ARCHES is now hiring one full-time Indigenous Recovery Coach position for the Indigenous Recovery Coaching Program. The Agency provides harm reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.
This position will support an intensive, peer-to-peer community-based and culturally-informed recovery coaching program for Indigenous adults starting or restarting opioid agonist therapy (OAT) for opioid addiction in Lethbridge, Alberta. The program will combine one-on-one community-based management practices with culturally-focused healing and behaviour-based relapse prevention.
Indigenous Recovery Coach
Reporting to the Indigenous Recovery Coach Program Manager, this position functions as part of a team, seeing participants from diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) populations. This position requires a professional who is committed to harm reduction and passionate about working with people who use drugs and/or are living with mental health issues. The Indigenous Recovery Coach utilizes the informal counselling process, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals accessing OAT.
While the Indigenous Recovery Coach is not required to be a regulated professional, it would be an asset. However, all applicants will be considered. Successful candidates will receive training towards being a Certified Professional Recovery Coach. Training will also include understanding opioid addiction, cultural awareness, and on-the-job training.
The Indigenous Recovery Coach will be responsible for developing and following a Recovery Plan to help meet participant needs. The Coach will work to expand supportive social contacts in a participant’s network; facilitate engagement in tangible resources to meet physical needs (e.g., stable housing and access to physical/mental health services); facilitate access to and engagement in Indigenous cultural and ceremonial activities; and work with clients to expand their personal skills/capacities (e.g., problem-solving and stress management).
The Indigenous Recovery Coach will support the Program Manager in working collaboratively with diverse FNMI communities (rural, remote, urban), individuals, groups and organizations to plan quality, accessible programs and services. The position will engage FNMI communities by developing trust and collaboration.
-Experience and knowledge in traditional cultural practices is considered an asset.
-Graduation from a recognized education program would be an asset.
-More than 5 years’ experience with urban and rural FNMI people/communities.
-Minimum of 5 years in supportive role.
-Recent experience working in a community setting is preferred.
-A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development.
-Client-focused, with a commitment to providing quality services.
-Proven ability to foster partnerships, establish and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders.
-Understanding of the politically sensitive nature of working with multiple stakeholders.
-Computer literacy skills, mandatory.
-Must be able to support a flexible work schedule.
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with clients and their family members.
-Excellent at working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and work well under pressure and stressful situations.
-Must understand and practice within full scope of their profession in an interdisciplinary team environment.
-Knowledge of local community resources for social, physical and cultural support and how to access each is considered an asset.
-Experience in a wide range of assessment, health promotion, harm reduction, and follow-up care in the community is considered an asset.
-An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is an asset.
-Ability to speak and/or understand a traditional language within Southern Alberta is considered an asset.
-Positive and enthusiastic about working with the target population.
-Nonjudgmental of adults with opioid addiction.
-Ability to establish empathy with the individuals you work with.
-Comfort and ability in working independently in community settings.
-Willingness and open-mindedness to follow established RC procedures.
-Valid Drivers License
-Criminal Record Check
Start Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
We offer competitive salaries and benefits.
Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 7, 2018 to
Indigenous Recovery Coach Program Manager by Fax: (403) 328-8564; or email: email@example.com
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those applicants short listed will be contacted.