Provincial Peer Support Coordinator - Foundry

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Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Support Services

Foundry delivers a health and wellness experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, peer support, and social services. This role is based out of our Foundry Central office in downtown Vancouver. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives this is the team for you! To learn more about Foundry and the care and services we provide:


Reporting to the Leader, Program Implementation, the Peer Support Coordinator works as a member of the Foundry central office team and utilizes their own consumer knowledge and lived experience of mental illness/substance use to support Foundry - a provincial initiative with the goal of providing youth and young adults enhanced access to integrated health and social services, thereby easing transition points for youth and their families.

The Peer Support Coordinator’s primary focus is to support the implementation and optimal delivery of Peer Support Services across the Foundry network. The Coordinator is also the point of contact and a subject matter expert and is responsible for developing and implementing the programs strategic plan which involves hosting provincial working groups and committees, developing and coordinating training sessions, and creating new content to support innovative peer support practices.

The Coordinator is responsible for leading quality improvement, evaluation and research initiatives related to peer support. The Coordinator liaises and participates in working groups and/or organizations both provincial and nationally to promote the advancement of peer support practices..


  • Knowledge of principles of peer support practice and ability to apply principles of recovery in mental illness/substance
  • Knowledge of peer driven interventions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain rapport with youth and young adults
  • Ability to lead, organize and priorities projects
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Public speaking and facilitation skills and leadership experience
  • Able to prepare presentations, promotional material and business correspondence
  • Able to supervise and provide work direction
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Intermediate skills using a variety of computerized software, databases and systems such as Microsoft Office 2019.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


  • Bachelors Degree plus completion of a recognized peer support training program and two (2) years’ recent related experience working as a peer with youth facing mental health and substance use or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Lived/living experience with mental illness/substance use and recovery.


  • Works collaboratively with other members of Foundry’s Services Implementation and Evaluation teams. Develops, implements and evaluates strategic plans, goals, objectives, resources and tools to establish peer support services in local communities across the Foundry network. Key tasks include developing and revising content and materials, completing needs and readiness assessments, and evaluating plans, goals and objectives as it relates to the delivery of peer support and integration with Foundry’s Service model.
  • Identifies peer training needs across the provincial network and responsible for overseeing the Provincial Peer Support Training Program by planning, developing and coordinating training sessions and workshops, including logistics support, and content development, promotion and evaluation. This duty involves submitting annual budget proposals, monitoring expenses and preparing and presenting budget and reporting requirements.
  • Acts as a content expert and advocate and provides leadership to peer support workers across Foundry’s provincial network by coaching, guiding and mentoring.
  • Works in collaboration with Foundry centre leaders who supervise peer support workers to identify learning needs and make adjustments to curriculum content and delivery method as needed.
  • Responsible for promoting Foundry’s peer support program and special projects by presenting as a peer support subject matter expert. This involves preparing materials and presenting for the purpose of knowledge exchange and translation for provincial, national, and international interest groups.
  • Works in collaboration with Foundry network and BC partners to identify trends, needs and priority youth mental health/substance use related issues. Establishes and maintains linkages with organizations to promote interest and identify collaboration opportunities with Foundry.
  • Responsible for leading provincial working groups and committees dedicated to building capacity and developing content as it relates to new peer support projects and initiatives This involves identifying priorities, developing objectives, and ensuring completion of project deliverables related to policy, communications, organizational change and standards.
  • Engages in evaluation and research initiatives, reviews existing and new peer programs at relevant external organizations. Research best practice and trends. Identifies community learning needs or opportunities with respect to peer support, develops and delivers associated training or provides necessary support to address this.
  • Provides recommendations for program improvements by developing proposals and presenting to FCO leadership team for approval.
  • Participates in team planning and quality improvement activities; attends team meetings and inservices, reviews team policies and providers, and provides input/recommendations to others regarding efficiency of processes/procedures related to work duties.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.