Director of Advocacy for Indigenous Women
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre exists 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.
The Director of Advocacy for Indigenous Women will support efforts to advance conditions for Indigenous
Women by clearly and consistently positioning the discussion and recommendations identified within Red
Women Rising at the front and center of decision-making both internally to DEWC and externally. The
role will have a strong focus on building and maintaining relationships with decision-makers,
organizations, and community and DEWC members. Working in collaboration with the Indigenous
Women’s Project Coordinator and the leadership team, the role will serve as the primary lead and
representative for DEWC in related coalition work; community engagement, and serve as an educator on
issues impacting Indigenous women, families, and communities.
• Experience in non-profit management with at
least 3 years' experience in an executive
• Must have a strong working knowledge and
analysis of the issues impacting Indigenous
women in the DTES, including gender-based
violence, MMIWG, mental health,
homelessness, and addictions
• Significant experience in policy development
and advocacy within a non-profit environment
• Knowledge of non-profit financial and account
• Efficient organizational skills including record
keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving
• Excellent communication skills required
• Ability to work within a chaotic environment and
with a diverse community of women
Benefits of Joining the DEWC Team
-Healthcare: Extended health includes
dental, vision, prescription medications, select
alternative therapies, EAP life insurance and
-Vacation & Leave: Vacation at 6% in the first
year and 8% after. Sick leave credit. Access
to other special leaves to handle family or
-For your Retirement: Enrolled in the
Municipal Pension Plan with a matching
contribution from DEWC when eligible.
-Other perks: Compressed work schedule,
Employee loan program; Regular staff
development days; DEWC employees are
considered first for any open positions.
• Start Date: ASAP / Excluded / Non-Union – Permanent / Full Time position
• Wage range - $80,000- $90,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
• Application Closing Date: Until the position is filled
Submit cover letter and resume to: Director of Advocacy for Indigenous Women via email
For full job description visit: www.dewc.ca/career
For Bona fide position requirements Indigenous women only will be considered.
**While we thank all applicants for their interests, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted**
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