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VAW Crisis Worker - The Women's Centre Grey Bruce

VAW Crisis Worker

The Women's Centre Grey Bruce

Posting Date: April 21, 2021
Closing Date: As soon as position is filled Position Title: VAW Crisis Worker
Position Type: Permanent Part Time – 22.5 hrs per week Start Date: May 16, 2021

The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce is a non-profit charitable organization. We provide secure emergency shelter services, crisis intervention, safety planning, counselling and transition services for women and children affected by abuse in Grey and Bruce Counties.
We invite applications to fill a Permanent Part-Time VAW Crisis Worker weekend overnight position. Hours for this position are scheduled by the Management. Current schedule: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00am – 8:00am.
The VAW Crisis Worker will deliver services in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of the program and the policies and procedures of The Women's Centre Grey Bruce.

Provides professional-level counselling support to Shelter clients, based on a thorough understanding of The Women's Centre counselling philosophy and procedures to include as directed:
• Provides daily one on one supportive counselling to women and children.
• Provides telephone crisis counselling.
• Provides life skills coaching.
• Takes a client-centered and collaborative approach when communicating with clients.
• Adheres to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and feminist practices.
• Shares information with clients about available supports through community agencies.
• Works in conjunction with clients to create service plans around areas such as: Employment, financial needs, medical needs, therapeutic needs, and provide referrals as needed.
• Initiates contact with clients and ensure needs are met promptly.
• Orients clients to house rules and procedures.
• Works toward a co-ordinated delivery of service for clients with team members.
• Reports child abuse in accordance with Child and Family Services Act and The Women's Centre procedures and is available for follow-up counselling.

Documents accurately all relevant activities of clients pertaining to their stay at The Women's Centre, using Shelter logging procedures.
• Documents all crisis telephone and day client contacts.
• Organizes all written work in a clear and concise manner.
• Documents each client interaction, and completes required paperwork.
• Prepares intakes and discharges, safety planning, risk assessment documentation clearly and accurately for all women and their children who access services.
• Accurately documents clients’ goals and provide advocacy at Case Management meetings.
• Accurately enters all statistics in agency database; understand and use available options.
• Completes daily checklist of activities as per shift.
• Assists clients with completing forms.
• Tracks bus tickets issued and other transportation provided.
• Facilitates House Meetings and record details such as attendance.
• Administers petty cash, etc. as defined by procedures.

Adhering to all policies, procedures and legal requirements:
• Understands and applies relevant legislation and related tools (ie. VAW Emergency Standards, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Privacy Act, Employment Standards Act, etc., and ARAO practises
• Demonstrates knowledge of applicable Agency policies, procedures and protocols which are incorporated into practice.
• Adheres to confidentiality and ethical practices.
• Attends and participates actively in team and staff meetings.
• Engages in constructive problem solving strategies with peers and manager to continue to develop and improve program delivery.
• Attends regular staff supervision with Program Manager, and identifies annual professional development goals during this process.

Provides support services for women and children in residence which will ensure their comfort and safety, based upon a thorough knowledge of Women's Centre procedures:
• Answers the door and telephone as per shelter procedures.
• Ensures the facility is clean, orderly, and in good repair at all times
• Communicates any problems with the physical plant immediately to the Program Manager.
• Implements alert, fire, safety, and health procedures when necessary.
• Promotes a safe work environment.
• Handles donations as per procedure.

• Holds a university degree or college diploma in social work or a related field.
• Must have sound working knowledge of violence against women and children issues.
• Possesses experience in crisis and abuse-specific counselling.
• Possesses sound understanding of feminist issues.

• Must have a valid Standard First Aid/ CPR certification.
• Must have a clean and valid Vulnerable Sector Screen Report.
• Must have a valid driver’s licence and access to reliable transportation.
• Must be available to work all shifts: 8am-4pm, 1pm – 9pm, 4pm – 12am, 12am – 8am week days and weekends.

Persons interested in applying for this position may send via email a cover letter and resume to Paula Carnakie ASAP.

This is a Classification II position within the LiUNA Local 3000 of The Women's Centre Grey Bruce Inc. Collective Agreement.