Black Youth Mentorship - Project Facilitator
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
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JOB TITLE: Black Youth Mentorship – Project Facilitator (Bilingual English/ French an asset)
JOB #: 2019-0090
Status: Contract from November 7, 2019 until March 31, 2021
Hours: 21 hrs/week
Benefits and eligibility: Cost shared health/dental benefits and HOOPP pension eligibility
Pay scale: $25.036 – 29.454 hour
Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 9:00am

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Job Summary:
Project Facilitator-Black Youth Mentorship is responsible for building relationships and facilitating ongoing communication with program participants (youth and volunteers) with the objective of supporting youth to discover new passions, interests and opportunities, foster an understanding anti-black racism and systemic issues impacting their lives. The Project Facilitator plans and implement Mentorship programming that fosters leadership skills and responds to issues focused on Black low-income youth (ages 12-25).

Considering the position’s specific focus on addressing the needs of Black youth and the Black community, preference will be given to candidates who identify as members of the diverse Canadian Black community.

Job Specific Responsibilities:
  • Under the direction of the Health Promoter-Black Youth Strategy, develop and maintain Mentorship programming structures, routines and expectations within Mentorship program guidelines
  • Support the development of increased self-esteem, protective factors, sense of belonging and sense of cultural identity and pride, as well as strengthening leadership and advocacy skills among low-income Black youth of the community.
  • Support with the recruit and screening of potential mentor candidates.
  • Support with the development of specialized mentor training and handbook.
  • Collaborate with the Mentoring team to develop and deliver Mentor training and orientation.
  • Implement, oversee and monitor ongoing mentor/mentee matching.
  • Supervise on-going mentor/mentee relationship, including management of mentee reporting and providing support to mentors as required.
  • Address any concerns about mentor conduct or conflict.
  • Plan and execute quarterly mentor trainings and support meetings.
  • Communicate with district members of the Black Ottawa community, and enlist their support and involvement.
  • Promotes social awareness and civic engagement related to issues facing low-income Black youth; supports low-income Black youth and community to participate in advocacy projects and/or coalitions.
  • Become familiar with the strengths and capacities, as well as the barriers and challenges faced by program participants and, where needed, refer children and youth to appropriate resources.
  • Ensure that program participants are engaged in mentoring activities as required.
  • Meet individually program participants (mentors and mentees) to establish Mentoring goals, link them with opportunities and supports, monitor and celebrate their progress, and reflect upon their learning.
  • Provide direction and support to Mentors that are engaged in Mentorship activities.
  • Develop and maintain a catalog of community organizations, local businesses, and other groups that are able to support low-income Black youth (ages 12-25) with community engagement, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.
  • With the support of the Health Promoter-Black Youth Strategy, develop and maintain partnerships with community organizations and businesses to create additional opportunities for low-income Black youth (ages 12-25).
  • Maintain regular communication with the SPSW and Tutoring teams to ensure coordinated support is provided to each student.
  • Organize special events, workshops, speakers and field trips based on program participant’s interests.
  • Organize facilities, routines and data collection as needed in partner-led programs and provide partners with training and orientation, where required.
Administration and Team Work:
  • Collect relevant information on a regular basis and enter this information into database in a timely manner.
  • Document interactions with youth, parents and mentors in accordance with program policies. Documentation should include support provided, referrals made, and updates regarding youths’ and mentors’ strengths and accomplishments as well as challenges and needs.
  • Maintain effective communication of information among program staff, mentors and other providers of services. Participate in Community of Practice meetings with program staff of other Together We Can Mentorship programs across the city/province
  • Participate in regular team and community meetings to ensure that there is strong collaboration between and among staff and greater Black community.
  • In collaboration with other staff, participate in ongoing program evaluation and program development efforts, including the development of workshops and specialized activities designed to supports the development of increased self-esteem, protective factors, sense of belonging and sense of cultural identity and pride, as well as strengthening leadership and advocacy skills among low-income Black youth of the community.
  • Maintain anti-oppression, mentorship, youth-centered, trauma informed best practices.
  • Other tasks as assigned, from time to time.
Qualifications:
1. Education
  • University degree in education or social work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Professional Experience
  • Experience working with low-income Black youth (ages 12-25) from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience planning and delivering successful programming for youth.
  • Experience working in partnership arrangements.
3. Key Competencies
  • An understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by Black youth in culturally diverse, low-income communities.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, informal individual counseling techniques and mentorship.
  • An understanding of group dynamics and experience facilitating cultural diverse groups of Black youth and adults.
  • Training and experience in group facilitation with youth and adults.
  • Strong theoretical understanding of issues of equity and inclusion of the diverse Canadian Black community.
  • An understanding of the strengths and challenges of diverse Black youth living in low-income communities.
  • Knowledge of community and social service resources, in particular services for youth.
  • An understanding of and commitment to anti-discriminatory practices.
4. Linguistic Profile
  • Under the Centre’s designation to provide French Language Services:
  • Bilingual (English/French) Asset l - based on New Avenues Linguistics Rating Scale: A+ (highest skill) to C- (lowest skill):
o English/French (oral expression): A
o English/French (oral comprehension): A
o English/French (reading comprehension): A
o English/French (written expression): A
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken within the diverse Canadian Black community is an asset.
5. Personal Suitability/Other Requirements
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including regular evening work.
  • Training/Experience in Motivational Interviewing will be considered an asset.
  • Training/Experience in Motivational Interviewing will be considered an asset.
  • Considering the program’s focus on addressing the needs of low-income Black youth from diverse backgrounds and experiences, lived experience as a member of a Black Canadian group will be considered an asset.