Job Posting 64989

Transition House Support Worker
Helping Spirit Lodge Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Vancouver
closes in 56 days (Sun, 21 Mar)
casual / on-call  •  $17/hr

Position:                                               Spirit Lodge Casual/On-call Support Worker  

Contract:                                              Casual/Part-time



The Casual/On-call Support Worker’s role at Spirit Lodge First Stage Transition House is to carry out the purpose and objectives of Helping Spirit Lodge Society through the support and advancement of Aboriginal women and children fleeing violence. Ensure a commitment to provide safe and protective shelter. Maintain cohesion in the residence by: assessing critical incidents, making timely decisions and mediating when necessary. Prioritize work and carry out daily practice in an anti-oppressive, women-centered approach. Maintaining the health and safety of the residence by monitoring site cleanliness and ensuring the security of the residents. Delivery of a holistic program that enhances the lives of the community we serve.


REPORTS TO:     Spirit Lodge Supervisor     


Core Competencies


Aboriginal Centered Service Approach:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of, and experience with, Aboriginal peoples in Canada and work in a setting with a variety of different traditions and cultures represented and general cultural competency
  • Demonstrate ability to apply theory to practice working with Aboriginal women and children
  • Willingness to support Aboriginal people in determining their own future
  • Experiencing Aboriginal people without judgement or stereotyping; as strong, vital and important members of community

Building Trust Relationships:

  • Maintain confidentiality in respect to Helping Spirit Lodge Society and all its clientele
  • Demonstrate ability to exercise non-judgement and adherence to confidentiality
  • Treat people with fairness and respect independent of their status or personal disagreement

Collaborative Planning, Organising and Coordinating:

  • Demonstrate ability to monitor and manage food safety plans
  • Demonstrate ability to work with a team to provide consistent 24-hour support


  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out the purpose and objectives of the Helping Spirit Lodge Society and ensure a commitment to the delivery of services that provides safe and protective shelter to Aboriginal women and children
  • Demonstrate a passion and long-term intent to work within the Aboriginal community
  • Excellent open listening skills and commitment to continually seek understanding of the culture, protocol and communication processes of Aboriginal people

Empowering Others: 

  • To demonstrate appropriate human relations skills required in the workplace (decision making, leadership, working within a team and independently) as a staff member and role model
  • Encourages clients to learn, act, and lead based upon assessment of readiness
  • Proactively shares resources to enhance Aboriginal empowerment
  • You create and contribute towards a healthy environment where people can flourish and grow

Managing Organizational Resources:

  • Strong time management skills with the ability to attend to multiple deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records with recognition of appropriate note taking skills for client files
  • Implements and supports results measurement that provides relevant information to maintain funding agreements
  • Creatively and effectively allocate on-site client resources





  • Carry out the purpose and objectives of the Helping Spirit Lodge Society
  • Demonstrate ability to adhere to and implement organization’s principles, policies and practices, including understanding and maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to support and interact with program participants and their children in a professional manner, providing life skills to both children and women to assist the participants in reaching stability
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Canadian indigenous peoples and how it affects their every day lives
  • Demonstrate active listening and healthy boundaries
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the guiding principle of “Best Interest of the Child” in all duties
  • Ensure cleanliness of Spirit Lodge including interior and exterior grounds and common areas including cleaning and polishing floors; laundry room; dryer vents in laundry room weekly; Amenity Room, parking space, refuse area, the front and back lawns – including minor landscaping duties.
  • Ensuring the safety and comfort of residence by following security procedures and maintaining cleanliness of the living environment
  • Identify needs of participant families to support them in further community integration/engagement with community referrals and capacity building to transition into permanent housing
  • Cleaning duties are required and light to moderate lifting may be required as well
  • Flexible schedule, ability to take on awake overnight shifts if needed



  • Post-Secondary Degree/Education preferable
  • A minimum of three to six months experience working with women and children of various ages
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the theory and technique relevant to working with children and youth and with families to identify and access basic needs and resources
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal history, traditions and cultural competencies; ability to articulate history relating to Aboriginals in Canada
  • Ability to articulate historical trauma
  • Knowledge of the impacts of family violence and its effects on women and children
  • Knowledge of Non-violent Crisis Intervention and De-escalation techniques
  • Demonstrated decision making skills and ability to work independently
  • Ability to identify and direct individuals experiencing trauma, mental health substance use, sexual abuse and or homelessness to appropriate resources
  • Knowledge of facilitation techniques and experience in group work
  • Criminal Record Check clearance
  • Valid Driver’s license (vehicle an asset) 
  • Demonstrated computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint/Teams, and internet research)
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Food Safe Certificate
Expression of interest, including and updated resume and a cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the above noted qualifications must be received by email at
| Subject Title Spirit Lodge Casual/On-Call Support Worker

Preferences will be given to FIRST NATION’S WOMEN as per SECTION 41 OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS CODE

Only short –listed candidates will be contacted.



Closing Date: Till Position Filled.



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