Job Posting – Women’s Support Worker(2) – Vancouver, BC

Atira – Women’s Resource Society

101 – East Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1k7

Contact: 604-331-1407 or

Type: Internal & External Posting

Position: Women’s Support Worker, Shimai Transition House

Hours: Friday through Sunday, 6:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. with every second Friday free from work

Deadline: By noon on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

An exciting opportunity exists for a Women’s Support Worker at Shimai Transition House, a 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


Minimum one-year experience as a front-line support worker working with women affected by violence/abuse and who may also be struggling with poverty and homelessness. Must adhere to a feminist analysis of violence against women and have a commitment to/understanding of anti-oppression work and the intersectionality of oppressions. Must have a well-developed analysis of the impact/legacy of colonization and assimilation and the resulting impact on First Nations, Metis and Inuit women. Must be open to working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental & spiritual wellness. Must understand and be comfortable working within a harm reduction framework.

Because of the demographics of Surrey, significant consideration will be given to women who meet the qualifications and who are First Nations, Metis or Inuit or who speak Punjabi or one of the languages of the five largest refugee populations; from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan or Bhutan. We are especially interested in applications from women who live in the community in which they will work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Taking referrals and completing intakes
  •  Crisis prevention, intervention & conflict resolution
  •  Provides one-to-one support
  •  Keeps accurate records, files, log notes & statistical information as per Atira’s practice/policy
  •  Cleans and prepares rooms for new residents
  •  Performs light housekeeping duties
  •  Planning and Facilitating appropriate activities for the overnight shift
  •  Responds to emergency situations

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
  •  Ability to provide non-judgmental; support


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 is required
  •  A current Non Violent Crisis Intervention certificate, or its equivalent, is required (achieved or upgraded within past 12 months)
  •  Food Safe Certificate level 1 is required
  •  All positions are subject to a criminal records review
  •  Must have a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle while on shift.

Application Process:

Expressions of interest, including a current resume and a cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted qualifications, must be received by email at or dropped off to 101 East Cordova before the deadline noted above; 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.