Job Opportunities: Women’s Support Worker

Type: Internal & External Posting
Position: Women’s Support Worker, The Empress Rooms
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with every second Friday free from work

Deadline: By noon on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

An exciting opportunity exists for a Women’s Support Worker at The Empress Rooms, 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.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 working with women affected by violence/ abuse and who may also be struggling with substance use, mental and spiritual wellness, poverty, homelessness and other forms of institutional oppression. Experience supporting women to meet their physical, emotional and social needs while working collaboratively with co-workers and a group of service partners is a
requirement. 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 understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction environment.

Primary Responsibilities:
· Taking referrals and completing intakes
· Crisis prevention, intervention & conflict resolution
· Provides one-to-one support to women
· Provides advocacy & makes resource referrals
· Liaises with sister and like organizations and transition houses
· Keeps accurate records, files, log notes and statistical information as per practice/policy
· Assists women moving in and when moving out
· Cleans and prepares rooms for new residents
· Performs light housekeeping duties
· Facilitates communal meals and recreational activities
· Maintains the safety and security of the building

Skills & Abilities:
· Ability to work under pressure/in crisis
· Ability to give & receive constructive criticism
· Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
· Ability to manage stress
· Ability to learn from experiences
· Ability to meet the physical demands of the position
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Computer skills

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
· 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 or dropped off to 101 East Cordova before the deadline noted above;J
Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Candidates who lack the basic experience and qualifications as set out in the posting will not be considered. Please go to for a current list of postings.