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Manager, Residential Services

Manager, Residential Services
Regular Full-Time Position
Posting Date: March 19, 2019
Closing Date: April 9, 2019

Are you passionate about the work of ending violence against women and children? Do you have experience leading teams in supporting women in the ways they ask, ensuring their dignity and autonomy?

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a regular full-time Manager of Residential Services, to manage a transition House, and second stage Housing units.

ABOUT US:
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’s vision is one where all individuals have the ability to make choices to live a safe and healthy life. We strive to work from an intersectional feminist philosophy and support 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 PROGRAM:
The Residential Services program offers emergency and second stage housing within a Transition House. The Transition House provides safe, confidential shelter for children, youth and women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. There are also 2 emergency beds for youth. The Transition House along with its crisis line is open and staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
The Residential Services program is the largest program within SOWINS. Since the number of resident clients and their children vary the total number of program staff can often exceed 30.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
As a member of SOWINS Senior Management Team, the Manager of Residential Services reports directly to the Executive Director and has overall responsibility for managing the program. This includes, but is not limited to – strategic planning, budgeting, staffing for the program – such as determining staff levels, hiring, performance management, coaching, discipline, representing the employer in the grievance process and at arbitrations, and attending Senior Management Team meetings and planning sessions. Manages the physical residential complex effectively to ensure safety for staff, residents and visitors.

The Manager represents SOWINS in building and fostering supportive partnerships federally, provincially and within the community – with a wide variety of stakeholders. The Manager also provides preventative activities, such as education in the community.

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 position, averaging 37.5 hours per week. Shifts are generally Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. The transition house is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thus the successful candidate must be willing to provide some after hours on-call management/leadership for staff.
Wage: $30/hour to start
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 enrolment in the Municipal Pension Plan.
Start date: ~ June 2019, date dependent on orientation/training need of successful candidate.

ABOUT YOU:
You are a feminist, dedicated to anti-violence work. 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 struggling with substance use, and/or mental wellness. You support women who choose abstinence, but understand that abstinence is just one option for women struggling with substance use.
You have demonstrated leadership ability and experience as a Program Manager, working with women and children affected by violence/abuse, combined with the relevant education and/or skills based training.

Additional requirements:
• Proven ability to develop and maintain rapport with women, children, co-workers and stakeholders
• Demonstrated ability to take appropriate action in a crisis situation
• Proven willingness to reduce barriers to service and create client centered case planning
• Degree in a related human, social service, or medical 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
• Previous leadership experience in a unionized environment is an asset

For a full job description please review the Manager Residential Services Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit expressions of interest, including updated Cover Letter and Resume describing how you meet or exceed the above noted qualifications, by email to: careers@sowins.com, by 12pm on the closing date of April 9th, 2019. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Victim Support Worker

VICTIM SUPPORT WORKER
Regular Part-Time – 30 – 35 hours/week,
Posting Date: March 12, 2019
Closing Date: March 26, 2019

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 Community Based Victim Support Services team, and reporting to the Manager of Counselling and Victim Services, the Victim Support Worker provides 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. The Victim Support worker provides seamless service by collaborating with community partners to provide supports through the Criminal Justice System process.
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 part-time position and averages 30 hours per week, with the possibility of going up to 35 hours per week depending on funding. Shifts are Monday-Thursday, 9am-5:00 pm with a 30 minute 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: $20.78 to start (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. 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 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 with the Criminal Justice System an asset.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 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.
• 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

The Victim 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 clients.
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 Victim Support Worker position please review the Victim Support Worker Job Description

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to:careers@sowins.com, by 12pm on the closing date of March 26th, 2019.

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: $19.73 to start (HSA Grid 11) + 9.8% 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: casreers@sowins.com

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