Housing Mentors

K’asho Got’ine Housing Society

Job Description:
Housing Mentors (2 positions available)
Fort Good Hope, NWT

October 2019

POSITION SUMMARY:

KGHS Housing Mentors are responsible for assisting with the establishment and maintenance of home structure at Kádúyı́le during the overnight hours of the day. They act in a mentorship role and work to support and ensure the health, safety, and well-being of residents. KGHS Housing Mentors report to the KGHS Housing Program Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of residents and support a safe living environment at Kádúyı́le during the overnight period by:
    • Ensuring residents adhere to Kádúyı́le’s policies and procedures
    • Monitoring the facility and residents to ensure that no alcohol or illegal drugs are brought onto the property and that no one is intoxicated within the home
    • Responding to any issues that arise during the evening and overnight periods and mediating conflicts or tensions as they arise
    • Filing incident reports with the program manager when necessary
  • Be available to support residents in fulfilling their personal plans when necessary and able. This may include activities such as helping residents connect to community supports and complete forms for services, programs, employment, and/or training.
  • Act as a role model for residents by adhering to house rules while on shift and generally supporting residents through informal interactions and conversations
  • Work with residents to ensure that home routines and schedules are maintained
  • Support programming at Kádúyı́le, including a weekend traditional harvesting program and an evening meal program with Elders
  • Ensure resident confidentiality and privacy is maintained
  • Attend program review meetings with Kádúyı́le staff to review programs, operations, and resident case management

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND CHARACTER TRAITS:

  • Clean and sober
  • Dedication to the position and a demonstrated commitment to improving the wellness of the community
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Reliable and self-starting
  • Familiarity and experience with overcoming addictions and/or trauma an asset
  • Positive, non-judgemental attitude
  • Ability to be empathetic and practice confidentiality
  • Training or experience in non-violent communication and de-escalating situation of conflict considered an asset
  • Standard First Aid/CPR or a willingness to be trained in Standard First Aid/CPR

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

The education and experience required to successfully fill this position are typically acquired through a combination of training from a wellness related program, such as Nę K’ǝ́dı́ Ke – Keepers of the Land program or other, and personal experience. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands

The Housing Mentor position is an overnight position. Housing Mentors will be allowed to sleep at Kádúyı́le during their shift once all residents have gone to bed. However, Housing Mentors will be expected to wake up and address any issues as they arise and/or provide night support to residents as needed. Therefore, Housing Mentors may have to deal with fatigue, irregular working hours, and disrupted sleep patterns.

Housing Mentors will spend most of their time in the Kádúyı́le Home, however Housing Mentors may be required to spend time on the land while supporting Kádúyı́le Home programming. They may have to lift, carry and manage equipment and supplies.

As the purpose of the transitional home is to support vulnerable individuals, some Residents may have a history of complex social issues (substance use, mental health issues, involvement in the criminal justice system), and there may be threats of aggression and potential exposure to hostile and unpredictable behaviour.

Environmental Conditions

The Housing Mentor may find the environment to be busy and noisy at times, and at other times quiet and lonely. The Housing Mentor will be the only staff member at the facility when on shift. Other residents will be present at Kádúyı́le Home, however they may be asleep for most of the shift.

Sensory Demands

Sensory demands can include reading and use of the computer and sitting for long periods of time which may cause eye and muscle strain. The Housing Mentor may experience long periods of quiet and relative solitude combined with short periods of intense work to respond to emergency or acute situations as the position is required to work a twelve-hour overnight shift.

Mental Demands

Housing Mentors will need to be aware of KGHS and Kádúyı́le Home policies and procedures and may need to explain them to residents. They may have to complete a number of tasks and responsibilities at one time and must be prepared to deal with emergencies and stressful situations at any time, including use of non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques. In order to maintain the Home as a sober space, the Housing Mentors may need to ask a resident to sleep elsewhere and work with others (RCMP, friends or family as appropriate) to ensure the resident has a safe place to go. This may create distress for the resident who is intoxicated and for other residents of the home.

LOCAL HIRING POLICY

If minimum criteria can be met, preference will be given to Sahtú Beneficiaries firstly, residents of the Sahtú secondly, and to residents of the NWT thirdly. Applicants outside the NWT will be considered if a suitable applicant is not found within the NWT.

SALARY AND SCHEDULE

Housing Mentors will work a 12-hour shift, rotating between the following two schedules:

  • Schedule 1: 8:30pm-8:30am, three nights on, four nights off
  • Schedule 2: 8:30pm-8:30am, four nights on, three nights off

The House Mentor will have a place to sleep in the office for use once all residents have gone to bed.

House Mentors will be paid $18/hour for the first eight (8) hours of the shift and overtime pay at time and a half ($27/hour) for the final four (4) hours of the shift. This will result in a gross pay of $252 per 12-hour shift.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligible applicants are asked to submit a résumé and cover letter outlining their interest and relevant experience to James Caesar, jcaesar@yamoga.ca

Candidates who are short listed for an interview will be asked to submit a satisfactory vulnerable sector Criminal Records check (current within the last 6 months).

Position will remain open until filled by the right applicant.