Access & Assessment Coordinator
BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership. Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people.
Our mission is making a difference in people's lives and communities through safe, affordable and quality housing.
BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We encourage and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.
BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians. And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:
- In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
- Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
- Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
- Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
- An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
- Participation in community and charitable events.
** Please note: Eligibility for benefits offered is based on employment status **
ACCESS & ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR
The Access & Assessment Coordinator is responsible for implementing the Coordinated Access and Assessment initiative at the community level, working closely with community partners in housing the homeless, hard-to-house or those with multiple barriers in appropriate placements along the housing continuum.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Bachelor degree in Social Work or related field
- Specialized training in psycho-social rehabilitation and Housing First principles
- Minimum 4 years progressively more complex and responsible work experience in community settings working with homeless populations or other diverse populations with complex social and or health care needs and/or behavioural issues
- experience working with a diverse population i.e. homeless population
- experience in delivering training programs
- experience in working collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders;
- leadership experience at the community level with ability to mentor, coach and inspire staff is strongly preferred;
- preferably experienced in providing critical event stress management defusing services to individuals following a traumatic event
- experience with complex database structures
- experience working in a multidisciplinary environment
Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the employer.
As a condition of initial and ongoing employment with BC Housing, the incumbent must maintain current registration with the appropriate professional certifying body relating to their credentials that is acceptable to the employer.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- comprehensive knowledge of the different types of mental health and/or addiction housing models
- good knowledge of BC Housing’s programs and services relating to homelessness
- good knowledge of current social issues including homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction, domestic violence, child protection and ageing
- excellent knowledge and skills in psychosocial rehabilitation and Housing First principles
- good knowledge of government and non-profit agencies in the community served, and the role of community health resources and other social services
- good knowledge of signs and symptoms of common medical and psychiatric conditions
- good knowledge of substance abuse and the different types of treatment programs for substance abuse
- ability to present program information and provide training; confident in public speaking
- excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop positive working relationships with other agencies and service providers
- excellent assessment and problem solving skills
- ability to provide consultation services, crisis intervention and initiate/coordinate referrals to external agencies for services
- demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- demonstrated ability to prepare assessment and consultation reports within established time frames
- Proven strong project management skills with ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines.
- Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
- demonstrated skills in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution skills
- Intermediate level skills with computer applications and software including MS Office applications and Knowledge of complex database structures
- Requires travel and to work periodic evenings; transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the position. For positions outside of the Lower Mainland, extensive travel required. Valid BC Driver’s License
- Please Note: Successful applicant(s) are subject to a satisfactory criminal record search and are required to maintain Security Clearance throughout their employment.
- Due to the nature of this role, a valid class 5 driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required.