VAW Jobs

Green Haven Shelter for Women: Transitional Housing Support Worker

Green Haven Shelter for Women is a feminist organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and their children to live without fear in an environment of mutual respect.  Through public education and advocacy we effect social change and eliminate violence against women.

Green Haven Shelter is committed to developing a staff team that reflects the diversity of the community we serve.  Applications from Indigenous Women, Women of Colour, Black Women, Lesbians and Women with Disabilities (we are not currently wheelchair accessible) are strongly encouraged to apply.

  ¾ Part-Time Transitional Housing Support Worker                                                                                                                           

Green Haven Shelter for Women is a non-profit, charitable organization providing twenty-four hour emergency shelter, crisis counselling, support and referrals for women, sixteen years and older, with or without dependent children, experiencing abuse and violence in an intimate relationship.  Green Haven Shelter works from an integrated feminist, anti-racism, anti-oppression framework.  This is a ¾ part-time, permanent position that may require flexibility in hours of work including days, evenings and weekends based on a 28.125 hour work week.


Minimum Requirements:                

  • Anti-violence experience and post-secondary education in a related field, with thorough knowledge and a feminist analysis of the issues relating to violence against women and women’s equality rights issues;
  • Demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, and crisis-oriented management;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working from a feminist, anti-racism, anti-oppression framework;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisor, team members and community networks;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, balanced judgment and decision-making as it relates to position;
  • Demonstrated ability & willingness to work with minimal supervision; 
  • Solid experience completing Ontario Works, Social Housing, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Applications.
  • Grounded abilities to support women who actively use substances and/or women experiencing mental health challenges;
  • The ability to work with women in different environments including their home, office or community;
  • Thorough understanding of the intersection of gender-based violence, human trafficking, substance use and mental health challenges as they impact women experiencing violence;
  • Comfortable driving women in personal vehicle;
  • Knowledge of agencies, programs and services in Simcoe County
  • Licensed to drive in Ontario and access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide quality support and advocacy to clients, while managing challenging caseloads;
  • Client centered approach to practice;
  • Demonstrated level of comfort and experience in public speaking;
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certificate;
  • Second language an asset;
  • Computer skills in a networked system using Microsoft Office software.
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check


Major Responsibilities:

  • Developing transition & housing support plans for women identifying both short and long-term goals.
  • Assisting women in achieving their transition plans including advocacy and support for women accessing community services, criminal justice and/or family court system, social housing and support services, education and employment services.
  • Providing safe, confidential support to women making the transition from an abusive intimate relationship through information and referral services.
  • Maintaining up-to-date assessments, intakes, and client data records.  Service statistical reports are to be entered into the organization’s database on an on-going basis.
  • Facilitates VAW education and awareness in the community.
  • Provide general information on the family court processes of custody, emergency orders, apprehension orders, separation agreements, restraining orders, property division, and more.
  • Provide general information on the criminal court processes of first appearances, crown resolution meetings, diversion options, bail hearings, no-contact conditions, trials, and more.
  • Provide women with information on completing legal forms and documents, and assisting them through the Legal Aid process when applicable.
  • Compete risk assessments with women and assist with safety planning.
  • Accompany women to housing appointments, court, lawyer appointments, and Children’s Aid Society meetings to provide support and attain information.
  • Collaborate with community services such as Simcoe Community Services, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Couchiching Jubilee House, OPP, Legal Aid, Victim Witness Assistance Program, BRAWC Transitional Housing, Child Advocacy Centre, and Victim Services to ensure a seamless delivery of appropriate information and support.




Closing Date: 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019

No phone calls please.  Please email, mail or fax your resume in confidence to:


Liz Westcott

Green Haven Shelter

P.O. Box 612

Orillia, Ontario

L3V 6K5

Fax:  (705) 327-0342


We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you.