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Embrave- Residents Counsellor/Advocate (Multiple Positions)


Non-Rotational Overnight Resident Counsellor/Advocate &

Rotational- Residents Counsellor/Advocate

Internal/External Job Posting

1 Full-Time Permanent Non- Rotational – Overnight Resident Counsellor/Advocate

1 Full-Time Permanent Rotational – Residents Counsellor/Advocate- Designated Position for Someone Who Identifies as an Indigenous Person

North/South Locations

Embrave: Agency to End Violence (formerly known as Interim Place) wants to hear from you! We are a dynamic anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling, and advocacy supports for all women, two-spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary people with or without dependents, who experience, have experienced or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel.  We work within a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer and trans positive, disability positive and harm reduction framework. All of our programs encompass Sex Workers Rights approach. 

To learn more about Embrave, please visit:

We are looking for 2 Counsellor to join our Resident Counsellor/Advocate (RCA) team and provide supports based on clients’ needs including risk assessment, safety planning, counselling, and emotional support, legal and housing supports, information & referrals, accompaniments, and advocacy.  

What to Expect in the RCA Role:

  • Work within the agency’s critical, non-judgemental, and intersectional framework.
  • Provide timely services, case management, accompaniments, intake, risk assessment, and safety planning, and referrals from a trauma-informed lens.
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep accurate, detailed, and up-to-date case notes using the internal database system.
  • Support clients with transitional planning, housing applications, and access to shelter and affordable housing.
  • Crisis intervention supports and conflict resolution.
  • Co-facilitate support/educational groups for survivors impacted by violence.
  • Build and maintain community partnerships with stakeholders and other service providers.
  • Provide accompaniments to legal, housing, Ontario Works, and other appointments as required to support clients and their children.
  • Liaise with schools, daycares, children’s services, and other community supports.
  • Utilize computer software including case management database system, Microsoft applications as required.
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety Policies and Procedures as outlined by the organization to minimize risks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned for the effective operation of the agency including supports with intake and crisis lines.

About You:

  • Critical and intersectional knowledge of systems, issues, challenges, and barriers and understanding of anti-oppression, human rights, and social justice.
  • Community and survivor centered.
  • Practices accountability with clients, coworkers, partners, and management.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, with attention to detail.
  • Prioritizes confidentiality.
  • Identify as Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.


  • University or college education in a related field, such as Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology, Social Justice, Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Program, Early Childhood, or the equivalent in education and extensive experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to clients’ and their children’s issues and working within a Critical Race Feminist, Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Colonialism framework.
  • Understanding of issues faced by urban Indigenous survivors with strong knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the systemic barriers experienced by clients and their intersectionality of oppressions i.e., Social Housing Reform Act; Mental Health Act; Landlord Tenant Act; O.W. Act, ODSP Act, etc.
  • Understanding Gender Based Violence (GBV) as a complex social problem and the intersectionality of sexism, racism, classism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, sanism, etc. on clients’ and their children’s lived experience of violence, poverty, and homelessness.
  • Strong understanding of Anti-Oppression, Human Rights, and social justice.
  • Must have a broad-based knowledge of family and social issues that indigenous people face including the generational impacts of colonization and the residential school violence on Indigenous communities.
  • Proven ability in case management and supportive counselling skills from a decolonizing approach.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction Strategies.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis support and ability to mediate conflict.
  • Professional communication skills; dedicated to team building and strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Current First Aid and CPR level C training is required.
  • 2nd language is an asset.
  • ASL is an asset.
  • Must drive clients to appointments and accompaniments and holds a G Driver’s License.
  • The designated position is for someone who identifies as an Indigenous person.

RCA Overnight Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs. per week, non-rotational basis from Fridays to Tuesdays from 12:00am to 7:30am.

RCA Rotational Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs. per week. Rotational shifts from Mondays to Fridays from 7:00am -2:30pm, 2:00pm -9:30pm, and 5:00pm -12:30am.   

Hourly Rate: $28.69

Embrave: Agency to End Violence is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the communities it serves. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including:

  • First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples.
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion, and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin.
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations.
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities.
  • Survivors of the psychiatric system/consumer survivors.
  • Two-Spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary people.

 Please only apply by sending a cover letter and current resume utilizing Charity Village platform by January 26, 2022. Please include in your cover letter the position that you are applying for.  

Embrave: Agency to End Violence is a unionized workplace with OPSEU. This position is within the bargaining unit and as such the terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Agreement.        

 Date of Posting:                     January 10, 2022

Deadline:                                January 26, 2022