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Janitor

Regular Part-Time Position

Posting Date: May 11, 2020
Ongoing

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is seeking a regular part-time Janitor 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:

The Janitor, assists in maintaining a safe and sanitary environment for all women (including trans women), youth, and children accessing residential services at the Transition House, long term affordable housing, the SAFEXST drop in centre, and our administrative offices. This includes, providing janitorial services in private shelter rooms, washrooms, and communal spaces. The Janitor must follow current and emerging safety protocol while working to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 and exposure of blood borne pathogens.

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 20 hours per week. Shifts are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday 5pm-9pm (4 hours)
Saturday (6 hours)
Sunday (6 hours)

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

Wage: $16.64 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. This position is also eligible for the Municipal Pension Plan.

Start date: ASAP

ABOUT YOU:
You are a feminist, dedicated to working with women and children. Your definition of woman includes transgender, two-spirit, and intersex women. You understand the impacts of violence on individuals and families. 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 maintaining highly sanitary conditions for a wide variety of women living communally at our transitional housing, including those who may be experiencing substance use, and/or barriers to mental wellness.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent communication with women, children, co-workers, leadership team, and stakeholders
  • Must be respectful, non-judgmental, and inclusive at all times
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
  • Successful applicant must have a reliable vehicle
  • Must be physically able to do general household/janitorial services
  • WHMIS training, blood borne pathogen training
  • Extensive janitorial experience preferred, including experience cleaning for harm reduction services

 The Janitor is required to use their personal vehicle during performance of duties.
For further information about the Janitor position please review the SOWINS Janitor Job Description.

 HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit expressions of interest, including updated Cover Letter and Resume by email to: careers@sowins.com.

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
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

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

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 Office:
250-493-7233
24 Hour Crisis Line:
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 – 5:00

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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