Job Posting – Program Manager, Housing for Women – Vancouver, BC

Atira – Women’s Resource Society

101 East Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1K7

Contact: 604-331-1407 or info@

Type: Internal & External Posting

Position: Program Manager, Rice Block Housing for Women

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with every second Friday free from work

Deadline: By noon on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

An exciting opportunity exists for a Program Manager at Rice Block Housing for Women, a new, recovery-based program of Atira Women’s Resource Society. We offer a challenging and rewarding work environment for women passionate about the work of ending violence against women and children. Understanding the dynamics of violence against women and children and the intersectionality of oppressions within a feminist framework and being able to apply this understanding in your day-to-day practice is mandatory.


Demonstrated clinical, assessment, crisis intervention and management skills required; minimum five years’ experience working in a treatment center, recovery or similar program for women, and the ability to transfer those skills and experience to assist in developing the program at the Rice Block. Must be able to integrate Atira’s mission, vision, values and philosophy into every aspect of the program; experience working with women who have been/are affected by violence/abuse, poverty and homelessness is a significant asset Management experience is required. Must have a well-developed analysis of the impact/legacy of colonization and assimilation and the resulting impact on First Nations, Métis and Inuit women; must be comfortable working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental and spiritual wellness and understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction framework.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Selecting, orienting, supporting and supervising all program staff
  •  Liaising and building relationships with other complementary organizations in the community
  •  On call duties, responding to program emergencies including after hours and on weekends
  •  Attending community meetings and fundraising events
  •  Maintaining current and complete program participant files
  •  Meeting the annual budget
  •  Compiling payroll
  •  Keep accurate records, files, log notes and statistical information as per practice/policy
  •  Providing one-to-one and group support to women in the program, including ex-residents

Skills & Abilities:

  •  Ability to work under pressure/in crisis
  •  Ability to give & receive constructive criticism
  •  Ability to work independently
  •  Ability to work collaboratively
  •  Ability to manage stress
  •  Ability to learn from experiences
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills
  •  Superior computer skills
  •  Superior facilitation skills and experience facilitating groups


A degree, diploma or certificate in a related subject combined with relevant workplace experience and skill-based training (e.g. through programs like those offered at the Justice Institute or the Native Education College) is required, Formal education/credentials will count only as much as the equivalent combination of skill-based training, work and or lived experience.

Additional Requisites:

  •  A valid First Aid Certificate
  •  Current Non Violent Crisis Intervention certificate, or its equivalent is required (achieved or upgraded in past 12 months)
  •  Ability to fulfill the physical demands of the job
  •  All positions are subject to a criminal records review

Application Process:

Expressions of interest, including an updated resume and a cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted qualifications, must be received by email at before the deadline; Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Candidates who lack the basic experience and qualifications set out in the posting will not be considered. Please go to for a current list of postings.