Wanted: Peer Support Coordinator Harm Reduction Services

Peer Support Coordinator Harm Reduction Services (Diploma in Community Social Services)

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Vancouver Coastal Health is world renowned for innovation and a focus on quality care and outcomes. The remarkable range of specialties places VCH at the forefront of career destinations for Nurses, Sonographers, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Mental Health professionals and many other health care and allied professionals. Launch an exciting career with us where you can apply your skills and develop new ones alongside some of Canada’s finest practitioners. Come for the job. Stay for the team.

Job Title: Peer Support Coordinator Harm Reduction Services (Diploma in Community Social Services)
Work Site: Vancouver Mental Health Services
Status: Regular Full Time – Baseline (1.00 FTE)
Start Date: As Soon As Possible
Salary: $21.13 – $22.92 per hour
Hours: 0830-1630 Monday to Friday with Sat/Sun/Stats off
Reference#: 084098-kwe


Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addictions Services is committed to collaborating with consumers and families to build on strengths, talents and interests in order to foster a community of hope, growth and self-determination.

Within the context of a client and family-centered Recovery model and in accordance with established vision and values of the organization, works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide individual peer support counselling and harm reduction information. Facilitates group and one-to-one peer support meetings, plans and delivers information sessions, develops relationships based on respect and assists clients and their support network with locating appropriate health, social and legal services and resources. Provides advocacy to clients, organizes venues and materials for support sessions, selects and screens a group of volunteer active and non-active drug users as applicable to the designated program, assists with research and other special projects, maintains and compiles statistics, participates in committees, task groups, and/or program initiatives, and engages in and assists the Manager with on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


Education & Experience
Diploma in Community Social Services and two (2) years related experience working with active drug users, individuals with HIV/AIDS, HEPC and mental health issues and/or involvement in the sex trade, and/or personal experience with mental health issues/accessing mental health services or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of principles of recovery in mental illness.
Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Knowledge of peer-run programs.
Team oriented approach to leadership and a commitment to a peer driven process.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and to recognize and respond appropriately to the needs of the peers and consumers.
Ability to communicate effectively/tactfully both verbally and in writing.
Ability to organize and prioritize.
Ability to work under the pressure of interruptions and adapt to changes.
Ability to problem solve and take initiative.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to provide work direction.
Skilled in conflict resolution, facilitation, and advocacy.
Ability to compose business correspondence.
Ability to do mathematical calculations.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Basic computer literacy to operate computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, Internet and e-mail software.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Current VCH staff who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered with other external candidates. Seniority will not apply.***

Many thanks,


Neil Arao l MHSU
T: (604) 714 3771 ext 2375
F: (604) 874 4562
E: Neil.Arao@vch.ca

Insite / Onite / CTCT / PSS / Drug Treatment Court / Downtown Community Court / Vancouver Intensive Supervision Unit / Harm Reduction / Mental Health Drop – in Programs

For appointments, please contact Jennifer McHugh  (Jennifer.McHugh@vch.ca or at 604 714 3771 x 2369).

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