Social Worker - Supportive Living Program

Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL

All staff positions at the Women's Centre are employed by the Mokami Status of Women Council (MSWC). Our work is guided by feminist theory and principles.

Position Scope
All staff positions at the Women's Centre are employed by the Mokami Status of Women
Council (MSWC) We are rooted in a feminist perspective and practice will be guided by feminist theory and principles.

The Supportive Living Program (SLP) Social Worker role is a full-time permanent position. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

A day in the life of the SLP Social Worker could include anything from drafting plans to support a resident in returning to school, facilitating group counselling, planning community outreach sessions, writing a proposal for culturally relevant activities for residents, or supporting housing workers to develop new programming. No two days are the same in this position, but it is undoubtedly fulfilling. You will be part of a team that values balance, harm reduction, anti-racism, and approaches our work through an intersectional feminist lens.

The SLP Social Worker is responsible for the overall implementation of MSWC's Supportive Living Program. This includes leading the housing support team, developing and facilitating programming, creating individual support plans, providing supportive counseling, and offering advocacy efforts with regards to housing, employment, and crisis support. The SLP Social Worker will liaise with community partners working to end homelessness and will also provide community education on issues related to women and gender diverse people. This role necessitates a strong knowledge of addictions and mental health, intergenerational trauma and harm-reduction.

This is challenging work, no doubt, but you will be supported to shape a future in which affordable and supportive housing, focused on harm reduction first, is available to all women and gender diverse people in our community.

Our housing initiative has grown out of the needs identified by the community. We have 8 self-contained, fully-furnished apartment units that provide safe and supportive housing for women and gender diverse individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Residents have round the clock support from housing staff who are accessible 24/7 and take part in weekly meetings and programming that aims to promote connection with each other and the community as they work on transitioning to independent living in the community. We are guided by trauma-informed practice and support residents using a person-centered approach.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Development and Administration
● Future visioning, planning and evaluating of the supportive living program
● Drafting grant proposals
● Contributing to the organizational strategic plan and staff work plans that reflect the organizational and program vision
● Development and revision of program guiding documents
● Development and utilization of program metrics
● Financial oversight and planning
● Complete monthly, quarterly and annual reports
● Liaise with other organizations focused on housing in the community
● Continuous professional development on a variety of issues that impact women and gender diverse people

Resident Support
● Assist with the selection and transition of residents to the SLP
● Complete comprehensive clinical assessments with residents
● Provide case management and counselling services to residents of the SLP
(caseload of up to 10 people)
● Facilitate appropriate referrals to external supports
● Provide information and support the navigation of community services
● Organize and facilitate individual and group counseling sessions (as determined by needs and interests of residents; may include topics such as self-harm, mental health and addictions, violence prevention, financial planning etc.)
● Offer coaching and conflict resolution support to residents and the SLP team
● Work in conjunction with the SLP team to provide a safe respectful and empowering environment
● Be available to former residents living off site during the transition process or as needed
● Complete regular client documentation and maintain resident files
● Schedule regular resident meetings and organize special events
● Work on-call shifts (one week on a four or five week rotation)
Staff Supervision
● Direct the housing support staff in the development and oversight of support plans for the residents.
● Provide mentorship to the housing support team
● Supervise students from various disciplines
● Development of housing team schedules and reporting of hours
● Plan and facilitate regular housing team meetings
● Offer staff debriefs as required

Other
● Assist MSWC colleagues as required
● Attend and participates in MSWC staff meetings and training opportunities
● Represent MSWC on housing related committees
● Other duties as required

REQUIREMENTS
● BSW required (with registration), with an MSW or equivalency in residential experience preferred
● Experience working in a residential setting is preferred
● Experience in staff supervision
● Excellent organizational and time-management skills
● Ability to work with confidential information
● Understanding and experience working from an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression, Harm Reduction, Housing First, and intersectional feminist perspectives and principles
● Preference given to those with counselling experience
● A strong background in mental health and addictions is required
● Experience working with individuals with complex needs is required
● Strong knowledge of community networks and supports
● ASSIST and First Aid
● Access to a vehicle is preferred

Hours of Work
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am — 4:00 pm, with flexibility for evening events/meetings as required and covering shifts when necessary. Balance is vital to this position though, so flex time will be compensated with time off as required.

Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position is $70,000 annually. The position also includes 15 days annual leave, 14 statutory holidays, and generous health leave. The person employed in this position must be eligible to work in Canada and upon being offered the position must submit a certificate of conduct (police records check) — please note the certificate of conduct does not have to be clear and any existing records will be discussed confidentially. The probation period for this position is three months, but feedback will be provided and requested regularly.

Closing Date
Monday, 16 January 2023 11:59PM Atlantic Standard Time.
Please email a cover letter and resume to: hiring@mokamiwomen.ca
Applications without a cover letter of some kind will not be considered.

If you require an accommodation at any stage of the recruitment and selection process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

We thank all in advance for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Equity Statement:
MSWC embraces diversity and is committed to greater equity in our programs and our employment. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain skilled and strong volunteers and employees from diverse backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives in line with this, preferences will be given to and applications are encouraged from women (cisgender and transgender) and non-binary people who are Indigenous, Black and people of colour, people living with disabilities, women with experience in sex work and women with experience in the criminal justice system. We encourage applicants to self-identify any marginalized experiences and identities in their application with the knowledge that disclosed experiences will remain confidential.

 
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