Indigenous Counsellor (Open Until Filled)

VWHC is seeking someone with feminist values and counselling experience to fill a contracted position
of Indigenous Counsellor. VWHC encourages Indigenous people with lived experiences of
marginalization by gender (i.e. cis and trans womxn, non-binary, Two-spirit, gender non-conforming).
We encourage members of these communities to self-identify in their cover letters.

Program: Counselling
Position Start Date: Immediately
Position End Date: March 31, 2021
Full or Part Time: 24 – 33 hours per week
Supervision Received: Reports to the Program Coordinator & supported by the Clinical Supervisor
Pay rate: $40.00 – $55.00 per hour
Remote Working: During COVID-19, the Indigenous Counsellor will work a combination of in-person and
remote shifts, dependent on safety guidelines and program needs.
Summary

The Counsellor provides counselling, support groups, and community referrals to folx marginalized by
gender from a feminist, anti-oppression, anti-colonial perspective.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Upholds VWHC policies, procedures, and guidelines for the delivery of services to people who
experience marginalization by gender within a feminist, anti-oppressive and decolonizing
framework.
 Offers counselling, support groups, referrals and connection to VWHC participants
 Participates in shaping VWHC’s internal culture and services including the values of affirming
and inclusive care for womxn (cis & trans) and non-binary/non-conforming folx.
 Develops and maintains connection with Indigenous elders and ceremony people in order to
support indigenous clients in their healing journey.
 Represents VWHC, as appropriate, in interagency meetings.
 Maintains program records in accordance with relevant professional standards.
 Processes and manages program intakes and waiting lists for counselling and groups as required
by the Program Coordinator.
 Participates in regularly scheduled supervision with the Clinical Supervisor.
 Actively attends and participates in all required VWHC meetings including weekly team meetings
and bi-weekly clinical supervision.
 Participates in a minimum of one VWHC committee.
 Performs other related duties as requested by the Program Coordinator.
Required Skills and Experience
 Current or immediately obtainable registration with an accredited professional organization
(example: RCC, CCC, ACCT, CPCA, BCACC, or comparable) A combination of education, training,
volunteerism, and lived experience will be considered.
 Demonstrated success working with individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g. cultural,
religious, age, sexual orientation etc.).
 Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with clients,
community partners, and colleagues.
 Demonstrated collaborative, cooperative, and respectful approach to working with other
community agencies.
 Commitment to ongoing development of a feminist, anti-oppression, anti-colonialist practice.
 Demonstrated ability to work well independently, as a leader, and as a member of a team.
 Demonstrated ability to provide, accept, respond, and reflect on constructive criticism and
feedback from staff, volunteers, and other community members in a respectful manner.
 Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and other computer
software with competence to perform all job-related duties.
 Anticipates and takes action independently or with minimal direction.
 Demonstrated ability to identify problems and demonstrate resourcefulness and creativity in
problem-solving.
 Demonstrated ability to self-initiate tasks, set priorities, organize workflow, and remain flexible
and agile.
 Satisfactory completion of a criminal records check.

About Us

We are a non-profit organisation helping self-identified women, non-binary and gender non-conforming
folx foster health, wellness and equity through feminist, anti-oppression, anti-colonial approaches to
advocacy, shared knowledge and low-barrier programs and services.

Vancouver Women’s Health Collective is located on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Coast
Salish peoples, including xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh
peoples. The Collective strives to support, collaborate, and build connections with Indigenous
communities whose territories we reside on. We recognize the ethno-cultural diversity of Vancouver
and aim to provide programs and services based on relationships of mutual trust, respect, and humility.
Moreover, we aim to increase participation and representation of racialized (Black, Indigenous, and
People of Colour) communities in our governance, staff, volunteer, partnership, and client base.

We value shared information and experience over “authoritative knowledge”, especially when it comes
to our own bodies. We support folx right to make informed choices about their health and health care.
During COVID-19, VWHC has implemented new safety procedures for in-office and in-person work,
which includes providing personal protective equipment to all staff and clients among other
precautions. Where program work does not require in-person shifts, all staff are working remotely. As
an organization, we continue to monitor public health and safety guidelines in order to maintain a safe
working environment. We are seeking staff who can be flexible and agile to meet the needs of clients as
the organization adapts to these changes.

Please apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to program@womenshealthcollective.ca. The
posting will remain open until the position has been filled. Please note that only those short-listed will be
contacted for interview. VWHC will make every effort to accommodate candidate’s schedules and needs
in all parts of the hiring process.

We understand the competing responsibilities of modern life. We will support both your commitment to
our community and the very real need to take care of your family. We also understand that in order to
take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. We aim to provide a sustainable model of worklife
balance across all our programs and services.