The Life Skills Coordinator provides a wholistic approach in assisting women and women with children to build competencies which will allow them to live independently. The main role of the Life Skills Coordinator is to source out, arrange or facilitate activities that will raise capacity and increase self-esteem, empowerment and wellness of single women and women with children.
The Life Skills Coordinator will focus on providing activities that strengthen life skills, build capacity and independence in residents and families within Native Women’s Centre (NWC) programming/services.
- Work with local community organizations and groups to develop life skill programming that includes, but is not limited to: financial literacy, employment skills, hygiene, health, food literacy, Food handlers Certification, home maintenance, educational planning, tenant’s rights, legal advocacy, first aid & CPR, healthy relationship building, self-esteem, and networking skills.
- Collaborate with residents and staff to develop a roster of programming/events that will engage and attract resident’s participation.
- Identify and build opportunities and spaces for all NWC residents to build their own programming and social networks.
- Network & Outreach within the homelessness service community within the City of Hamilton to raise awareness of NWC programming and build collaboration opportunities.
- Work with Program Managers/Transitional Housing Advocates, Crisis Intervention workers – Shelter and Transitional Support Worker to strongly encourage resident participation in life skills programming and coordinate activities across all NWC sites.
- Develop monthly reports on current activities and statistics.
- Promote a professional and favourable image of the Native Women’s Centre in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community, private and public sectors.
- Assist as required in ensuring smooth operations of NWC programs and services.
- Additional responsibilities as directed.
- Social Service Worker Diploma or education in a related field
- Must have 3+ years of experience in social services/homelessness/women’s transitional housing sector with a wholistic approach to service delivery.
- Must have demonstrated experience working with representatives from other agencies.
- Thorough knowledge of all Indigenous and non-indigenous programs and services within the City of Hamilton and surrounding areas.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of women’s issues specifically but not limited to violence against women, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, adult survivors of alcoholics and the effects of trauma & intergenerational trauma, harm reduction, chronic homelessness and community resources in the areas of homelessness and drug & alcohol misuse, mental health & behavioral issues.
- Knowledge and understanding of all protocols relating to emergency shelter services, Missing Persons Reporting protocol, and CCAS/CAS reporting.
- Knowledge and understanding of the Child and Family Services Act.
- Strong communication (verbal/written) and interpersonal skills.
- Strong computer skills.
- Valid Driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; and to work with as team.
- Must be able to obtain a clear criminal record check with vulnerable screening.