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Outreach Worker- STI Project

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 Outreach Worker would make connections, provide education and support to people regarding prevention, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. The project will target but not be exclusive to women, and this position will be paired with a Registered Nurse. The majority of the work will be concentrated in Edmonton’s downtown core, but may include travel to communities, Reserves and Metis settlements north of Edmonton. Services will be delivered in a Harm Reduction framework, and will include outreach.

The position is temporary until March 31, 2019 with a possibility of extension.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist individuals to maintain or improve their own health, utilizing a harm reduction/health promotion framework.
  • Work with the nurse educators 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 Harm Reduction counselling with service users
  • 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
  • Link with community agencies, either by phone or in person, with a view of encouraging their increased support role in respect to target populations and service delivery.
  • Provide educational sessions to groups, families and individuals re: relevant topics including harm reduction, health promotion, primary health care, injection drug use, prostitution, related illnesses, addictions etc.
  • Maintain exchange sites at Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Co-op, on foot outreach, and van as well as other sites as directed.
  • Be actively involved in program components and activities, such as community clean-ups, newsletter, hospital visits, etc.
  • Provide manager with monthly reports, hours, expense claims and other required documentation

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Grade 12 Diploma and Post Secondary education would be an asset

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Able to work non-judgmentally within a Harm Reduction framework
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn of substance use and culture, sex trade, STIs and blood borne pathogens, and inner city lifestyles
  • Knowledge of and experience in community development
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in an Aboriginal cultural context
  • Familiarity with local community resources (e.g. substance use, social services, justice)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and non-judgmental attitude

Experience:

  • Experience working in marginalized city community is an asset.
  • Knowledge of injection drug use, sex trade work, Harm Reduction, and health promotion
  • 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 2 years.

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 STI Outreach Worker in the Subject Line of the email.  In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position.