Indigenous Youth Diversion Program Coordinator - Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Feb 07, 2021
Ottawa (Vanier), Ontario

                                Indigenous Youth Diversion Program Coordinator 

You are passionate about working with Indigenous youth and want to build a bright future.
You thrive in a challenging role with multiple priorities.
Your knowledge and experience provide you with a unique connection to youth.

Wabano is seeking positive, community-minded team members who are energized by challenge and motivated to serve our community.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in Ottawa – one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect and community interdependence. Wabano is proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.

Purpose of Position

The Indigenous Youth Diversion Program Coordinator develops and implements a culturally appropriate diversion and early intervention program for urban Indigenous youth (aged 13-18) and assists in the diversion of youth and their families from statutory child protection and youth justice systems.


  • Create learning modules and other outreach materials for youth and community organizations;
  • Liaison and build partnerships with law enforcement bodies;
  • Maintain memoranda of understanding with local service agencies to ensure the bridging of services between law enforcement, other diversion programs and justice systems;
  • Work collaboratively with the youth team in order to ensure smooth program delivery to all youth clients;
  • Support individual program participants with their healing goals, which includes taking an active role in leading program components;
  • Liaise with external evaluation team, which may include ensuring evaluation materials are completed as per the program’s evaluation protocol;
  • Support and participate in at least three overnight camping trips per year (these camps usually last an entire week);
  • Work collaboratively with all staff to create and support Wabano events such as the Annual General Meeting, Gala, and community holiday celebrations;
  • Produce quarterly program reports indicating outcome and process accomplishments, and;
  • Accept responsibility for ensuring program objectives are met in a manner consistent with the quality of service and care for which Wabano is well known.


  • Post-secondary completion in human services, youth justice or other applicable program;
  • Four years of experience with Indigenous youth work or youth programming;
  • Knowledge of social, economic and health concerns relevant to the urban Indigenous community and understanding of culture in contemporary society;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with and engage Indigenous youth;
  • Experience liaising and consulting with a wide range of community partners and stakeholders;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills evidenced by experience in report writing;
  • Effective organizational skills and negotiation skills with experience in handling sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy;
  • Experience with high risk and at risk youth;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.


  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify;
  • Successful applicants would be required to submit a clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population.

To pursue this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to by February 07, 2021. Tell us your story early!

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

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