Casual Relief Support Workers, Sunshine Coast

POSITION TITLE: Support Worker
PROGRAM: Sechelt Hightide Modular Housing Program, Sechelt Shelter
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY: $25.40 (bcgeu grid 34), plus $2.25 per hour for each overnight shift
POSITION TYPE: Casual Relief
START DATE: as soon as possible

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: sunshinecoasthiring@raincityhousing.org

Currently hiring for casual relief workers, more regular opportunities may be available on the Sunshine Coast in the fall.

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.

Job Summary:  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.

Program Summaries:

Sechelt Hightide Modular Housing provides 40 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing to low-income individuals 19 years of age or older who live in the community, have a history of homelessness and who need additional support services to maintain housing. This supported housing program is staffed by a combination of support workers, including an Indigenous Cultural Liaison Support Worker and a Peer Services Support Worker.

Sechelt Shelter: Our teams work within an anti-oppression framework that welcomes people back inside with dignity and a genuine curiosity about who they are. Excellent facilitation/engagement skills, creativity and a strong analysis of the impacts of poverty and marginalization are required. We view the shelter as an opportunity to promote dignity, social justice and increased citizenship for members of our community who come from a wide variety of backgrounds but who currently do not have a place to call home.

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 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.