Key WEAVE Outreach Support Worker

Position Title: Key WEAVE Outreach Support Worker

Reports to: Program Manager

Program or Department: Warm Zone

Program Location: Abbotsford

Hours of work: Full time, 5 days/week (Days/Hours to be determined)

Posting Date: May 22nd, 2019

Closing Date: Open until filled

 The Key WEAVE Outreach Support Worker works with clients with multiple needs and chaotic lifestyles, in support  of the delivery of the WEAVE project, supporting women involved in, or exiting sex work. As a member of the WEAVE Project Delivery team, the Key Outreach WEAVE Support Worker provides holistic wraparound support to women to reduce social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse. The Key Outreach WEAVE Support Worker provides individual and group interventions, practical and emotional support, education and works shops to women in sex work or exiting, with the aim of raising self-esteem, self-efficacy and enhancing social and recovery capital

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Make contact with and engage women involved in on and off-street prostitution through community contacts and encourage referrals to the service.
  • Assist and support the day to day operation of the WEAVE Project
  • Provide intake, assessment, safety and exit planning services to women involved in and exiting on and off street sex work
  • Support women to access education and employment opportunities, making a safe exit through harm minimisation and confidence building.
  • Provide intensive personalised support and holistic and integrated wrap-around service to clients encompassing a range of risk, health and social needs with the aim of supporting women to exit sex working
  • Act as an advocate for women and accompany women as needed to access community services as necessary
  • Identify issues and barriers to accessing community services and resolve them.
  • Ensure that service users are familiar with the criteria of the WEAVE Project and are supported to make decisions regarding issues
  • Ensure that service users apply for/ are informed of all available benefits; provide service navigation, advice and assistance.
  • Provide links and referrals to appropriate agencies for support in all aspects e.g. health, housing, drug and alcohol services etc.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships  with other community services/agencies to facilitate contacts and services
  • Attend court with clients whether they are attending as either offender or victim and to support them through the court process.
  • Follow SARA for Women policies and procedures regarding Health & Safety of self, clients and others at all times, including adhering to working alone policies and protocols.
  • Attend training and development sessions as relevant and as provided.
  • Attend all relevant meetings as and when directed or identified, which will include attendance at multiagency meetings.
  • Commit to adherence to the fidelity model and maintain appropriate records to contribute toward monitoring, data collection and reporting of WEAVE Project
  • Participate in the overall development of the WEAVE project and to ensure deliverables are met.
  • Perform any other duties as may be reasonably expected and as directed by l management to achieve personal and team performance targets identified.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • Relevant education (min. 2 years diploma in Social Sciences) and 2 or more years’ experience in non-profit social services settings.

Or equivalent combination of education and experience

Licensing and certifications:

  • Trauma Informed Care training and experience (Preferred)
  • Occupational First Aid Certificate (Required)
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention (Preferred)
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence and clean driving record (Required)
  • Criminal Record Clearance (Required)

Required Knowledge and Skills Inventory

  • Excellent understanding of the complex issues and needs pertaining to women who are involved in or exiting on and off street sex work/prostitution.
  • Excellent understanding of violence against women issues both within dominant and non-dominant cultures
  • Strong understanding and commitment to SARA For Women’s  Mission, Vision and Values
  • Strong understanding and adherence to WEAVE Project fidelity requirements.
  • Firm commitment to working from a feminist perspective, providing women centered, trauma informed  and client centered approach and a pro-choice stance
  • Comprehensive understanding of social services and resources in the Fraser Valley and how to access them
  • Strong listening skills, written and oral communication skills including public speaking skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate information to others (i.e. case notes, reports and statistics)
  • Experience providing individual and/or group support to assist women
  • Demonstrated ability to provide crisis intervention, safety planning and exit planning  and support for women
  • Strong knowledge and experience of providing services to women in an integrated and multi- agency service provider team environment
  • Experience working with mental illness and addictions
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse clientele, and cultural competency
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Office 365, Excel, Online applications, online resource/research skills

Required Competencies:

  • Solid and demonstrable work ethic and the ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work independently
  • Commitment to a coordinated team-based approach
  • Ability to network and interact well with other service providers, internal and external team members
  • Energetic, positive, optimistic, and pragmatic
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining a healthy workplace
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Able to provide non-judgmental support to both clients and colleagues
  • Ability to be adaptive to different situations
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and learning
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle competing priorities and objectives

Environment/Working Conditions

  • This position is required to work in a moderate to highly stressful environment often dealing with clients in crisis situations
  • Sometimes exposed to moderately undesirable working conditions in the form of unpleasant dealings with upset, angry or demanding clients.
  • Ability to work with and deal with interruptions and often chaotic environment.
  • Support often related to trauma, physical and/or emotional abuse, and/or drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Able lift up to 30 pounds.
  • May be exposed to weather, hazards and risks associated with driving and/or transporting clients.
  • Access to reliable vehicle and ability to carry Business Insurance with 5 million liability required.
  • BCGEU Membership
  • Previous use of SARA or WRSFV services must be disclosed at time of application

Submit cover letter and resume to: Human.Resources@saraforwomen.ca

Subject line: Key WEAVE Outreach Support Worker

SARA promotes the principles of anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion.  We strive to represent the diverse communities that we serve.  Individuals from First Nations, diverse ethno cultural origins, religions, abilities, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone inquiries please.

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