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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.

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Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response

Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response

Organizational Overview

At BWSS, we believe that safety changes everything. BWSS provides a matrix of services for advocacy, centering survivors, all while working towards legal and systemic change. Since 1979, with committed staff, volunteers, and an overwhelming community of supporters, we have supported thousands of survivors. With the ongoing growth and development of the organization, through innovation, passion, and commitment our ultimate goal is to end gender-based violence.

Job Highlight

Fuse your commitment to social justice by leading the team of Peer Support Workers on the frontline to end violence against women, femmes and transfeminine people and gender-based violence.

Job Summary

Joining our leadership team and our crisis team to respond to the complex needs of women survivors who have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) including becoming the central support for survivors who have experienced or have been impacted by sexual violence.

The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response collaborates with the Manager of Direct Services, the Director of Clinical Practice, and other members of the crisis team to deliver violence prevention and intervention essential services to survivors of GBV.

The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response assists survivors of GBV with safety assessment, lethality assessment, safety planning, hospital, and police accompaniment and with navigating available services both within the organization and to other collateral agencies; schedules, supervises, interviews, and selects crisis line/intake volunteers; oversees the overall operation of extended services crisis and volunteer activities.

The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response co-ordinates and support a robust team of Crisis Volunteers, Peer Support Workers, Community-based Victim Service Workers to deliver crisis services.

As a leader, the Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response will entail overseeing the day-to-day after-hours direct service provided by the Peer Support Workers team. Therefore, the Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response is experienced in crisis intervention and related direct services supports for survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexualized violence, criminal harassment, elder abuse, dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence. The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response focus is leading volunteers and unionized staff teams to respond 24/7 through a Crisis and Intake Line, Outreach Program, temporary residential services, assisted referrals, and violence prevention education. The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response is familiar with the barriers faced by women survivors of historical and GBV and who are living in the DTES. Through offering outreach within the inner city, the Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault response reaches survivors and provides support, resources, and advocacy.

All services and initiatives apply a trauma and violence-informed approach to respond to survivors living with complex trauma. Therefore, the Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response takes into consideration the impact of trauma and gender socialization on mental wellness including but not limited to eating “disorders,” substance use, and understand harm reduction on the continuum with abstinence. This approach includes an analysis and practice that creates opportunities for increased accessibility in particular for survivors who have disabilities.

Qualifications

  • Post-secondary diploma (2-3 years) in a relevant or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Minimum two years of recent related experience with a primary focus on applying an intersectional feminist, anti-oppressive, de-colonizing approach to intake, safety assessment, lethality assessment, safety planning, suicide support, and trauma-informed crisis intervention for women survivors of gender-based violence including sexualized violence.
  • Experience using a feminist, anti-oppression, intersectional, decolonizing approach in providing direct services to women survivors of sexualized violence and/or violence in intimate relationships including supporting survivors dealing with complex trauma impacts.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborating effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal record check with vulnerable populations

Skills & Knowledge

  • Committed to promoting the mission, vision, values, and analysis of BWSS
  • Has a deep understanding and application of intersectional feminism grounded in decolonial and anti-oppression framework, especially in leadership and support of survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
  • Able to take initiative and work independently
  • Strong communicator (both verbal and written)
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment and able to multi-task ensuring deadlines and objectives are met
  • Able to set goals, create and implement action plans, monitor progress towards goals and the process and results

Working Conditions and Classification

  • Hours of work are Monday to Friday 4 pm to 12 am
  • The Manager of Community-Based and Sexual Assault Response works remotely from home, from BWSS main office, and other locations.
  • Reports to the Director of Direct Services and Clinical Practice
  • This position is a member of the Leadership Team.
  • Excellent benefit and pension plan after successful completion of three-month probation period
  • As a bona fide job requirement this position will be held by a woman or femme

To apply, send your cover letter and resume detailing how you meet or exceed these qualifications to Battered Women’s Support Services jobs@bwss.org. This posting will remain open until filled.

No phone calls or messages through social media, including LinkedIn, please.

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Women's Counsellor

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

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 jobs@bwss.org. Deadline: position is open until filled.
No phone calls or questions via email please.

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Women's Support Worker

Women’s Support Worker

Organizational Overview

At BWSS, we believe that safety changes everything. BWSS provides a matrix of services for advocacy, centering survivors, all while working towards legal and systemic change. Since 1979, with committed staff, volunteers, and an overwhelming community of supporters, we’ve supported thousands of survivors. With the ongoing growth and development of the organization, through innovation, passion, and commitment our ultimate goal is to end gender-based violence.

Job Highlight

As the Women’s Support Worker at BWSS, you will undertake a broad mandate that includes social change, to address gender inequalities, through providing feminist decolonizing, intersectional based support services for survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence.

Job Summary

You will provide feminist-based crisis intervention, emotional support, accompaniment, and legal and systems-based information, safety planning, advocacy, and referrals to girls, femmes, transfeminine and women survivors of violence in intimate relationships, sexual violence and/or criminal harassment. You’ll use your knowledge and skills to support women, girls and femmes from various cultural communities, providing crisis support services with a wide array of emotional and practical work.

You’ll Be Responsible For…

  • Reporting to the Manager of Indigenous Women’s Program and Direct Services, the Women’s Support Worker delivers direct services, as program demands require, in accordance with the BWSS Statement of Philosophy and Program Standards for Community- based Victim Service Program.
  • Providing assessment and referral for survivors of gender-based violence, practical assistance for filling out court or legal system related documents as required.
  • Co-facilitating of support groups as needed.
  • Assisting with overall operation of the Crisis and Intake Line.
  • Providing crisis support for women, femmes, transfeminine and women who drop in.
  • Providing safety assessments, safety planning, and support; advocacy and referrals as needed.
  • Answering BWSS crisis and intake line.
  • Providing direct support to girls, women, femmes, transfeminine, 2SLGBTQ+ survivors of gender-based violence through our BWSS Safety Changes Everything Outreach Program.
  • Assisting with the administration of all record keeping and service delivery obligations of the Community- based Victim Service Program contracts, in keeping with all legal and contractual obligations undertaken by the Society.
  • Completing program statistics.
  • Program report writing.

Outreach

  • Providing Street based outreach connecting with girls, femmes and transfeminine and women in person.
  • Building/strengthening relationships with the organizations already assisting girls, femmes and transfeminine and women in the identified communities.
  • Identifying the gaps particularly around safety and responding to gender-based violence
  • Providing immediate crisis response to instances of gender-based violence.
  • Providing immediate response around victim services, emotional support, connecting to resources, advocacy, accompaniment to police, hospital, and medical services.
  • Building individual and organizational relationships with survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence who are in the identified communities and who are vulnerable or are at higher risk of experiencing gender-based or sexualized violence.
  • Connecting girls, femmes, transfeminine and women with BWSS and community services for ongoing support.

Community

  • Act as a resource for the community and for BWSS staff
  • Assists with the organization and presentation of direct service related to educational, training and prevention programs in communities.
  • Participates in public education and speaking engagements and relevant community committees as it relates to gender-based violence.
  • Facilitates communication with other feminist organizations concerned with gender-based violence and anti-oppression.
  • In conjunction with the Leadership Team consisting of the Director of Clinical Practice and Direct Services, Manager of Indigenous Women’s Program and Direct Services, Manager of Community Based-Response, Manager of Advancing Womens Awareness Regarding Employment AWARE, Manager of Development and Social Enterprise, Manager of Research, Executive Director and Board of Directors, works to develop strong links and good public relations with community agencies;
  • Participates in BWSS resource development activities as defined by the Resource Development team and Executive Director.

You Must Have…

  • Minimum two years providing crisis support for girls, femmes and transfeminine, and women survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Your definition of woman includes transgender, Two-Spirit, cisgender, intersex, transfeminine and femme individuals. You are sex worker positive. Your analysis and practice grows from an understanding of the impacts of violence within 2SLGBTQI+ communities.
  • Knowledge of the criminal, legal and child welfare system and how it relates to girls, femmes and transfeminine, and women survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Extensive training and education in a directly related field.
  • Analysis, knowledge, and training in trauma-informed crisis intervention.
  • Must have a strong knowledge and comfortability, commitment and experience in the DTES community.

You’ll Be Successful If…

  • You have a strong dedication to supporting survivors
  • You have a strong feminist analysis of gender-based violence and direct crisis intervention experience with survivors using an intersectionality feminist approach.
  • You have demonstrated awareness of diverse marginalized communities and ability to work with girls, femmes, transfeminine, and women from various cultural communities.
  • You prioritize the mission of the organization
  • You’re comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment
  • Strive to create trusting, respectful, and supportive relationships with the Leadership Team, other BWSS staff and volunteers.
  • At BWSS, all services and initiatives apply a trauma and violence informed approach to respond to survivors living with complex trauma. Therefore, you take into consideration the impact of trauma and gender socialization on mental wellness including but not limited to eating “disorders”, substance use, and understand harm reduction on the continuum with abstinence.

Classification

  • Part time position at 32 hours per week from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm (Some evenings are required) with an hourly rate of $24.48. This position requires union membership.
  • Benefits as per the collective agreement.
  • 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, transfeminine, and women from other equity seeking groups.
  • Ability to speak another language an asset

Send a cover letter and resume detailing how you meet or exceed these qualifications to Battered Women’s Support Services jobs@bwss.org. This posting will remain open until filled.

No phone calls or messages through social media, including LinkedIn, please.

View pdf version of the job posting

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