MOBILE OUTREACH WORKER
Casual On-Call Position
Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. These services include the SAFExst program which consists of a drop in center, and mobile harm reduction outreach van.
SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma and violence informed practice and harm reduction models.
SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
As part of the SAFExst team, The Mobile Outreach Worker offers early intervention, support and distribution of harm reduction services in various communities throughout the South Okanagan, through confidential and empathetic first response, street level engagement and outreach services. The Mobile Outreach Worker works directly with people who experience a range of marginalizing circumstances including, but not limited to: homelessness or unstable/unsafe housing, intergenerational trauma, histories of ongoing experiences of violence, substance use/addiction, mental health issues, involvement in survival sex trade, systemic abuse, lack of safety, social isolation, discrimination and stigma. The Mobile Outreach Worker provides support based on individuals needs and goals as well as referrals and transitions to other services.
This position is open to applicants of all genders and gender expressions.
This is a casual on-call position. This means you may be called in to work on short notice as needed. At present Outreach shifts are Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Wednesday & Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
$20.78 to start (HSA Grid 11) + 10.2% of straight time pay in lieu of vacation pay and stat pay.
- One year recent related experience, including street outreach work
- Demonstrated compassion and empathy for individual from diverse communities experiencing drug use, homelessness, involvement in sex trade, mental health issues, etc.
- Knowledge of harm reduction philosophies and approaches to service provision.
- Diploma in a related human / social service field
- Valid First Aid & CPR Level C with Naloxone and overdose management training.
- Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI).
- Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
- Must be comfortable with active drug use and, and providing services to individuals actively participating in various modes of drug use.
Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to provide safe, confidential and compassionate harm reduction and support services to a diverse community. Knowledge of existing South Okanagan social and healthcare organizations and programs is an asset.
Successful applicants will also be those who can provide month-to-month availability, and respond to shifts that become available on short notice.
For further information about the Mobile Outreach Worker position please review the MOW Job Description
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: