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November 25, 2021

Peer Recovery and Support Coach

Reports To: Treatment and Supportive Recovery Coordinator

Term: Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours)

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 4:00pm to 12:00am with ½ hour paid break.

Wage Range: $17.00 to $19.00 commensurate with experience.

Vacation

Permanent Full-Time/Temporary Full-Time (over three months) who work more than 30 hours per week are eligible for three weeks paid vacation in the first year and they may be taken after a successful probationary period. In the second year, this entitlement increases to four weeks. In the fifth year, the entitlement increases to five weeks. Each year after five years the entitlement is five weeks plus one day for every subsequent year to a maximum of six weeks. Unless otherwise negotiated.

Benefits

Permanent Full-Time employees are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week).

Temporary Full-Time employees for a term longer than three months are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). These hours can be fulfilled through a variety of permanent positions. All employees have access to the Yearly Physical Activity Bonus, two additional ASK Statutory Holidays, Annual Retreats, Trainings, and ASK Staff Social Events.

Who is the ASK Wellness Society?

The ASK Wellness Society is a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals within the BC Region with opportunities and the resources to change their current situation. It is about reaching out to those people who are homeless and battling addictions, helping them find housing and medical care, addressing their addictions, stabilizing mental health issues and, ultimately, providing them with the skills to re-enter the work force. The ASK Wellness Society administers an unconditional sense of hope to those who are convinced they are incapable of ever achieving a stable and meaningful life.

Purpose and Function

The Peer Recovery and Support Coach will work with the Supportive Recovery and Career Development Team to build rapport and support Program Participants to develop the skills to move on to independent living based on their personal recovery plan. Peer Recovery and Support Coach serves as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. Service delivery is based on a client centered, non-judgmental perspective.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Supportive Recovery and Career Development Program Team to develop, implement, maintain, and adjust treatment/recovery plans and assist Program Participants in developing and achieving the goals outlined within their individualized treatment/recovery plan.
  • Walk side by side with Program Participants seeking recovery from substance use disorders to assist in the creation of their own recovery plans, and develop their own recovery pathways;
  • Assist with the meal preparation program including but not limited to daily kitchen activities, aiding with menu preparation, ensuring food quality and freshness, and monitoring ordering and stocking;
  • Encourage and support Program Participants to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional, organizational, and practical support, and training as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress;
  • Work closely with referral agencies (i.e., CMHA, IHA, Friendship Centre, Brain Injury, etc.);
  • Actively seek the views of Program Participants and involve them in decision-making to improve their services and accommodations;
  • Monitor emergencies that take place such as medical or mental health assistance and complete necessary incident reports;
  • When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on-the-spot overdose response and support;
  • Ensure Limitation of Service Notices are completed and current;
  • Help maintain a clean and organized workspace by doing light housekeeping in the office space;
  • Other duties which may or may not be listed within this job description;
  • Ensure compliance with all ASK supportive standards, policies, and procedures.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Maintain complete documentation, statistics, and records in files and on ShareVision database;
  • Assist team with required verbal and written reports, case notes, letters, memoranda, and year end reports;
  • Maintain files and documentation to the COA Standard;
  • When requested, be a member of the COA’s Performance and Quality Improvement team in which you will encourage the organization to use data to identify areas of needed improvement and implement improvement plans in support of achieving performance targets, program goals, client satisfaction, and positive client outcomes.

Qualifications and Suitability

  • Minimum of one year experience working with adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders required;
  • Minimum two years of sustained recovery;
  • Human Service Diploma or equivalent an asset;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and traditions and a demonstrated ability to work with Indigenous peoples an asset;
  • Understanding of various social and political issues in the Indigenous Community. Ability to apply knowledge and experience in the areas of trauma, PTSD, residential school, colonial impact on indigenous peoples an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience of food hygiene and safe kitchen practices including the use of commercial equipment and tools an asset;
  • Level 1 First Aid, WHIMS, and Food Safe required;
  • Ability to work as a team member in a case management setting involving multi-agency supports;
  • Understands and maintains clientele/worker boundaries;
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources;
  • Communication, writing, documentation, and organizational skills;
  • In-house Violence Prevention, Cultural Awareness Training, and 2sLGBTQ+ Training provided;
  • Must pass criminal record check for vulnerable sector and reference screening;
  • Access to vehicle in good working condition and possess valid driver’s license with relevant insurance to transport clients an asset;
  • As clients are allowed to have pets, it is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

Effective November 1, 2021, the Society requires all employees to be fully vaccinated (as defined by Health Canada). Full vaccination will be required before commencing employment with the Society unless a legal exemption is obtained.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values. We are fully focused on equality and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

The ASK Wellness Society now offers assistance from an Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your questions via email and you will be redirected to the Employment Advisor.

Closing Date: December 2, 2021, at 9:00am

Interview Dates: December 6, 2021, through Zoom
Send cover letter and resume to:
Careers@askwellness.ca

Please Reference Position: Peer Recovery and Support Coach

Attention: People Experience  

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

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