The Women’s Centre is hiring: St. John’s Women’s Centre and Marguerite’s Place Support Worker

This position is a dual role, split between The Women’s Centre and Marguerite’s Place Housing Program. The Women’s Centre portion of this role will assist with day to day operations and logistics as well as provide direct support to individuals through programming, advocacy, supportive counselling, and referrals. The housing support portion of the role requires ensuring that there is a safe environment for the residents of Marguerite’s Place. Housing support assists with the development of support plans for residents and delivering programming. Housing support assists with a variety of other duties as required, including systems navigation, statistics collection, reporting, research and logistical support. Please see job description for more details.

To apply, please send resumes and cover letters to hiring@sjwomenscentre.ca with the subject line: “Women’s Centre Support Worker by 4:00 PM, Monday August 29th, 2022.

We are hiring! Student Position – Recreation Program Support

The recreation program support provides direct staffing for programs within the Women’s Centre. The worker will provide direct support to individuals through in person and virtual programming. The Women’s Centre approach is based on principles of feminism, harm reduction, active listening, and a welcoming and safe environment.

According to the parameters of funding this Canada summer student job position is for 8 weeks, 35 hours a week and requires applicants to be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment; a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*.

To apply: Send cover letters and resumes to kaleigh@sjwomenscentre.ca (with subject line Recreation Support) by 4pm May 10th, 2022. 

We Are Hiring! Project Coordinator: Empower Them

Project Coordinator, Empower Them Position Description

We are hiring for the coordinator of an exciting new project! We have received valuable funding from the NL Federation of Labour to begin a project aimed at increasing not only our organizational capacity, but the capacity of service providers, workplaces, and the general population in understanding and responding to those who experience gender-based violence. We are searching for a coordiantor to create and deliver an online program that addresses and empowers friends, families, co-workers and community members to respond to women experiencing domestic violence in woman-centered, trauma-informed ways.

Through a community consultation process, the coordinator will lead our team to develop and test online material to make sure that it meets the needs of different audiences: Indigenous people, people of colour, newcomers, members of LGBTQ2S+ communities, and folks with different abilities and literacy levels. We will also work to ensure that all materials can be accessed by those who are deaf and visually-impaired, two groups often left out of traditional service offerings. By using plain language and straightforward concepts, the online Ecourse will:
• describe the dynamics and common tactics that characterize gender-based
violence
• provide an overview of the scope and impact on individuals, families,
communities and society,
• explore the underlying factors that allow gender-based violence to exist,
• offer insight into the various risks and choices that survivors face,
• address common questions related to gender-based violence, and
• share how to be part of the solution
The course will encompass skill building, reflection questions, videos and activities that help users recognize and challenge their prejudices and develop ways of understanding how GBV impacts people. Users will walk away with concrete tools that can help in any situation where GBV may be/has been present.

If you are passionate about supporting women who have experienced gender-based violence, love community building and would like to be part of a feminist organization, please see the job ad attached. Resumes with cover letters should be e-mailed to laura@sjwomenscentre.ca by 4pm on Sunday, July 26.

EQUITY STATEMENT
SJSOWC embraces diversity and is committed to greater equity in our program 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 doing sex work, women with experience in the criminal justice system, trans women, and 2SLGBTQI people. We encourage applicants to self-identify any marginalized experiences and identities in their application with the knowledge that disclosed experiences will remain confidential.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Connecting With Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020

The St. John’s Status of Women Council and Women’s Centre would like to advise women that while our services may look a little different right now, we are very much here for you.

We know there is uncertainty and things are hard. We also know we’ve never met a woman who hasn’t done hard. We see you. We see your strength. We are available to connect with and support women in St. John’s and surrounding areas.

There is a great deal of evidence that during times of economic hardship and societal stress, rates of domestic violence increase. We specialize in programming for women who have experienced domestic violence, and believe these services are more important now than ever.

We have individual support available by phone Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. As well, our Right Here, Right Now, walk-in counselling service is now a phone-in counselling service. You can call Tuesdays 12-7 and Wednesdays 12-5. No appointment needed. Totally anonymous and confidential.

This program is the only woman-centered, trauma-informed single session model in Canada. We respond to your needs, on your terms. Any woman can call to talk about any issue that’s important to her.

To access these services, please call 709-753-0220 or email reception@sjwomenscentre.ca. We look forward to connecting with you.

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Media Contact:

Laura Winters
Executive Director, St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
Phone: 709-765-4434 | Email: laura@sjwomenscentre.ca

About St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre:

The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre is a feminist organization that since 1972 is continually working to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. The St. John’s Status of Women Council operates the Women’s Centre, Marguerite’s Place Supportive Housing Program and the Safe Harbour Outreach Project. To learn more, visit sjwomenscentre.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is improving women’s mental health care – Right Here, Right Now

St. John’s, NL – Today, the St. John’s Women’s Centre received a $25,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant for the Right Here, Right Now drop-in counselling program for women. Right Here, Right Now is the first and only individual counselling service for women of its kind in Canada.

Women’s Centre staff and supporters gathered with representatives from Bell this morning at an event to celebrate the $25,000 funding, which will allow for the expansion of counselling services offered at the centre.

“Many women face a complexity of issues and long wait lists impede their ability to access appropriate services,” said Dana Warren, Clinical Team Lead and Counsellor, St. John’s Women’s Centre. “Securing free drop-in counselling services guarantees that we can deliver a therapeutic service that addresses women’s unique mental health needs when they need it the most. Right Here, Right Now is essential to women’s wellness. As we continue to grow, Bell Let’s Talk supports the future of a much needed and lauded community mental health program.”

The Right Here, Right Now program was created to improve access to mental health care for women in our community, especially those coping with lengthy wait times for “traditional” mental health services. Twice a week, on Tuesdays from 12-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12-5 p.m., the Women’s Centre provides free and confidential counselling. No appointment or referral is needed to receive service.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support the St. John’s Women’s Centre’s Right Here, Right Now drop-in counselling program to help women in Newfoundland with mental health issues get the care they need,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Having doubled the annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to $2 million in 2018, we are helping some 120 organizations in communities across Canada, like St. John’s Women’s Centre, who are making a difference for those affected by mental illness.”

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 30
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions, at no extra cost to participants:

  • Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at com/Bell_LetsTalk
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at com/bell_letstalk
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre 

The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre is a feminist organization that since 1972 is continually working to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. The St. John’s Status of Women Council operates the Women’s Centre, Marguerite’s Place Supportive Housing Program and the Safe Harbour Outreach Project.

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Media Contact
Robyn Pike
Development and Communications Coordinator
St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
Tel. 709.753.0220
robyn@sjwomenscentre.ca

We’re HIRING: Team Lead – Counsellor

Team Lead – Counsellor

We are seeking a dynamic, feminist counsellor to oversee our innovative Right Here, Right Now drop-in single session clinic, and to facilitate group work and individual advocacy. This position will provide supervision and support to our team and offer counselling and community education and awareness.

This unique position is perfect for an experienced counsellor with administrative and team lead experience, who is ready to help guide our counselling service to the next level.

St. John’s Status of Women Council
The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre is a feminist organization that since 1972 is continually working to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. The St. John’s Status of Women Council operates the Women’s Centre, Marguerite’s Place Supportive Housing Program, and the Safe Harbour Outreach Project.

Position Summary
This position coordinates and oversees all clinical services at the St. John’s Women’s Centre, including the Right Here, Right Now drop-in counselling clinic, group work, individual advocacy, and crisis intervention.

The Team Lead will facilitate a learning environment whereby team members are supported to work to their full scope of practice. The Team Lead will be proficient in single session counselling and supervision, and demonstrate excellence in leadership, role-modeling, communication and organizational skills, problem solving, and decision-making.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provide counselling within our single session drop-in clinic, facilitate group work and individual advocacy.
• Facilitate ongoing orientation and learning for new and transferring staff, as well as student
placement initiatives.
• Mentor staff through supporting, teaching, role modeling, and coaching.
• Identify clinical issues requiring staff education and work collaboratively with the team and
community to address learning needs.
• Role model professional practice and promote best practice.
• Collect and analyze data and write reports.
• Act as a clinical resource for staff.

Qualifications
• Certified counsellor or M.S.W required.
• Minimum of three (3) years clinical experience. Preference given for experience in community mental health, women-centred therapeutic work.
• Proven competency in single session, narrative, and feminist therapy.
• Experience with group work, advocacy, and crisis intervention.
• Experience working with women and substance misuse.
• Demonstrated time management, communication (verbal and written), organizational and
interpersonal skills required.
• Demonstrated leadership, delegation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills involving
innovation/creativity in solution development.
• Proven team building, leadership, goal development, and evaluation skills.
• Experience working in an inclusive environment, working with trans, Indigenous, LGBTQ, and sex working women.

Hours of Work
Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), some evenings and weekends as required.

To Apply
This position closes on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Please send your resume and a cover letter clearly outlining how your experience meets our requirements to Jenny Wright, Executive Director at jenny@sjwomenscentre.ca.

Indigenous, WOC, Trans and sex working women are encouraged to apply for this position.

Due to the high volume of responses we get to job postings, unfortunately only those who are moving on to the interview process will receive a response.