Full Time (40 hours per week)

About the Role:

Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Direct Care Worker provides one-to-one case management services to participants of Velma’s House 24/7 Safe Space, while also acting as a support worker to participants who are accessing the space on a drop in basis.

The safe space is a low barrier drop-in space for all women, including members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, who are unsheltered and experiencing sexual exploitation or violence. The staff team operates with compassion, from a trauma-informed and harm-reduction lens, respecting participants’ choices and autonomy. A wide variety of services are provided, from basic needs and everyday items, to cultural programming and ongoing support.

The Direct Care Worker role combines the responsibilities of Support/Outreach staff, with more intensive, one to one support for participants who request it. More specifically, the Direct Care Worker works with the staff team to ensure the drop in runs effectively; preparing and serving meals, cleaning, providing participants with the items they need for the day, while setting aside blocks of time to work with participants on their goals, connect to needed resources, book appointments and follow up. This may be done via appointments or drop in, depending on the needs of the individual. The Direct Care Worker works closely with EIA, Manitoba Housing, Justice, community resources and other systems to ensure the participant can overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

What You Bring

  • Strong understanding of issues related to mental health, addictions, homelessness, sexual exploitation and violence; lived experience or training, or combination
  • Post-Secondary education in the area of Social Work, Community Development, Family Studies, Women and Gender Studies or related fields
  • Exceptional understanding of systems and resources in Winnipeg
  • Commitment to cultural reclamation practices
  • Strong ability to form relationships with participants in short time frames
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and written
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles
  • Proven experience in applying an anti-oppressive framework
  • High level of self-awareness
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues impacting the 2SLGBTQ+ community and commitment to equality and advocacy
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work calmly in stressful or crisis situations
  • Ability to carry out appropriate record-keeping duties including case notes and data collection, etc.
  • Ability to work respectfully and in the spirit of teamwork
  • Current Emergency First Aid Certificate and CPR, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST all considered an asset

Here’s a sample of the many benefits Ka Ni Kanichihk employees enjoy:

Comprehensive Benefits including Health and Dental • Long-Term Disability • Life Insurance •  Employee and Family Assistance • Training and Development opportunities • Free on-site parking • Employee appreciation events • 

Candidates are required to provide a current Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check.

Ka Ni Kanichihk is committed to achieving employment equity; therefore, applicants are encouraged to indicate in their covering letter if they are of Indigenous ancestry. In addition, Velma’s House is committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive space for all women, therefore 2 Spirit, trans and non-binary women are encouraged to self-identify when applying for this position.

This posting will remain open until the positions are filled with an on-going review of applications. 

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to:

Human Resources Specialist

Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

101-1065 Portage Ave.

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0B6

E-mail: HR@kanikanichihk.ca

Ka Ni Kanichihk thanks all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted