Federal HCV/HIV Community Development Coordinator
Hours of Work: 35hrs
Rate of Pay: $49,572
Job classification: Permanent
Internal Posting: Deadline August 22nd
PASAN is an organization that supports people inside federal and provincial prisons, as well as those who are formerly incarcerated, around health and harm reduction. We do this in many ways, including visiting and working with people inside, over the phone, through written correspondence and with visits and drop-ins to our office, located in downtown Toronto. Making connections with people inside remains at the heart of our approach to this work, and one of our most recognizable and effective ways of doing this is through our quarterly health publication, Cell Count, which features stories, poetry, and artwork produced by people inside, as well as community resources and relevant information around health and harm reduction. Many of us spend part of our time traveling to the various institutions around Ontario to create these connections as well.
The Federal In-reach Community Development Coordinator maintains regular contact with people inside federal institutions in Ontario as well as correctional staff and various community organizations who also do prison-related work. You would also conduct consultations, workshops, groups and one-on-one visits with people inside around various topics relating to health and harm reduction, as well as specific work with our client-base living with HIV and others living with HCV. This is a full-time, permanent and unionized position.
As you can imagine, this work can be very tricky and requires a lot of patience, problem solving, crisis management, a deep understanding of trauma, a solid self-care practice, skilled communication, knowledge on topics relating to prison justice, an engaging style when it comes to group work, a creative approach towards harm reduction, and an ability to create and maintain relationships not only with people inside, but also with staff who help grant us access to the prisons and those we work with.
- Develop relevant HIV, HCV and Harm reduction educational resource materials for distribution to federally incarcerated prisoners
- Provide individual advocacy and case management support on the phone and during prison visits for prisoners living with and at risk for acquiring HIV and HCV
- Provide referrals as necessary to prisoners living with HIV, HCV and people who require harm reduction and overdose prevention resources.
- Develop and deliver skills building sessions on HIV, HCV , harm reduction and overdose prevention and other prison health issues for service providers
- Develop and implement appropriate evaluation tools to measure the impact of program.
- Foster partnerships and collaborate with diverse community partners and stake holders.
- Coordinate monthly teleconferences and webinars for community partners on range of prison health issues
- Attend staff meetings and complete funder reports and other administrative work as required.
- Liaise with inmate committees
- Work on one systemic prison issues per year chosen in consultation with the Prison
- Maintain ongoing consultation with correctional staff and community partners
- Attend health and pre-release fairs
- Participate in staff professional development/training as required.
- Other duties as assigned
- Understanding of the health and social impact of the criminal justice system on individuals and society and experience working with HIV and HCV issues including a well-developed knowledge of relevant resources.
- 3 – 5 years’ experience working with prisoner/ex-prisoner communities/client groups vulnerable to incarceration
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of harm reduction principles and practice.
- Ability to determine needs, develop programs and facilitate community initiatives
- Experience developing, facilitating and evaluating targeted education and training workshop.
- Excellent facilitation, teaching and training skills
- Expertise in planning and implementing programming-related initiative
- Familiarity with community based research and general research methodologies
- In depth knowledge of the social determinants of health
- Expertise in community development focusing on marginalized communities.
- Experience working within an anti-racist / anti-oppressive framework
- Demonstrated skills preparing presentations, reports, program plans, educational materials, brochures, etc.
- Ability to develop and sustain partnerships, coordinate networks and support advocacy strategies
- Demonstrated experience with case management
- Strong problem solving and communication skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure meet deadlines and ability to work both independently and within a team structure.
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate problems/conflicts and take appropriate actions, to organize and prioritize work.
- Sound decision-making and judgment skills with the ability to effectively manage communications with community, committees and coalitions.
- Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with PASAN’s related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices
- Ability to obtain clearance into Federal correctional institutions
- Ability to travel and be on the road for multiple days at a time
- Driver’s License
Click the button below to apply. You will be taken to the Charity Village application process where you will need to login or register for an account with them. The deadline for this posting is August 29th, 2019 at 4pm.