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HER Pregnancy Worker

Boyle Street Community Services

This is a Full-time position in Edmonton posted August 1, 2018.

“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients.  If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: http://boylestreet.org/who-we-are/mission-and-history/, please consider joining our team.

This position comes with a comprehensive dental, health and drug benefits package, three weeks of annual vacation, and numerous professional development and training opportunities.

Job Purpose:

The HER Pregnancy Worker position is a woman-centred position assists street-involved pregnant women attain their highest level of health and safety utilizing the harm reduction approach.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach at Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services, on foot outreach, and van as well as other sites as directed.
  • Participate in street outreach and provide on site resource support at various agencies.
  • Be actively involved in program components and activities, such as organizing hospital tours, pregnancy drop-in, etc.
  • Liaise with community agencies to encourage their increased support for target populations and service delivery.
  • Work with other staff to ensure that health education and counselling is available in ways that are relevant to the users of the service.
  • Assist and support service users to obtain basic needs (income, food, shelter, transportation, legal and medical services)
  • Assess client needs and develop a mutual service plan.
  • Engage in risk reduction counselling with women and families who use the service.
  • Advocate on behalf of clients as required, supports individual to be a self-advocate and to use natural advocates as appropriate.
  • Access natural support networks, which exist to build support for the target population and support their behaviour change.
  • Perform fetal heart rates, weights, fundal heights, kick counts and other basic health monitoring functions
  • Provide manager with monthly reports, hours, expense claims and other required documentation

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Knowledge of or ability to adopt Harm Reduction practice and philosophy
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast changing environment
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of or willingness to learn about street culture and Indigenous culture
  • Understanding of or willingness to learn about sex work and substance use
  • Knowledge of local resources
  • Strengths based perspective
  • Non-judgmental, compassionate, and energetic

Experience:

  • Experience working with people and communities who face poverty and addictions.
  • Knowledge of injection drug use, and sex trade work.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction, and health promotion theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of community resources used by target population.
  • Criminal Record and Child and Youth Information Systems check are required by the successful applicant prior to work commencement
  • Valid standard First Aid Certificate
  • Valid (non GDL) Driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Training in suicide prevention and non-violent crisis intervention.
  • If personal history includes addictions, must have been clean and sober for at least 1 year.

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

Hourly Wage Range: $20.32-$23.91/hour

Closing Date: August 15, 2018

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include HER Pregnancy Worker in the Subject Line of the email.  In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position.