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SUPPORT WORKER – SAFEXST PROGRAM

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SUPPORT WORKER – SAFEXST PROGRAM

Regular Full-Time Position

Internal/External Posting

Posting Date: September 22, 2020
Closing Date: September 29, 2020

Located in Penticton, BC, 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. Services include; transitional housing, counselling services, community based victim support services, SAFEXST program for individuals engaged in sex trade, and mobile harm reduction outreach services.

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 in a community outreach 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, mental health issues, systemic abuse, lack of safety, social isolation, discrimination, and stigma.

The Support Worker provides tailored support based on individual self-determined 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 position averages 37.5 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4.30pm at The Centre. Friday 9:30-5pm working on the Mobile Outreach Van. Shifts are inclusive of a 30 minute paid 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: $21.92– $25.53 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11)

Benefits: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of MSP premium, extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums. This position is also eligible for the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). Entitlements to health and welfare benefits, sick leave, vacation etc. are as detailed by the General Services Collective Agreement.

ABOUT YOU:
You are a feminist, dedicated to harm reduction. Your definition of woman includes transgender, two-spirit, and intersex women. You are familiar with the impacts of colonization, as it applies to Canada, and you understand the impacts of the residential school system, and the 60’s scoop.  You are sex worker positive.

You are committed to working with a wide variety of women including those who may be experiencing substance use, and/or barriers to mental wellness. You support women in the ways they ask, ensuring their dignity and autonomy is upheld. You support women who choose abstinence, but understand that abstinence is just one option for women struggling with substance use.

EXPERIENCE:

  • One year recent related experience, including street outreach work, and/or working with individuals involved in sex based economies. (Extensive experience is preferred).
  • 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.

 

For further information about the SAFEXST Support Worker and Mobile Outreach positions please review the Safexst Support Worker and Mobile Outreach Worker Job Descriptions.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@sowins.com, by 12pm on the closing date of September 29, 2020.

 

YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER (YSW)

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YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER (YSW)

Regular Part-Time (18 hours/week)

Internal/External Posting

Posting Date: September 21, 2020

Closing Date: September 28, 2020

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 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. 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.

Start Date: October 1st, 2020

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

Wage: $21.92– $25.53 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com by 12pm on the closing date of September 28, 2020.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Permanent Full-Time 35 hours/week

Internal/External Posting

Posting Date: September 17, 2020
Closing Date: September 24, 2020

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:

SOWINS office administrator provides a variety of reception, administrative and clerical support to all SOWINS locations from the Administration\ counselling office. It is the first point of contact for the organization, requiring a strong focus on customer service and Trauma Informed Practice. This position is also the point of contact to direct staff to applicable tech support services, schedule meetings, prepare and format documents and presentations. Strong work ethic, organizational skills, capacity to work independently, ability to problem-solve and thrive in a dynamic environment are essential.

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

Schedule: The position averages 35 hours per week. Shifts are Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm with 30 minutes unpaid lunch break.

Start date: ASAP.

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

Wage: $20.52 – $23.90 depending on hours of work in HSA grid 10.

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. This position is also eligible for enrolment in the Municipal Pension Plan.

Experience:

  • 3 years recent relevant administrative experience; working in the Non-profit/ anti-violence sector.
  • Experience working with diverse clientele who face multiple barriers accessing services.
  • Experience working with a variety of word processing and database platforms.

OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

 Education /Training:

Grade 12, plus completion of a program of up to one (1) year in business or office administration training.

  • Standard First Aid.
  • Mental Health First Aid.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI).

Skills & Abilities:

  1. In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Adobe Acrobat and Constant Contact. Ability to send/receive emails, work with mailing lists and Outlook calendars a must.
  2. General knowledge of Photoshop, or similar program, would be beneficial.
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and oral.
  4. Demonstrated ability to function effectively in difficult or crisis situations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to negotiate/ mediate conflict; understand how to use de-escalation and non-violent communication techniques.
  6. Strong organizational, research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  7. Strong customer service skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  9. Demonstrated ability to manage and adapt to changing priorities
  10. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgement.
  11. Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills and sound knowledge of office procedures.
  12. High standard of attention to detail.
  13. Ability to perform duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with SOWINS Mission, Vision and Values.

 The successful applicant will have a combination of administrative ability and emotional intelligence to support our clients as they engage with our services.

For further information about the position please review the SOWINS Office Administrator Job Description.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and cover letter to: careers@sowins.com, by 12pm on the closing date of September 24, 2020.

Mobile Outreach Worker - Casual On-Call Position - Ongoing Posting

MOBILE OUTREACH WORKER
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 Mobile Outreach Worker offers early intervention, support and distribution of harm reduction services in various communities throughout the South Okanagan, through confidential and empathetic first response, street level engagement and outreach services. The Mobile Outreach Worker works directly with people who experience a range of marginalizing circumstances including, but not limited to: homelessness or unstable/unsafe housing, intergenerational trauma, histories of ongoing experiences of violence, substance use/addiction, mental health issues, involvement in survival sex trade, systemic abuse, lack of safety, social isolation, discrimination and stigma. The Mobile Outreach Worker provides support based on individuals needs and goals as well as referrals and transitions to other services.

This position is open to applicants of all genders and gender expressions.

Schedule: This is a casual on-call position. This means you may be called in to work on short notice as needed. At present Outreach shifts are Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Wednesday & Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Start date: ASAP
Union: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
Wage: $20.78 to start (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
• 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 Mobile Outreach Worker position please review the MOW Job Description

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

Support Worker – SAFExst Program - Casual On-Call Position

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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