Job Posting 74809

Cultural Programmer
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
302 Columbia street, Vancouver
closed 3 days ago (Thu, 16 Sep)
full time  •  24.23

About DEWC

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre has existed since 1978 to support and empower women and children living in extreme poverty in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. High levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty characterize this community where women and children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, injustice and injury.  Through the Drop-In Centre and Emergency Night Shelter, we provide practical support to over 500 women and children daily to survive the conditions of ill health and violence that surround them.  We work to provide security, basic needs and support to encourage women to make long-term changes by identifying and removing barriers to full participation in the larger community.  


The Opportunity

The Cultural Programmer is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of cultural, recreational, social and/or educational programs that are consistent with the mission and mandate of the DEWC.  Her responsibility will include working with DEWC Indigenous Elder’s program members ensuring relevant programming that maximizes decision making and participation of centre members.  Reporting directly to the Program Development Manager, the Cultural Programmer will work in collaboration with other DEWC staff to promote integrated services to women.  She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.



About You


  • You have at least 3 years experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner-city drop-in environment
  • You will promote and articulate the mission, mandate, philosophy, and values of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and create positive relations with all stakeholders necessary in order to support DEWC objectives
  • You are knowledgeable of the issues impacting women in the dtes, including gender-based violence, mental health, homelessness, and addictions with an understanding of trauma-informed care responses. You work from a feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
  • You have experience developing and facilitating programs and groups including assessing and evaluating
  • You have extensive experience in the development and facilitation of cultural, recreational, and arts groups and activities
  • You have efficient organizational skills including record keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities
  • You have demonstrated experience providing assisted referral as well as familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the dtes


Benefits of Joining the DEWC Team


Healthcare:  extended health includes dental, vision, prescription medications, select alternative therapies, EAP life insurance and long-term disability.

Vacation & Leave:  Vacation at 6% in the first year and 8% after. Sick leave credit Access to other special leaves to handle family or personal situations.

For your Retirement:  Enrolled in the Municipal Pension Plan with a matching contribution from DEWC.

Other perks:  Compressed work schedule, employee loan program; Regular staff development days; DEWC employees are considered first for any open positions.




·         Start Date: ASAP

·         Permanent - Full-Time, 70 hours biweekly / Flex Sunday, Monday - Thursday ,  9 day Fortnight Schedule

·         Union Positions:  BCGEU / $24.23 per hour + generous health and wellness benefits

·         Location  –  DEWC Drop-In Centre, 302 Columbia St. Vancouver

·         Application Closing Date: Internal – September 9, 2021  External -  September 16, 2021


Indigenous women and women of colour are strongly encouraged to apply / Additional languages spoken an asset.


**While we thank all applicants for their interests, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted**



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