POSITION TITLE: Support Worker
PROGRAM: Foxglove Transitional Housing
SALARY: $26.42-$28.63 (BCGEU, Grid 34)* + $2.50/hour as a premium for night shifts.
TYPE: Casual On Going
SCHEDULE: Saturday-Sunday 3:30pm-11:30pm, includes a 30-minute unpaid meal period.
START DATE: As soon as possible
To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.314” to: Sunny Sleeman, Assistant Manager at the Fox Glove Transitional Housing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pursuant to the Provincial Health Officer’s Order, the incumbent of this position is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will only consider applicants who are fully vaccinated, or who have received an exemption from the Provincial Health Office. Proof of either must be provided in advance of any offer of employment being made.
The Support Worker provides a range of supports, serving homeless/at risk individuals, many of whom are living with mental illness, substance use and/or HIV. Using a strengths-based model, the Support Worker participates with tenants 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.
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.
Foxglove Transitional Housing: There we be 77 self-contained units for this portion of the Foxglove program. The tenants will have access to laundry, a meal program, as well as a medication program if they chose. There will be staff on site twenty-four hours a day over three spate shifts. This space will have access to indigenous cultural liaisons who will create programing connected to culture and build relationships with participants. There will be peer support specialist available seven days a week as well. The referral pathway will be through BCH from the coordinated access. The units will be populated from folks who live in the community and or have experienced homelessness and would benefit from support services.
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,
· Two years of recent, related work experience; 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
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 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.