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Co-Managers, Aboriginal Women’s Program

Battered Women’s Support Services is a feminist anti-violence organization committed to social change!

We are looking for two members of our Leadership Team!

Position Summary:

The Co-Managers, Aboriginal Women’s Program is responsible for managing all aspects of Battered Women’s Support Services Aboriginal Women’s Program.  This is a BWSS Leadership Team position.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

•    From an Indigenous and feminist, anti-oppression perspective plans, organizes, controls and directs the provision of services and programming for assigned new and existing programs, services and projects

•    From an Indigenous and feminist, anti-oppression perspective develops, plans, organizes and delivers BWSS Aboriginal Women’s Program Model

•    Deliver services with, but not limited to, historic, gender, cultural, spiritual, social, and legal relevancy

•    Ensures effective program and service delivery that is consistent with BWSS’ mandate and policy, legal, contractual, budgetary and other requirements

•    Works within a leadership team responsible for direct service and community development

•    Participates in program and community development, prepares grant proposals for submission

•    Participates as a member of senior management in developing long range and strategic plans assessing and resolving operational issues and policies

•    Develops and establishes standards and accountability control mechanisms for service provision in accordance with mandate, funding requirements, policies, goals and collective agreement requirements and approved by Executive Director

•    Working in collaboration determines program, resource, budgetary, operational and organizational requirements for all new and existing services and programs

•    Supervises, develops and motivates unionized service staff and other assigned staff consistent with an Indigenous and feminist anti-oppression perspective to attain program objectives, ensure effective direct service case planning and management, accountability to women accessing services, community, funding requirements, and referring agencies

•    Delivers counselling, group facilitation, and crisis intervention

•    Communicates and promotes BWSS services and programs and the value therein


1.    Strong demonstrated Indigenous and feminist leadership skills

2.    Demonstrated ability to lead operational and administrative management, planning, organizing, human resources, analytical and communications.

3.    Minimum 5 years experience providing counselling, support, information and referrals to women survivors of violence (including residential school, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and violence in intimate relationships). This experience has resulted in a thorough understanding of the dynamics of abuse, supportive interventions and current and emerging issues affecting survivors

4.    Employment counselling experience and knowledge of employment issues for women survivors of violence with specific knowledge of systemic barriers

5.    Strong feminist anti-oppression analysis of violence against women

6.    Strong counselling, advocacy skills, group facilitation and presentation skills

7.    Extensive theoretical and experiential training related to violence against women, feminist counselling and employment counselling

8.    Demonstrated program development experience and skills

9.    Three to five years of progressively more responsible program management experience in Aboriginal, feminist or community social service sector with demonstrated and in-depth working knowledge of BWSS or community based programs and services, applicable legislation and policies

10.    Good organization and time management skills

11.    Strong conflict resolution skills and the ability to create an atmosphere of trust and support within BWSS Aboriginal Women’s and Direct Service Programs

12.    Well-developed communication skills both written and verbal

This position is part of an organization where the sole purpose is to alleviate and address the conditions of a disadvantaged group (women who are marginalized by violence and various forms of inequalities) being female is a bona fide occupational requirement. As such, only women who identify as Aboriginal, First Nation’s and Métis will be considered.

Application Process & Deadline

All expressions of interest must be received by 5 pm Monday, December 20, 2010.  Anticipated start date is January 2011.

Please send resume complete with three references to:

Angela Marie MacDougall Address:  P.O. Box 21503 – 1424 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, V5L 5G2Phone:  604-687-1613      Fax:  604-687-1864    Email: