Casual Relief Support Worker, Vancouver

POSITION TITLE: Casual Relief Support Worker
PROGRAMS: Vancouver area
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY:$25.40/hour (BCGEU grid 34) + $2.25/hour as a premium for overnight shifts.
POSITION TYPE: Casual Relief
SCHEDULE: This is a casual relief position. Casuals will be called in to work to cover vacancies as they arise. Our program run 24/7 365 days a year. We offer day evening and over night shifts which are generally 8 hours in length.
START DATE: as soon as possible

To apply: please quote competition #258 in  subject line, include your resume with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position  and email to:

externaljobs@raincityhousing.org

ABOUT US:

“A home for every person” is a lofty goal. We believe it is 100% achievable and benefits all of us. And we are confident that if we all work together, we can achieve this goal sooner than we ever thought possible.

For more than three decades RainCity Housing created, implemented, and managed housing and support programs that sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues, throughout BC’s lower mainland. We invite you to be a part of the change.

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.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

Job Summary: Support Workers are an integral part of our team. They provide a wide range of supports to folks who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, many of whom are living with mental illness, and substance use. Support Workers also provide daily supports including General cleaning duties, medication administration, building security, crisis intervention, health and recreational groups and general problem solving.

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 support in the areas of daily living, financial, vocational/educational, social supports, health, harm reduction, culture, recovery and leisure/recreational supports.

Qualifications:

Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived expertise of mental illness / substance use / homelessness.

Minimum education and experience include:

  • 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.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience

Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting the folks we work with

  • 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.