Community Outreach Advocacy Resource (COAR) Team Member (Term)

The Downtown Community Safety Partnership is looking for a passionate and dedicated individual to join our team.

The Community Outreach Advocacy Resource (COAR) Team Member is an essential role for the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP), dedicated to performing comprehensive outreach to individuals at-risk of, or experiencing homelessness in downtown Winnipeg. The COAR Team Member pursues a unique preventative outreach approach that will address the dynamic barriers and complexities faced by the homeless population in the downtown area.

COAR Team Member facilitates individual transition from homelessness to enhanced stability, including housing, employment and educational support. This position involves case management with focus on collaboration with key social service agencies. COAR Team Members meet and follow up with participants in a consistent manner and ensure that they receive services specific to their needs, empowering individuals to make changes to improve their well-being and quality of life.

As part of a unified support team, the COAR Team Members will deliver service with a goal of improving health, safety and well-being to those living, visiting, working and learning in the downtown community. This position will work inclusively within a startup team environment and will have an opportunity for career advancement. The successful candidate will act in accordance with the Core Guiding and Service Principles of the DCSP and will be a passionate and driven individual, valuing diversity.

• Initiate engagement and build professional working relationships with at-risk vulnerable individuals at a grass roots, street level.
• Collaboratively work with CONNECT and MAC247 Members to ensure referrals are attended to and matched with a COAR Team Member as required.
• Liaise to build positive working relationships with social service agencies in the community.
• Perform duties of Case Management to assist participants to obtain stable housing, health services, ID, financial benefits, and other programs and services; ensure follow up when needed.
• Provide accurate assessment of needs for participants to live independently in the community.
• Keep progress notes, DAPs, and all other needed documentation regarding COAR participants.
• Create participant centered case plans building upon harm reduction, recovery, rehabilitation models.
• Provide support for participants once housed in community to ensure housing is maintained long term.
• Compile and maintain records and statistical data in a timely manner, for the purpose of producing reports.
• Incorporate a supportive and positive teamwork mindset in execution of work
• Represent the Core Service Principles of DCSP in the community
• Other duties as assigned

• Minimum two years related experience working with vulnerable populations in a community or outreach-oriented capacity.
• Post-secondary education in a related field is considered an asset, however relevant training/experience will also be considered.
• Experience in Case Management
• Excellent organizational, communication, networking and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated experience in using a client centered approach in program development.
• Comprehensive knowledge in clinical assessment, crisis intervention, brief treatment, service coordination and consultation.
• Demonstrated experience with independent decision-making and complex problem solving.
• Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with individuals of vulnerable and diverse populations.
• Demonstrated understanding of the unique issues and barriers affecting vulnerable and diverse populations in downtown.
• Strong knowledge of social services organizations and community support resources.
• Valid First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is considered an asset.
• Physical ability to be on foot and carry out the duties of the position which includes standing for long periods of time and walking several kilometers daily in all weather conditions
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license.
• This role is subject to a Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Search, and a Child Abuse Registry Check, to be produced prior to commencing employment
• Available to work days, evenings, and weekends

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to by Monday, March 1, 2021.

Please include COAR in the subject line.

We thank all that apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

The Downtown Community Safety Partnership is committed to Employment Equity. Applicants should identify if they require accommodation during the competition process on a confidential basis.

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