Program Manager, Maxxine Wright Shelter & Second Stage Housing Programs

About Us:

Atira Women’s Resource Society is dedicated to supporting women and children affected by violence by offering safe and supportive housing and by delivering education and advocacy aimed at ending all forms of gendered violence. Incorporated in 1983, the Society has grown from a single transition house program in South Surrey to having more than 30 housing programs, two community daycares, and multiple related support programs located across the Lower Mainland. We continue to expand our programs and services and the current manager has moved into another position within the organization.


The Posting

Type: Internal and External Posting
Position: Program Manager, Maxxine Wright Shelter & Second Stage Housing Programs
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with every second Friday free from work
Salary: $67,000 – $73,000 plus generous benefits and pension, based on 40-hour workweek 36-hour workweek (nine-day fortnight) or 35-hour workweek (seven-hour day) optional
Deadline: By noon on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018


The Opportunity:

We are offering an exciting opportunity to become part of a passionately dedicated and skilled group of women who provide an accountable and professional yet politically driven service to women and children affected by violence. Reporting to the Director, Housing Operations, Fraser Region, the Program Manager at Maxxine Wright Shelter and 2nd Stage Housing (for pregnant and early parenting women) will supervise and support front line and custodial staff, as well as ensure effective program/service delivery consistent with Atira’s mandate, philosophy and policies, as well as our legal, contractual, budgetary and other requirements; and develop long-range program plans that meet Atira’s goals and objectives.

About You:

You hold a degree in social work, social services, women’s studies, public health or a related field, supplemented with one – three years’ relevant experience working as a front-line support worker and three – five years’ progressive supervisory and management experience in a similar-sized program and environment or; or three – five years’ relevant experience working as a front-line support worker, supplemented with three – five years’ recent, related progressive supervisory and management experience in a similar-sized program and environment. Because of Maxxine Wright’s mandate, strong preference will go to a Registered Social Worker and to women who reflect the women who access Maxxine Wright’s services. You articulate and promote the

mission, vision and values of Atira Women’s Resource Society and create positive working relationships with all stakeholders necessary to achieve Atira’s objectives. You have lived experience that on some level reflects the lived experience of the women who access services at Atira and Maxxine Wright. As a well-organized and strong leader, your communication skills are impeccable and you are a skilled team player.

  • Select, orient, support and supervise program staff
  • Liaise and build relationships with other organizations in the community
  • Perform on call duties and respond to program emergencies including after hours and on weekends
  • Attend community meetings and fundraising events
  • Collect rent, maintain current and complete tenant files, and keep an accurate and up-to-date rent roll
  • Meet the annual budget
  • Compile and submit consistently accurate payroll by deadline
  • Keep accurate records, files, log notes and statistical information per practice/policy; and
  • Provide one-to-one and group support to women in the program, including ex-residents.

You question actions inconsistent with Atira’s values and you treat everyone with fairness and respect, independent of their status or disagreement with you. You hire great people and expect great things from them. You inspire others with your eagerness for excellence. You create an environment where people can flourish and grow and you seek what is best for Atira and the women we serve, rather than what’s best for you and or your team. You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability and you take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing.

Additional Requisites:

  • A valid First Aid certificate
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention certification or equivalent
  • Food Safe Certificate
  • Ability to fulfill the physical demands of the job
  • Awarding of all positions is subject to clearing a mandatory criminal records
  • This position requires you to work with women marginalized by their experiences of poverty, struggles with substance use and/or mental and spiritual wellness and who face multiple and intersecting oppressions and who may, as a result, engage in difficult and complex behaviours.

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 201-190 Alexander Street 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.

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