Now Hiring: Tenant Organizer/Director of Indigenous Programs

JOB POSTING:  Tenant Organizer/Director of Indigenous Programs

Posting date:  June 16, 2022

Deadline for applications:  Until position is filled 

About Us

The SRO Collaborative (SRO-C) is a non-profit organization that works to improve habitability, affordability and health among 4,000 tenants living in Vancouver’s privately-owned Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs) in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Tenants who live in this niche of the last market housing before homelessness are living in the worst housing conditions in Vancouver. Established in 2015, the SRO Collaborative has grown to operate multiple tenant-based initiatives in fifty hotels around harm reduction, food, elder support, room maintenance and tenant committees. These initiatives are supported by 15 staff members,100 + peer workers, in addition to dozens of funders, community and university partners. The SRO Collaborative estimates that ⅓ of the tenants living in the privately owned SROs are Indigenous.

Holding Space – Is the interim name for the research arm of Uya’am Gaak. This project uses restorative Indigenous research methods that are meant to support the Indigenous SRO tenants and community organizers who are leading the public health response to the overlapping housing, overdose, and Covid 19 crisis in the DTES. Holding space was created as a collaboration between Indigenous staff of the Downtown EastSide SRO Collaborative Society (SRO-C) and the Center for Environmental Health Equity (CEHE). 

About the Position

We are looking for a Director who can work in this challenging and potentially exhausting environment. This position coordinates all aspects of cultural knowledge transfer and planning within the SRO Collaborative. The Director of Indigenous Programs provides advice on traditional teachings in addition to promoting cultural awareness, safety and competency within the SRO Collaborative. The new staff person is a key management leader that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Executive Director, Board of Directors and University of Victoria partner.

 Core Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the successful implementation of the Indigenous programming through culturally safe relations and interactions with a hands-on approach with SRO hotel tenants, employees, and Elders to strengthen and develop meaningful and reciprocal relations.
  • Update partners on progress and continue to nurture relationships with funders as well as other Indigenous organizations in the DTES.
  • Progressive supervisory skills are needed using an Indigenous harm reduction lens.
  • Work effectively with staff, while providing mentoring guidance, knowledge sharing skills, and organizational skills which proactively responds to change within the organization. 
  • Oversee the scheduling, planning and monitoring of programming and other activities while ensuring data collection for research and funding contracts are maintained in a timely manner.
  • Oversee the hiring of a part time Elder/ Knowledge Keeper.
  • Supervise staff to organize outreach in SRO hotels. 
  • Ensure the intergenerational traumas caused by colonialism (eg. Residential Schools, 60’s scoop, etc.) are addressed through a strength-based approach to improve individual well-being, and provide access to cultural knowledge and activities that foster self-respect and core identity.
  • Awareness of community resources within the DTES for people experiencing complex social and health issues.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) in social work, public health, Indigenous studies, women’s studies or related fields.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous harm reduction principles.
  • Experience with community-based or interdisciplinary research.
  • Extensive understanding of the experience of people who use or have used drugs.
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated a high level of strategic planning, judgment, and diplomacy in interacting with a wide variety of tenants, community partners , elders, university partners including researchers and students, and resource providers.
  • Provide consultation, education, and guidance to providers, staff, tenants, and Elders to promote safer, more equitable living conditions for Indigenous people who reside in private SROs. 
  • Must have an awareness of anti-oppressive practice and critical race theory.
  • Knowledge of the diversity of Indigenous cultures, identities, and lived history of the Indigenous peoples who reside in the DTES.
  • Grant writing is an asset.
  • A combination of management skills and human resources is an asset
  • Naloxone administration training is required.
  • Knowledge and application of Google Suite, Microsoft Office Applications (PowerPoint, Excel, Word).

Compensation and Contract Details:

  • The position is full-time contract at 40 hours per week.
  • The position offers a flexible working schedule and remote work options.
  • The wage is $31.50-$35.00 per hour depending on experience.
  • Four weeks paid vacation in the first year and six weeks paid vacation thereafter.
  • Extended health benefits.

This position reports to: Dr. Jeffrey Masuda, University of Victoria and Wendy Pedersen, SRO Collaborative’s Executive Director.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter that clearly documents how you meet the requirements outlined in this job posting to

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