Vaccine Ambassador – Indigenous
Temporary, full-time position (6-month assignment) – Hamilton, ON
This is a uniquely exciting and rewarding opportunity for a community relationship builder to join the City of Hamilton and play a pivotal role in helping Indigenous populations across the city to make informed decisions and choices about the COVID-19 vaccination. If you’re ready to make a difference, read on.
NOTE: To fulfill the City of Hamilton’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, and pursuant to Section 24 of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code), this position is restricted to applicants who identify as members of an Indigenous community (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples). Candidates from these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their cover letter, in a transparent manner, as part of the application process.
Reporting to a Supervisor, and using a culturally safe and culturally appropriate approach, you will support Public Health Services’ response to COVID-19 by working with Indigenous populations in various locations across Hamilton to build trust and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccination. Responsible for proactive community engagement, you will connect Indigenous people to the appropriate service providers to register for vaccination, and arrange for transportation and other supports, as needed or requested. In this role, you will be working on-site in vaccine clinics to assist with clinic navigation and cultural interpretation for Indigenous peoples, and other administrative clinical duties.
More specifically, as the Vaccine Ambassador – Indigenous, you will build and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with relevant community stakeholders, including agencies, organizations, institutions and individuals, to advance the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Using your understanding of the historical context as it relates to Indigenous populations and the hesitancy to vaccinate, you will carry out outreach activities with Indigenous populations to provide accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the vaccines so they can make an informed choice and decision about vaccination.
Your qualifications for the role of Vaccine Ambassador – Indigenous include:
- Previous experience working in community engagement and outreach in Indigenous communities – in social service or health care organization.
- Demonstrated knowledge, experience and ability to initiate connections and actively engage with Indigenous communities who may be vulnerable, marginalized, or socially isolated.
- Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with health care staff, vulnerable populations and Indigenous communities. Experience within a health care setting would be an asset.
- Strong understanding of, and experience in providing, a culturally safe space for marginalized Indigenous people.
- Strong understanding of the social determinants of health for Indigenous communities.
- Demonstrated skills in taking initiative and practising good judgement, and ability to problem-solve and take a leadership role when necessary.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written. Fluency in a second language is an asset.
- Knowledge of community partners, programs and other resources that may be of assistance to stakeholders and community members.
- Excellent time management, organizational and record-keeping skills.
- Demonstrated intermediate working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel).
- Ability and willingness to learn, and work with, job-specific databases.
- Experience with data collection, program measurement and evaluation tools.
- Excellent keyboarding and data entry skills, and a numeric sense.
- Access to timely and cost-effective transportation to meet program delivery needs.
- You must provide a cleared Police Vulnerable Person Criminal Record check (PVSC).
This temporary, full-time opportunity offers a wage rate of $32.551 per hour (based on a 35-hour work week schedule).
About the City of Hamilton
Contribute to the City of Hamilton, one of Canada’s largest cities – home to a diverse and strong economy, an active and inclusive community, a robust cultural and dining scene, hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails and natural beauty just minutes from the downtown core, and so much more. Join our diverse team of talented and ambitious staff who embody our values of sensational service, courageous change, steadfast integrity, collective ownership and being engaged, empowered employees. Help us #BeTheReason the entire country is talking about Hamilton, and achieve our vision of being the best place to raise a child and age successfully.
For full details and to apply
If you are interested in working alongside a dedicated team that’s contributing to the well-being of Hamilton’s residents, please visit www.hamilton.ca/careers for details on this position as a Vaccine Ambassador – Indigenous, JOB ID #17367, and to apply online, by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
The City is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.
The City of Hamilton values the diversity of our workforce and the knowledge of our people. We thank all who have applied; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.