Job Opportunity: Family Well-Being Worker

Internal & External Posting, Atira Women’s Resource Society
Family Well-Being Worker, Maxxine Wright 2nd Stage Housing
Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with every second Saturday free from work
Deadline: By noon on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
An exciting opportunity exists for a Family Well-Being Worker, Maxxine Wright 2nd Stage Housing, 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.
Demonstrated clinical, assessment, crisis intervention and case management skills required; experience as a front-line support worker working with women and children affected by violence/abuse, poverty and homelessness. Experience working with women who are MCFD involved is also 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 and children; must be comfortable working with mothers who are struggling with substance use and or mental & spiritual wellness; and understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction framework.

Because of the demographics of Surrey, we will give preference to women who meet all of the qualifications and who are First Nations, Metis or Inuit or who speak Punjabi, Hindi, Mandarin, Tagalog or Korean; 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:
 Provide one-to-one support, including weekly meetings with women
 Facilitate activities and groups with women and children including talking circles, movie evenings, Re-Discover Parenting groups, 16-Step groups, a weekly community kitchen, etc.
 Provide individual and group support to enhance parenting skills, life skills or to meet other needs identified by program participants
 Liaise with assigned social workers and staff at Maxxine Wright 2nd Stage Housing
 Develop individual housing, support and safety plans with women, ensuring appropriate plans are in place for families exiting from the program
 Provide information about and referrals to other community resources and coordinate support between Atira services and other community resources
 Address questions and concerns raised by women, including mediating conflict
Skills & Abilities:
 Ability to provide non-judgmental support
 Excellent communication skills
 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
Preference will be given to a candidate who holds a bachelor of social work degree and has a minimum of one-year relevant work experience.
Additional Requisites:
 A valid First Aid certificate is required
 A current Non Violent Crisis Intervention certificate is required (achieved or upgraded within past 12 months)
 Food Safe Certificate level 1 is an asset
 All positions are subject to a criminal records review
 Must have a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle while on shift
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;

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.