Project Coordinator: Community Mapping for Women’s Safety

WISH Drop-In Centre Society

JOB POSTING: Project Coordinator: Community Mapping for Women’s Safety

The Women’s Coalition of the Downtown Eastside is network of women-serving organizations and women’s groups in the DTES of Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Our purpose is to advance women’s issues in the DTES and to ensure the safety of women in this neighbourhood as a priority and a necessity.We envision safety for women in the DTES in a holistic manner. It includes safety for women from sexual and physical violence as well as safety from the daily indignities of poverty

We prioritize the participation and engagement of women living in this community to identify how best their needs for safety can be met.

The Project:

1) To develop, in collaboration with women-serving organizations, community mapping specific to women’s safety in the Downtown Eastside through the inclusion of women who both live and work in the community. There will be a review of existing mapping and creation of new maps with a safety audit component. Issues specific to Aboriginal women will be identified. This work is intended to bring out the voices of women most affected by violence and abuse, empowering them to influence planning of City spaces and organizational commitments to women’s safety with an antiviolence and gender lens.

2) To produce Violence Against Women Forums that will included skill and capacity building sessions to strengthen community response to a range of violence experienced by women.


The Coordinator is responsible for carrying out the two parts of this project through developing the mapping process and community forums. She will engage diverse groups of community members and ensure inclusion of women most affected and vulnerable to violence in the DTES in both processes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work with Coalition members to meet the objectives of the project.
• Maintain strong communications with Coalition oversight team through regular meetings and updates.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with women-serving community agencies and women in the community.
• Engage women in the community for the design and delivery of this project.
• Develop materials for service providers explaining what is being asked of them for their involvement in engaging women in this project.
• Maintains accurate records of activities undertaken in the project


• Experience working in the Downtown Eastside or comparable community required.
• Direct supervisory experience and leadership in program management, support and coordination is required
• A strong feminist analysis of violence against women which addresses the understanding of power and its interconnections among gender, race, culture, class, physical ability, sexual orientation, and age as well as all forms of oppression based on experience of colonization, religion, ethnicity and heritage.
• Direct experience in service delivery to marginalized individuals required.
• Excellent interpersonal skills (de-briefing, active listening, conflict resolution,
group facilitation, one-on-one teaching/mentoring and direct support) essential.
• Demonstrated ability to build a strong team environment with an inclusive and collaborative
• Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Strong computer literacy in Word and Excel required.
• Availability to work evenings and have flexible working hours.
• Adaptable and have the ability to maintain composure in challenging situations.
• Training and experience in conflict resolution, de-escalation, and problem solving.

HOURS: 20 hours a week for 35 weeks
SALARY: $25.00 per hour

To Apply:

By e-mail:
By mail: Wish Drop-In Centre Society
515-119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1S5
By Fax: 604-669-9479

Closing date for applications is June 25, 2012

We thank you for your interest. Short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview