Job Posting 99682

Overnight Crisis Intervention Counsellor
Victim Services of York Region
Work From Home - York / Durham area
Work From Home and attend on-scene
closes in 9 days (Sun, 3 Mar)
on-call / relief / casual

Victim Services of York Region is a non-profit charitable agency that works in partnership with York Regional Police and the Aurora detachment of the OPP to provide 24-hour emotional support and practical assistance to persons victimized by crime or tragic circumstance. Victim Services of York Region is seeking an Overnight On-call Crisis Intervention Counsellor to assist persons victimized by crime and tragic circumstance.

This after hours on-call position requires being available, within York Region, overnights between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am Monday-Thursdays, and between 7:00 pm and 8:00 am on Fridays, weekends and statutory holidays.

This is an ongoing two-week rotating shift of four (4) nights one week and three (3) nights the second week to provide immediate response to crisis calls, as well as on scene crisis response.

On-call compensation is in keeping with Employment Standards Act of Ontario and the On-Call, Overnight Crisis Counsellor will paid a guaranteed three hours per shift for being on-call and will be compensated for any time worked in addition to the three hours if called out.

The hourly compensation for this position is between $30 and $33 per hour.


Office Administration:

Deliver VSY service in York Region in accordance with our mandate, procedures and guidelines

Maintain strict client confidentiality, as per VSY policy and procedure guidelines, including any issues with Victims/ Witnesses, VSY Volunteers, Board Members, and Staff

Work cooperatively in a team environment with all VSY Staff, Police and Fire Services, Volunteers, Community Representatives, as well as the Executive Director and Board of Directors for VSY

Maintain appropriate record-keeping/documentation as required by VSY policies and procedures

In consultation with the Program Manager and Executive Director, ensure the current service delivery of VSY, based on local needs and/or resources, is being met

Maintain open communication with the Program Manager and the Executive Director concerning all operations and risk management issues related to the VSY organization.

Client Service Delivery:

Maintain a time sensitive delivery response for telephone follow up, in order to meet the individual needs of victims

Responsible for responding to escalated crisis response calls when on shift, assessing client needs, attending on-scenes and/or dispatching volunteers or additional staff as needed

Provide support, advocacy, referrals and connections to community resources

Responsible for volunteer(s)’ direct service needs (including providing debriefs) while on shift

Training & Outreach:

Liaise with local programs, police and other social service agencies, as required, to promote the VSY program, exchange information, as well as establish and maintain a cooperative alliance

Educate Police Officers and Fire Service personnel in the appropriate use of the VSY program

Participate in regional disaster training opportunities


At a minimum, the successful candidate will possess an undergraduate degree in Social Work (BSW)

Ability to work evenings into overnight as scheduled, and have reliable transportation to travel throughout York Region

The successful candidate must have a valid G driver’s licence and be able to travel anywhere in York Region within 45 - 60 minutes

Experience with responding to persons victimized by crime or tragic circumstance including: domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, traffic and fire fatalities, suicide, sudden death, and homicide

Sound, trauma informed, knowledge of crisis intervention and victim issues; ability to keep knowledge up to date on available services for clients

Ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds

Able to function well in high stress, fluid environments

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent active listening skills and the ability to communicate in a clear and straightforward manner

Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset

Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Strong organizational abilities

Sound, trauma informed, knowledge of crisis intervention and victim issues; ability to keep knowledge up to date on available services for clients

A preliminary requirement will be a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check) report

An annual criminal records check (Police Check) will be required of the successful candidate

VSY provides equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status or any other ground as described in the Ontario Human Rights Code. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we encourage applications from Women of Colour, Indigenous, Asian, Immigrant, Lesbian, Women with Disabilities, Francophone and women from other diverse groups. Applicants with fluency in a second language are strongly encouraged to apply.

VSY thanks all applicants their interest in a position with VSY. However, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

For more information visit:

United Way Greater Toronto Agency

Job Types: On-Call

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