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Current Opportunities

Residential Services Cook for Transition House

Penticton
AT SHELTER FACILITY
Kitchen Cook – 2 Positions
Regular Part Time 16 hours per week
Regular Part Time 12 hours per week
Internal Posting Date: August 15 – August 22, 2018
External Posting Date: August 15 – August 29, 2018

Who We Are:
South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a dynamic non-profit charity that has been providing support and shelter to women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse since 1981.
With more than 30 years of history and experience in providing high quality programs, resources and services to women in need, 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 and respectful. 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:
Our goal is to assist and empower 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. Each year we assist over 1,000 people with safety, shelter and support.

Our Needs:
SOWINS operates a Residential Shelter for women and their children at risk of violence and abuse. It is anticipated that the 19 suite Shelter may house up to 35 individuals at a time, including women, youth and children; however, these numbers will fluctuate on a daily basis. SOWINS is looking for two part-time Cooks to develop meal plans, shop, prepare meals and oversee the operation of the eating and cooking facilities. Anyone providing services must illustrate compassionate and nonjudgmental attitude towards women, youth and children who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse.

Activities
1. Develop menu plans in accordance with accepted nutritional guidelines such as Canada’s Food Guide for Healthy Eating and the individual dietary needs of clients.

2. Prepare, cook and serve dinners, including those for special dietary needs and special occasions, in accordance with safety and health standards and the menu plan 7 days a week.

3. Create lists of food preparation tasks for others to carry out.

4. Ensure that adequate nutritious food is available for client self-serve breakfast, lunch, school lunches for children, snacks and weekend meals. Provide menu plans and recipe suggestions for self-serve meals and snacks.

5. Clean and disinfect kitchen, dining areas, dishes and equipment, and ensure that equipment is maintained.

6. Review the meal preparation needs of SOWINS. Identify required equipment to meet those needs. Maintain an inventory of all kitchen equipment and cooking small wares.

7. Purchase and order food items necessary. Ensure that purchases are within approved budget limits. Maintain an inventory of food and other related items.
8. Ensure that food items are stored and handled safely as per BC FoodSafe standards.

This position requires:
• The ability to provide services in a respectful, empathetic and client-centred manner while maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries and understanding the need for complete client confidentiality
• The ability to work independently and in a self-directing manner, as well as the ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner with other residential services staff and with residents
• The ability to maintain necessary records and documentation and to engage in the evaluation of the program and services.
• The ability to make purchases within a budget and inventory control skills.
• Valid BC Drivers License and good driving record.
• Valid Emergency First Aid Community Care certificate or equivalent.
• Food Safe Certificate
• The physical ability to do general kitchen chores and cleaning.

• Grade 10 plus graduation from a program in institutional or residential quantity cooking and one year recent related experience in an industrial or institutional kitchen.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Residential Services Cook

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter which speaks directly to the requirements of the position by email to: execassistant@sowins.com
Internal applicants must notify their Program Coordinator/Manager of intent to apply.

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, August 29, 2018

CASUAL / RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE

Transition House – Penticton

CASUAL / RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE
Casual / Relief with no set hours

(H.S.A. POSITION)

This is an on-going posting

Transition House requires Casual / Relief Child & Youth Support Workers. Rate is Grid 11 ($19.39 per hr).
The Transition House is a residential setting for women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, and their children.
SOWINS supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.

WORKS WITH:
Works closely with the Family Support Worker and Women’s Support Workers

JOB SUMMARY:
The Child and Youth Support Worker is responsible for providing emotional support for children and youth staying at the Transition House. This is done through interactive recreation and educational activities in a group or one-to-one format.

Develops recreational and seasonal activities and supervises the participants (child/youth) during the implementation of these activities, ensuring inclusiveness of cultural diversity.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Duties

1. Provide child / youth residents with care and comfort during their stay.

2. Model positive parenting for children and mothers.

3. Provide age appropriate education and support for child / youth residents.

4. Maintain current knowledge on needs of children from abusive homes.

5. Maintain professional, ethical behaviour and confidentiality regarding all clients and their children.

6. Maintain current knowledge of and comply with organizational policy and procedures.

7. Maintain comfortable, safe and hygienic play areas.

8. Provide respite childcare for mothers as required.

9. Educate child / youth residents regarding abuse, safety planning and crisis communication skills.

10. Provide mothers with information regarding the effects of abuse on their children.

11. Mediate conflicts between child and/or youth residents, and assist with mediation between children and their mothers.

12. Assist children/ youth with hygiene as necessary.

13. Engage in support services, self esteem building and life skills for children and youth.

14. Assist children and youth to access community agencies and programs.

15. Keep all necessary certificates current.

16. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
Early Childhood Education certificate

Experience:
Relevant experience working with children / youth from abusive homes
OR A related degree/diploma with extensive work with children / youth from abusive homes.

Skills:
-Valid First Aid certificate is required, which includes Child CPR.
-Valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License with good driving record
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Abilities:
-Must be able to climb stairs and do general household chores
-Must be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.
-Must be physically able to lift and carry small children
-Must be physically able to get down on the floor and play with children

Asset:
-Experience in Transition Houses would be an asset
-Any second language would be an asset
-Proven working knowledge of cultural diversity would be an asset.

SOWINS Core Competencies:
1. Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
2. Follows through on commitments and obligations.
3. Works honestly and fairly with staff, colleagues, clients and other organizations with whom we work; communicates effectively.
4. Fosters open communications.
5. Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
6. Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner.
7. Models the Society’s Code of Conduct.

CASUAL RELIEF CHILD & YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS FOR TRANSITION HOUSE

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and a letter telling us why you are interested in supporting women and their children who have experienced violence or abuse. to: execassistant@sowins.com

Only applicants the hiring committee deems qualified will be contacted.

Victim Support Worker


VICTIM SUPPORT WORKER – 2 Positions
Counselling Services Penticton
Regular Full Time 35 hours
Regular Part Time 30 hours
Internal Posting Date: July 31 – August 07, 2018
External Posting Date: July 31 – August 21, 2018

(H.S.A. POSITION)

JOB SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Manager, Counselling & Victim Services, the Victim Supporter Workers will provide non-judgmental and professional support to victims of crime and their families. The Victim Support worker will provide services meant to minimize the impact of crime and trauma of victims, and assist in their recovery. Their work will involve clientele of all age demographics, differing cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. They provide seamless service by collaborating with community partners to provide supports through the Criminal Justice System process.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Client Service:
• Provide short term emotional support which meets the unique needs and concerns of victims and families.
• Where appropriate, provide crisis response services during regular program hours.
• Assist with safety planning and risk assessment.
• Support victims who choose not to report, as well as those who do report a crime to police .
• Provide information and education on the dynamics of abuse and components of crime prevention.
• Support victims by helping them to complete Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) Applications as well as Victim Impact Statements, and understanding of the recent changes to CVAP legislation.
• Maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA).

Court Support and Accompaniment:
• Coordinate accompaniment and possibly provide transportation of victims to police, crown counsel, court, community services, or medical appointments where appropriate.
• Provide detailed general and case specific information about the Justice system including: criminal justice system principles, functions and process, rights of the victim and the accused, roles of justice system personnel, court procedures, updates on the status of the investigation and prosecution, copies of court orders, sentencing, probation, and parole.
• Liaise with Crown Counsel, and provide witness orientation, court tours, and accompaniment.
• Debrief court experience and case outcome.
• Provide information on provincial and federal corrections and the National Parole Board.
• Facilitate registration for notification with the appropriate institution or parole board.
• Assist with victim submissions to national parole board hearings.
• Prepare victims for the offenders’ release.

Referrals and Liaison
• Contact incoming referral sources promptly and provide confirmation to the referring agency.
• Conduct victim assessment to identify needs and refer to appropriate resources such as, counselling, legal aide, and medical services.
• Make initial contact for the victim if requested and follow up if appropriate.
• Liaise with RCMP, Crown Counsel, Court Personnel, Corrections, and other agencies and service providers on behalf of the victim.
• Create contribute to, or participate in committees and groups to promote and support victims’ rights in the community and the justice system.

Administration and Record Keeping
• Ensure client files are accurate, up-to-date, and stored in keeping with records management guidelines of both the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA).
• Explain Client confidentiality and ensure consent forms are signed.
• Ensure data entry and statistical reporting is completed according to deadlines.
• Adhere to the agency code of ethics.
• Participate fully in agency tasks, planning meetings, goal setting, and consensus decision making as a member of the collaborative team at SOWINS.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
• Diploma in a related Human/Social Services field.
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related Human/Social Science program preferred.
• 3rd Party Reporting training or familiarity with the process.

Experience:
• Two years recent related experience in a community based setting, including experience working with individuals who have experienced violence or abuse.
• Experience working with diverse clientele who face multiple barriers.
• Demonstrated recent experience and knowledge of the Criminal Justice System an asset.

OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge:
• Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System.
• Knowledge of the needs and support required by victims of crime.
• Understanding of the both the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA) and their impact on counselling for victims of crime.
• In-depth knowledge of SOWINS – or equivalent organization, and other local community agencies.
• Understands the principles and strategies of self-care and their importance as a Victim Support Worker.

Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability and techniques as they apply to counselling a diverse clientele.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and oral.
• Demonstrated proficiency with various computer programs and Microsoft programs – outlook, word, and excel.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, and maintain healthy professional relationships.
• Demonstrated effective time management skills to ensure punctuality and ability to prioritize work.
• Ability to problem solve with clientele and demonstrated ability to make sound professional judgements.

Other Requirements:
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
• Willing to work flexible hours as required by the Manager Counselling & Victim Services.
• Valid BC Driver’s License in good standing.
• Must have CPR, valid 1st Aid Certificate.

SOWINS Core Competencies:
• Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
• Follows through on commitments and obligations.
• Works honestly and fairly with staff, colleagues, clients and other organizations with whom we work; communicates effectively.
• Fosters open communications.
• Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
• Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner.
• Models the Society’s Code of Conduct.

The Victim Support Worker Positions
The first position averages 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday at the Administration offices of SOWINS in Penticton. Some flexibility may be required to meet client needs.
The second position averages 30 hours per week, Monday – Friday at the Administration offices of SOWINS in Penticton. Some flexibility may be required to meet client needs.
A very nice package of Extended benefits including Municipal Pension Plan is available after completion of probation. Wage rate per Grid Level 11 General Services Collective Agreement ($19.39 – 22.58).
Please see attached job description
Funding for this position comes from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Victim Support Worker

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

Internal applicants must notify their Program Coordinator of intent to apply.

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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
5:00 P.M. August 21, 2018

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