Job Opportunity: Women’s Support Worker

Type: Internal & External Posting
Position: Women’s Support Worker, Marr Housing for Women Who are Older
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with every second Friday free from work

Deadline: By noon on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

An exciting opportunity exists for a Support Worker at Marr 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.
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.

Qualifications:
Minimum one years’ experience as a front-line support worker 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 Accountabilities:
· 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
· 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
· 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

Education:
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 jobs@atira.bc.ca 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 atira.bc.ca/careers for a current list of postings.