Homelessness Outreach Worker
City : British Columbia
Category : Other
Industry : Real estate and rental and leasing
Employer : BC Housing
HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH WORKER (2 POSITIONS):
($56,796.64 - $65,740.30) Annually
Reporting to the Coordinated Access and Assessment Manager, the Homelessness Outreach Worker, connects with people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in community locations. He/She/They aides and assists individuals to navigate housing and related support system(s). The incumbent collaborates and partners with shelters and supportive housing providers, and homelessness service agencies to ensure an integrated system of supports and services. As a core member of a multidisciplinary regional homelessness and encampment response team (HEART), the position supports communities to prevent, minimize and or resolve encampments and respond to homelessness through coordination and rapid support for individuals sheltering outdoors.
The successful candidate will have the following:
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- High School diploma plus completion of post-secondary courses in social housing, community development, mental health, trauma counselling and or other relevant discipline
- Considerable progressive experience in working with individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty on account of physical, mental, or psychological disability, and or, substance use challenges.
- Sound experience in liaising with government, private and community-based housing providers and working with individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
- Some experience with crisis management and or de-escalation techniques.
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience acceptable to the employer.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Considerable knowledge of causal factors of homelessness, mental illness and or addiction.
- Sound understanding of the importance of cultural and community connections in supporting individuals to improve well-being, exit homelessness and thrive in housing.
- Good understanding or lived experience of the impacts of residential schools, generational trauma and or abuse.
- Sound knowledge of government, private and community-based housing service providers.
- Good de-escalation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to manage evolving situations.
- Good understanding of traditional, cultural and or holistic wellness and healing initiatives
- Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
- Proficient in computer applications and software including MS Office tools.
- Demonstrated ability to empathize when engaging with individuals from diverse socio economic and cultural backgrounds, a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity.
- Demonstrated ability to partner, curious perspective when engaging with a wide array of community partners, including advocates, volunteers, local business owners, neighbours, and community members.
- Ability to develop strong partnerships with services providers and community partners.
- Ability to learn, understand and update BC Housing mandate, programs, and services.
- Ability to develop and foster trusting relationships with people facing homelessness and multiple barriers.
- Ability to travel and work periodic evenings and week
How to Apply:
Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies. To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position. This information will be used as part of the selection process.
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