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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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Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate

Organizational Overview

Established in 1979, BWSS – Battered Women’s Support Services takes action to end gender-based violence through community-based interventions, support services, legal and systemic advocacy, education and training, violence prevention and research and policy. 

BWSS Legal Services and Advocacy Program is a community legal program providing legal services and advocacy for self-identifying women survivors of gender-based violence.

 

Job Highlight

As the Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate, you will provide legal advocacy and legal solutions for Indigenous women and extended families experiencing gender-based violence increasing the safety for their children, able to have a voice in legal proceedings and very importantly having access to legal solutions in their legal cases. Legal advocacy is grounded in a decolonizing and intersectional feminist analysis of gender-based violence and violence against women.

 

Job Summary

Through your work as Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate, you will provide information, support and advocacy to Indigenous women and extended families dealing with child welfare at the intersection of gender-based violence and the Canadian legal system recognizing that legal issues routinely extend into other areas of the law including criminal, and family law.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing legal information, summary of case law, legal research, and general assistance to Indigenous women and extended family in building strategies for their legal case
  • Interviewing women and femmes, assess/analyze legal problems, assist in resolving legal problems, assist women and femmes prepare for court, preparing documents in consultation with the Legal Services and Advocacy team and the legal supervisor
  • Working closely with direct service, legal advocacy, counselling, and volunteer teams to maintain a matrix of support options for survivors accessing BWSS
  • Co-ordinating legal advocacy clinics and group sessions for survivors of violence
  • Delivering workshops and presentations to community groups
  • Providing public legal education, training and print materials for survivors and community advocates and on child protection, criminal, and family law issues
  • Providing consultation and support to BWSS volunteers related to legal advocacy issues
  • Providing consultation and support to BWSS staff related to legal advocacy issues
  • Maintaining an excellent working knowledge of emergent legal-social issues related to violence against women and femmes and to seek solutions
  • Assisting with the administration of all record keeping and service delivery obligations of funding contract, in keeping with legal and contractual obligations undertaken by the Society. Such administrative duties will include preparing refunding proposal and regular program activity reports as required by BWSS and the funder

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the law, or certificate or diploma in appropriate area such as Paralegal Program or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working with legal advocacy issues related to women who experience violence in relationships preferably within child protection, criminal and/or family law
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Solid understanding of the dynamics of violence against women, the intersectionality of oppressions within a feminist framework
  • Demonstrated legal research, analysis, writing and advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with frontline service providers and with members of community and social justice groups
  • Working within a harm reduction context, along with the ability to apply this understanding to your day-to-day work, helps guide you in your interactions with our funders and partners, your co-workers, and the women we support
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of equity, intersectionality, anti-racism, decolonization, and anti-oppression
  • Demonstrated analysis, knowledge, and training in working with trauma survivors
  • Demonstrated cultural competency including awareness of diverse marginalized communities in Metro Vancouver and ability to work with women from various cultural communities
  • Satisfactory criminal record checks

 

The Successful Candidate Will …

  • Have a strong dedication to supporting survivors
  • Prioritize the mission of the organization
  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment
  • Strive to create trusting, respectful, and supportive relationships with the BWSS staff, volunteers, and leadership team
  • Be comfortable working effectively both independently and in a team environment, and to demonstrate a high degree of initiative
  • Have experience in women’s organizations and non-profit society environments

 

Classification

  • 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

 

Please send a cover letter and resume in (PDF format only) detailing how you meet or exceed these qualifications to Battered Women’s Support Services endingviolence@bwss.org Please include Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate in the subject line

This posting will remain open until filled.

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

Download a pdf of this job posting here.

 

 

Sexual Assault Support Worker Temporary

Organizational Overview

Established in 1979, BWSS – Battered Women’s Support Services takes action to end gender-based violence through community-based interventions, support services, legal and systemic advocacy, education and training, violence prevention and research and policy.

BWSS Legal Services and Advocacy Program is a community legal program providing legal services and advocacy for self-identifying women survivors of gender-based violence.

Job Highlight

You’ll use your knowledge and skills to support women, girls, femmes, and transfeminine people from various cultural communities, providing crisis support services with a wide array of emotional and practical work.

Job Summary

The Sexual Assault 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 and the BWSS Safety Changes Everything Outreach Program. The Support Worker assists survivors of gender-based violence with safety assessment, lethality assessment, safety planning, hospital accompaniments, police accompaniments and navigating services within the organization and collateral agencies

You’ll be responsible for…

  • Providing safety assessment, lethality assessment and safety planning for survivors of gender-based violence and sexual violence.
  • Providing accompaniment to hospital and/or police.
  • Providing practical assistance for filling out court or legal system related documents as required.
  • Providing access to safe temporary housing.
  • Co-facilitating of support groups as needed.
  • Assisting with overall operation of direct services.
  • Providing crisis intervention and advocacy to survivors dealing with the impacts of gender-based violence and sexual violence.
  • Answering BWSS 24-hour crisis line during regular hours of work, as required for continuity of service
  • Providing a range of support, follow-up, information, referral, to respond to the specific needs of survivors who access support through the BWSS 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

  • Provide street-based outreach connecting with women, girls, femmes, and transfeminine people in person.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with the organizations already assisting survivors in the identified communities.
  • Identifying the gaps particularly around safety and responding to gender-based violence in the community
  • 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 as required.
  • Building individual and organizational relationships with survivors who are in the identified communities and who are vulnerable or are at higher risk of experiencing gender-based or sexualized violence.
  • Connecting survivors to BWSS and community services for ongoing support.

Community

  • Act as a resource for the community and for BWSS staff
  • Assist with the organization and presentation of direct service related to educational, training and prevention programs in communities.
  • Participate in public education and speaking engagements and relevant community committees as it relates to gender-based violence.
  • Facilitate communication with other feminist organizations concerned with gender-based violence and anti-oppression.
  • Maintain current information about the policies and procedures of relevant community agencies;

You must have…

  • Minimum two years providing crisis support for women survivors of gender-based violence and sexual violence.
  • Knowledge of the criminal, legal and child welfare systems and how it relates to Indigenous and Black survivor issues.
  • Extensive training and education in a directly related field.
  • Analysis, knowledge, and training in trauma-informed approach.
  • Strong knowledge and comfortability, commitment, and experience in the DTES community.

You’ll be successful if…

  • You have a strong commitment to promoting the mission, vision, values, and analysis of BWSS.
  • You have a deep understanding and application of intersectional feminism grounded in decolonial and anti-oppression framework, especially in advocacy and support of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • You take initiative and work independently.
  • You are a strong communicator (both verbal and written).
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment and able to multi-task ensuring.
  • Deadlines and objectives are met.
  • You are able to set goals, create and implement action plans, monitor progress towards goals.
  • Have strong anti-oppression awareness and analysis
  • Have direct crisis intervention experience with survivors using an anti-oppression approach.
  • Have demonstrated cultural competency including awareness of diverse marginalized communities and the ability to work with survivors from various cultural communities.
  • Have strong conflict resolution skills and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Have satisfactory criminal record checks.
  • Ability to speak another language would be an asset.

Please send a cover letter and resume in (PDF format only) detailing how you meet or exceed these qualifications to Battered Women’s Support Services endingviolence@bwss.org Please include Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate in the subject line

This posting will remain open until filled.

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

Download a pdf of this job posting here.

 

 

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