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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:  

Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate

Job Title:                     Specialized Indigenous Legal Advocate

Reports to:                  Manager of Legal Services and Advocacy

Working Conditions:  The position is part-time (32 hours/week), $33.83 per hour with incremental increases

This position requires union membership

Work is accomplished in person at an unpublished location in Vancouver, BC.

Organizational Overview

Established in 1979, BWSS – Battered Women’s Support Services takes action to end gender-based violence and violence against women 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, femmes 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


  • 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with survivors of historic racism and the impact of colonization and residential school
  • 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


  • As a bona fide job requirement, this position will be held by a woman, femme or Two-Spirit person who identifies as Aboriginal, Indigenous, First Nations, Metis or Native.

Please send a cover letter and resume (PDF format only) detailing how you meet or exceed these qualifications to Battered Women’s Support Services 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.

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Manager, Finance and Administration

Job Title:                    Manager of Finance and Administration

Reports to:                 Executive Director

Working Conditions: The position is full-time (40 hours/week), with a competitive annual salary based on experience ranging from $74,880– $114,400 per annum.

Work is accomplished in person at an unpublished location in Vancouver, BC. And an opportunity for a flexible hybrid work arrangement.

Organizational Overview

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

Job Highlight

Reporting to the Executive Director and a member of the leadership team, the Manager of Finance will advance the strategic direction of Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) through financial leadership.

Job Summary   

As the Manager of Finance, you will ensure that BWSS can deliver its mission through efficient and effective financial and administrative management of all programs and services delivered by the organization and social enterprises.

You’ll Be Responsible For


  • Directing all aspects of financial operations, accounting, forecasting, budgeting, managing key performance indicators and reporting activities for BWSS and social enterprises.
  • Overseeing the preparation and maintenance of timely and accurate monthly/quarterly/year-end financial statements against forecast per generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Overseeing annual audits of association expenditures, assets, and liabilities, ensuring the recorded figures are verifiable and accurate.
  • Monitoring and managing investments within board-approved policies.
  • Overseeing reconciliations, reporting, and remittances for statutory compliance, government reporting, funder reports, and grant claims.
  • Ensuring appropriate financial systems and controls are implemented, functioning as expected and maintained throughout the organization.
  • Providing critical financial support information and make actionable strategy and operations recommendations.
  • Preparing payroll, ensuring appropriate calculations for taxable benefits and tax remittances, administering employee benefits program, and preparing year-end tax slips and summary.

Governance and Risk

  • Producing financial reporting for Executive Director.
  • Preparing and present reports for review by the Executive Director, Boards of Directors and relevant committees.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate completion of the annual audit process.
  • Providing strategic guidance on investment and financing options to support association growth needs.
  • Monitoring compliance and investment and financing strategies.
  • Compiling statutory reporting and ensure compliance with tax filings and all relevant contract and regulatory reporting.


  • Managing the payroll function, ensuring payroll is prepared and distributed accurately and on time.
  • Ensuring that all remittances to the government are paid correctly and promptly.
  • Preparing adjusting payroll journal entries for allocations to appropriate programs.
  • Preparing spreadsheets/reports for payroll analysis and provides information regarding salary decisions for Executive Director.
  • Tracking vacation, sick leave, and other leave for staff.
  • Helping staff regarding payroll-related enquiries.
  • Managing all payroll year-end reporting requirements for T-4s and government remittances.
  • Managing the employee insurance and benefits plans.


  • Supporting human resources in collaboration with assigned team members.
  • Supporting the purchasing/procurement of supplies and equipment.
  • Managing lease and insurance renewals, co-ordinates all related correspondence/ documentation and address leasing and insurance issues.
  • Providing management and control of financial and administrative records.
  • Overseeing facility management.
  • Tracking and maintaining all organizational contracts. I.e., vendors, suppliers, Municipal contracts, etc.

Supervision of Staff

  • Play an active role in recruiting and hiring finance staff when funding allows.
  • Manage the coordination of finance assignments.
  • Evaluate the performance of finance staff and conduct probationary and annual reviews.
  • Work closely with the Leadership team on policies and procedures.

Education and Experience

  • Chartered Professional Accountant designation or equivalent.
  • Ten years of accounting experience with a minimum of 5 years at the management level.
  • Demonstrated experience in exercising independent judgment to evaluate issues and provide fully supported recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify operational challenges and implement action plans to meet organizational goals.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communicator, comfortable with presentations to the Board of Directors and other audience levels.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, be a self-starter, be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, be highly detail-oriented, thorough, and precise, and work independently and manage/prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Highly motivated to work collaboratively with team members on various projects and in different capacities with a can-do attitude to get things done and done well.
  • Proficient in accounting software, SAGE 500, MS Office, including advanced skills in Excel.
  • Ability to function independently and under pressure and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to make sound decisions on matters related to the work.
  • Ability to perform administrative functions with limited administrative support.
  • Experience in the non-profit sector.

We Offer

  • Four weeks paid vacation to start that grows the longer you are with BWSS
  • An excellent employee benefits package
  • A generous pension plan
  • Support for training and development
  • Paid statutory holidays
  • Generous leave provisions (sick time, special leaves)
  • The Manager of Finance and Administration works in a hybrid of at the BWSS offices and offsite and usually works a five-day work week, flexible hours typically 9 am to 5 pm, but some evenings and additional days may be required during significant campaigns and annual audit.


Preferential and limited hiring assist BWSS in achieving 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, transfeminine, and women from other equity-seeking groups.

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 Please add Manager of Finance and Administration 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

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