Seeds of Independence Outreach Worker
Regular Part Time (17.5 hours/week)
YWCA Alder Gardens – 13788 71st Ave, Surrey, BC (Option to work hybrid model)
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Job Description

YWCA Metro Vancouver is seeking an Outreach Worker for the Seeds of Independence Program to provide service to women who have experienced violence from an intimate partner, and who require longer-term support to rebuild safe, nurturing and supportive lives for themselves and their families.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Intake with clients, including needs assessment
  • Provide one-to-one emotional support
  • Provide appropriate information and referrals
  • Provide assistance with safety planning
  • Provide assistance with goal planning (including educational and employment goals)
  • Provide advocacy with government and community agencies as per practice/policy
  • Provide information on navigating the family justice system, including referrals to legal aid
  • and accompaniment to legal appointments and court
  • Provide information about the criminal justice system
  • Liaise with government and other community agencies
  • Keep accurate records, files and statistical information as per practice/policy
  • Other duties as required (always include at the end of responsibilities section)

What you’ll need:

  • Experience providing support to women who have experienced violence from an intimate partner
  • A feminist analysis of violence against women by an intimate partner
  • An understanding of the intersection of oppressions
  • A strong knowledge of the criminal and family justice systems
  • Strong communications skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff and other organizations
  • Knowledge of resources in the Fraser Valley would be an asset
  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) will be required.
  • The YWCA Metro Vancouver’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination from COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the YWCA deem it necessary to reintroduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

What we offer:  We offer our eligible employees the following benefits as part of their total compensation package:

  • extended medical and dental benefits
  • a defined benefit pension plan
  • flexible working arrangements for applicable positions
  • Employee Family Assistance Program, a confidential and voluntary support service for employees and their eligible family members
  • free membership to our Health + Fitness Centre, discounts at our YWCA Hotel and priority in YWCA Child Care centres
  • a workplace that prioritizes employee health, safety and wellbeing, including many learning and growth opportunities such as our staff mentorship program and three equity committees who help to support our goals towards achieving meaningful equity and inclusion.
How to Apply

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of an inclusive, dedicated and impactful workplace! Candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes by April 7th, 2023 to:


Shaoli Choudhury
Manager, Transition Houses
535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E8


We are committed to ensuring that the application and interview processes are accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations in submitting your application, or have other questions, please contact the hiring manager as listed.  All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, transferrable skills, lived experience, and business need. We thank all who apply, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about this and other YWCA Metro Vancouver career opportunities, please visit