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Application Deadline: February 20th, 2020
PARN -Your Community AIDS Resource Network is a community based agency providing support, health promotion and education for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV, hepatitis C. We do this through a range of programs to address key populations in the Four County region through well-developed partnerships and coalitions.
PARN’s Strategic Directions to 2023, provides a clear framework to guide our work:
- Continuity: understanding that PARN can’t provide everything to everyone all of the time and develop a framework for shared support;
- Community: to better understand and respond to the needs of priority populations through stronger access and analysis of regional needs and statistics;
- Connection: sustain and grow the connection individuals experience at PARN, towards comprehensive customer care as an essential component of the prevention, engagement and care cascade; and,
- Communication: building upon the successful development of a communication plan, enhance current organizational capacity to demonstrate PARN’s impact on improved health outcomes through community development in the four counties.
PARN was created in 1987 by a small and passionate group of volunteers who saw that people were dying in their community and that a local response was needed to HIV/AIDS. PARN was incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit agency to serve the Four County area of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Peterborough.
Over the past three decades PARN has broadened its scope in order to effectively reduce HIV transmission in the most at-risk communities through initiatives such as our Harm Reduction program, engagement with LGBTQ youth, sexual health education, Hep C Outreach, Women and HIV community development work, and a dedicated communications position. PARN has provided leadership and support in creating LGBTQ+ safe and inclusive spaces in the community, as well as in organizations and institutions. In partnership with Lakeridge Health, PARN offers clinical services out of its office two days a week through the Positive Care Clinic, and through Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s Rapid Access Addiction Medication Clinic three days a week. All services are low barrier.
PARN has been providing harm reduction services to the communities it serves since the launch of the Four Counties Needle Exchange Coalition, of which PARN was a founding member in 1998. Since 2006, the needle exchange program has been managed solely by PARN and governed through established service agreements with the Peterborough County-City Health Unit and the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit to ensure a quick, evidence informed response to emerging needs in both public health unit regions.
PARN’s work is informed by:
- the Social Determinants of Health and the principles of Harm Reduction;
- an understanding of the impact of trauma, poverty, Gender-based violence;
- Health Equity, Intersectionality and Anti-oppression,
- a shared commitment to social justice, to the greater involvement and more meaningful engagement of people living with HIV, HCV and addictions.
Working in the HIV sector means understanding marginalization and other factors that put people at risk for HIV, hepatitis C and other blood borne and/or other sexually transmitted diseases as well as the harms related to injection and inhaled drugs. PARN strives to understand and communicate the complex intersections of trauma, poverty, homonegativity, homophobia, heterosexism, racism, HIV and AIDS-phobia, gender and sexuality, as well as the current opioid crisis.
Recognizing that a systems-level response is needed to address personal and community health concerns, PARN works with a variety of partners to deliver programming for people living with and at-risk for HIV. PARN also works to build the capacity of organizations in Peterborough and the Four Counties to respond to HIV and ensure that the unique needs of people living with HIV are met throughout the community.
Working collaboratively with numerous community organizations, institutions and individuals, locally and provincially, PARN values partnerships and unifying actions to leverage greater impact in achieving shared visions from differing perspectives. PARN’s key program delivery partners include Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Police Services, Fourcast, Fleming College, Trent University, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, CMHA, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, John Howard Society and many more. PARN is an active member of the Ontario AIDS Network, a provincial network of AIDS Service Organizations, and relies on current, evidence informed data and resources available through the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, the Ontario Harm Reduction Program, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario, The Outreach Network and CATIE.
PARN is funded provincially by the Ministry of Health, regionally by the Central East LHIN, locally by the United Way of Peterborough & District, Peterborough Public Health, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, the City of Peterborough and generous donations from individuals throughout the region.
PARN’s programs and services
- Informative workshops and education programs delivered to organizations, schools, and the general public on topics which include HIV and HCV prevention, testing and treatment, and U=U; Harm Reduction approaches and equipment; Gender and Sex; Positive Space and Homophobia/Homonegativity; Gay men/guys who have sex with other guys; Women; and Youth.
- Individual counselling, peer support and practical help (emergency financial assistance, food-cupboard & transportation funds) for people living with, at risk for and affected by HIV.
- Integrated peer skills development and leadership training program for people with lived experience based on provincial models of Turning to One Another, AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario and Positive Leadership Development Institute, Ontario AIDS Network.
- Opportunities for people living with HIV to share the journey in peer-led support groups, conferences, retreats and workshops.
- Women and HIV Initiative provides HIV capacity building training and resources for local community health and social service providers responding to the unique needs of women at increased risk of violence, blood borne and sexually transmitted infections.
- Consultation regarding personal exposure to HIV, new diagnosis, testing, the rights of people living with HIV, safer sex planning, prevention procedures in the workplace and Harm Reduction.
- Harm Reduction Works provides new injection and inhalation equipment, safer use information and safe disposal of used equipment.
- On-site clinic services:
o Testing and treatment for HIV and Hep C through a partnership with the Positive Care Clinic, Lakeridge Health Corporation two days a week
o Rapid Access Addiction Medication Clinic operated by Peterborough Regional Health Care Centre three days a week, with Fourcast counsellors available
- Rainbow Youth Program, providing education, support, outreach, and social programs that engage queer youth (14 to 25), as well as the Queer Rads and the Queerlings leadership and presentation skills development.
- Current research, best practices and education materials and resources for specific and general audiences.
- Strategic communications on complex topics from an evidence-informed perspective to help shift public sentiment.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a transformational leader and strategic influencer with a strong commitment to social justice and the passion and skills to lead PARN into its 4th decade of service and leadership.
We are looking for a creative critical and systems thinker who is able to develop and maintain strategic relationships, identify risk and opportunities in uncertain environments, seek solutions to overcome challenges, and communicate complex issues to move by-standers into action.
Do you have a demonstrated history of thoughtful leadership and strategic planning in a not-for-profit organization, with concrete examples of success in leadership, and a facilitative working style. Are you highly organized and able to delegate appropriately, with strong project and time management skills? Do you listen deeply and communicate strategically? Are you a skilled presenter who has mastered technology and uses it to your advantage?
The executive director works collaboratively with the Board of Directors and PARN staff, and must be able to optimize opportunities for success through a demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships, develop strategic partnerships and develop local responses to operationalize the Care and Engagement Cascade to lead us to 90.90.90.
Provides and demonstrates leadership through the management of PARN by supervising staff, managing finances, leading operational planning, managing day-to-day operations, representing PARN to the public and providing board support, according to the mission and philosophy statements and policies of the agency.
1. Interest-holder relations and capacity building
Develops and maintains strategic relations between PARN and community interest-holders including all levels of government, funders, partner organizations, members, People living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV, hepatitis C and opioid-related harms, as well as a broad range of colleague organizations locally and provincially, and various media
2. Operations and Human Resources
Overall management of PARN: day-to-day operations, staff work plans; data collection and reporting; resource allocations; personnel recruitment, onboarding, supervision, training and performance appraisals; administer and develop policies, procedures and practices; annual planning of programs, services and events.
Overall financial management, risk identification and management, planning, control and reporting mechanisms including the preparation and monitoring of the annual budget, the development and implementation of financial administration procedures, and develops appropriate relationships with government and other funders.
4. Board relationship
As the board’s sole employee, provides information and supports board orientation and training, and development of policy; assists the board in ensuring accountability to members, partners and funders through communication, filing of reports and planning of the annual meeting; represents staff and program interests through regular reporting to the board; and seeks input from the board chair, executive committee and members as thought partners in solving complex challenges.
5. Day to day management
Manages the development and delivery of programs and services, monitors the implementation and evaluation of programs and services, investigates and resolves complaints and conflicts, ensures timely applications and reports to funding agencies, ensures compliance with legal, safety, contractual and insurance requirements for the agency, and ensures the timely maintenance of physical plant.
6. Human resources
Leads the recruitment, onboarding, supervision and management of employees, peers and volunteers; approves the training, goal setting and development of personnel; and, consults with the provincial human resource program to carry out employment related tasks including disciplinary actions
Knowledge and skills required
This position is ideal for a values driven strategic and systems thinker with strong administrative skills, consensus-based decision making and clear communications. It requires balance between a strong degree of professionalism and compassion, a commitment to social justice and equity, and developing strategic partnerships to meet shared goals while maintaining a focus on this organization’s interests.
Experience and professional attributes for the position
- Seven to nine years of progressive management experience, with five or more years as a
manager in a not-for-profit organization, preferably in the HIV sector.
- Working knowledge of
o Applicable provincial and federal legislation including employment standards, health and safety, accessibility, Ontario’s Human Rights Code
o Non-profit management, Canada Revenue Agency requirements
o Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026
o Ontario’s Opioid Strategy
o GIPA/MEPA and the Ontario Accord
o community-based HIV service delivery and key populations affected by HIV, hepatitis C, harms related to the use of opioids and other drugs
o current approaches in HIV and the cascade model of prevention, testing, treatment, care and support
o changes in policy and the current health services environment
o exceptional leadership skills
o ability to create vision and to think critically and creatively
o commitment to social justice, health equity, gender equity, and the principles of harm reduction and low barrier service delivery
o proactive development, leadership and management of strategic change
o consensus-building skills with a track-record of working successfully with diverse interest-holders to meet shared goals
o strong financial management skills
o experience in program planning and management skills, developing work plans, and budgets
o experience in working with a volunteer board of directors in a not-for-profit organization
o demonstrated ability to coach, mentor, supervise, and motivate staff and volunteers
o demonstrated ability to work independently, to set priorities and work schedules, and meet deadlines
o demonstrated ability to engage in effective communications as a good listener with excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills with fluency in English
o tactful, discreet, and sensitive to confidential matters
Application Deadline: February 20th, 2020
PARN is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from people who belong to the communities we serve. We recognize the value of experience, knowledge, and guidance from communities disproportionately impacted by HIV, including those who live with HIV. [Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the interviewing process.]
All candidates will receive regular communications about their application status. Our online application process will take approximately 7-10 minutes and will allow you to make an impact statement, upload your resume and answer a few initial questions. We thank you for your interest.
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