Hiring Peer Advocates

Job Openings: Peer Advocate at the Table Community Food Centre

 Do you want to help build community and challenge inequality? Do you have experience living on a low income and/or navigating social services for yourself and others? Are you interested in helping others access information, support, referrals, entitlements and resources? If you are, and you have completed our Community Action Training (or have experience with social justice advocacy and peer supports from elsewhere) please consider applying for a position as a Peer Advocate at The Table.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, Peer Advocates carry out the day to day tasks required to run the Peer Advocacy Office effectively and efficiently. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

·         Providing services in an equitable, respectful, welcoming, non-judgemental and 
non-stigmatizing manner

·         Connecting participants to services, information and resources

·         Offering support and referrals to participants

·         Administrative duties including: Ensuring the advocacy office is open and operating during specified hours and keeping the office tidy, organized and clean

·         Maintaining the database of client information

·         Recording daily and monthly statistics

·         Administering and processing LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) and OESP (Ontario Electricity Support Program) applications

·         Maintaining the electronic Barter Board and Ride Share pages

·         Posting actions, events and information on Facebook

·         Creating posters, tabletops, handbills etc. for upcoming events/actions for advertising both at The Table and in the community.

·         Creating and maintaining positive working relationships with personnel at relevant agencies

·         Accompanying participants to appointments as possible and within reason

·         Attending the monthly Peer Advocate Team Meeting

·         Taking part in skill building or information sessions when available

·         Attending relevant training/information sessions within the community as possible

·         Work within their scope, mandate and training – Peer Advocates are not to offer legal advice or counselling.
 

 

HOURS:. Advocates are scheduled to work in the office in three hour shifts in teams of two on Monday 2-5,

Tuesday 12-3, Wednesday 3-6, Friday 2-5.  This is a part time position (approx. 2 shifts a week).

 

PAY: New advocates are paid minimum wage ($11.40/11.60 as of Oct. 2017) for the first 6 months of their tenure. After 6 months (or upon waiver of this trainee period due to previous experience) advocates earn $15/hour.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please send application resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to Beth Schilling at beth@thetablecfc.org or drop off your application at the centre at 190 Gore St. East. Applications will be accepted until August 18th. Only those being offered interviews will be contacted.