Job Opportunity: Women’s Support Worker, Sorella Housing for Women

Type: Internal & External Posting – Atira Women’s Resource Society
Position: Women’s Support Worker, Sorella Housing for Women
Hours: Saturday through Monday, 11:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. with every second Monday free from work
Deadline: By noon on Friday, January 20th, 2017
An exciting opportunity exists for a Women’s Support Worker at Sorella Housing for Women, 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.
A minimum of one-year experience working with women affected by violence/ abuse and who may also be struggling with substance
use, mental and spiritual wellness, poverty and homelessness; experience supporting women to meet their physical, emotional and
social needs while working collaboratively with co-workers and a group of service partners is an asset. 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
open to working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental & spiritual wellness; must understand and be at ease
working within a harm reduction framework.
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
 Monitoring the front door & signing in visitors
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
 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;
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.