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Reaching Home Administrative Assistant

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

August 14, 2023


Reaching Home Administrative Assistant

Deadline for applications: Until position is filled

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre (ONFC) is a non-profit organization serving the Indigenouscommunity in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.

The Vision of ONFC is to ensure a thriving and resilient community. Odawa strives to enhance the quality of life of Indigenous People in the Capital region; to maintain a tradition of community, an ethic of self- help and development as well as to provide traditional teachings from our elders.


To assist with the implementation of the Reaching Home Program, located at our 510 Rideau site, by providing support to the Reaching Home Manager and support services to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (Indigenous) homeless or those in imminent risk of homelessness including interventions and outreach.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated and related work experience working with homeless or at-risk individuals.

  • 3 – 5 years experience providing administrative assistance.

  • Knowledge of Indigenous homeless and potential health and housing issues.

  • Informed of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community health resources and related services.

  • Experience in organizing activities, conducting workshops and support groups.

  • Must have excellent written, verbal, time management and organizational skills.

  • Strong communication, listening and interview skills, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Ability to work and meet deadlines with minimum supervision.

  • Valid Driver’s license, and provide a driver’s abstract.

  • Must have or willing to complete a Vulnerable Sector scan check.

  • CPR and First Aid Certification plus Defibrillator training.

  • Naloxone Training.


  • Provide administrative assistance to the Manager.

  • Assist with planning workshops.

  • Assist clients in identifying their need for referrals to appropriate services.

  • Providing outreach to clients.

  • Assist with intake assessments and provide follow up.

  • Assist with reporting and data collection.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Maintain inventory of food, clothing and hygiene supplies for the Indigenous homeless.

  • Provide telephone reception duties as required by responding and/or directing inquiries concerningservices and referrals provided by the services offered at 510 Rideau.

  • The ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Experience working with or knowledge of the Indigenous population.

  • Participate in staff meetings and scheduled training.

  • Keep daily logs for regular debriefing and case management.

  • Provide street outreach, in partnership with other Outreach Workers, as required.

  • Other duties as required.


  • Flexibility and adaptability are necessary in our fast-paced organization.

  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment, with some occasional travel within Canada.

  • Work regular business hours with some overtime when required.

  • Evening and weekend work when necessary.


To be determined based on experience and education.

If you are interested and meet the above criteria and are fully vaccinated, please send your:

1) Cover Letter AND 

2) Résumé

telling us why you think you’d be a great addition to the ONFC to:

Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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