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Cook – Transition House


Cook – Transition House
Casual On-Call Position
Ongoing Posting

Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. The Transition House provides support in a residential setting for women and their children, and youth. SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma and violence informed practice and harm reduction models.

SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Residential Services program may house up to 35 individuals at a time, including women, youth and children; however, these numbers will fluctuate on a daily basis. The Cook provides Residential Services clients with prepared dinners, and ensures that adequate nutritious food is available for client self-serve breakfast, lunch, school lunches, snacks and weekend meals. The Cook accommodates any dietary restrictions wherever possible clients, such as food allergies, vegan and/or gluten free diets, etc. The Cook also provides menu plans and recipe suggestions for self-serve meals and snacks, and maintains the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area. The successful candidate must illustrate a compassionate and nonjudgmental attitude towards women, youth and children who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse.
The Cook is required to pick up food items in the community, using their own vehicle or a SOWINS vehicle if/when available.
Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.

Schedule: This is a casual / on-call position, this means you may be called in to work on short notice as needed. However, the ideal candidate will have open availability from July 22nd, to September 30th, 2019.
Cook shifts are generally Monday to Thursday 11am-5pm

Start date: ASAP

Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).

Wage: $19.06– $22.20 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 9)+ 10.2% of straight time pay in lieu of vacation pay and stat pay.

EXPERIENCE:
• One year recent related experience in an industrial or institutional kitchen.
• Experience cooking in a community services based setting, including supporting working with women who have experienced violence or abuse, preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Food Safe Level 2 Certificate
• Graduation from a program in institutional or residential quantity cooking
• Standard First Aid including CPR Level C
• The physical ability to do general kitchen chores and cleaning.
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
• 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
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI) an asset

For further information about the Cook position please review the attached Cook Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com.

Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor

Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor
Full -Time – 35 hours/week
Ongoing Posting

Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide 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 children. SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.
SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
As part of the counselling team, and reporting to the Manager Counselling & Victim Services, the STV Counsellors at SOWINS provide mid-range individual and group counselling and additional supports to women who have been victims of various forms of abuse – or at risk of experiencing abuse. This may include, but not limited to physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and/or sexual assault. Counselling uses techniques such as therapeutic group counselling and self-skill workshops
Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.

Schedule: This is a regular full-time -35 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Some flexibility may be needed to meet client’s needs.

Start date: ASAP

Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).

Wage:Benefits: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of MSP premium, extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums. Entitlements to health and welfare benefits, sick leave, vacation etc. are as detailed by the General Services Collective Agreement.

EXPERIENCE:
• Two years recent related experience working with individuals who have experienced violence or abuse.
• Two years recent experience working with codependency, violence in relationships, boundaries, and trauma

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field – human/social services, psychology, or counselling. Master’s level preferred
• EMDR, CBT, DBT, and Somatic Therapy training an asset
• Valid Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certification
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI).
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract

The STV Counsellor may be required to use their personal vehicle during performance of duties. Thus the successful applicant must have access to a vehicle with appropriate level of insurance to transport clients.

For further information about the Victim Support Worker position please review the STV counsellor Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com.

Youth Support Worker (YSW) - Transition House

Transition House – Penticton, BC
YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER (YSW)
Regular Part-time (18 hours/week)
Ongoing Posting

SOWINS is seeking an experienced Youth Support Worker to provide services to youth living in our transitional housing program. The Transition House is a residential setting for women and youth who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, and their children. SOWINS supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Youth Support Worker, is a new position, and is responsible for supporting up to 2 female youth, occupying the 2 emergency youth beds at Hughes House. The youth beds are a youth-centred service intended to provide short-term protective accommodation on an emergency crisis-intervention basis to primarily high-risk youth.

The Youth Support Worker will work with the youth in identifying their needs and will provide emotional support, advocacy, interactive recreation and educational activities in a group or one-on-one interviews.

Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.

Schedule: This position averages 18 hours per week. Training shifts will likely be Monday-Wednesday, 6 hours per day. Shifts will likely be Friday, Sunday and Monday evenings. Shifts will be determined by needs of youth, possible flex-time agreement, possible split shifts etc. The successful applicant must be flexible and able to work evenings, and some weekends, as needed.
Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
Wage: $20.78– $24.20 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11).
EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum 1 year recent related experience working with youth in crisis
• Previous experience working in a Transition House(s)
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Proven ability to develop and maintain rapport with women, children, co-workers and stakeholders
• Diploma in a related human, or social service field
• Valid Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certification
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI)
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
• Must be physically able to do general household chores; and be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.

The Youth Support Worker may be required to use their personal vehicle during performance of duties. Thus the successful applicant must have access to a vehicle with appropriate level of insurance to transport youth.
For further information about the Youth Support Worker position please review the Youth Support Worker Job Description
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com.

Support Worker – SAFExst Program

Support Worker – SAFEXST PROGRAM
Casual On-Call Position
Ongoing Posting

Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. These services include the SAFExst program which consists of a drop in center, and mobile harm reduction outreach van.

SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma and violence informed practice and harm reduction models.

SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
As part of the SAFExst team, The Support Worker offers early intervention, support, and harm reduction to individuals currently involved in, or at risk of engagement 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, and/or residential shelter setting. The Support Worker works directly with people who experience barriers to overall health and wellbeing including, but not limited to: chronic homelessness or unstable/unsafe housing, intergenerational trauma, histories or ongoing experiences of violence, substance use/addiction, mental health issues, systemic abuse, lack of safety, social isolation, discrimination, and stigma.

The Support Worker provides tailored support based on individual needs and goals as well as referrals and transitions to other services. The Support Worker also provides strengths-based and capacity-building guidance to promote client wellness and self-efficacy.
Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.

Schedule: This is a casual on-call position. This means you may be called in to work on short notice as needed. At present, shifts take place Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Start date: ASAP
Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
Wage: $20.78– $24.20 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11)+ 10.2% of straight time pay in lieu of vacation pay and stat pay.

EXPERIENCE:
• One year recent related experience, including street outreach work, and/or working with individuals involved in sex based economies.
• Demonstrated compassion and empathy for individual from diverse communities experiencing drug use, homelessness, involvement in sex trade, mental health issues, etc.
• Knowledge of harm reduction philosophies and approaches to service provision.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Diploma in a related human / social service field
• Valid First Aid & CPR Level C with Naloxone and overdose management training.
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI).
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
• Must be comfortable with active drug use and, and providing services to individuals actively participating in various modes of drug use.

Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to provide safe, confidential and compassionate harm reduction and support services to a diverse community. Knowledge of existing South Okanagan social and healthcare organizations and programs is an asset.
Successful applicants will also be those who can provide month-to-month availability, and respond to shifts that become available on short notice.

For further information about the SAFEXST Support Worker position please review the Safexst Support Worker Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to:careers@sowins.com

Women's Support Worker – Transition House - Casual On-Call Position

WOMEN’S SUPPORT WORKER – Transition House
Casual On-Call Position

Ongoing Posting

Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. The Transition House provides support in a residential setting for women and their children, and youth. SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma and violence informed practice and harm reduction models.

SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Women’s Support Worker provides a wide range of support services to women and their children residing at the transition house. They provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support, information about the nature of abuse, and support in recognizing, understanding and overcoming the effects of abuse. The Women’s Support Worker assists women to assess and prioritize their needs, and develop short-term plans with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and community connectedness.
Services are provided at the Transition House, or at other public locations in the community.
Workers provide transportation and accompaniment to appointments (using SOWINS vehicle) as required.
Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.

Schedule: This is a casual / on-call position, this means you may be called in to work on short notice as needed. The transition house is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shifts vary from 6.5 hours to 12 hours in length. Casual staff must be available to work overnight and weekend shifts.

Start date: ASAP

Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
Wage: $: $20.78– $24.20 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11)+ 10.2% of straight time pay in lieu of vacation pay and stat pay.

EXPERIENCE:
• 1 year recent related experience in a community-based setting, including experience working with women who have experienced violence or abuse.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Diploma in a related Human/Social Services field.
• Valid First Aid & CPR Level C.
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI).
• Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
• Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
• Must be physically able to do general household chores; and be able to deal with ongoing crisis situations.
• Must be available to accept shifts on short notice, and work overnight, and weekend shifts

For further information about the Women’s Support Worker position please review the Women’s Support Worker Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com

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