Jobs at BWSS

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BWSS is a feminist ending violence organization with an entrepreneurial spirit on a mission to end gender-based violence. For over 40 years we’ve walked alongside cis and trans women, femmes, and transfeminine survivors providing advocacy, amplifying resilience and resistance, and we’re just getting started. We are committed to doing the work and putting survivors at the centre. A mission like ours needs a perspective like yours, that’s what makes us stronger.

BWSS is known for its inclusionary hiring practices. We offer the opportunity to work within an accomplished team making a difference every day on the frontline and beyond.

The following positions are currently available:  

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Housing Advocate

Position Summary

The Housing Advocate brings a wealth of resources and networks to support cis and trans women, femmes, transfeminine people, and their families who are in need of secure and stable housing. The Women’s Housing Advocate creates a community of support and builds upon the matrix of services and advocacy BWSS provides for women, femmes and girls by providing individual and group support responding directly to instances of precarious housing, safety planning and securing or retaining housing.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to ensure an effective response for girls, women and femmes who are dealing with the impacts of violence and abuse in collaboration with our matrix of support services and external resources.
  • Facilitate weekly support groups.
  • Provide ongoing one to one support to women/girls
  • Provide assessment and referral for survivors of violence, practical assistance for filling housing forms as needed;
  • Assist with overall operation of crisis related services as needed;
  • Provide safety assessments and support; advocacy and referrals as needed;
  • Welcoming visitors to the office;
  • Answer BWSS crisis and intake line;
  • Completing program statistics;
  • Program report writing;
  • Act as a resource woman for the community and for BWSS staff;
  • Facilitates communication with other feminist organizations concerned with violence against women and anti-oppression;
  • In conjunction with the Leadership Team consisting of the Director of Clinical Practice and Direct Services, Executive Director and Board of Directors, works to develop strong links and good public relations with community agencies
  • Maintains current information about the policies and procedures of relevant community agencies.
  • Participates in BWSS resource development activities as defined by the Resource Development team and/or Executive Director.

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong feminist analysis of violence against women, girls and femmes
  • Strong anti-oppression awareness and decolonization analysis;
  • Demonstrated ability to take action in support of women’s liberation;
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate on behalf of women institutionally and systemically;
  • Knowledgeable on the dynamics of abuse and systemic barriers to housing;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and training in working with diverse marginalized communities in the Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, and ability to work with women from various cultural communities;
  • Strong understanding of women’s displacement and migration;
  • Satisfactory criminal record checks;
  • Have experience in women’s organizations and non-profit society environments;
  • Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

 

Education and Experience

  • Minimum two to four years providing crisis support for women survivors of violence
  • Extensive training and education in a directly related field
  • Strong feminist analysis of violence against women
  • Strong anti-oppression awareness and analysis
  • Demonstrated cultural competency including awareness of diverse marginalized communities and ability to work with women from various cultural communities
  • Commitment to and practice of anti-oppression
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team

 

Classification

  • Part-time position at 24 hours per week (Additional evenings and weekends may be required) with an hourly rate of $21.95.
  • This position requires union membership
  • Preferential and limited hiring assist BWSS to achieve diverse and equitable representation in the workplace, and to recruit employees whose identities enrich the ways in which we accomplish our mission and serve the community; as a result, preference will be given to Indigenous women, Black women, racialized women, women who are disabled, femmes, and women from other equity-seeking groups.
  • Ability to speak another language an asset

 

 

About Battered Women’s Support Services, BWSS

BWSS is a dynamic organization with a decolonial, intersectional, anti-oppressive, and feminist approach that provides a matrix of support services and advocacy for cis and trans women, femmes and transfeminine people who experience gender-based violence. www.bwss.org

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: If you seek the opportunity to commit to an organization engaged in making a real difference in the lives of children and women in our community, please send your resume. Respond via email to: BWSS  [email protected]

Deadline: position is open until filled.

No phone calls or questions via email please.

 

Download this job description in PDF format here.

Women’s Counsellor
Part-time position at 32 hours per week

Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 12-8 and Thursday 9-5

Classification Grid: Grid 14P  

Hourly rate of $33.83

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re on a mission to end gender based violence. For over 40 years we’ve walked alongside women, supporting them in their healing journey, amplifying voices and resilience, and we’re just getting started. We are committed to doing the work and putting the women we serve at the centre. A mission like ours needs a perspective like yours, that’s what makes us stronger. For more information on BWSS visit www.bwss.org  

 

JOB HIGHLIGHT              

You’ll use your decolonial, intersectional feminist, anti-oppression perspective to provide trauma-informed counselling for girls, women and femmes who are dealing with the impacts of violence and abuse through individual and group counselling sessions all while working with an incredible interdisciplinary team of counsellors.

 

JOB SUMMARY

As a Women’s Counsellor, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the healing and freedom from violence of all girls, women and femmes through individual counselling sessions.

 

YOU’LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR…

  • Providing a number of individual counselling sessions daily
  • Using your strong knowledge and skills to assist girls, women and femmes who are dealing with complex trauma
  • Setting goals, creating and implementing a plan and monitor progress, process and results with each individual counselling file
  • Providing information, resources, referrals and supports to women
  • Maintaining accurate and timely records of activities, file notes, and services, logging events and progress.
  • Engaging in regular, individual and group clinical supervision sessions with supervisor
  • Working with diverse marginalized communities in the Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, and ability to work with women from various cultural communities
  • As needed, participating on a BWSS policy committee
  • Assisting with the administration of all record keeping and service delivery obligations of the Provincial Government Stopping the Violence Counselling contract, in keeping with all legal and contractual obligations undertaken by the Society.
  • Participating in BWSS resource development activities as defined by the Resource Development Committee, Manager of Development and/or Executive Director

 

YOU MUST HAVE…

  • Minimum of four years of recent supervised adult survivor counselling experience, which must include:
  • Analysis, knowledge and training in trauma counselling
  • Knowledge of the impacts of structural inequalities that oppress girls, women and femmes
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex trauma presentations, expertise and skills necessary to assist girls, women and femmes who are dealing with the long lasting effects.
  • Eagerness and creativity to create and co-facilitate specialized counselling groups
  • Flexibility to perform other job requirements as assigned
  • Experience supervising practicum students
  • Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Satisfactory criminal record checks.

 

YOU’LL BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU…

  • Are familiar with the fact that COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the disparities and gender-based violence that girls, women and femmes experience
  • Have experience in women’s organization and non-profit society environments
  • Have proven ability to work co-operatively with colleagues and service providers in the community
  • Have organizational skills, ability and flexibility to work remotely
  • Have superior group facilitation skills

 

CLASSIFICATION

  • Part time position at 32 hours per week on Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 12-8, Thursday 9-5
  • Classification Grid: Grid 14P
  • Hourly rate $33.83
  • This position requires union membership
  • Wages and benefits as per the collective agreement.
  • Reports to the Director of Clinical Practice and Direct Services
  • The program requires to be delivered in-person in the Vancouver area
  • Preferential and limited hiring assist BWSS to achieve diverse an equitable representation in the workplace, and to recruit employees whose identities enrich the ways in which we accomplish our mission and serve the community. As a result, preference will be given to Indigenous women, Black women, racialized women, women who are disabled, femmes, and women from other equity seeking groups.
  • Ability to speak another language is an asset.
  • As a bona fide job requirement, this position will be held by a woman or femme

 

Application Process:

If you seek the opportunity to commit to an organization engaged in making a real difference in the lives of children and women in our community, please send your resume.

Respond via email to: Battered Women’s Support Services [email protected].

Deadline: position is open until filled.

No phone calls or questions via email please.

Download this job description in PDF format here.

Every week a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. BWSS is working to change that.