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SAFEXST Support Worker

(H.S.A. POSITION)

Regular Full Time 35 hours
Internal/External Posting Date: April 23 – May 7, 2018
(H.S.A. Union Position)

The Support Worker offers 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 works directly with people who experience barriers to overall health and wellbeing such as: chronic homelessness, intergenerational trauma, problematic substance use, systemic abuse, lack of safety, loneliness and stigma.
The Support Worker provides support based on individual needs and goals as well as referrals and transitions to other services. Provides individual and/or group support sessions using basic counselling techniques. Provides skill building in problem areas.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide community members respite from the streets; access to harm reduction supplies and support, referrals and education. Build and maintain trusting relationships with community members who access the services.

2. Provides crisis intervention, risk assessment, information and advocacy for individuals and crisis line callers.

3. Develops and implements short-term, issue-specific intervention plans within program guidelines in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

4. Plans, prepares and conducts group or individual 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 and/or leaving sex work.

5. Provides skill building in areas such as anger management, self-management and basic life skills.

6. Evaluates the effectiveness of the intervention plan, reports on progress, discusses related concerns with the Program Coordinator in order to resolve identified problems and move towards define objectives.

7. Assists Program Coordinator in establishing a residential safe home for persons leaving the sex trade and provides supportive services to residents.

8. Liaises with and/or promotes the interests of clients with other community service providers as required. Accompanies clients to meetings and appointments as required.

9. Maintain necessary client and program reports and statistics; ensure that all required documentation is accurate.

10. Directly contact police and emergency services as needed
Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications:
Education: 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.

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)
This is an H.S.A. Union Position

Job Description SOWINS SAFEXST Support Worker

POSTING FOR SAFEXST SUPPORT WORKER FT

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

SAFEXST Administrative Assistant

SAFEXST ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Regular Part Time: 16 hours / week
Internal Posting Date: April 23 – 30, 2018
External Posting Date: April 30 – May 11, 2018)

The Administrative Assistant provides a variety of administrative and clerical assistance. Maintains and organizes a variety of financial and other information records, files and related filing systems.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Screens and prioritizes incoming correspondence and other materials for staff members.

2. Assists in coordinating and completion of projects; keeping records and producing reports.

3. Collects, researches, organizes and summarizes data from a variety of sources and produces reports; Performs analysis of reported information; Keeps supervisor informed of problem areas or emerging trends and briefs them on any issues, concerns, matters and meetings.

4. Maintains client and program information using spreadsheet (Excel) and database software (Social Solutions Apricot Client Management System).

5. Maintains a variety of financial records such as petty cash fund, purchase orders and cheque requisition.

6. Produces reports from databases as required by the supervisor identifying and organizing the required information, compiling data, designing format, and printing reports.

7. Schedules and creates reports as required by the funders.

8. Responds to outside inquiries about services offered by SOWINS and the SAFEXST Program.

9. Communicates with other community service agencies.

10. Orients, monitors and provides work direction to volunteers and/or practicum students.

11. Provides word processing, data input and entry of correspondence, meeting minutes, forms and client information; drafts routine correspondence.

12. Arranges meetings, schedules appointments and makes travel arrangements, books rooms for meetings. Prepares agenda and takes minutes at meetings as required.

13. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications:
Education:
• Grade 12, plus completion of a program of up to one year in business or office administration training
• Spreadsheet and database knowledge

Training and Experience:
• Three years recent related experience
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge working with Excel spreadsheet and database program

Personal Qualifications:
• Acceptable criminal record check
• Computer literacy
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills in English
• Adaptive, independent, accountable.
• Punctual, consistent, and respectful.
• Demonstrates excellent time management skills
• Works well as a team member and interacts with other staff in a positive way
• Participates and prioritizes self care strategies

SOWINS Core Competencies:
• Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times
• Follows through on commitments and obligations
• Communicates effectively
• Fosters openness and works well both independently and as a team member
• Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently
• Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner
• Models the Society’s Code of Conduct

Access to Employee & Family Assistance Plan after probation is completed.
Wage rate per Grid Level 10 General Services Collective Agreement ($18.15 – $21.14)

POSTING FOR ADMIN ASSISTANT SAFEXT

ADMIN ASST SAFEXST 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

Women's Clinical Counsellor

External Posting: April 15 -27, 2018

Women’s Clinical Counsellor Position
Regular Full time 35 hours

Under the direction of the Counselling Services Coordinator, the Women’s Clinical Counsellor provides individual and group counselling as well as additional supports to women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing: physical, emotional, verbal, psychological, financial or sexual abuse or assault.
Services are provided from a trauma informed, feminist perspective, while encompassing the principles of the client-centred approach using a variety of therapeutic techniques.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Practices and encompasses the biopsychosocial approach to counselling.

2. Interviews clients to gather case history information. Assesses profound social, psychological, biological, emotional and/or behavioural issues affecting clients. Identifies core areas of concern to be addressed by clinical counselling.

3. Develops and implements therapeutic plans and programs necessary to meet client goals and objectives. Provides individual and group counselling interventions using therapeutic techniques depending on client need.

4. Provides follow-up support to clients after the end of therapy treatment. Advises other professionals involved with client’s case where further evaluation or more intensive treatment is required.

5. Maintains knowledge of community resources and provides appropriate referrals to clients to meet their needs.

6. Formulates and facilitates support groups in program areas for clients.

7. Provides consultation to those working with client cases, ie Social Workers, Probation Officers, other organization staff and other professionals.

8. Provides required reports on clients’ behavior and progress. Maintains clinical records indicating the nature and duration of treatment.

9. Participates in staff training sessions and public education forums, seminars and conferences relevant to specific program areas. Engages in prevention activities by networking, consultation, public relations as required.

10. Creates and implements safety plans as appropriate.

11. Maintains records, reports and statistics as required and to the standards set by SOWINS policy and procedures

12. Performs other related duties as required.

A very nice package of extended benefits including Municipal Pension Plan is available after completion of probation. Wage rate per Grid Level 16P General Services Collective Agreement. ($30.66-35.75)

Qualifications Required
Education and Knowledge:
• Master’s degree in Psychology or Counselling Psychology
• Registration with either the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) as a Registered Clinical Counsellor or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and EMDRIA certification

Experience:
• Two years recent related experience, including experience working with women who have experienced violence or abuse
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge working with diagnosed mental disorders including, but not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Substance User Disorder
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge working with co-dependency, violence in relationships, boundaries, and trauma

Personal Qualifications:
• Acceptable criminal record check
• Computer literacy
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills in English
• Adaptive, independent, accountable.
• Punctual, consistent, and respectful.
• Demonstrates excellent time management skills
• Works well as a team member and interacts with other staff in a positive way
• Participates and prioritizes self care strategies

SOWINS Core Competencies:
• Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times
• Follows through on commitments and obligations
• Communicates effectively
• Fosters openness and works well both independently and as a team member
• Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently
• Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner
• Models the Society’s Code of Conduct

Job Benchmark: Clinical Counsellor
Grid Level: 16p

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter which speaks directly to the requirements of the position by email to: execassistant@sowins.com

All applicants are welcome to apply. Only those shortlisted will be contacted. External applicants will be reviewed after internal.

Job Posting Women’s Clinical Counsellor

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

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