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Group Support & Activities Coordinator (32 hours per week)

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ACCM reaffirms its commitment to the GIPA/MEPA Principles (Greater Involvement/Meaningful Engagement for People living with HIV/AIDS). These principles are inherently anti-racist, anti-discriminatory, anti-stigma, and include harm reduction best practices as HIV affects all communities. To reflect the needs of the communities we serve and ensure diverse perspectives and practices, ACCM strongly encourages people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C to apply for this position. 

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AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) is looking for a Group Support and Activities Coordinator to join the Support Services Department! ACCM is the only English-speaking community organization that offers prevention and support services to people living with or affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C in Quebec. We work in collaboration with our many communities to build a compassionate and caring response to HIV and hepatitis C and do education work that equips people with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions around their sexual health. (Please note that ACCM refers to clients of our services as Members)

The main objective of the Groups Support and Activities Coordinator is to ensure the creation, delivery, and evaluation of group activities thanks to a by and for people living with HIV model. Coordinator reports to and is evaluated by the Support Services Department Manager.

The Group Support and Activities Coordinator will have the following core responsibilities:

  • Coordination of ACCM group activities and discussion groups for Members: Plan, schedule, organize, and arrange facilitation (internally or support external facilitator) of group activities and discussions, including but not limited to:
    • General ACCM group activities (e.g., weekly Diner & Discussions – D&D, yoga classes, art hours, spirituality group, grieving group), 
    • Population-specific support groups (e.g., monthly women’s group, youth group). 
    • Activities and workshops’ topic would meet changing realities of ACCM Members and include sexual health and overall wellness (e.g., physical, mental, emotional health; breaking isolations; building community; empowerment; treatment; disclosure) and be based on a by and for, empowering model; 
  • Maintain the case software management up to date according to participation;
  • Orient new Members into ACCM’s support and group activities;
  • Refer Members to other ACCM’s staff from the Support Services Department and/or the Education for Prevention Department for individual counselling, psychosocial support, navigating health care, treatment adherence support, secondary STBBI prevention, HIV disclosure, harm reduction based, substance use practices, or group activities as needed;
  • Refer members to external services as needed; 
  • Occasionally help facilitate the intake process for new Members, assess their individual needs, and ensure appropriate support and follow up; maintain the case management software up to date accordingly
  • Maintain and connect with ACCM Membership and Volunteers as well as key networks to find workshop facilitators;
  • Manages the Member Activity Funds and find relevant support systems based on Members’ need;
  • Provide professional reference letters for members in regards to their needs (parole letters, active Member letters, capacity letters, general reference letters for work, etc.);
  • Coordination of the drop-in, including food stocks;
  • Collect evaluation data for reporting purposes and manage the participant database;
  • Recruit, train, and support volunteers and peers;
  • Participate in internal and external committees as needed;
  • Performs all other related tasks related to the nature of the position.

Our ideal candidate has all or a combination of the skills and experience below:

  • Degree in Community Development or Social Work; 
  • Experience in (peer) counselling and individual intervention, support and follow up; 
  • Experience with case management and collaborative work with a support team;
  • Excellent in-person interpersonal and active listening skills as well as ability to demonstrate empathy while maintaining healthy boundaries with Membership; previous experience working with a trauma-informed approach to practice is an asset;
  • Experience in planning and facilitating group activities;
  • Experience with conflict management and deescalation techniques; 
  • Self-motivation & willingness to initiate projects and see them through;
  • Understands the value of peer support and peer engagement, particularly GIPA/MEPA principles;
  • Experience working with communities disproportionately affected by HIV, hep C, and other STBBIs including but not limited to queer, trans, migrant, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Arab communities, as well as people who use substances;
  • Fervent belief in harm reduction, and proven history of practising harm reduction and anti-oppression-based interventions;
  • Knowledge about sexual health, HIV, hepatitis C, STBBIs, and the social drivers of health;
  • Knowledge of Montreal clinic, social services, and community organizations (including contacts and/or previous experience);
  • Believes in the organization’s mission and vision, and will act as an ambassador for ACCM to our partners and external committees.

Specifications

ACCM operates Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, with occasional evenings and weekends during group activities and events. The starting pay rate for this position is $21.37 per hour, 32h per week, and includes 3 weeks of paid vacation (on top of 2 weeks over the end of year break), paid sick days as well as a group health insurance plan. 

How to apply? 

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and two references to William Neath (He/Him) at admin@accmontreal.org with “Groups Coordinator” in the subject line by Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Interviews will take place between April 15-18, 2024. Only successfully screened applicants will be contacted for an interview.