Job Posting 68728

Prevention Co-Director
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
Vancouver Island & Coastal areas, Victoria
closing today (Fri, 5 Mar)
full time - term / contract  •  $35/hr 25-28 hrs per week

Position: Prevention Co-Director

Wage: 35/hr

Benefits: Full benefit package

Length of Contract: Two-year term with the possibility of renewal

Hours: 25-28 hrs/ per week

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Summary: See job description below


Closing Date: March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm


Applications to be submitted to: Elijah Zimmerman, Executive Director E


VSAC is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBQ+ persons, Trans, Two-Spirit and gender diverse persons and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. 

Job Description

Position Title: Prevention Co-Director, Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Prevention Staff 


Role Summary:

The Prevention Co-Director adopts and promotes the feminist philosophy of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) and is responsible for co-managing the VSAC Prevention Department including supervision of prevention staff and oversight of programs for youth in education and community settings with an aim for successful performance of strategic priorities set by the Board of Directors. The position ensures compliance with all professional standards of practice and agency policies and procedures and acts as an integral member of the VSAC management team.




  • Impart a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s vision, mission, agency goals, policies and priorities;
  • Co-develop and/or maintain a strategic framework for Prevention to support the agency’s mission statement and strategic priorities;
  • Current needs for departmental stabilization. Leads departmental capacity building and relatedly contributes to organizational capacity building.

 Building Relationships and Public Relations

  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with education structures, service providers, and community members in the local community to ensure coordinated, effective, quality programming and to reduce barriers for youth to access programs;
  • Connects with national and international gender-based violence prevention networks;
  • Develops and engages communication strategies to build relationships and to promote innovative prevention programming;
  • Works collaboratively with the prevention team to foster growth, creativity and mutual support;
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, acts as media spokesperson on behalf of the organization;
  • Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders including government agencies, community partners, professional bodies and youth;

 Human Resource Management

  • Ensure adherence to all requirements of the Employment Standards Act and Regulations, and other Labour Relations best practices in the functional areas of recruitment and selection for Prevention staff, labour relations including collective agreement interpretation, discipline, grievance administration and performance and attendance management;
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, ensure that the VSAC Prevention staff comply with relevant laws, regulations, applicable agency policies, and the current collective agreement;
  • Lead and participate in the hiring process for Prevention staff positions;
  • Monitor Prevention staff performance through bi-weekly supervision meetings and ongoing feedback, and annual performance appraisals including disciplinary discussions when necessary;
  • Participate in the training, development and supervision of Prevention staff to ensure consistent program excellence and staff wellness;
  • In collaboration with Prevention staff, develop annual work plans.


  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, determines program, resource, budgetary, operational and organizational requirements for all new and existing programs within responsibility area;
  • Manages grant monies and reporting for funded projects;
  • Contributes to the research and development of grant proposals and reports for Prevention funding.


  • Generate reports on Prevention activities for internal and external use;
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and management team, plans and develops approaches, methods, policies and procedures within the Agency’s governance framework.

 Program Development

  • Establishes program objectives and performance standards; evaluates programs’ operations and activities in terms of over-all effectiveness; implements improvements and modifications as necessary; and adjusts over-all goals and objectives in response to program directives and/or needs in conjunction with Prevention staff;
  • Researches and continuously builds knowledge of best practices, trends and developments in community and education areas of responsibility;

 Facilities and Administration

  • Fosters a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and volunteers with attention to the emotional labour required when working in trauma and with an anti-oppressive lens;
  • Promotes work-life balance.


  • Performs other related duties as requested by the Executive Director and/or Board of Directors.



Education, Training and Experience

  • Degree in social work, child and youth care, education, or equivalent experience and training;
  • At least five years of experience in the field of gender-based violence and/or trauma;
  • At least two years of supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in community and program development;
  • Demonstrated computer competency including familiarity with spreadsheets, databases and word processing;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a budget;
  • Previous experience in the non-profit social services sector an asset;
  • Previous facilitation experience an asset;
  • Public speaking experience an asset;
  • Experience with PAR and evaluation an asset.

 Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership skills to motivate participation and cooperation of various groups and individuals;
  • Analysis of issues impacting women, Trans and gender diverse communities that is informed by anti-oppressive and social justice practices;
  • Extensive working knowledge of issues related to sexualized violence, trauma-informed practice, community based programming and services, applicable legislation and building community relationships;
  • Leadership skills to facilitate participation and collaboration of various groups of individuals;
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills including conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrated teamwork, leadership and supervisory skills; well-developed planning, organizing and administrative skills;
  • Competent in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and database programs;
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills

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