Women’s Housing First Support Worker, the Vivian

Women’s Housing First Support Worker, the Vivian.   Permanent Part Time 0.9 FTE

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

Salary: $22.38 to start, bcgeu grid 10A

Schedule: Week 1: Saturday & Sunday 11:30pm- 7:30am, Thursday & Friday midnight-8:00am; Week 2: Saturday, Sunday & Monday 11:30pm-7:30am, Thursday & Friday midnight-8:00am. Includes 30 minute unpaid meal break

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 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.

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.

Program: The Vivian is a minimal barrier housing program in Vancouver specifically designed for women living with concurrent mental illness, addiction and other challenges. The facility was developed in response to the unique needs of women and is women-only, including both residents and staff. It offers a minimal barrier, high tolerance environment and follows a harm-reduction/health promotion philosophy. The Vivian screens women in (not out) of the program based on the complexities of their needs, histories and behaviours. The program is flexible, non-judgmental and responsive to the unique challenges faced by homeless women.

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 including working with women, with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification. And Class 5 driver’s license.

Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services

  • ability to apply an analysis and knowledge of women’s issues within a feminist framework, including mental illness, substance use, women’s sexual health, exposure to violence
  • 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

  • Sound knowledge of women-centred services
  • 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 specifically related to the experience of women, mental health consumers and substance users, the aboriginal community, and other marginalized women.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Human Resources, to arrive by midnight June 29, 2018

Please indicate that you are applying for WHFSW18-74

Fax 604-254-3703 –

Drop off: Human Resources, 616 Powell St St. Van. –

email  jobs@raincityhousing.org Word document


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