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Child and Family Advocate
REGENT PARK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary healthcare, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy. We currently have the following opening on our EarlyON Child and Family Centre team:
Child and Family Advocate
Permanent 28hrs per week
Salary range: $26.20 – $31.68 per hour plus benefits
The Child and Family Advocate (CFA) works directly with families and children 0-4 years old, within the EarlyON model of primary prevention and early intervention, and provides high quality programming that contributes to healthy child development. The CFA works to provide effective support and intervention though needs assessment, short term case management, provision of internal and external referrals and follow-up. This position provides individual and systemic advocacy, working closely with an inter-disciplinary team, to support families with complex needs to address barriers and improve child development outcomes. The CFA links with other RPCHC staff and community partners in advocacy work.
- Advocates with and on behalf of families to navigate and improve systems that affect their lives such as housing, special needs, immigration, child care, etc.
- Facilitates connections with specialized community services, access to funding for families with children with special needs, coordinated service planning with public health, education, child care and child welfare, as appropriate.
- Ensure EarlyOn staff have relationships with community partners and in depth knowledge of community resources to allow simple transitions to other services.
- Provides short-term case management support to assess needs, identify and access resources for families.
- Takes a leadership role in supporting EARLYON participation at community events, forums and workshops
- Takes a leadership role to support RPCHC and EARLYON staff regarding child and family advocacy
- Minimum of 2 years experience working in intake, community support, crisis intervention/counseling, community health, systems navigation or a similar position
- Post–secondary education in Child Development, Counseling, or other relevant human services field
- Experience working with families and children 0-4, particularly for children with special needs or developmental disabilities.
- Up to date knowledge of relevant resources
- Demonstrated skills and experience in individual and systemic advocacy
- Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated experience working in collaboration and with partnerships
- Ability to work effectively with people of various cultural, age and economic backgrounds
- Commitment to anti-discrimination / anti-oppression principles, practices and service delivery
- Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
- Knowledge of the Regent Park area and issues affecting families living within the Regent and Moss Park communities
Regent Park CHC is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and others protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU 5115.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by 5:00 p.m. December 20, 2018, to:
Regent Park Community Health Centre
465 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 2B2
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Interviews for this position will be held in January 2019
No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.