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Embrave-Community Support and Outreach Counsellor/Advocate


Embrave

Community Support and Outreach Counsellor/Advocate

Internal/External Job Posting
Community Support & Outreach Counsellor/Advocate
Designated Position for Someone who Identifies as an Indigenous Person
Full-Time Permanent Position- North/South Location
Embrave: Agency to End Violence (formerly known as Interim Place) wants to hear from you! We are a dynamic anti-violence
organization providing shelter, counselling, and advocacy supports for all women, two-spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary
people with or without dependents, who experience, have experienced or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence in the
Region of Peel. We work within a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer and trans positive, disability positive and
harm reduction framework. All of our programs encompass Sex Workers Rights approach.

We are looking for 1 Counsellor to join our Community Support & Outreach (CSO) team and provide supports based on clients’
needs including risk assessment, safety planning, counselling and emotional support, legal and housing supports, information &
referrals, accompaniments, and advocacy.

What to Expect in the CSO Role:
• Work within the agency’s critical, non-judgemental, and intersectional framework.
• Provide timely services, case management, accompaniments, intake, risk assessment, and safety planning, and referrals from
a trauma-informed lens.
• Maintain confidentiality and keep accurate, detailed, and up-to-date case notes using the internal database system.
• Support clients with transitional planning, housing applications, and access to shelter and affordable housing.
• Co-facilitate support/educational groups for survivors impacted by violence.
• Build and maintain community partnerships with stakeholders and other service providers.
• Utilize computer software including case management database system, Microsoft applications as required.
• Adhere to all Health and Safety Policies and Procedures as outlined by the organization to minimize risks.
• Perform other duties as assigned including support with intake/crisis lines and ensure effective operation of Embrave.
About You:
• Critical and intersectional knowledge of systems, issues, challenges, and barriers and understanding of anti-oppression,
human rights, and social justice.
• Community and survivor centered.
• Practices accountability with clients, coworkers, partners, and management.
• Strong time management and organizational skills, with attention to detail.
• Prioritizes confidentiality.
• Flexible.
• Identify as Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

Qualifications
• University or college education in a related field, such as Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology,
Social Justice, Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Program, Early Childhood, or the equivalent in education and extensive
experience.
• Experience working with clients in areas such as poverty, violence, and homelessness.
• Understanding Gender Based Violence (GBV) as a complex social problem and the intersectionality of sexism, racism,
classism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, sanism, etc. on clients’ and their children’s lived experience
of violence.
• Knowledge and understanding of the systemic barriers experienced by clients and their intersectionality of oppressions i.e.,
Social Housing Reform Act; Mental Health Act; Landlord Tenant Act; O.W. Act, ODSP Act, etc.
• Strong understanding of anti-oppression, Human Rights, and social justice.
• Must have a broad-based knowledge of family and social issues that indigenous people face including the generational
impacts of colonization and the residential school violence on Indigenous communities.
• Proven ability in case management and supportive counselling skills from a decolonizing approach.
• Strong knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction Strategies.
• Demonstrated experience in crisis support and ability to mediate conflict.
• Professional communication skills; dedicated to team building and strong organizational and time management skills.
• Current First Aid and CPR level C training is required.
• 2nd language an asset.
• ASL is an asset.
• Must drive clients to appointments and accompaniments and holds a G Driver’s License.
• Designated position for someone who identifies as an Indigenous person.

Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs. per week – Tuesdays to Saturday from 9:00am – 4:30pm and Thursdays from 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Salary: Hourly Rate $24.95

Embrave: Agency to End Violence is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the communities it serves. We
actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including:
• First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples.
• Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion, and/or spiritual beliefs,
or place of origin.
• Persons of marginalized sexual orientations.
• Persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities.
• Survivors of the psychiatric system/consumer survivors.
• Two-Spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary people.

Please send a letter of application and current resume to Embrave: Agency to End Violence by August 6, 2021, utilizing Charity
Village platform. Please include in your cover letter the position that you are applying for.

Embrave: Agency to End Violence is a unionized workplace with OPSEU. This position is within the bargaining unit and as such the
terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Agreement.

Date of Posting: July 20, 2021
Deadline August 6, 2021