Trans Connect East Kootenay Outreach Worker
Job Description (part time work)
The East Kootenay Outreach Worker is responsible for providing support and resources to transgender, non-binary, Two Spirit, and gender non-conforming individuals in the East Kootenays through peer support, occasional events, resource referrals, and providing 2SLGBTQ+ educational materials to the broader community.
The fundamental principles which guide the development and delivery of services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Collaborative relationships and partnerships with community organizations and pre-existing resources (such as women’s centres, Pride organizations, community services, youth centres, and others according to what is appropriate and productive).
- A focus on increasing social, physical, and emotional health and wellness for transgender and gender diverse people in the East Kootenays, through work with individuals as well as the broader community.
- Programs and services should be culturally appropriate and based on gender-affirming and inclusive approaches.
The Trans Connect East Kootenay Outreach Worker takes guidance and leadership from the Trans Connect Program Coordinator, and is supervised by the ANKORS East Kootenay Team Lead. Organizational support is also provided by the ANKORS Executive Director.
The Trans Connect East Kootenay Outreach Worker is responsible for the following:
- Provide 1:1 peer support for gender diverse individuals, those who are questioning their gender identity and families of trans and gender diverse individuals living in the East Kootenay region
- Co-host and co-coordinate the Cranbrook Gender Outlaws meetings, with leadership and support from the Trans Connect Program Coordinator, occasional and one time peer group meetings in other East Kootenay communities.
- In collaboration with the program coordinator, participate in, develop, and deliver community-focused and locally relevant transgender education resources, through workshops, community meetings, individual support, and/or virtual/social media supports.
- Deliver peer education on transgender health and identity, as well as building fluency in overlapping topics such as 2SLGBTQ+ identity, sexual health, and harm reduction. Peer education can happen in 1-on-1 or group settings.
- Host relevant events (as outlined above), in-person or online, using additional hours for event preparation and outreach administration.
Additionally, the Outreach Worker will:
- Keep accurate records of program participation and spending, fulfill funding reporting requirements as directed by the Program Coordinator, and be fiscally responsible with the program budget.
- Keep responsible time management habits so that the limited hours of programming per week can be made available to the community as predictably and broadly as possible.
- Follow ANKORS Policy on Confidentiality in interactions with participants of Trans Connect and/or ANKORS programming, and provide services to all community members without judgment.
- Attend initial and occasional ongoing job training and staff meetings with the Trans Connect Program Coordinator, ANKORS East Kootenay Team Lead, and/or the wider ANKORS Staff.
Individuals may gain access to the Trans Connect program through the following pathways:
- Referral by other community service organizations
- Referral by peers or peer-to-peer services
- Outreach services that employ engagement strategies for vulnerable populations, and respect each individual’s right to self-determination
In the event that the Outreach Worker has more referrals than can be reasonably attended to, the Program Coordinator will provide the support and referrals needed.
The Outreach Worker will occasionally travel throughout the East Kootenays to provide outreach services for Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, and Golden. It is preferred for the Trans Connect East Kootenay Outreach Worker to hold a driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation. Travel expenses are compensated.
Conditions of Work
The Outreach Worker will work flexible hours, and be available some evenings for a total of 14 hours a week. Wage amount is $25/hour. The position requires being able to work in a self directed manner as well as in collaboration with peers and colleagues.
We encourage applications from individuals who are members of systemically and historically marginalized communities, especially QTBIPOC individuals and those who identify as a part of trans and gender diverse community.
Accepting applications now & scheduling interviews to take place in late January 2024
Apply by sending an expression of interest, CV, resume by email to: email@example.com and let us know about your knowledge of or past experiences in doing peer support work, facilitating groups, gender affirming care resources, community support, health and education initiatives.
posted December 2023