Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Remote Work: Fixed (in-office)
Closes: February 27, 2023
Starting Salary: $52,220 – $59,520, per year based on experience. Salary Range Max $67,900 [2023 Rates]
All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.
What We Offer
As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary.
Further, permanent employees benefit from:
- Comprehensive employer-paid health benefits,
- Pension plan,
- 10 days’ vacation to start,
- Annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January,
- 16 paid public and employer holidays,
- Early closures on long weekends,
- 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave),
- Employee Assistance Plan, and
- Telemedicine plan.
- Preferred membership pricing at Goodlife gyms.
The Restorative Justice Coordinator (RJC), MNO Justice Program, reports to the Supervisor of Justice. The Coordinator oversees the MNO’s Diversion Program (the Program and volunteers) in locations throughout region 9, however, servicing particularly in the Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Niagara court house regions.
The Coordinator works with court staff and other partners providing legal supports to receive referrals, provide information to queries about the criteria for the program, vet candidates for justice circle participation, facilitate the justice circles and develop and ensure the client follows through with the recommendations to ultimately report back to the justice parties involved the status of the client’s progress with the goal of providing restorative justice alternatives within the Criminal Justice System. The RJC assists Indigenous, including Métis, accused (12+ yrs) with securing legal counsel, attends court on occasion, present testimonial in – the form of written report or verbal before the Court – on behalf of client involvement in the program, responsible for collaborating with clients to develop a reasonable restorative justice plan in response to summary offences, assists with bail hearings, makes referrals and coordinating justice circles – including volunteer recruitment and RJ training. Additionally, the RJC is responsible for liaising with Crown Attorneys, defense counsel and other partner organizations.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Work directly with youth and adult Indigenous persons who have been accused of committing an offence.
- Assist with the development and documentation of the region 9 MNO Justice Circle, including intake and a process to track progress of accused through diversion plans.
- Develop a communication strategy, including education and awareness-building materials, required to support and market the Restorative Justice Program in Region 9 (particularly in Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Niagara region), and to encourage self-identification of Métis accused who would benefit from the Restorative Justice Program.
- Recruit and develop a roster of community members and volunteers who are available to participate in Justice Circles for the Diversion Program.
- Develop Restorative Justice training programming for Volunteer community members.
- Build awareness about the Restorative Justice Program internally with MNO client-service staff by actively networking and connecting with existing clients.
- Build awareness about the Justice Circle Program with regional Métis Community Councils throughout Ontario, and other relevant community partners.
- Develop strategic collaborative partnerships at the courthouses and within the community with court workers, legal counsel, Crown Attorneys and other partner organizations throughout Region 9. This includes sitting at the Human Justice Services Coordinating Committee in Hamilton-Niagara-Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk.
- Organize and deliver Justice Circles in Region 9, particularly in Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Niagara region.
- Maintain accurate records and reports on accused’s progress on diversion plans in accordance to PHIPPA standards as well as adherence to records management of Youth involved in the Criminal Justice System (YJS Protocols)
- Conduct program evaluation activities.
- Implement annual project work plans and activity reports.
- Other reasonable duties as may be assigned.
- Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
- Completion of post-secondary education in justice, legal studies, criminology or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Working knowledge of the criminal justice system and barriers involved for Indigenous adults and youth involved in the CJS
- Knowledge of justice related resources to assist clients and the community to navigate legal information and resources throughout the catchment region
- A high degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment
- Advanced communications skills, both written and verbal
- Strong project coordination, including the design and implementation of project work-plans
- Demonstrated ability to work alone/independently with minimal supervision
- Previous 1 to 2 or more years experience in Indigenous client services and/or case management
- Knowledge of Métis-specific and broader Indigenous justice initiatives, key challenges, and programs
- Knowledge of Indigenous and Métis specific rights within the justice system, and barriers to justice for Indigenous clients
- Knowledge of Métis and/or Indigenous justice principles and the legal system
- Understanding of relevant legislation including the Canadian Criminal Code, Ontario Human Rights Code, Gladue Principles
- Previous 2 years or more experience in a similar/comparable role
- Demonstrated ability to write high quality evidence and data-based reports and professional presentations
- Demonstrated ability in policy and program development and evaluation
- Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand knowledge and to be flexible in a demanding and dynamic environment
- Previous experience dealing with confidential information
Who We Are
In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.
The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Community Wellbeing; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.
The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.
Please email email@example.com if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.
Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption. This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.