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Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator

Job Type: 
Full Time
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday 30 September 2020

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator

Full Time contract (1 year with possibility of renewal)

35 hrs/week, some evenings /weekends and on call

Full benefits after 6 mth probation

Reports to: Supervisor, Youth and Safety Initiatives

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2020

 

Background

ACSA is a nonprofit, multi service agency at the heart of Agincourt addressing needs and empowering children, youth, newcomers, homeless, and otherwise underserved communities.  Our core programs include housing and outreach programs, food security programs, newcomer services, youth outreach and therapy programs, child and family programs, early years’ programs, computer access programs, and community engagement.

 

Summary of Job

The Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the activities of the Youth Violence Prevention Program (YVP). The YVP model has a strong emphasis on providing intensive support through actively engaging and linking youth with community resources and programming within their community and providing intensive case management support. The project is focused on youth ages 12- 24 at risk of or are currently involved in the justice system and in anti-social activities. 

The coordinator will work closely with partner organizations, City of Toronto, SLYE, TDSB, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Services, Crisis Response, probation services and relevant court diversion programs and key community leaders to ensure the effective implementation of the project.

 

Duties include:

  • Coordinate, plan, implement and evaluate YVP Project in Steeles L’Amoreaux
  • Supervise 2 YVP Mentors while working collaboratively with the Program Supervisor
  • Provide crisis support to Mentors, ensure appropriate follow up and information tracking; Inform Program Supervisor accordingly
  • Conduct initial and ongoing community and individual needs/asset assessment vis-à-vis impact of change/loss/transition and building resiliency
  • Work closely with YVP Collaborative partners (City of Toronto and SLYE) to plan, develop and implement ongoing life-skills workshops for youth
  • Ensure remote access to workshops and mentorship has been developed and that staff adhere to COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Develop and implement effective youth engagement strategies
  • Coordinate relevant staff training and development sessions
  • Develop and distribute project promotional materials
  • Develop avenues to appropriate services and supports including facilitating referrals
  • Work collaboratively with the ACSA team and partner agencies in ensuring the sound implementation and continued evolution of the project as a whole
  • Maintain records and files and provide information in accordance with ACSA policies and  information sharing protocols
  • Foster and develop meaningful partnerships with a broad range of community stakeholders
  • Attend workshops, meetings and conferences and participate in relevant training opportunities as required
  • Oversee the ongoing implementation of the project evaluation processes to monitor program effectiveness
  • Development and implementation of staff support and training plan to build a strong, effective, cohesive team
  • Identify appropriate off site locations for staff to connect with youth, conduct meetings etc., in various communities. 
  • Coordination of regular meetings of the Project Collaborative and the ACSA staff Team
  • Complete mandatory program reports and oversee program budget
  • Communication tools/strategies to ensure effective and timely communication between community agencies, residents and other community stakeholders.
  • Perform the responsibilities of the position within the legislative and regulatory standards set out in the applicable Acts. Perform the responsibilities of the position consistent with the policies of ACSA
  • Provides statistical data, reports and correspondence and makes presentations to various community stakeholders
  • Interacting with the partner agencies to facilitate the efficient operation of the YVP program ensuring adherence to the program model assurance of “positive supports” to youth partners
  • Actively support the Chester Le Community Corner and team, participating in ongoing meetings and coverage of space
  • Protects own health and health of others by adopting safe work practices, reporting unsafe conditions immediately. Follows all guidelines for employees and employers as legislated under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

Qualifications:

  • Post-Secondary Degree or equivalent experience and background in Social Services and Community Development.  Minimum 1 year supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the experiences, issues and needs of youth in Scarborough acquired through lived or worked experience an asset
  • Experience in program planning and  supervision
  • Demonstrated experience with the implementation of community development  principles and practices in program planning and delivery
  • Demonstrated knowledge of programs and services currently available to youth, parents and the broader communities of Scarborough
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working in Steeles L’Amoreaux communities, specifically the communities of Bay Mills, Chester Le and Glendower
  • Knowledge and experience working with trauma, loss and grief and counselling
  • Mental Health First Aid an asset
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Certification an asset
  • Understanding of the social determinants of health
  • Extensive experience developing and delivering effective programs for at risk youth.
  • Experience working from an anti-racist/ anti-oppression framework
  • Ability to form relationships with marginalized individuals while maintaining strong boundaries
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems and develop effective, appropriate solutions.
  • Excellent crisis management and conflict resolution skills
  • Valid First Aid, CPR, CPI certification and G-class driver’s license and access to a vehicle an asset.
  • Valid Police Records Check

 

To Apply:

Email cover letter & resume as one attachment and quote YVP Coordinator in the subject line to Vasanti Persaud at pvasanti@agincourtcommunityservices.com

 

No phone calls please.

 

ACSA is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position. However, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

If you are contacted by ACSA regarding a job opportunity and need accommodation throughout a hiring process, please contact Yelena Galochkina, HR Generalist at gyelena@agincourtcommunityservices.com. This address is for accommodation inquiries ONLY. Job applications sent to it will not be considered.

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