Bilingual Caseworker for Gang Prevention/Intervention Project

Job city: 
Toronto
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 12:00pm
Job terms: 
Full-time

POSITION: Full-Time (Maternity leave Contract) Bilingual Caseworker for Gang Prevention/Intervention Project
The Collaborative of Organizations (Midaynta Community Services, The Jamaican Canadian Association, the Black Action Defense Committee, Northwood Neighbourhood Services, and Somali Immigrant Aid Organization) serve communities in Northwest Toronto blighted by the crime of youth gangs. As identified in the Roots of Youth Violence Report, these neighbourhoods’ unique needs (i.e. a concentration of low socio-economic households, high unemployment, poverty, racism, challenges with institutions/systems, immigration and settlement issues, high drop out rates, lack of youth voice, poor community design, delinquency, health issues, family issues etc.) have contributed to the disengagement of youth from their own communities.
Funded by the Ministry Of Children and Youth Services

POSITION SUMMARY:

This Collaborative is seeking to hire Full-Time Bilingual Gang Prevention/Intervention Caseworkers. (English and French) The goal of this position is to provide Gang Prevention/Intervention services to at-risk and gang-involved youth and their families/guardians.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Program will comprise two service delivery components: Gang Prevention and Gang Intervention. The first will provide culturally relevant services to youth at-risk of gang involvement through case management, gang awareness education, employment and training supports, parenting skills development, cultural and community education, drugs and alcohol education and awareness and harm reduction strategies. The second, intervention strategies for gang-involved youth, will encourage gang affiliated youth to exit gangs, supporting the rehabilitation of youth
into positive community settings, and provide supports and services through case management, counseling, mentorship and workshops.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor’s degree in counseling, community/social work, or related field, and/or equivalent experience working with at-risk youth –gang involved, youth of high risk of gang involvement
• Police Vulnerable Sector Check will be required prior to commencing position
• Extensive knowledge of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)
• Good working knowledge, understanding and experience working in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs)
• Knowledge of the challenge/ barriers that gang involve youth face and a comprehensive understanding of the local gangs dynamics in Northwest Toronto
• Cultural competency with at-risk and diverse youth population
• Responsive to youth voices and the unique needs of at risk youth
• Knowledge of information sharing practices and protocols
• Demonstrated de-escalation and crisis management skills
• Knowledge of service systems and clinical issues, including case management and one-on-one/group trauma-informed counseling pertinent to gang involvement, intervention, and support services
• Professional communication, organization and interpersonal skills
• Able to work from an anti-oppressive and anti-racist framework
• Ability to work with diverse staff, participants, and community resources
• A positive attitude that includes creativity and flexibility
• Experience working collaboratively with community partners

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATED TASKS:

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

A. SERVICES

1. To provide prevention and intervention services to youth who are at risk of gang involvement. Prevention and Intervention services will be reflective and responsive to the youth, family and community strengths and need.
2. To maintain, through appropriate communication and coordination, a collective working relationship with other professionals both within and outside of the organization to facilitate partnerships with community groups, and inform the Gang Prevention & Intervention Program (GPIP) Supervisor of emerging issues, service gaps and matters of interest and/or concern.
3. To maintain and foster ongoing effective working relationships with Probation Officers within the Ontario Youth Justice system.
4. Conduct Case Management for each participant.
5. Provide one-on-one and group counseling for youth and their families/guardians.
6. Delivery of core workshops i.e., gang awareness education, anger management, employment and skills training, youth justice awareness, parenting skills, cultural and community education, drugs and alcohol addictions education, life-skills training, mentorship and other intervention and prevention strategies.
7. Support the rehabilitation of youth and their reintegration back into positive community settings.
8. To reach out to and engage youth, families/parents, institutions and organizations in contact or working with Afro-Caribbean and African youth who are ages 12 to 20 at-risk of or involved with gang activity, in accordance with the Spergel Model.
9. Complete an Individualized Action Plan for each youth following initial meeting(s) and Needs Assessment.
10.Develop networks and linkages with community agencies as a means to coordinate services.
11.Participate in the coordination of services and program development in a wraparound team setting.
12.Act as a positive adult role model to clients including: providing ongoing feedback, accountability, effective communication skills, self-care, healthy interpersonal relationships, and conflict resolution skills.
13.Mediate conflict between clients when necessary.
14.Orient new clients to the program, thoroughly explaining program rules and expectations.
15.Provide relevant referrals to Employment and job skills training, Mentorships, Internship Opportunities

B. ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

16.Develop linkages with community agencies as a means to coordinate appropriate wraparound services.
17.Participate in required projects and agency meetings.
18.Complete and maintain all required documentation in an accurate, professional, and timely manner. This includes, but is not limited to: Needs Assessments, Individual Action Plans, client files, case notes, and outcomes statistics.
19.Develop and maintain consistent positive relationships with all contacts.
20. Provide information for, and/or participate as directed in, the completion of reports encompassing activities, tasks, accomplishments, and challenges.
21. Maintain an accurate knowledge of available community resources.

POSITION DETAIL:

Full time positions ($24/Hr. plus benefits, 35 hours per week)

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified individuals are invited to send resume and cover letter to info@midaynta.com
by Monday March 1st, 2021 at 12:00PM.
Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
The Hiring Committee,
Midaynta Community Services,
2150 Islington Ave, Suite # 207,
Etobicoke, M9P 3V4,
Fax # (416) 440-3379
E-mail to info@midaynta.com

How to apply: 

The Hiring Committee,
Midaynta Community Services,
2150 Islington Ave, Suite # 207,
Etobicoke, M9P 3V4,
Fax # (416) 440-3379
E-mail to info@midaynta.com