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October 24, 2014

SMART On-Call Employment Opportunity

On-Call
Emergency Mobile Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Response Workers

Surrey Women’s Centre is CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF VICTIM by providing a wide range of Crisis, Court and Counselling services to women and girls who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other forms of family violence. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure that women and girls have the support they need when they need it.

The Surrey Women’s Centre operates the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART) in partnership with Fraser Health and VictimLINK BC.  SMART provides a 24-hour crisis response service for survivors of recent physical and sexual assault. Emergency Response Workers provide in-person and telephone support, including accompaniment, to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault accessing hospitals across the Fraser Health region.

Successful candidates MUST have a vehicle for business and be able to respond to either Surrey Memorial Hospital or Abbotsford Regional Hospital within 30 -45 minutes, during the day or evening.

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to all accompaniment requests within 30 to 45 minutes
  • Provide confidential services that reflect the SMART service model. Services include but are not limited to crisis intervention, risk assessment and safety planning, emotional support and practical assistance to survivors of physical and sexual assault
  • Provide information about, accompany and facilitate access to, hospital for urgent medical treatment and the collection of forensic evidence.
  • Model and advocate trauma-informed care for all survivors of gender-based violence
  • Provide information about the legal system including reporting options, rights and remedies; facilitate alternative reporting options for women and girls including Third Party and Bad Date Reporting
  • Facilitate access to police, transition homes and other emergency resources as required
  • Identify, document and address barriers which may limit access to emergency resources across the Fraser Health region
  • Maintain effective working relationships with all team members
  • Liaise and work cooperatively with hospital personnel, police, victim services and other agencies to meet the need of women and girls; ensuring the coordination of supports and services

Qualifications:

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of and experience working with feminist, trauma-informed and harm reduction models of intervention.
  • A combination of education, training and experience providing crisis support to survivors of gender-based violence
  • Experience providing crisis intervention including risk assessments and safety planning, emotional support and practical assistance to survivors of violence.
  • Ability to work with diverse clientele including marginalized women and girls who experience multiple barriers (eg youth, sex workers and Aboriginal women and girls).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, advocacy and conflict resolution skills.
  • Understanding of the laws and policies that impact the experiences of women and girls that disclose gender-based violence
  • Applicants must have a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Criminal records check and Driver’s abstract required.
  • Successful applicants will have flexible availability.  Shifts are scheduled on a 24-hour clock.  Day, evening and weekend availablity is required.

Please email your resume and cover letter to: ak@surreywomenscentre.ca

Please include in your cover letter: i) salary expectations; 2) availability and 3) why you are seeking on-call employment at this time.

Please DO NOT apply if you are seeking Full-time employment.

We regret that we are only able to contact short listed applicants.  No phone calls please.

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