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Current Opportunities

Women’s Support Worker

Regular Full-Time Position

 Posting Number: HSA21-18

Closing Date: May 18, 2021

 

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a regular Full-Time Women Support Worker to join the multidisciplinary Transition House team.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Women’s Support Worker identifies client needs and risks to women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, and their children, in a residential setting.  The Women’s Support Worker develops and implements short-term, issue-specific intervention plans within program guidelines. This position also provides crisis intervention, safety planning and emotional support as well as skill building in problem areas to women and their children in a group housing setting; provides information about the nature of abuse; helps women access housing and other services that will enable them to avoid further risk of violence; participates in public education and prevention activities.

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

Schedule: 2 Week Rotation (Night shifts are awake shifts):

Week 1: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 9:15 pm-7:15 am (10.5 Hours)

Week 2: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays – 9:15 pm-7:15 am (10.5 Hours)

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

Wage: $23.10 – $26.91 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 11).

Benefits: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums. This position is also eligible for the Municipal Pension Plan.

Start date: June 1, 2021

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

 Please review the Women’s Support Worker job description for a detailed list of job duties & responsibilities.     

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit expressions of interest, including updated Cover Letter and Resume by email to: careers@sowins.com, by 4:30 pm on the closing date of May 18, 2021.

Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Permanent Full-Time Position

Posting Number: HSA21-19

Closing Date: May 19, 2021

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a regular Full-Time Payroll & Benefits Administrator to join our team at the Administration Office.

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.  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:

The Payroll & Benefits Administrator is a highly confidential and specialized role responsible for the administration of accounting and payroll systems for SOWINS. Under the direction of the Human Resources Advisor, the Payroll & Benefits Administrator is responsible to process full-cycle payroll, performs periodic and year end activities for accounting, payroll, and benefits administration in a timely and accurate manner. This position exercises considerable independence of judgment within the established guidelines set out by policies and procedures.

 SCHEDULE: 35 hours per week, working Monday through Friday.

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

WAGE: $21.63 – $25.19 depending on length of service (HSA Grid 10). Please note this position is currently under review.

BENEFITS: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums, and employer matched contributions to the Municipal Pension Plan.

START DATE: June 1, 2021

QUALIFICATIONS:

Diploma in Accounting or Business Administration or a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution, supplemented by additional courses in benefits administration.

Two (2) years of recent related experience with accounting, payroll and benefits administration; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

The successful candidate may be required to work flexible hours and where required, extended hours to meet operational requirements.

Please note the successful applicant will undergo a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

For a full job description please review the Payroll & Benefits Administrator – UNDER REVIEW job description.         

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit expressions of interest, including updated Cover Letter and Resume by email to: careers@sowins.com, by 4:30 pm on the closing date of May 19, 2021.

Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor

Temporary Part-Time Position (Up to 1 Year)

Posting Number: HSA21-17

Closing Date: May 16, 2021

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a Temporary Part-Time Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor to join our team!

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 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 Program Services Coordinator, the STV Counsellor provides 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 Temporary Part-Time position (up to 1 year), averaging 21 hours per week.  Schedule will be determined with Manager upon hire. Some flexibility may be needed to meet client’s needs.
 
START DATE: June 1, 2021
 
UNION: This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
 
WAGE: HSA Grid 14P $33.83 – $41.32 (depending on length of service)
 
BENEFITS: We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of extended health and dental plan, and life insurance premiums. 
 
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.
• 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. 
 
For further information about the STV Counsellor position please review the STV Counsellor Job Description
 
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit expressions of interest, including updated Cover Letter and Resume by email to: careers@sowins.com, by 4:30 pm on the closing date of May 16, 2021.
 
 
 

Executive Director

Full-Time Position

Posting Date: February 1, 2021


South Okanagan Women in Need Society

South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS or the Society) is a trauma-informed organization where women throughout the Okanagan are able to receive support, live in a safe environment, and make informed decisions on how they want to restructure their lives. The Society has become an integral part of the community’s social safety net and fabric of the South Okanagan.

SOWINS operates four sites, six fleet vehicles, has 60+ staff, and receives $2.6 million in funding from BC Housing, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Public Safety Canada, Interior Health Authority, and Ministry of Children and Family Development. The Society has experienced significant growth and the Board is now seeking an Executive Director who will fine-tune existing programs and services, and analyse and refine roles and responsibilities and reporting structures to ensure there’s a solid foundation to support future initiatives.

Executive Director

Reporting to and collaboratively working with the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director (ED) will be a strong and supportive leader responsible for the organizational management of SOWINS consistent with the strategic plan set by the Board. Direct reports include a Manager of Residential Services, and a Business Services Manager and a Manager of Client Services, both of which are being fulfilled on an interim basis until the new ED has time to establish the most appropriate organizational structure.

The ED will be responsible for developing and managing new initiatives, as well as enhancing, strengthening and managing existing programs to ensure they support the organization’s mission. Possessing a demonstrated ability to build rapport and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the new ED will develop strong relationships with funders and community partners and oversee fundraising, communications, public education, and social enterprises. Responsible for the oversight of facilities operations, administration, finance, and human resources, the ED will provide strong leadership, mentoring and coaching to staff, ensure there are appropriate staff resources to deliver programs and services, and develop a succession plan for key roles.

Completion of a Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Justice is required.

SOWINS encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our organization are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this role, please click the link below. We sincerely thank you for your interest in this opportunity and will only contact those under consideration for the role.

https://apply.workable.com/watsoninc-search/j/5718E30673/

You Can Help

SOWINS relies in part on the generosity of people like you to help end the cycle of violence and abuse in the South Okanagan. Your contribution will make a difference in the life of a woman or child who has experienced or is at risk of violence and abuse.  Please give.

Need support?
Contact us

Counselling & Administration Office:
250-493-4366
24 Hour Crisis Line & Emergency Shelter:
250-493-7233
1-800-814-2033

You Can help!

Become a Member

You can help by becoming a member of SOWINS. Members support us as we work to prevent abuse and increase awareness about the impacts of abuse, and strive to make our community a safer and healthier place for all. Membership is only $10 per year.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering with SOWINS is a rewarding opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of women and children in the South Okanagan. We are on the lookout for community members in good standing who respect the confidential and sensitive nature of the work we do.

Host an Event

You can help SOWINS by hosting a fundraising event at your home, work, school or in the community. We call it third-party fundraising but you’ll feel like part of the SOWINS family. We have lots of ideas and some guidelines. Get inspired and check it out…

Get in touch

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 4:30

Location

SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society) #102-1027 Westminster Avenue West,
Penticton, B.C. V2A 1L4

Contact

Office: 250-493-4366
Crisis (24h): 1-800-814-2033
E-mail: info@sowins.com

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