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Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention - Relief Residential Counsellor

Cornerstone Famiy Violence Prevention

Relief Residential Counsellor 

Position:                    Relief Residential Counsellor

Reporting to:             Manager of Residential Services

Posting Date:            July 30, 2020

Hours of Work:          As per rotational schedule

Salary:                       $23.04 per hour


Imagine saying “I helped a woman or child escape violence,” or imagine inspiring optimism for those living in fear and without hope through your support.  Imagine encouraging someone to have the strength they need to overcome their current reality.  If you are wanting to make a real impact, then this may be the career opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre (Cornerstone) has an exciting opportunity in which you get to work within the Residential Services team to ensure a strong, innovative support system is in place for women and children impacted by family violence in Northumberland County.


Cornerstone is a very special place with a dynamic staff team and a distinguished Board of Directors who are deeply dedicated to creating a violence free future.  With more than a 35-year track record, Cornerstone is a charitable organization that has earned its role as a catalyst for change and action around the issue of gender based violence in Northumberland County.  Our organizational leadership is open and devoted to fulfilling our mission; staff are responsive and caring, and everyone always aims to achieve excellence in all that we do.

As a collaborative organization, Cornerstone partners in a number of community initiatives that enhance the lives of women and their families that may be at risk of, or are experiencing domestic violence.  Our visionary leadership team, and highly skilled staff are committed to bringing the best programs and high-quality services to our clients and community. 


You are an exceptional individual with experience in a direct service role who is looking to apply those skills in a professional, fast-paced, complex environment.  Your background and passion for social work will demonstrate a commitment to the provision of excellent client services and contribute to a respectful, productive work environment at Cornerstone.


The Relief Residential Counsellor is responsible for managing the day to day running of the shelter.  This includes the provision of counselling services to residents of the shelter, as well as crisis counselling on the 24-hour phone lines.  The Relief Residential Counsellor will demonstrate a commitment to the provision of excellent client services and contribute to a respectful, productive work environment at Cornerstone.

This is a casual position with no guaranteed hours of work. 

Upon request Cornerstone will provide reasonable accommodation for disabilities to support participation of candidates in all aspects of the recruitment process.


  • Relevant degree or diploma
  • Comprehensive understanding of issues related to family violence, including a strong understanding of the links between violence, trauma, addictions and mental health, and homelessness
  • Proven ability to respond to complex needs of clients in a counselling capacity
  • Superior organizational and time management skills
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical/critical thinking skills and sound judgment
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Basic First Aid and CPR certification

For complete Position Summary and Qualifications, please consult the Job Description which is available on our website at:

If you are interested in the above position, please forward cover letter and resume via email by 4pm on August 14, 2020 to Lucy Caldwell at:

Only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.  No follow up telephone calls or emails please.