Community Worker (LGBT2SQ)

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job title: Community Worker (LGBT2SQ)

job ID #: LGB 19-1201

department: LGBT2SQ Communities (Supporting Our Youth, Melanin Linx Mentorship Initiative)

reports to: Programs & Services Director, LGBT2SQ Communities

salary range: $17.99 – $24.84 per hour

status: Union, Contract position until March 31, 2021

hours: 15 hours per week

who we are

Sherbourne Health is a dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.

At Sherbourne, our doors are open to everyone, and we prioritize those who face barriers to care: LGBT2SQ community members; immigrant, refugees and newcomers to Canada; and people who are homeless and under-housed. Our unique programs combine primary health care and chronic disease management, health promotion, outreach and social supports, and mental health services, to increase access for our priority populations, influence population health outcomes, and strive for organizational excellence. They include a Family Health Team (FHT), the Acute Respite Care (ARC) program, The Rotary Club of Toronto Health Bus, Supporting Our Youth, Rainbow Health Ontario, Women In Need ‘Klinik’ (WINK) and Health Access St. James Town.

Accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, we are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Central LHIN, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the City of Toronto and many generous donors.

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an innovative community development program of Sherbourne Health. SOY offers health promotion services and programming centered on supporting the health and well-being goals established by LGBT2SQ youth and young adults, many of whom are homeless, racialized and newcomers to Canada. Melanin Linx is a mentorship initiative created out of the specific needs of our Black Queer and Trans youth. This project seeks to match LGBTQ+ youth with a Black, LGBTQ+ mentor to support youth with developing life skills, building resiliency and strengthening connection to their various communities.

We offer competitive compensation and including participation in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and professional development.

about the role

The Community Worker will work collaboratively with SOY’s mentorship team to raise the profile of the Melanin Linx initiative, develop partnerships, recruit and support participants. The Community Worker will ensure participants have access to information and supports. The Community Worker will co-facilitate information sessions and capacity/ community building workshops for project partners in downtown Toronto, Jane-Finch/ Black Creek and Malvern/ Scarborough communities.

responsibilities & tasks

  • Conducting outreach
  • Event planning
  • Workshop co-facilitation
  • Attending planning meetings
  • Minute taking
  • Scheduling and co-facilitating information sessions

to thrive in this role, you’ll need


  • Post secondary education in social work or related field, equivalent formal training or at least 2 years work experience with LGBTQS2 youth or an equivalent blend
  • Training and/ or experience in group facilitation
  • Experience working and engaging with mentors or volunteers

knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of and significant experience working with diverse LGBT2SQ youth
  • Knowledge of community services, programs and resources available to African, Caribbean Black LGBT2SQ youth in Toronto
  • Knowledgeable about and able to work within an anti-racist/anti-oppression framework
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal communication and administrative skills.
  • Strong time management and organization skills.
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others

working conditions/environment

  • Work is mainly performed in an office environment.
  • Work is generally carried out Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm however; occasional work outside of normal working hours may be required. Travel across the city will be required for meetings or presentations.

conditions of employment

  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with SH related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices.
  • Understands and works within the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.

As an employer, Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.

Application: Please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID # LGB 19-1201 to by Friday, December 13, 2019.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

BOLD.              KIND.              REAL.              OPEN.             WE CARE.

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