302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC admin@dewc.ca 604-681-8480

Ongoing Openings

CURRENT and ONGOING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:


1. Peer Support & Self Help Worker – Casual Relief

The Peer Support Worker is responsible for promoting the principles of peer support when supporting women to secure practical needs and manage crisis in the Drop-In Centre and/or Emergency Night Shelter.

Drop-In/ Shelter: Monitors women in the Centre/Shelter using appropriate conflict resolution and crisis management skills. Addresses conflicts in the Drop-In or the Emergency Night Shelter. Ensures women who appear in crisis are offered appropriate supports and referrals such as medical, counseling, or advocacy. Collaborates with centre members and volunteers to ensure the operations of the clothing room and general management of donations. Is responsible for a clean and comfortable environment that operates in compliance with the Centre Mission Statement, Statement of Principles, and Policy and Procedures. Supports women to access practical needs: listens to women, distributes items such as menstrual pads, rolling papers, clothing, telephone access, mail and access to showers.

Conflict Resolution/ Crisis Management: Manages crisis between, within and among various groups and individuals including by mentoring a variety of self help coping skills and different approaches to personal situations. Maintains a culture of ‘people helping people help themselves’.

Volunteer Support: Actively participates as a team member in collaboration with the Skills Development Coordinator/Program Coordinator to support volunteers from the community. Communicates effectively and respectfully with volunteers and mediates conflicts as they occur.

In-Centre Programming: Supports group facilitators and assists with special events that promote principles of self-help and peer support that reflect the Mission and Mandate of the DEWC.

Referral: Uses peer support strategies when supporting women to receive assistance at the DEWC and/or other agencies as required.

In Centre Participation: Participates within the staff team such as attending staff meetings, staff development and trainings, special events, and hiring committees. Works collaboratively with in-centre and/or shelter staff. Ensures effective communication and team approach in the smooth operation of the DEWC.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years related experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner city drop-in environment
  • Must have Peer Support theory training and/or experience
  • Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the DTES, including violence against women, mental health, homelessness, and addictions
  • Candidate must work from a strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and practice
  • Demonstrated crisis intervention training and experience
  • Experience providing assisted referral as well as familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the Downtown Eastside
  • Excellent communication skills is required, including the ability to work in a respectful and cooperative manner with co-workers, and centre members
  • Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • A First Aid certificate is required
  • Candidate must undergo a Criminal Record Check
  • Women with addiction issues must be at least 2 years clean and sober

Position Details: BCGEU position  $17.00-$21.00 per/hour

Please submit cover letter and resume via email, mail or fax

302 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC., V6A 4J1

Fax: 604-681-8470 Email: hr@dewc.ca


2. Kitchen Trainer – Casual Relief

The Kitchen Trainer will ensure the provision of the food program within the drop-in Centre. She will work with Centre volunteers in all aspects of the Kitchen including in the planning, preparation, and serving of up to 350 meals per day.

Integrating a community-based approach into the DEWC is the primary principle to guide this position with the goal of engaging centre members in the functioning and responsibility of the kitchen.

The Kitchen Trainer is to provide a relevant training program for Centre Volunteers in all aspects of cooking in a busy and chaotic drop-in Centre including meal planning and preparation, cleaning and maintenance, customer service skills, stock taking and ordering.

Meal Preparation: Ability to prep, cook, and serve meals to over 350 women/day in a busy, chaotic, fast-paced environment. Ensures food quality, and respectful service to DEWC members.

Volunteer Support: Actively participates as a team member of the volunteer program in collaboration with the Skills Development Coordinator to support, train and manage volunteers from the community. Responsible for communicating effectively and respectfully with volunteers and mediating conflicts as they occur.

Conflict Resolution/Crisis Management: Manages crisis between, within and among kitchen volunteers, staff, and members including by mentoring a variety of stress coping skills. Maintains a culture of ‘people helping people help themselves’. Communicates effectively and respectfully with women in crises and refer to appropriate in-centre staff.

Conflict Resolution/Crisis Management: Manages crisis between, within and among kitchen volunteers, staff, and members including by mentoring a variety of stress coping skills. Maintains a culture of ‘people helping people help themselves’. Communicates effectively and respectfully with women in crises and refer to appropriate in-centre staff.

In Centre Participation: Participates within the staff team such as attending staff meetings, staff development and training, special events, hiring, evaluation, and Centre committees. Works collaboratively with in-centre staff. Ensures effective communication and team approach in the smooth operation of the DEWC.

Qualifications:

  • Combination of experience and training in cooking, meal planning, nutrition.
  • Crises intervention and conflict resolution skills required
  • Familiarity with the Downtown Eastside Community. Ability to work within a busy and chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a staff collective
  • Food Safe, Level I and 2. First Aid/CPR Training a must
  • Women with addiction issues must be 2 years clean and sober

Position Details: BCGEU position at $17.00-$21.00 per/hour

Please submit cover letter and resume via email, mail or fax

302 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC., V6A 4J1

Fax: 604-681-8470 Email: hr@dewc.ca

PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS or EMAIL ENQUIRIES FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE POSTINGS

 

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