About the Role
At Family Services of Greater Vancouver, we’ve been helping people in crisis since 1928. As a non-profit, we help people develop skills and knowledge, empowering our neighbours to create positive change in their lives. Our team is made up of more than 420 staff, including expert counsellors and support workers who provide compassionate, client-centered care to youth experiencing homelessness, families and children impacted by trauma, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable people from an evidence-based, trauma-informed lens. We believe in building a brighter future for all British Columbians and providing a supportive and inclusive workplace for all our staff.
We provide a supportive workplace for our staff and professional, effective services for our clients, including counselling, therapy, advocacy, education and community services. The position generally requires daytime work 4-5 days per week, with some evening work as needed.
What we offer you:
Benefits of working with us:
Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time) and growing to more +
Three (3) paid household leave days a year
One paid Wellness Day a year
Paid sick days
Two and a half paid Agency days for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time)
Five paid days for education leave/year (pro-rated for part-time)
One paid Moving Day/year
Subsidized professional association annual dues (if applicable)
Possibility of remote work/ hybrid work
A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity
Health and Welfare benefits:
Generous group health/dental benefits after 3 months.
Three flex options for health/dental coverage depending on the coverage you need
Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)
Employee Assistance Plan
Long Term Disability Plan
Group Life Insurance, Travel insurance, ++
Pension: Pension plan enrollment after 12 months
Work Hours: Temporary, Full time 35 hours a week (maternity leave)
Salary: $52, 361 annual salary
Location: Vancouver, BC - This position is located at the Vancouver Police Department
Posting End Date: Posting will remain open until filled
What you bring:
- Knowledge of, and experience with, community-based and feminist approaches to intervening in violence against women, taking into account the intersectionality of persons marginalized on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, economic status, language, culture, age, ability, sexual or gender identity
- Experience and familiarity with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and key social services
- Knowledge of Provincial Policy on Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR)
- Knowledge of dynamics of violence in intimate relationships, sexual assault, criminal harassment and sexual/physical abuse in childhood
- Knowledge of Crime Victim Assistance Program
- Knowledge of crisis intervention and support skills
- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with justice system personnel and other victim service and community programs
- Ability to maintain integrity and hold confidentiality as a Victim Support Worker, while collaborating with systems with differing mandates and perspectives
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a professional team
- Ability to be self-reflective
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries
- Computer skills in Windows/PC environment
- Ability to successfully pass an enhanced police security clearance and background check
Education, Training, Experience
- B.S.W. or relevant B.A. from a recognized accredited university; equivalencies will be considered
- Minimum 2 years’ experience supporting and advocating for women who have experienced gender-based violence including sexual assault and domestic violence
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Direct Client Work: Conduct risk assessments, safety planning, crisis intervention, and emotional support services with victims of domestic violence and their children. Provide information, referral and linkage with appropriate community resources. Advocate with legal and social agencies, and liaise with the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) when necessary.
- Team Work: Work embedded within a specialized police unit in a collaborative partnership model, and effectively manage relationships with police, clients, and the CJS. Ensure that interventions are consistent with the Ministry of Attorney-General, MCFD, and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General VAWIR Policy. Work as a member of both the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) and the Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV) Victim Services team, to share practice gains and questions, and contribute to team members’ practice in accordance with FSGV accreditation guidelines.
- Community Work: Advocate with legal and social agencies, and liaise with the Ministry of Children and Family Development when necessary. Maintain contact and network with other community service providers in order to work effectively with other community systems, and to provide a referral base for clients. Conduct community outreach and education on criminal victimization, victim service and prevention, in conjunction with police partner.
- Coordination Work: Participate in community coordination through various community and criminal justice system coordination committees.
- Administrative: Meet administrative expectations of agency and program, including file and record-keeping, and data collection.
- Supervision: Participate in regular supervision meetings with supervisor and with police partner and sergeant as needed.
- Possess valid BC driver’s license and have access to a vehicle
- Second language is an asset
- Successful completion of criminal record check
- Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required