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Aboriginal Health Promoter - Youth, Oshawa Community Health Centre

Oshawa, Ontario
Deadline December 11, 2015

12-month contract – potential for extension/renewal
Regular Work Hours:  Full Time Contract (35 hours weekly)
Salary:  Annualized $53,646 with statutory benefits
Position Reports To:  Brian Joyce, Program Manager
Location:  Based at 115 Grassmere Ave (Oshawa) – serving Durham Region and GTA

Organization – Quick Overview

Oshawa Community Health Centre (OCHC) is a community-owned, non-profit, charitable organization.  Since our founding in 1982 by volunteers, we have proudly worked with our residents to build a strong and healthy community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded primarily by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CELHIN).  The Health Centre’s services are free and include a family centered medical practice, social work and counselling and a variety of health promotion and community development projects, many focusing on children, youth and women.

Position Overview

The purpose of the Aboriginal Youth – Health Promoter, is to assist youth (12 – 25) and their families who are living with poor mental health to attain a better quality of life (Mino B’maadzawin).  Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the position will provide mental health and social support services to Aboriginal youth living in the Durham region, coordination of Collaborative funding partners and managing the Youth Opportunity Fund.  This position is expected to encourage and support the use of community based mental health services, using a wholistic and culturally appropriate methods.In collaboration with the Aboriginal Mental Health and Addictions Worker, this role will be responsible for the coordination of integrated services delivery from referral, intake and discharge for Aboriginal youth and developing, implementing and evaluating various Aboriginal youth programs in Durham Region and possibly across the GTA.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct services for Aboriginal youth and their families affected by mental health;
  • Providing care to Aboriginal youth and their families through assessments, counseling, case management, referrals and group work.  
  • Developing and implementing plans of care and ensuring follow-up is completed
  • Coordinating and facilitating access to traditional healing and other cultural programming
  • To be part of an Aboriginal mental health service support network;
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with each Aboriginal community;
  • Coordinating care with other health professionals, education bodies, justice personnel
  • To participate and enhance community development with a focus on youth mental health;
  • To participate in internal and external outreach;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate programming.
  • Maintain client records and other statistical data;
  • Manage YOF budget
  • Coordinate staff and resources associated with the Youth Opportunities Fund with Collaborative partners
  • Ensure reporting requirements are met;
  • Attend staff and team meetings as required;
  • Conform to ethical standards of practice and to exercise client confidentiality;
  • Ensure adequate care for all materials provided for the program.
  • Completing all required statistical reporting.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyle, by example, and by information sharing, liaison activities, and attending educational events to promote awareness of mental health.

Other Responsibilities - Support of Operational Integrity within Scope of role, and across OCHC cross-boundary relationships:

  • Ensure effective risk management, as aligned with governing policies, procedures and protocols (e.g., Health & safety; AODA requirements, Respect in Workplace and other operational policies).
  • Support Client Safety and improving the client experience within role-scope and decision-making. This includes supporting:
  • Compliance with evidence-based practices and standards (including communication and teamwork, infection prevention and control, safe medication practices, and safe use of equipment and facilities)
  • Reporting and follow-up on risks and adverse events
  • Continuous measurement and improvement of Client Safety and the client experience
  • Client safety education and training.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional staff and operational committees to support involvement in Agency-wide mandates in support of OCHC’s Vision, Values and goals for stakeholders (e.g., Diversity, Policy, Pandemic, Workplace Success, etc.).

Key Qualifications

Education & Work Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s Social Work degree or diploma in related field
  • To possess 3 years minimum experience of counselling, crisis intervention and community development interventions, while working within the Aboriginal community.
  • To have experience managing projects, people and budgets
  • To be familiar with relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines.    
  • To have significant knowledge working in family systems therapeutic approaches.
  • To have experience in using culturally appropriate counseling, and intervention techniques
  • An in depth understanding of Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal values, including historical trauma
  • Priority consideration of Aboriginal ancestry(e.g., First Nation, Inuit or Metis) with experience working with Aboriginal culture and environment

Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Sound knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the principle issues affecting the mental health of Aboriginal youth and their communities.
  • Sound knowledge of the positive traditional influences that could promote mental health and wellness as well as the ability to promote and apply Aboriginal culture, values, and teachings in their work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to conduct counsellor/client interviews, assessment, planning and treatment, referrals, group facilitation and group therapy.
  • Highly self-motivated with a commitment to use a client-centred approach in working with Aboriginal youth and their families.
  • Must be able to follow direction and ensure follow-up with minimum supervision.
  • Must be well organized, with good planning skill and the ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with external agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and safe guard client privacy.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Other Qualifications
  • Ability to work flexible schedule to accommodate some evening and/or weekend work (re: program events).
  • Ability to travel within Durham area (must possess a class “G” driver’s license and reliable transportation).       
  • Must possess a clear CPIC (vulnerable populations).

Please submit applications to Brian Joyce ( by December 11, 2015.

Target Start Date: TBD


  • As a condition of employment, this position is subject to the successful completion of the following pre-employment conditions for all external hires:  Reference Checks; and Criminal Background checks (including Vulnerable Sector Screening).
  • Internal referrals are appreciated. Due to the immediate need and skill-set requirements for this contract role, an internal and external search is being conducted concurrently. While we thank all applicants for their interest in applying, only those qualified and considered for interview will be contacted. All applicant submissions will be kept on file for six months, for future consideration.
  • OCHC is committed to transparent and merit based selection in all of its recruiting and hiring decisions. All applicants are given an equal opportunity for employment in compliance with the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Standard for Employment under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, and any other applicable legislation and/or regulations.