(VR-20145-MY)Women’s Support Worker

Atira Womens Resource Society Vancouver, BC $25.18 - $27.22/hr

Competition Number: VR-20145-MY

Type: Internal & External- Full-Time (Indeterminate) 

Hours of Work: Avg. 36 hours per week (Sunday through Thursday with every second Thursday free from work) Hours are from 1:30 pm to 10:00 pm 

Compensation: $25.18 - $27.22/hr, depending on experience, plus generous leave, benefits and pension package

Program & Location: Miyotehew Second Stage Housing for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Women & Children – Downtown Eastside, Vancouver

Deadline: Open Until Filled

About Us:

Atira Women's Resource Society, an award-winning nonprofit organization known for its inclusionary hiring practices and where a job is more than a pay cheque. We offer the opportunity to work alongside a remarkable group of women working to make the world a more just place, one woman, one child, one home, one job at a time. 

About You:

You are a feminist, passionate about the work of ending violence against women and children. You embrace Atira’s mission, vision, values and philosophy. You have a well-developed understanding of and commitment to anti-oppression work and intersectionality. You are familiar with colonialism especially as it applies in Canada and you understand the impact of the residential school system. You are committed to working with women who are struggling with substance use and or mental wellness and understand and are comfortable working within a harm reduction environment. You support women who choose abstinence, but understand abstinence is just one option for women struggling with substance use. Your definition of woman includes transgender, two spirit and intersex women and individuals whose gender expression is femme. You are sex worker positive. You have significant experience as a front-line support worker working with women affected by violence/abuse, combined with relevant education and or skill-based training. Lived expertise is an asset, as is living in the community in which you work. Atira strives to hire staff who reflect the women we serve and because this is a program specifically for First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and children, hiring preference will go to First Nations, Metis and Inuit women.

About the Job: 

Reporting to the Program Manager, Women’s Support Workers are responsible for the day-to-day work of supporting women (and children) with a wide array of emotional and practical work. Activities range from active listening/one-to-one support, accompaniments and advocacy, to helping women keep their rooms/units clean, preparing and delivering food, to assisting with medication and health care, including administration of naloxone. We encourage creativity and leadership and make space for staff to develop and implement programming in collaboration with women and their co-workers. 



You Have/Will be Required to Have:


Minimum one (1) year front-line support work experience

Food Safe Certification is an asset

NVCI Certification is an asset

Emergency First Aid & CPR certification is required

All positions are subject to a criminal records review

Physical ability to perform the duties of the position and carry out heavy cleaning duties


Additional Requisites/Assets: 

You question actions inconsistent with our values and you treat everyone with fairness and respect independent of their status or disagreement with you. You expect great things from yourself and your co-workers. You inspire others with your passion for women’s anti-violence work and your eagerness for excellence. You contribute to an environment where women can flourish and grow and you seek what is best for women, rather than what’s best for you or your team. You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability and you take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing.

Application Process:

Applications should be emailed to jobs@atira.bc.ca Please quote the Competition Number in your email subject line and provide a cover letter with a current resume describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted qualifications. Resumes with a Cover Letter unique to Atira are guaranteed a review. Candidates who lack the experience and qualifications set out in the posting may not be considered, although an exceptional cover letter and transferable skills may overcome lack of experience for some positions. Please go to www.atira.bc.ca/careers  for a current list of postings. 

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