Ten Month Employment Opportunity - Stop the Violence Counsellor / Safe Home Coordinator

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Ten Month Employment Opportunity


North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Stop the Violence Counsellor / Safe Home Coordinator

10 months Sep 1 2017 – Jun 30, 2018


An exciting position in beautiful Kaslo, BC for an inspired and caring candidate.

24.5 hours per week (17.5 hours STV counselling; 7.0 hours Safe Home coordinating)


·         Provide counselling services for women who have experienced current or historic sexual assault, violence / abuse in relationships

·         Coordinate the Kaslo-based Safe Home Program:

·         Provide crisis intervention and safety planning for women and their children at risk of violence


We welcome applications from candidates who have a Masters Degree in Social Work, Counselling Psychology or a Bachelors Degree with equivalent experience and education. Orientation and/or training in a feminist and trauma clinical approach is essential. Supervision and professional development provided.  

Job Description is posted below.


Wage starting at $23.81/hour


Please submit resume to Executive Director, North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Fax 1-250-353-7694 or office@nklcss.org
This position is open until a suitable candidate is hired.

Please note only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


Stop the Violence Counsellor/ Safe Home Coordinator

Job Description


Goal of the Position:


Ø  The Stopping the Violence Counselling Program provides individual and/or group counselling for women who have experienced sexual assault, violence/abuse in relationships, or childhood abuse.

Ø  Coordinating a Kaslo-based Safe Home Program is also required.


Service Principles


The Counsellor will focus on women's needs and will consider:

(a) the individual situation, perspective and needs of Women; and

(b) the safety of Women and children as more important than keeping families together.


When providing counselling the Counsellor will use the knowledge:

(a) of power imbalances in our society that lead to women being exposed to abuse or violence;

(b) of the impact and dynamics of abuse and violence; and

(c) that perpetrators are responsible for their actions.




Ø  Provide high-quality, ethical, client-centred services to women and their children that are victims of intimate violence, sexual and physical assault.

Ø  Recognize a feminist perspective in that each client is an individual with unique preferences and circumstances and that it is the client’s right and responsibility to make her own choices with regard to treatment and healing.



Responsibilities of the position:



Ø  counselling for women.

Ø  information to clients on the availability of police, legal and medical systems as related to physical or sexual assault and abuse and other forms of intimate violence.

Ø  women and their children at risk of violence with information and support for decision-making, short-term shelter or housing, referrals to other services, and links to affordable housing.

Ø  women and their children at risk of violence with 24/7 access to initial contact services.

Ø  referrals to other North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society Services or other services in the community, district or region as appropriate.

Ø  work with women to identify the circumstances which have led them to seek services including mutually agreeing to define the goals of counselling and available service options.

Ø  with client consent make referrals to other supportive services and treatments.



Ø  to crisis, business calls and drop-in clients in a timely and appropriate manner.

Ø  to requirements of intake, assessment and referral services.



Ø  current knowledge of issues related to intimate violence, physical and sexual assault, especially as it pertains to the criminal justice system.

Ø  positive working relationships with the RCMP and with other community-based and RCMP-based victim’s assistance programs.

Ø  current knowledge of and compliance with program, NKLCSS, policies, standards, procedures, philosophies and ethics.

Ø  consultation and liaison with community agencies to maintain up-to-date information on available resources as well as to maintain positive collaborative community relationships.



Ø  by conducting or assisting in providing workshops and group facilitation designed to prevent and address relationship violence, other types of criminal violence and educates the community or other agencies on issues relating to relationship violence and sexual assault.


The Counsellor will:

Ø  record and maintain accurate and up-to-date clinical files.

Ø  complete and submit required statistical reports to NKLCSS and the funders and provide additional information as required.

Ø  Participate in EVABC regional meetings

Ø  carry out other duties as required.

Ø  respect and keep confidential information provided.

Ø  recognize that safety of the client is of highest priority.


Requirements of the Stop the Violence Counsellor/Safe Home Coordinator:


Education and Experience:

Ø  A Masters degree in social work, counselling psychology or equivalent is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience and education may be accepted.

Ø  Professional development (ongoing) in victim’s services and crisis intervention.

Ø  Training in best practice in trauma treatment, including working from a Somatic and/or Expressive Arts orientation

Ø  Extensive work-related experience under qualified supervision and participation in related continuing education programs.

Ø  Strong feminist analysis of intimate violence, sexual and physical assault and potential systemic discrimination against victims of crime.


Skills and Abilities:

Ø  Excellent written and communication skills.

Ø  Effective time management and prioritization.

Ø  Able to work independently.

Ø  Able to work within a collaborative framework, participating in a team approach with other professionals, agency staff and members of the community.

Ø  Ability to foster team participation and contribute to the goals and activities of NKLCSS and the objectives of the contract funders.

Ø  Demonstrated presentation skills.

Ø  The position requires a criminal record check and the adherence to a confidentiality agreement.

Ø  A sound vehicle, driver's abstract is required

Ø  The position requires first aid/CPR and non-violent crisis intervention training.



Ø  Awareness of and willingness to work on personal issues as they arise.

Ø  Ability to be mindful of your own experience of victimization and privilege and how they impact your work.

Ø  An attitude that is positive, pro-active and open along with a commitment to speaking without gossip.

Ø  Respect for diversity.

Ø  Ability to manage change effectively.

Ø  An attitude that welcomes respects and appreciates clients, co-workers, donors, collaborators and the greater community.


Hours, Remuneration and Benefits:


Ø  24.5 hours per week (17.5 hours Stop the Violence Counselling and 7 hours Safe Home Coordination)

Ø  Salary commensurate with experience.

Ø  Benefits, Short-term Contract: a professional development budget, weekly team supervision, and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.

Ø  Benefits, Permanent Contract: Include extended health and dental, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, a professional development budget, weekly team supervision, and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.

Reports to:

Executive Director, North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Receives regular clinical supervision from:

Clinical Supervisor, North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society