Embrave: Agency to End Violence (formerly known as Interim Place) wants to hear from you! We embrace brave, inspire bravery, create systemic change to end gender-based violence in our community. We are a non-profit organization that provides shelter, counselling, and advocacy supports for women, two-spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary folks and their children impacted by gender-based violence. We amplify the voices of survivors, educate the community, and inspire systemic change to create a society free of violence.
We are looking for candidates to join our team of Counsellors/Advocates for the Shelter Program and for the Community Support & Outreach Program with strong advocacy skills and intersectional understanding of systems, issues, challenges, and barriers survivors face. We are seeking for candidates with strong understanding of anti-oppression, human rights, and social justice, community and survivor centered who will provide supports from a feminist, gender inclusion, decolonizing and harm reduction framework. The supports will be based on survivors’ needs including risk assessment, safety planning, counselling, emotional support, legal and housing supports, information & referrals, accompaniments, and advocacy.
• 1 Residents Counsellor/Advocate Full-Time Permanent – Hours of Work: Rotational Shifts from Mondays to Fridays: 5:00pm – 12:30am, 2:00pm – 9:30pm, 7:00am – 2:30pm (37.5 hrs. per week) Salary: Hourly Rate $28.69
• 1 Overnight Residents Counsellor/Advocate Full-Time Permanent – Hours of Work: Fridays to Tuesdays from 12:00am to 7:30am (37.5 hrs. per week) Salary: Hourly Rate $28.69
• 1 Overnight Residents Counsellor/Advocate 1-Year Contract Full-Time – Hours of Work: Wednesdays to Sundays from 12:00am to 7:30am (37.5 hrs. per week) Salary: Hourly Rate $28.69
• 1 Community Support and Outreach Counsellor/Advocate Full-Time Permanent – Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs. per week. Non-Rotational Shifts. Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:30pm and Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 8:30pm. Salary: Hourly Rate $ 24.95
• 1 Community Support and Outreach Counsellor/Advocate Full-Time Permanent (Designated position for someone who identifies as an Indigenous Person) Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs. per week. Non-Rotational Shifts. Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00am- 4:30pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 8:30pm Salary: Hourly Rate $ 24.95
What to Expect in this Role
Provide case management to all clients from a trauma-informed lens and keep accurate, detailed, and up-to-date case notes using the internal database system.
• Conduct intakes, risk assessment and safety planning.
• Support with crisis intervention and conflict resolution and answer crisis calls.
• Liaise with schools, daycares, children’s services, and other community supports.
• Assist residents to locate safe, affordable, and permanent housing accommodations.
• Provide accompaniments to support clients and act as a source of information on issues, processes, systems, services, resources, and make referrals to appropriate and supportive services.
• Facilitate support/educational groups for survivors impacted by violence.
• Build and maintain community partnerships with stakeholders and other service providers.
• 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.
- Critical and intersectional understanding of systems, issues, challenges, and barriers.
- Strong understanding of anti-oppression, human rights, and social justice.
- Practices accountability with clients, coworkers, partners, and management.
- Strong advocacy skills.
- Prioritize confidentiality and demonstrate empathy, self-awareness, values teamwork, and open communication.
- Understanding and follow safety procedures.
- 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, Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Program, Early Childhood, Human Rights, Social Justice, or the equivalent in education and extensive experience.
• Experience working with clients in areas such as poverty, violence, and homelessness.
• 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 experiences of violence.
• Proven ability in case management and supportive counselling skills from a decolonizing approach.
• Strong knowledge and experience with Harm Reduction Strategies.
• 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.
• ASL is an asset.
• Mandarin and/or Vietnamese is an asset.
• Preference will be given to a person who identifies as an Indigenous person.
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 send a letter of application and current resume to Embrave: Agency to End Violence by September 12, 2022, utilizing Charity Village platform. Please include in your cover letter the position that you are applying for.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We will provide employment accommodation (i.e., an accessible location, technical aids, accommodation during the interview, rescheduling of interviews that fall on religious holidays, etc.) if we are advised of an applicant’s needs in advance of any part of the selection process.
Date of Posting: August 29, 2022
Deadline: September 12, 2022
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.
September 12, 2022