Temporary FT Home Support (Community Health Worker/Housekeeper), Princess Rooms and the Vivian

POSITION TITLE: Home Support (Community Health Worker/Housekeeper)
PROGRAM: Princess Rooms and the Vivian
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY: $19.29/hour to start
TYPE: Temporary until November 15, 2022, at the latest, or until return of incumbent, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm*; 30 minute unpaid meal break *Monday and Tuesday’s are at the Vivian, Wednesday-Friday are at Princess Rooms
START DATE: As soon as possible

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.

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

To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.111” to: Sean Spear, Associate Director, at sspear@raincityhousing.org

ABOUT US

RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.

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.

POSITION SUMMARY

Helps ensure tenant rooms meet health and safety requirements by providing home support services to tenants such as housekeeping, laundry, supporting tenants to learn housekeeping skills, collecting and disposing of needles, assisting staff with pest control preparation.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Princess Rooms is a minimal barrier, high tolerance environment that follows a harm reduction/health promotion philosophy. Support workers provide an environment which is accepting of client’s lives, yet which also provides alternative experiences and opportunities. The team works collaboratively with clients and the community to create alternatives to homelessness, with the goal of a return to health, hope and stability. The program begins with a patient, persistent engagement process and harm reduction interventions in all areas of the tenant’s life. Staff members work with each person to build a plan that is based on their individual strengths and motivations.

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:

  • Graduate of Grade 12.
  • One year of related experience.
  • 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

  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with tenants
  • Home management skills
  • Ability to observe and recognise changes in tenants
  • Ability to respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
  • Ability to informally teach skills that increase tenant’s ability to self-manage their homes
  • Ability to analyse problems and develop effective solutions
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to collaborate with staff team and external services
  • Ability to constructively resolve conflict with co-workers, management and external services
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to organise and prioritise duties
  • Ability to operate related equipment
  • Physically able to carry out the duties of the position
  • Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals.