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Community Readiness Coordinator


Job Posting: Community Readiness Coordinator

CAAN provides a National forum for Indigenous Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBIs, TB, Mental Health, and related co-morbidity issues; promotes a Social Determinants of Health framework through advocacy; and provides accurate and up to date resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside.

Location: Remote / Home office

Employment type: Full-Time

Job Salary: $50,000 – $55,000/yr (based on qualifications/experience)

Reporting to: Director of National Programs


The Community Readiness Coordinator reports to the Director of National Programs (DNP) and takes a leading role in the implementation, knowledge transfer, and delivery of the Keeping Our Fires (KOF) Community Readiness Model, while also partnering closely with the Promising Practices Coordinator. As a foundational assessment in line with environmental scans, the Community Readiness Coordinator will work with many community partners across this land, along with Indigenous-serving agencies and other CAAN partners to equip them to use the KOF Community Readiness Model in their work.

The KOF Community Readiness Model provides a framework for Indigenous communities (both on and off reserve) and stakeholders across Canada to assess the readiness of their people/communities to address and promote wellness around health challenges (with priority challenges being HIV and AIDS prevention, HCV, STBBIs, TB, Mental Health, and related issues), all through the lens of harm reduction and other strategies that respect the dignity, self-determination and value of Indigenous people.


1) Knowledge Transfer

  • Deliver the Keeping Our Fires Community Readiness Model training to members of Indigenous communities and Indigenous serving agencies and facilitate implementation and assessment of their community-focused Community Readiness workplans in ways that are culturally relevant, appropriate, and current.
  • Represent and advocate for the Community Readiness (CR) project, trainings, and participants in all CAAN and related events and activities – including partner events and those in the wider community – ensuring representation and alignment with CAAN’s mandate.
  • Work with standing and steering committees of other CAAN projects for input and guidance into the CR project’s ongoing development and delivery.

2) Community Capacity Building

  • Empower CR training participants from Indigenous communities and Indigenous serving agencies to implement their workplans, equipping them to see their vision for community holistic wellness become reality.
  • Ensure that the CR training provides the tools & resources to the trainees that meet their specific community needs.
  • Provide ongoing support as needed to CR training participants through effective, efficient, open and diverse communication methods.
  • Engage in mutual and meaningful partnerships (both internal and external), meetings, and events in ways that honour the diverse lives, perspectives, and experiences of the people affected by our work and our mandate (Indigenous peoples, IPHAs, etc.)

3) Administrative

  • Ensure that project deliverables adhere to funding requirements (ie. reporting, budget, evaluation) and workplans in collaboration with program team and management.
  • Provide the technical and logistical support to CR training participants so that they may participate in trainings.
  • Complete other tasks as required.


  • A university degree, college diploma, or combination of training and experience in a discipline related to Indigenous health or project management.
  • Demonstrated experience in workplan development and implementation
  • Experience working with diverse Indigenous communities.
  • Ability to work independently and expeditiously under tight timeframes with competing priorities is essential, including independent problem solving and self-directed training when needed to complete tasks
  • Understand CAAN’s mandate and goals and possess a strong background, knowledge, and experience of Indigenous organizations, communities, and traditions.
  • An understanding of Harm Reduction concepts.
  • Ability to adapt to evolving situations, as new funding opportunities arise
  • Possess strong computer literacy and proficiency in using Microsoft Office365’s various programs, as well as web-based applications including search engines and tools
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and internal and external stakeholders
  • Able and willing to travel and/or work outside normal office hours, including evenings and weekends

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume, in PDF format to . Please address the cover letter to Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO and include one personal reference and one former employer reference within your resume. No phone calls please; Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Based on the Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act CHRA Everyone is encouraged to apply, however, Indigenous people with living experience of HIV will be given preference.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2021

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