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Job Number:  37130
Women’s Support Worker, Maxxine Wright Shelter
Job Posted: Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Closing Date: Tuesday, 15 August 2017
(70 days ago)
Atira Women's Resource Society
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Part time
Location: Surrey Salary: Leading in Non Profit Sector


Internal and External Posting


Women’s Support Worker, Maxxine Wright Shelter


Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., with every second Thursday free from work


By noon on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017


An exciting opportunity exists for a Women’s Support Worker at the Maxxine Wright Shelter, 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.



Minimum one year experience working with women affected by violence/ abuse and who may also be struggling with substance use, mental and spiritual wellness, poverty, homelessness and other forms of institutional oppression. Must adhere to a feminist analysis of violence against women and have a commitment to/understanding of anti-oppression work and the intersectionality of oppressions. Must have a well-developed analysis of the impact/legacy of colonization and assimilation and the resulting impact on First Nations, Metis 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 comfortable working within a harm reduction framework.


Because of the demographics of Surrey, significant consideration will be given to women who meet the qualifications and who are First Nations, Metis or Inuit or who speak Punjabi or one of the languages of Surrey’s 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 and from women who match the demographic/age group served by the Maxxine Wright Shelter


Primary Accountabilities:

  • Taking referrals and completing intakes
  • Crisis prevention, intervention & conflict resolution
  • Provides one-to-one and group support to women and their children, residents and ex-residents
  • Provides advocacy & makes resource referrals
  • Liaises with sister and like organizations and transition houses
  • Keeps accurate records, files, log notes & statistical information as per Atira’s practice/policy
  • Assists women moving in and moving out
  • Cleans and prepares rooms for new residents
  • Performs light housekeeping duties
  • Organizes and facilitates recreational activities such as communal meals, movie and beauty nights
  • Plans and facilitates children’s activities as needed
  • Providing group and individual childcare as required to mothers who may have court appearances, appointments with lawyers, counselors or doctors etc
  • Responds to emergency situations


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 is required (achieved or upgraded within past 12 months)
  • Food Safe Certificate level 1 is required
  • All positions are subject to a criminal records review
  • Must have a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle while on shift.
How to Apply:
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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 atira.bc.ca/careers for a current list of postings.
Contact Details:
Manroop Johal
Atira Women's Resource Society
101 East Cordova
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1K7

Tel: 6043311407
www:   www.atira.bc.ca

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