Case Worker - Gang Exit Initiative

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Eastern Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
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OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

Position Summary

The Case Worker (Gang Exit Initiative) will support adult gang associates/members who wish to distance themselves from gangs and gang-related crime. Through targeted services designed to support those involved in a gang lifestyle, the overall goal is to reduce the risk of their ongoing involvement in crime and to reduce the harm caused by their actions to their immediate families and community.

OCISO is partnering with The John Howard Society of Ottawa and Ottawa Police Services to deliver this program with funding provided by The City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa.


  • Conduct needs assessment with clients to identify their respective social, cultural and spiritual needs
  • Support clients in the development of a plan for change and initiate connections with relevant community resources
  • Support clients to expand pro-social networks and reconnect with family members and community
  • Assist clients to explore employment opportunities with the support of mentors
  • Recruit, orient and train volunteer mentors
  • Lead communication with the community, to raise project profile and solicit input. Organize community forums to foster dialogue on best approaches to supporting gang exit outcomes
  • Collaborate effectively with project partners ensuring information sharing and action items are explicit and allow for effective follow up
  • Ensure that all relevant information is accurately documented and recorded
  • Assist in creating project communication materials
  • Adhere to OCISO policies and standards and contribute to overall organizational goals


  • Post-secondary education in the social sciences, preferably criminology, or a related field
  • Knowledge of social work practices with high risk populations
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to people within the criminal justice system
  • Proven to demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment
  • An understanding of the key issues related to social inclusion and the needs of disaffected young people and adults
  • Knowledge of and experience with assessment tools is a strong asset
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources and services
  • Proven experience in recruiting and orienting volunteers
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders including community representatives.
  • Strong organizational, reporting and time management skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and the flexibility to be responsive to client needs
  • Ability to liaise effectively with other service providers and with OCISO programs
  • Knowledge and experience with mainstream computer applications and database software
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
  • Ability to speak other languages is an asset
  • Current criminal record check for vulnerable populations is required

Position: 24.5 h/week, July 2017 – March 2018 (subject to renewal)
Reports to: Manager of the MLO Program

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume by July 19th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to:

Agnieszka Wedrychowicz, H.R. Coordinator


Fax: 613-288-2674.

OCISO encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

OCISO is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, OCISO will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the HR Coordinator upon scheduling your interview.