Indigenous Supportive Living Independent Worker - Tipi Moza Iron Homes

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Indigenous Supportive Living Independent Worker

  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Salary
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $44,000
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Permanent
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 35
  • Schedule Schedule: Days
  • Education Education: College

Indigenous Supported Independent Living (ISIL) Worker 

Tipi Moza (Iron Homes)  

Job Number: 2022-3  

(Job Number MUST be included in subject line of email when applying)  

Salary: $44,000.00 

Hours: To be Determined - Days  

Start Date: As soon as possible  

Employment: Contract - 7 Months to start with a yearly extension (contingent on funding)  

Closing Date: August 12, 2022 

Tipi Moza is a small but vibrant and evolving non-profit organization. We are seeking to hire a full-time Support Worker to join our team. In addition to education and experience in the Social Services field, applicants must have a general knowledge of the history of Indigenous people in Canada within the context of the impact of that history on Indigenous people today. They must have a clear understanding of the importance of culture in healing, and a sincere interest in providing services that will encourage resiliency in our clients and enhance their overall wellbeing. 


Position Responsibilities: 

The position of Indigenous Supported Independent Living (ISIL) worker reports to the Executive Director of Tipi Moza (Iron Homes). The ISIL worker plans and implements services and supports to Indigenous persons who are at risk of homelessness and may also have a developmental disability, a dual diagnosis, mental health, behavioural challenges. The ISIL Worker guides and coaches the supported person to make positive decisions and build personal, community and cultural living skills. The ISIL Worker ensures that every supported person understands their rights and responsibilities, and provides services and supports, including facilitating cultural supports, to the person based on their needs, interests, and goals.

The focus is to:

  • Assist and support individuals who have disabilities to access meaningful inclusive programs, social leisure and educational opportunities and skill development training as desired.
  • increase housing stability by assisting Indigenous peoples who are homeless or at risk of homelessness obtain and maintain secure tenancies
  • to facilitate the traditional healing and wellness practices to help clients remain housed

Position Duties: 

  • Advocate for client based on their needs and service plan.
  • Identify and assist the person in locating resources, services and support and facilitate access to community resources including, cultural, social, vocational, health and wellness, recreational, educational and leisure activities.
  • Adhere to behavior plans, PRN, behavior protocols and policies to meet person’s needs.
  • Develop strategies to assist the person to self-manage behavior.
  • Participate in the implementation of behavioral treatment programs specific to a person’s needs.
  • Support person with services and support within the justice and social services system if required.
  • Develop strategies to teach and support people served to build daily living skills based on their ability, using assistive tools and techniques on a daily basis.
  • Implement a variety of communication strategies to assist the supported person to understand their rights and responsibilities. Ensure communication strategies are reinforced with other members of the person’s support team.
  • Assist the supported person to complete household or home cleaning, laundry, banking, grocery shopping, meal planning & preparation depending upon their need.
  • Assist the person with personal hygiene based on their needs and abilities.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with mental health, justice, and clinical service
  • Develop relationships with community and cultural community resource providers in support of person’s goals and plans.
  • Assist person served to de-escalate agitated or aggressive behavior using approved strategies and techniques.
  • Support to connect with peers and strengthen positive relationships with family members and friends.


  • Advocating for Others - Facilitates
  • Collaboration
  • Creative Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Fostering Independence in Others - Delegates
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal relations and respect
  • Resilience


  • Is knowledgeable and complies with the Tipi Moza’s policies and procedures
  • Always operate in a safe and secure manner.
  • Participate in training programs.


  • Promote a harmonious, risk-free work environment.
  • Function as an integral member of the Tipi Moza team.


  • Demonstrate a client centred philosophy and commitment to Tipi Moza’s vision, mission, and guiding principles.
  • Observe, record and report changes in client’s physical, emotional, and behavioural well-being.
  • Manage and maintain accurate client information on client database.
  • Complete documentation in a timely manner.
  • Prepare accurate summaries, reports as required for agency use, family update or client related requirements.
  • Participate in and support development and updating of case files, case discussions, as necessary.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and solve problems in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to continuing education and learning.
  • Must be computer literate, proficient in electronic mail, and other computer-based tools as required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to advocate on behalf of clients. Have strong active listening skills, and comfortable rapport with people of all abilities.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with clients, family members, colleagues, and key stakeholders.
  • Maintain client privacy, confidentiality, and respect for cultural differences.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Provide coaching and support to other team members in support of client service plan and or behaviour support plan to ensure consistency.
  • Promote, participate, and contribute to a positive and supportive team environment.
  • Work in compliance with the Health & Safety Act and its regulations, and follows all health and safety policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Follows Health and Safety Program requirements based on the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
  • Follows appropriate safety measures for the agency, self and the individual's receiving services.
  • Participates in all mandatory training requirements.
  • Reports all Health and Safety Issues to the Executive Director or designate.


College diploma in Social Services, Behavioral Psychology, or equivalent; Indigenous knowledge gained through lived experience, training courses, seminars etc; related experience 

Additional Assets:  

  • Must have a vehicle to use for work – Mileage will be reimbursed
  • Awareness of relevant local services and resources, including those available specifically for Indigenous people 
  • Must be able to provide an acceptable criminal reference check including vulnerable sector  

Please submit a cover letter and resume clearly indicating how you meet the requirements for this position to

(Job Number MUST be included in subject line of email when applying) 

We thank all applicants for their submissions; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.  

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