Float Support Workers, various programs

POSITION TITLE: Float Support Worker
PROGRAM: various programs in Vancouver
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY: $24.38 (bcgeu grid 34)
POSITION TYPE: Temporary Part-Time until January 15, 2020, with possibility of extension
START DATE: as soon as possible

We are currently hiring for two Temporary Part-Time Float Support Workers for various programs in the Vancouver area

#242: Friday -Sunday, 11:30pm-7:30am, with a half hour unpaid meal break

#243: Friday -Sunday, 3:30pm-11:30pm, with a half hour unpaid meal break

To apply, please quote the competition # (242 or 243) and send cover letter and resume to: externaljobs@raincityhousing.org
Drop off: 616 Powell St, Vancouver BC
Fax: 604-254-3703

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

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.

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 with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Current First Aid, CPR.
  • Class 5 Drivers’ License preferred.

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.