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YWCA Toronto- Community Engagement Worker- Indigenous Arts & Cultures


YWCA Toronto

Community Engagement Worker- Indigenous Arts and Cultures (Contract)

YWCA Toronto transforms lives. As the city’s largest multi-service women’s organization, we help women
escape violence, move out of poverty and access safe, affordable housing. We work tenaciously to break down
barriers that hold women back from achieving equality.

Internal and External Job Posting
Community Engagement Worker- Indigenous Arts and Cultures (Contract)
YWCA Toronto Elm Centre
JOB ID: ELM0378
Employment Type: Full Time, Contract
Work Hours: 35 hours per week (includes days, evenings and every 5th weekend)
Contract Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract End Date: October 5, 2021
Salary: $54,294 annually, plus comprehensive benefits
Location: 150 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 0B1
Internal Application Deadline: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Internal Application Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020

JOIN OUR TEAM
YWCA Toronto strives to uphold anti-discrimination practices and anti-oppression principles to ensure that
the rights of all individuals are respected and protected. We work to promote a climate that is welcoming
of all women and individuals who identify as trans, intersex, non-binary, agender, and/or Two-Spirit. We
encourage applications from women and gender diverse people from all races, ethnic origins, religions,
abilities and sexual orientations.

The Community Engagement Worker – Indigenous Arts and Cultures is responsible for leading the design and
implementation of programming that promotes the arts and cultural enrichment activities focusing on
Indigenous culture and traditions, with the goals of creating an inclusive community, encouraging engagement
with the broader community, and developing effective strategies to meet the emotional, practical and social
support needs of the tenant community. This position will work with the Community Engagement Program
team and alongside the Jean Tweed Centre case management team to ensure that community engagement
activities support a positive and dynamic community environment with a focus on health outcomes.

ABOUT YWCA TORONTO ELM CENTRE
YWCA Toronto Elm Centre includes 300 units of permanent housing for three different resident groups:
165 affordable rental units, 50 units for Indigenous women and their families (including 10 women-led
families fleeing violence), and 85 units for women with mental health or concurrent mental health and
substance use challenges.

Qualified candidates must be of Indigenous Heritage. Applicants are required to self-identify in their
cover letters in order to be considered. Lived experience in the Indigenous community and the ability
to effectively deliver culturally specific and culturally sensitive services is a requirement of this
position.

KEY RESPONSIBILTIES
• Acts as specialist consultant to YWCA Manager, YWCA Elm support team, Jean Tweed Centre case
managers and tenants in the area of innovative community engagement and capacity building with
marginalized and mixed communities;
• Provides leadership in developing and delivering services that promote inclusion, participation,
creativity and empowerment to build a vibrant community where safety and wellbeing are shared
values;
• Develops, implements and evaluates workshops, groups and individual supports that incorporate an
understanding of residents’ mental health, addictions, and woman abuse issues, with attention to the
value of peer supports in the Indigenous, youth, and supportive housing sub-communities;
• Works with women, children and youth to build individual and group leadership, including peer
support;
• Creates programming designed to promote Indigenous cultures and traditions (drumming, beading,
Teaching Circles, etc.) and to promote visibility and unity among identifiable groups of residents (ethnoracial groups, LGBTQ, youth, etc.). For example, Black History Month events, youth activities, etc.;
• Designs and delivers programming that uses arts and crafts as uniquely powerful engagement practices
that promote inclusivity peer support, celebrates diversity and values the unique contributions of
community members;
• Provides effective crisis prevention, intervention and counseling using harm reduction principles, for
women and children to respond to crisis in ways that support individual and community well-being and
uses health care systems appropriately;
• Maintains a working knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act, Social Housing Reform Act, and the
Ontario Human Rights Code;
• Models effective community engagement, conflict resolution, facilitation, and crisis intervention skills
in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team context.

QUALIFICATIONS
• General knowledge of an academic or technical discipline normally acquired through the completion of
an undergraduate degree in a social services or health field (examples: BSW/Social Work, Occupational
Therapy, etc.) (Cases for equivalency will be considered);
• 3 - 5 years’ experience working in a diverse, direct service setting with adults and families who
experience impacts of poverty, homelessness/ under-housing, violence/trauma, mental
health/addictions/ or concurrent disorders, and other sources of marginalization or oppression;
• Knowledge of Indigenous services and community resources and other community resources that
provide culturally-competent services for Indigenous clients; and demonstrated ability to incorporate
knowledge of Indigenous traditional teachings into community programming and individual support
• Life Skills Certificate an asset;
• Lived experience in the Indigenous community and the ability to deliver culturally sensitive services;
• Preference will be given to qualified candidates of Indigenous heritage;
• Demonstrated ability to use arts-based practices to promote individual and community capacity;
• Demonstrated ability to deliver programming that recognizes and values cultural identities (ethnoracial, LGBTQ, e.g.) and creates opportunities for strengthening community through sharing and
building understanding and respect;
• Supportive counseling and group-work approach that is flexible, strengths-based, de-escalates tension,
and teaches conflict resolution and demonstrated crisis intervention and conflict mediation skills, with
ability to remain calm in crisis;
• Proven experience and strong skills in developing and facilitating group-based programming;
• Experience working with diverse individuals and groups (ethno-cultural, gender, abilities, race, etc.)
and the ability to deliver culturally sensitive services and programs;
• Very good knowledge and understanding of community resources;
• Familiarity with Windows and Excel programs;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Knowledge of a second language or culture an asset.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your cover letter and résumé to Tammy Hutcheson, Manager of Elm Housing Support
Program (Interim) at elmhousingjobs@ywcatoronto.org . Please quote JOB ID number ELM0378 and
your name in the subject line.

Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to
hiring. YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is
within the Bargaining Unit. Please indicate on your cover letter, if you are an internal candidate. For
internal applicants, this position is not secondable.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human
Rights Code. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people of all races, ethnic origins,
religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants
with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all
candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace.
Posting Date: November 17, 2020