Street Outreach Worker – Abbotsford

INTERESTED?

  • Challenge yourself by joining a rapidly growing organization.
  • Surround yourself with skilled helpers, willing to share their knowledge and expertise with new staff and people in their early careers.
  • Finish each day knowing you have made a difference.
  • Be part of an exceptional company culture with a healthy work/life balance.

JOB SUMMARY

We are dedicated to continuously educating ourselves about diversity in its many forms. This particular role is being funded in part by the CANADA SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM. The intent of this grant is to hire and give work experience to youth between the ages of 19 and 30.

The Street Outreach Worker will be working under the guidance of the Director of Programs Fraser East as part of the Harm Reduction team. This position is suitable for a youth interested in gaining experience in the addiction services field with a strong emphasis on Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention within a community setting. Assisting men and women affected by substance misuse, concurrent disorders, unemployment, lack of education, criminal justice involvement, homelessness and poverty. Students will gain understanding and actively participate in, in the social, economic and cultural life of the community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists the mobile harm reduction worker with providing overdose prevention education/supplies and services.
  • Provides safer use education and harm reduction supplies.
  • Ensures the Harm Reduction program runs on appropriate days and supplies and information are distributed.
  • Providing appropriate referrals/follow up to high- risk clients.
  • Supporting/working with volunteers and peer distribution volunteers and peer workers.
  • Maintaining accurate statistics in a timely manner.
  • Providing transportation to clients as directed.
  • A low barrier client centered approach is necessary at all times.
  • Organizes “rig digs” or sweeps of the area.
  • Ensures the van is clean, well maintained and well stocked with supplies and adequate resource materials. Remembering to safety check and clean the van after each outing.
  • Acts as a back up to support staff if needed.
  • Attends public and organizational events as required.
  • Assists with community Naloxone Trainings.
  • Responds to community calls to pick up inappropriately discarded sharps.
  • Ensures sharps are disposed of in a safe and correct manner.
  • Acts as a back up to other staff if needed.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Working Conditions

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm with one 30 minute unpaid lunch break and two paid 15 minute rest breaks.
  • Wage is $15/hour.

Eligibility for the Canada Summer Student Program

  • This is a temporary summer role in cooperation with the Canada Summer Student Program
  • Be between 19 and 30 years of age.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment act
    • *International students are not eligible.*
    • Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the relevant provincial and or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Must be willing to complete and pass a Criminal Record Check, as the position involves working with vulnerable adults.

 

QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE:

  • Post-secondary education in fields such as psychology, social work, healthcare, etc. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Experience working in addictions recovery and mental health an asset, but not required.
  • Collaborative approach to developing and delivering programs and services.
  • Ability to apply trauma-informed practices to clinical care.
  • Proven communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills with an eye for detail.
  • Effectively communicate professionally, verbally and written in English.
  • Strong command of Office suite including Excel, Word, Outlook and HRIS.
  • Commitment to adhering to privacy and confidentiality laws and policies.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license
  • Current First Aid/CPR

 

We welcome qualified applicants with a passion for meaningful work to submit a resume and cover letter with opening preference to careers@phoenixsociety.com.

Posting will be taken down once the role has been filled. Thank you for your interest!