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SAFEXST Support Worker

SAFEXST SUPPORT WORKER
Penticton
Regular Full Time 35 hours
Internal/External Posting Date: JUNE 20 – JULY 06, 2018
(H.S.A. Union Position)

Who We Are:
South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a dynamic non-profit charity based in Penticton that has been providing safety, shelter and supports to women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse since 1981.

With more than 35 years of history and experience in providing programs, resources and services to help women and their children recognize, understand and overcome the effects of violence and abuse, SOWINS has developed a respected, high profile reputation in the community with individuals, businesses and organizations, and has well developed relationships with local, regional and provincial agencies within the non-profit women’s services sector.

SOWINS strives to be innovative, pro-active and compassionate while working within an organizational culture that is feminist, trauma-informed, respectful and inclusive. We actively and consistently seek opportunities to expand our programs and our effectiveness in addressing the complex issues of violence and abuse.

What We Do: Safety – Shelter – Support
Our goal is to assist and support those who have experienced violence and abuse in their recognition, understanding and recovery from the effects. Our programs and services provide safety, healing and guidance for individuals to make changes at their own manageable pace.

SOWINS provides a range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, abuse. Most services focus on serving women and their children. Services include:
• Crisis intervention
• Transition House
• Second Stage Housing
• Safe, affordable housing
• Emotional support and follow-up programs
• Youth and children’s support services
• Homelessness prevention
• Individual and group counselling
• Information and referrals
• Advocacy
• Public education

Our Needs:
SOWINS requires a Support Worker who will offer early intervention, support and harm reduction to individuals involved in street-based sex work and to persons engaging in survival sex through empathic first response street level engagement outreach services in a drop-in centre, mobile outreach and/or residential shelter setting.

The Support Worker Position
This position averages 35 hours per week, generally worked Monday through Friday days, but some flexibility to work evening and weekend hours may be required to meet client needs.
The Support Worker:
• Provides crisis intervention, safety planning and emotional support as well as skill building in areas identified as being of concern
• Provides information about abuse, personal safety and harm reduction, and support for decision making
• Plans, prepares and conducts group or individual supportive counselling sessions using techniques such as active listening, conflict resolution, basic group counselling and basic psycho-educational group methods to resolve the identified problems, needs and risks in working in and/or leaving sex work.
• Develops and implements issue-specific intervention and support plans within program guidelines.
• Provides referrals, advocacy and supported access to other services that will enable them to avoid further risk or violence.
• Participates in public education and prevention activities.

Extended health and welfare benefits package including Municipal Pension Plan is available after completion of probation.
Wage rate per Grid Level 11 General Services Collective Agreement ($19.39 – $22.58)
Funding for this position comes from Public Safety Canada.

Qualifications:
Education and knowledge:
• Diploma in a related human / social service field
• Standard First Aid Level 1 including CPR/AED and Naloxone training

Experience:
• One year recent related experience, including street outreach work

Knowledge:
• Aware of issues faced by diverse communities: drug use, homelessness, sex work, mental health, etc.
• Understanding of signs of human trafficking
• A strong understanding of safer drug use, sex work, related social and economic factors, HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Mental Health, etc.
• Understanding of how cultural diversity influences the participant service plan
• Understanding of harm reduction as it relates to drug use and sex work
• Understanding of trauma informed practice

Skills:
• Ability to function effectively in difficult or crisis situations
• Able and willing to negotiate / mediate conflict ; understand how to use de-escalation techniques
• Able to communicate effectively and have excellent written and oral communication skills

Other Requirements:
• Ability to work flexible hours — day / evening / weekend shifts
• Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license with good driving record
• Satisfactory Criminal record check
• TB Screening

SOWINS Core Competencies:
• Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
• Follows through on commitments and obligations.
• Deals with staff, colleagues, clients and other organizations with whom we work honestly and fairly; communicates effectively.
• Fosters open communications with staff, colleagues, clients, and other organizations with whom we work by establishing consistent hours of work, modeling an open door policy and sharing activities with the Supervisor and the rest of the SOWINS Team, as appropriate.
• Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
• Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner.
• Models the Society’s Code of Ethics.

SAFEXST SUPPORT WORKER

2018 SOWINS Support Worker Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter which speaks directly to the requirements of the position to: execassistant@sowins.com

ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE WELCOME TO APPLY. ONLY THOSE SHORT-LISTED WILL BE CONTACTED. EXTERNAL APPLICANTS WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER INTERNAL.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
12:00 NOON on closing date

The Mobile Outreach Worker / Casual Relief Worker

This is an on-going posting

(H.S.A. POSITION)

The Mobile Outreach Worker Position

SOWINS is looking for casual / relief Mobile Outreach Workers who will offer early intervention, support and harm reduction to individuals involved in street-based sex work and to persons engaging in survival sex through emphatic first response street level engagement outreach services. The Mobile Outreach Workers work directly with people who experience barriers to overall health and well-being such as: chronic homelessness, intergenerational trauma, problematic substance use, systemic abuse, lack of safety, loneliness and stigma. These are Casual positions with NO set hours.

Who We are Looking For

You are a compassionate, energetic person who has a strong understanding of how to support safety in lives combined with substance use, sex work, mental health, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hep C, homelessness, etc. You are aware of issues faced by diverse communities and have a strong understanding of harm reduction, trauma informed practice and how cultural diversity influences the participant service plan. You have the ability to function effectively in difficult or crisis situations. You are able and willing to negotiate and/or mediate conflict and have a good understanding of how to use de-escalation techniques. You are able to work flexible hours – shifts will be scheduled in advance whenever possible, but as relief this will not always be possible. Must be available for Day, Evening and Weekend shifts.

Qualifications:

    • A full Class 5 BC Drivers License with good driving record as those filling the Mobile Outreach position will be required to drive the agency-owned vehicle on a regular basis.
    • Diploma in a related human service / social service field
    • Standard First Aid Level 1 including CPR/AED and Naloxone training
    • At least one year recent related experience, including street outreach work
    • Must pass a criminal record check and agency screening
    • Street outreach/OPS experience an asset
    • General Services Collective Agreement Wage Grid 11
      This is an H.S.A. Union Position

      Send your cover letter and resume to: execassistant@sowins.com

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR Regular Part-time 14 hours

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Regular Part-time 14 hours
MATERNITY LEAVE For up to 6 months

Internal Posting Date: June 11-18, 2018
External Posting Date: June 11-22, 2018

(H.S.A. POSITION)
This position averages 14 hours per week, worked as two 7-hour days – Wednesday and Thursday. Wage rate per Grid Level 9 Collective Agreement. No extended benefits are available per Article 27. Start Date: July 03, 2018. This posting is to replace a regular employee on maternity leave.
The Workshop Facilitator promotes, plans and facilitates established workshops that provide employment readiness skills to women who have experienced or are at risk of violence and helps them to recognize, understand and overcome the effects of abuse.

Workshops support skill acquisition and build on current skills in the areas of basic communication, anger management, stress management, parenting, self-esteem and other topics related to recognizing, understanding and overcoming the effects of abuse with the goal of obtaining and retaining employment.
The Workshop Facilitator helps participants identify concerns, needs, risks and solutions. Provides crisis intervention, safety planning and emotional support if required.

Qualifications:

    • Diploma in a related Human / Social Service field
    • One year recent related experience, including some experience facilitating workshops

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send an email stating your desire to fill this position and describe any relevant training, experience or special skills that you have to: execassistant@sowins.com

Selection will be made on the basis of seniority, ability, performance and relevant qualifications.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
12:00 noon on Friday, June 22 2018

Employ Workshop Job Posting

SAFEXST CLINICAL COUNSELLOR - CONTRACT 8 hour / week

SAFEXST CLINICAL COUNSELLOR

CONTRACT – 8 hour / week

The SAFEXST Program:
The SAFEXST Program operated by SOWINS started in January 2017 as one of 12 similar projects across Canada funded by Public Safety Canada Crime Prevention Action Fund for a 5 year period of direct support and impact evaluation.
The program staff provide dedicated support to individuals involved in sex economies. The program encompasses a drop-in centre, mobile outreach and supported housing.

Our Needs:
SOWINS is seeking to contract with a Registered Clinical Counsellor to work with both the staff and clients of the SAFEXST Program one day a week starting as soon as possible.
The Clinical Counselor will
• Work directly with individuals who are survivors or human trafficking; and who have experienced sexual violence and exploitation.
• Counsel individuals with concurrent disorders, mental health and substance use issues, acquired brain injuries, etc.
• Be comfortable and non-judgmental with a vulnerable street entrenched population.
• Be sensitive to the realities of sex work and survival sex.
• Provide crisis and debriefing supports to front line staff.
• Provide referrals and transitions to other services.
• Facilitate preventative mental wellness programs, classes or workshops.
• Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health.

Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology or a related field.
Two years minimum recent related experience.

Personal Qualifications:
Adaptive. Independent. Accountable. Sound clinical judgement.
Respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
Follows through on commitments and obligations.
Communicates effectively.
Fosters open communications.
Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.

The Contract:
This is a contract for a Clinical Counsellor who will provide support to the staff and clients of SOWINS in the SAFEXST Program.
This Contract is for 8 hours per week / one day per week to March 31, 2019.
A new fiscal year starts April 1, 2019 at which time the Contract may be renewed.
This is a contract which will be paid $500 every two weeks plus GST (if applicable), plus reimbursement of approved expenses, commencing as soon as possible.
Priorities and outcomes will be discussed at the beginning of the contract and throughout.
Send your application to: execassistant@sowins.com

Deadline for notice of interest is June 29, 2018.

Casual / Relief Worker - Transition House

CASUAL / RELIEF WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE
Casual / Relief with no set hours

This is an on-going posting

(H.S.A. POSITION)

Transition House requires Casual / Relief staff to fill Women’s Support Worker (Grid 11) positions.

The Transition House is a residential setting for women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse.

Women’s Support Workers provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support for women and their children.

Using a trauma informed practice approach, the Workers provide information about the nature of abuse, support in recognizing, understanding and overcoming the effects of abuse, and assist women to assess and prioritize their needs, and develop short-term plans with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and community connectedness.

Workers provide transportation and accompaniment to appointments (using SOWINS vehicle) as required.

Services are provided at the Transition House, or at other public locations in the community.

Women’s Support Workers develop and implement short-term, issue-specific intervention plans within program guidelines, plan and conduct individual and/or group counselling sessions using basic supportive counselling techniques, advocate and provide information and referrals to other community agencies.

Qualifications:

    • Diploma in a related human / social service field
    • One year recent experience in the area of violence against women
      Other requirements:

    • Ability to provide supportive counselling
    • Valid full BC Drivers License with good driving record.
    • Acceptable criminal record check
    • Valid First Aid certificate
    • Must be physically able to do general household chores; and be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Second Language and / or good working knowledge of cultural diversity an asset

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter telling us why you are interested in supporting women who have experienced violence or abuse.

Send your application to: wswadmin@sowins.com

This is an H.S.A. Union position