Shelter Program Manager (Alexander Winter Shelter Program) @ Atira

An exciting opportunity exists for a Program Manager with Atira Women’s Resource Society, an award-winning nonprofit organization known for its inclusionary hiring practices and where a job is more than a pay cheque. We offer the opportunity to work alongside a remarkable group of women working to make the world a more just place, one woman, one child, one home, one job at a time.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Director, Residential Programs, the Program Manager is responsible for supporting and supervising all program staff and women who use the services of the shelter space. Your work will involve creating a welcoming and open space for women, active listening, naloxone administration and related First Aid, education and awareness building, and making resource referrals. We encourage creativity and leadership and make space for staff to develop and implement programming in collaboration with women and their co-workers. You will save lives.

About You:
You are an intersectional feminist, passionate about the work of ending violence against women and children. You embrace Atira’s mission, vision, values and philosophy and have a well-developed understanding of and commitment to anti-oppression work. You are familiar with colonialism especially as it applies in Canada and you understand the impact of the residential school system on First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and the community. You are committed to working with women who are struggling with substance use and or mental wellness and understand and are comfortable working within a harm reduction framework. You support women who choose abstinence, but understand abstinence is just one option for women struggling with substance use. Your definition of woman includes transgender, two spirit and intersex women and individuals whose gender expression is femme. You are sex worker positive and understand the nuances of sex in exchange for money or other benefit. You have significant experience as a front-line support worker working with women affected by violence/abuse, combined with relevant education and or skill-based training. Lived expertise is an asset, as is living in the community in which you work. Atira strives to hire staff who reflect the women we serve.

You Also Have:
 Proven initiative, judgment, decision-making and problem-solving capabilities
 Demonstrated ability to take action in a crisis management environment
 Proven ability to develop and maintain rapport with women, children, your co-workers and other stakeholders
 Ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines in a dynamic environment
 Proven willingness to roll up your sleeves and support women in the ways they ask/need
 Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
Additional Requisites/Assets:
 Minimum one (2) year front-line support work experience working with women affected by violence/abuse is required; preference given to candidates with lived expertise
 A degree, diploma or certificate in a related subject combined (e.g. through programs from a Justice Institute or the Native Education College) is required
 A valid First Aid Certificate will be required
 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate is an asset and will be required.
 Food Safe Certificate is an asset
 All positions are subject to a criminal records review

You question actions inconsistent with our values and you treat everyone with fairness and respect independent of their status or disagreement with you. You expect great things from yourself and your co-workers. You inspire others with your passion for women’s anti-violence work and your eagerness for excellence. You contribute to an environment where women can flourish and grow and you seek what is best for women, rather than what’s best for you or your team. You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability and you take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing.

Application Process:
Applications should be emailed to Please quote the Competition Number in your email subject line and provide a current resume describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted qualifications. Resumes with a Cover Letter unique to Atira will be preferred. Candidates who lack the experience and qualifications set out in the posting may not be considered, although an exceptional cover letter and transferable skills may overcome lack of experience for some positions. Please go to for a current list of postings.

Competition Number:
Internal & External – Full-Time (Temporary- from November 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020)

Hours of Work:
40 hrs. Per week; Day (Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the possibility to work a 36 hrs. /week)
$57,000 to $63,000 (40 hrs. work week)

Program & Location:
Alexander Winter Shelter– Downtown Eastside, Vancouver

Open till filled