Float Support Worker, Various Vancouver Locations

POSITION TITLE: Float Support Worker
PROGRAM: various Vancouver locations
UNION: bcgeu
SALARY: $22.77 to start (bcgeu grid 5),  plus benefits

RainCity currently has two Float Support Worker positions available. Both are Temporary Part-Time until June 30th, 2019 with possibility of extension.

#57 Friday-Sunday, 3:30pm-11:30pm with a half hour unpaid meal break OR

#58 Friday-Sunday, 11:30pm-7:30am with a half hour unpaid meal break

Please specify which competition #(s) you are applying for.

Please note, gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: women (trans, cis), gender diverse and two-spirit applicants only please.

Job Summary:

The Float Support Worker will be based out of the Budzey program. When staff on-site are unable to fill an overnight shift with relief staff and current staff are facing emergency overtime, the Float Support Worker will be assigned to that site to work the shift. If no emergency overtime happens on the shift, the Float Support Worker will be assigned to the Budzey program.

The Support Worker provides a range of supports for chronically homeless individuals living in the community, many of whom have concurrent mental illness, substance use and /or physical health issues. Using a strengths-based model, the Support Worker participates with tenants and Service Plan Coordinators in the development and implementation of service plans, including: assessment; goal setting, achievement and review; resource acquisition; and monitoring in the areas of daily living, financial, vocational/educational, social supports, health, harm reduction, culture, recovery and leisure/recreational supports. The Support Worker works closely and collaboratively with other direct service staff, family and external service providers, advocating for access and rights as needed. The Support Worker also provides daily supports including medication administration, building security, crisis intervention, health and recreational groups and general problem solving.

Home Program: The Budzey provides housing for women and women-led families. There are 147 units in total: 106 studio apartments for single women and 41 one, two and three bedrooms apartments for women – led families.

Diversity: RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental illness / addiction/ homelessness; Minimum education and experience includes:

  • A Diploma in community social services
  • One year of recent, related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Current First Aid, CPR.
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License preferred.

Key Skills and Abilities

  • establish and maintain collaborative relationships
  • identify and work to increase people’s strengths
  • work with people using hope-inducing strategies
  • informally teach harm reduction, life skills
  • implement client-centred service plans
  • respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
  • Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals.
  • Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
  • Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction.
  • Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations
  • Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals.

Please submit resume and cover letter to externaljobs@raincityhousing.org  to arrive by midnight February 27, 2019

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