Relief Support Worker – various programs across our agency

We are looking for on call Support Workers to staff various programs in Vancouver and surrounding areas (Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Richmond)

*Please include a cover letter with your application.

Hours: positions are on-call / casual relief to start – filling in for regular staff

Shifts:  shifts are generally 8 hours long: 11:30pm – 7:30am / 7:30am – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 11:30pm.

Programs operate 24/7 and new staff need to be available for overnight shifts/weekends/evenings/etc.

Salary: $22.38 per hour to start + 9.6% in lieu of benefits

Work Site: various programs across our agency

Union: BCGEU

Start: asap


Job Summary: 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 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.

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 or other relevant training

· 1 year of related experience with emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.

· Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Current First Aid and CPR certification.

Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services:

· 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 calmly and appropriately 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 Human Resources:

Fax: 604-254-3703

Drop off: Human Resources, 616 Powell St. Vancouver



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