The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (NFC) is an Indigenous not-for-profit, culture and community-based organization mandated to support urban Indigenous people in the City of Peterborough and the surrounding area. The NFC is currently accepting applications for a permanent, full-time position for Gender Diverse Indigenous Mentor (IM).
Position Objective and Responsibilities
The IM will develop a strengths-based action plan to support Indigenous gender diverse individuals, with a focus on youth. The action plan will be informed by the needs, desires, and challenges faced by Indigenous gender diverse youth residing in the City of Peterborough and surrounding area.
The IM will provide support and services for gender-diverse people and utilize existing Indigenous community capacity to support self-defined youth needs from a culture-based framework, and to support a trauma-informed approach to community-building and inclusion. Findings and activities generated through this project will help to improve the NFC and community capacity regarding service provision for gender-diverse individuals and young people.
The Indigenous Mentor will regularly communicate with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre’s (OFIFC) Research team on project updates, upcoming events, opportunities for collaboration, opportunities to attend and participate in local events, and requests for research support, capacity-building, and training.
- Lived/work experience and/or education in working with young people in a supportive or mentoring role;
- Community experience that can include organizing events, holding traditional roles, and volunteering;
- Strong knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture and history, with a strong understanding of the impacts of trauma, Indigenous youth engagement, and community outreach;
- Excellent communication skills, with the ability to create and maintain trusting relationships with Indigenous people;
- Excellent networking and facilitation skills;
- Interest and/or experience in storytelling, arts-based activities such as crafting, visual art, theatre, singing, dancing, etc.
- Must have skills and experience in planning and implementing culture-based activities and documenting events and activities in a variety of formats;
- Must have the ability and/or experience in building strategic relationships with local organizations to foster alignment between them and NFC in supporting gender diverse young people;
- Proficiency in MS Office applications;
- Ability to work within the established policies and procedures of the NFC organization;
- Must have the ability to work independently and as a team player, with minimal supervision;
- Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel when required;
- Must possess current First Aid / CPR certification or be willing to be certified;
- Good organizational and administrative skills;
- Indigenous heritage and self-identify as a gender diverse individual is a preference; (ref: Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy);
- Proof of vaccination (2 doses) from covid-19; and,
- A satisfactory Criminal Reference Check (CPIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) will be a condition of the employment offer.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) working references to the attention of:
Ashley Safar, Program/Human Resource Manager
The deadline for application is Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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