Position Title: Justice / Outreach Coordinator
Reports to: Social Development Manager
Position Type: 35 hours/ week
Hours of Work: 8:30 am–4:30 pm Mon to Fri
Working out of the Prince George Office with regular travel to and from Tsay Keh Dene, the Justice / Outreach Coordinator is responsible for administering the Community Justice Program in order to ensure the program is effective and meets all Community Justice requirements. This adapts to all members identified needs to ensure the program is effective. Support individuals that working through the Justice system in Prince George and link members to appropriate agencies.
Working on and supporting from a client centered practice that empowers members to take action to improve their situation. Focusing on individual and family strengths, competency and giving the people power to build on the resources they already possess collaborating with the members ensuring that they are invested in the outcomes by giving them joint responsibility and recognise their abilities and potential to succeed. Strength based program recognizes that members are the experts of their lives.
- Education and workshops on social to members on their rights, responsibilities and options under the law including alternative justice processes, court procedures; and the disposition or direction given by the court or community.
- Refer to appropriate social, education, employment, medical and other resources to enable them to address the underlying problems which contribute to their current situation.
- Incorporate mentorship program and/or opportunities where possible
- Build on cultural traditions, values, languages build community capacity to identify and address problems
- Provide accurate information to the accused at the earliest possible stage of the criminal justice process:
- The nature and consequences of the charge;
- Their rights, responsibilities and options under the law including alternative justice processes (when available)
- The philosophy and functioning of the criminal justice system, and any alternative justice processes (when available);
- Court procedures; and the disposition or direction or direction given by the court or community to the offender
- Provide accused with appropriate referrals to legal resources (as available and where practical).
- Refer accused to appropriate social, education, employment, medical and other resources to enable them to address the underlying problems which contribute to their charges and where appropriate, follow-up on referrals.
- Liaise between accused and criminal justice personnel to help overcome communication barriers and reduce indigenous alienation from the criminal justice system. This may include being available to provide appropriate information to the court and/or speaking on behalf of the accused.
- Informed justice officials about the cultural traditions, values, languages, socio-economic conditions and other concerns of the community and the perspective of accused.
- Promote and facilitate community-based justice initiatives and help build community capacity to identify and address problems, which could end up in courts or community justice system.
Community Restorative Justice Program:
- Revive the Restorative Justice program
- Provide training the opportunities that and orientation to the Restorative justice Society members.
- Restorative justice seeks to repair the harm caused by crime and violence by:
- Addressing victims needs
- Holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their actions
- Engaging the community in the justice process
- To achieve this, offenders must first accept responsibility for their role in an offence and the harm they have caused. Victims must also voluntarily choose to participate. Communities are given an opportunity to provide support, offer their input and assist in efforts to help the offender return to the community.
- Arrange the Restorative Justice Society meetings – monthly in Tsay Keh Dene
- Guide community members through the Criminal Justice System – from arrest to release.
Other Related Duties
· Liaise with the Education Director, the Health Director, Counsellors, RCMP, Crown, Defense and court personnel when guiding community members through the Criminal Justice system.
- Act as a liaison between the Criminal Justice system and the community of Tsay Keh Dene.
- Plan and develop the yearly work plan in consultation with communities/organizations on community justice activities.
- Work with Crown Counsel, the RCMP, the Provincial Courts and BC corrections to develop a viable alternative measures program.
- Coordinate and maintain the Healing Circle program in Tsay Keh Dene
- Develop partnerships within the community to develop and promote community justice.
- Life skills for members in the community
Research and Administrative Management:
- Conduct the research into client backgrounds and sentencing options
- Perform administrative duties related to position
- Grant writing and reporting for justice related funding
- Maintain confidential client records and records of decision
- Submit updates to supervisor as requested
- Take detailed minutes at meetings and document sentencing decisions accurately
- Keep statistics and share information on need-to-know basis about members going through court system
- Research and develop community justice initiatives that are relevant to Tsay Keh Dene.
- Conduct research on community justice models and practices
- Identify and implement best practices
· Patiently and effectively short-term problem solve with disruptive and intoxicated individuals
· perform other related duties as required
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the Indian Act
- Knowledge of Court settings, protocols and routines
- Knowledge of criminal justice system and alternate methods for justice administration e.g. Restorative Justice, Community Justice, Traditional Justice Theories and Models
- Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals
- Knowledge of records management methods
- Demonstrated skill in community development programs
- Demonstrated ability to create and maintain strong work relationships
- Demonstrated ability to speak publicly, attend and conduct educational workshops
- Criminal records check clearance
- Good interpersonal communication, oral and written skills
- Good knowledge of victim’s rights, community agencies and referral procedures
- Knowledge about violence in relationships, substance use and misuse, emotional, physical, and mental abuse, the effects of trauma on the lives of women and their dependent children, and systemic pressures that marginalize women and their dependent children
- Knowledge about children who witness violence
- Ability to be a team player and to work independently
- Strong ability to conduct client intake and assessment
- Excellent understanding of the dynamics of abuse and gender violence
- Strong ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate a high degree of professional boundaries
- Excellent ability to provide emotional support to clients through active listening, and validating client’s emotions though an empowerment lens
- Good knowledge of other community services and resources
- Excellent ability to provide crisis response and intervention/support
- Ability to engage in public education to raise awareness of physical or sexual assault and/or abuse
- Ability to develop community relationships and liaise with community service agencies
- Ability to be flexible and respond to phone calls and walk-in’s when clients are in crisis situations
- Proficient computer literacy including database programs and strong record keeping skills
- Ability to maintain accurate and appropriate file notes
- Seek appropriate and timely managerial supervision and debriefing
- Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence and use of own vehicle for transportation as required
Education and Experience
- Degree in a social or justice related field preferred, or 5+ year’s equivalence in experience and relevant course work
· Regular travel required to a remote northern community
· Overtime as required and pre-approved only
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $45,000.00 to $55,000.00 /year
- equivalence in: 5 years (Preferred)