Youth Coordinator - DUDES Club Society

Feb 03, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia

This is a new role at DUDES Club Society, responsible for building good relationships with, and supporting our existing partner communities around British Columbia. The project will attract and support youth/ young adult men (inclusive of queer, non- conforming and diverse gender expressions) to connect through drop-ins, safe social gatherings, and online sessions. Activities focus on spiritual, physical, emotional and social aspects of wellness. Prioritizing supportive relationships, engagement in healthcare, and exploration of shared experiences, to promote healthy masculinities and bring an end to heteronormative, misogynistic narratives. This will also be a partnership management role with each of the organizations involved, including local community groups, local Nations, and Health Authorities (FNHA, PHSA, Northern Health). As such, the Project Coordinator (PC) is responsible for communicating well on a personal, community, and partner level, and also providing appropriate information so that DCS communications team can properly share the good news. The PC will be the primary point of contact between DCS and partnering organizations within the DCS Youth Engagement and is expected to maintain clear and good communication with partnering organizations, health directors, facilitators, and elders, among other key community leaders. The PC will report directly to Teka Everstz, National Coordinator. Decision-making at DCS is done collaboratively, on a management level, and also on a community level, with local partner organizations, and local facilitators/champions and local elders. This position has been dedicated for 20 hours per week. Work hours will fluctuate depending on program travel and deadlines, with approximately one trip quarterly.

RESPONSIBILITIES

● Support youth and young adult men's wellness and community wellness
● Build relationships and connections and conversations one to one, or in small or large
groups. In person and/or online. Supporting various areas of health and wellness:
A. Food security
B. Health and Hygiene (e.g. health information; access to medication, personal hygiene and medical supplies)
C. Information and community navigation (e.g. providing information; navigating community supports)
D. Mental health and wellness (e.g. peer support; crisis support)
E. Safety (e.g. information; access to violence and abuse support; violence and abuse prevention)
F. Social inclusion and learning (e.g. friendly conversation; social activities; learning activities)
● Participate in Monthly facilitator calls, weekly team meetings, partner meetings as they arise, and coordinate DCS Youth Engagement gatherings in Vancouver or elsewhere whenever possible.
● Creation of DCS Knowledge Bundle as a foundation for expansion of the DUDES Club model in the Youth Engagement.
● Plan meetings and community-based activities (i.e. presentations, workshops, retreats)
● Work with DCS Administrative Team to organize travel itineraries for community-based activities outside of Vancouver.
● Assist in development of the DCS including support improvement of the website, promotions and marketing materials and special events.
● Be a focal point in communications with community groups, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Liaise with the Program Elders and the Program Leadership Team.
● Assist in implementation of evaluation surveys and semi-structured focus groups for evaluation purposes.
● Maintain a clear line of communication with team members, ensuring that any issues are promptly raised and resolved
● Interact with the media and other communications outlets as required
● Perform other related duties as required
● The PC will not be supervising others; however, the expectation is that the PC will assume a key leadership role within the team.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work location is quite flexible. The PC will be permitted to work from home/ library/coffee shop/ DCS office, but will be expected to have a presence at:
- Occasional appearances at The Vancouver DC Gatherings (Thursdays 4-6pm)
- Occasional appearances at the weekly Think Tank meetings (Tuesdays 2-3pm);
- Biweekly DCS team meetings (currently weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2 PM through Zoom).
The PC will also have relatively frequent (Quarterly) short-term (1-3 days) travel to communities as determined, to support DCS Youth Engagement Project and partnering relationship-building.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

● Cultural Knowledge, and ability to work cross-culturally
● Significant life experience, allowing candidate to relate to DC participants in some way
● Related degree, diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience (Social Work, Community Development, Public Health, Psychology, etc).
● Experience working specifically with men, or openness to working with them
● Experience working in community with community members, towards community-set goals
● Experience working with funders and partners
● Experience working with Indigenous communities, organizations and/or clients
● Competencies: Communication, Systems Thinking, Relationship Building, Decision Making plus competencies consistent with DCS Standards of Practice
● Standard First Aid and CPR-C,
● Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention Certification preferred.
● Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Where required a clear driver’s abstract and proof of liability insurance is needed.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be considered for this position, your application must include:
- A resume is required as part of your application.
- A paragraph describing your motivation in your application.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in this Job Profile.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
A Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector (PIC-VS) will be required.

Preference may be given to:
Applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit with the required combination of education and experience.

Lived experience is equally if not more valuable than academic and professional experience, and DCS welcomes and strongly encourages people from marginalized communities and intersecting identities to apply. This includes (but not limited to) Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, Black people, racialized/people of colour, poor and working class people and those on social assistance, femmes, gay, bisexual, asexual, and queer people, transgender, transsexual, intersex, genderqueer, non-binary, and non-conforming people, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and people from non-academic backgrounds.

We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they would bring to DCS in their application and to self-identify if they feel comfortable to do so. We commit to maintaining the privacy of those who self-identify and will ensure that all information is kept confidential.

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