services, issues, gaps and prevention strategies for gang related activities and issues.
RESPONSIBILITIES – PUBLIC RELATIONS:
Promote the program within the community.
To adhere to professionalism in always representing the organization and maintain good communications.
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE:
Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Always maintain good communication.
Maintain professionalism at all times.
The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.
To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.
The Community Safety Liaison will be directly accountable to Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description
Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (https://onwa.bamboohr.com/jobs/).
Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.
A job description is available upon request.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits,
generous vacation allowance and savings plan.
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