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Job Number:  42522
Women's Support Worker, Rice Block Support Recovery Housing for Women (Temp 1 Year)
Job Posted: Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018
(in 4 days)
Atira Women's Resource Society
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $19.28 - $22.60, depending on experience, plus benefits paid by employer


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Women’s Support Worker, Rice Block Support Recovery Housing for Women (Temp 1 Year)


Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with every other Tuesday free from work


$19.28 - $22.60, depending on experience, plus benefits paid by employer


By noon on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


An exciting opportunity exists for a Women’s Support Worker at Rice Block Support Recovery Housing for Women, a new, recovery-based 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 three-years’ experience as a front-line support worker working in a treatment center, recovery or similar program for women, and the ability to transfer those skills and experience to assist in developing the program at the Rice Block; experience working with women who have been/are affected by violence/abuse, poverty and homelessness is a significant 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 comfortable working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental and spiritual wellness and understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction framework.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides support, advocacy, information and resource referrals to women;
  • Familiarizes women with the physical environment at the program and the guidelines for living communally;
  • Provides information regarding options and alternatives available to women, including information about income assistance, legal services, health issues, drug and alcohol services, housing and other resources, as requested;
  • Provides accompaniments to women to various appointments;
  • Supports women with the normal activities of daily living including providing help to keep their rooms clean, prepare for pest control, do laundry, cook, etc.;
  • Participates in supporting women to meet their goals and objectives;
  • Assists in the planning, organization and delivery of outings, recreational activities and cultural celebrations for women who live at the program;
  • Provides individual and group support, including facilitation of various self-help groups, talking circles, and conflict resolution between women and between groups of women who live at the program;
  • Maintains the safety and cleanliness of the office and inventory;
  • Maintains the safety and security of the building; responding to any building emergencies.


Skills & Abilities:


  • Superior interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
  • Good time and general management skills
  • Thorough knowledge of program issues
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage stress
  • Knowledge of group processes and facilitation techniques
  • Ability to articulate and work within the framework of an inclusive feminist and anti-oppression analysis of violence against women
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with women who struggle with substance use
  • Thorough understanding of harm reduction and especially as it relates to women, violence and struggles with substance use
  • Ability to work effectively with program staff as well as other non-profit and or publicly funded groups, agencies and organizations
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position




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, Native Education College, Rhodes Career College or Vancouver Community 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
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention certification is required, and if you do not have a current certification, Atira will provide
  • Food Safe Certificate is required
  • Ability to fulfill the physical demands of the job
  • All positions are subject to a criminal records review
How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
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. Please go to atira.bc.ca/careers for a current list of postings.
Contact Details:
Manroop Johal
Atira Women's Resource Society
201-190 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1B5

Tel: 604-681-4437
www:   www.atira.bc.ca

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