SOV Career Advisor
Grant Full Time – 35 hours/week – till June 30, 2023 with Potential for Extension
Burquitlam Office - Note*Currently virtual delivery, transitioning to in-person services following BC Restart Plan.
Posting Period
Open until filled
Job Description

YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Survive to Thrive is a program, funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, to provide employment services for survivors of violence and/or abuse.    The structured program has comprehensive workshop format; essential skills; job development; opportunities for work experience, employer engagement; sustainable employment placement and job coaching.  The program has expanded to add to the current manager and two-person team to deliver this performance-based employment program, serving Burquitlam and the rest of Metro Vancouver.

We are a dedicated and dynamic team of career development practitioners. We embody our workplace values: open and respectful communication, personal accountability, upholding professional ethics and ensuring an enjoyable workplace by embracing humour, creativity and enthusiasm.

SOV Career Advisor Core Duties:

  • Facilitation of the YWCA SURVIVE TO THRIVE program components which provide specialized employment services in both group and individual based formats to Participants who identify as survivors of violence (SOV) and/or Abuse
  • Develop and facilitate assessment, career planning, employability and job search skills
  • Connecting SOV participants to YWCA and external resources and programs to support employment goals
  • Reports to SOV Manager, working with the SOV Manager and Team
  • Follow up with participants to track results and provide job sustainment as part of a performance-based contract.
  • Providing workshop development and facilitation for those who have experienced violence/abuse, single parenting, or multi-barriers 
  • Provide job development/job sustainment services for participants of YWCA SURVIVE TO THRIVE program
  • Assist participants to access Workshops, Training, Self-Employment, Job Development, Customized Employment, Specialized Assessments, Financial Supports, and Wage Subsidy 
  • Providing job development support for participants to connect with employers
  • Able to work in conjunction with the wider YWCA team
  • Work closely with participants who have found employment and provide follow up services to ensure job retention
  • Provide career counselling/job coaching and assist with job placements for participants and address concerns that might affect employment. This could include in person, over the phone, and online support based on the needs of the individual and the situation
  • Ensuring documentation standards are met as part of Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (MAEST) policy
  • Conducting specialized outreach into the community to connect SOV participants to community connection
  • Assist participants with interview preparation, labour market information, current employment trends, and resume writing skills including cover letters according to current standards
  • Case conference, collaborate and work closely with the Survive to Thrive team to support participants maintain safety, to overcome impacts caused by violence and/or abuse, to achieve and sustain employment and/or substantive education


  • Career advising and/or counselling experience, with demonstrated experience working one to one with participants and facilitating workshops
  • Relevant post-secondary degree or diploma, or a combination of relevant education and experience
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in working with primarily female job seekers
  • Related experience and interest working with SOV population
  • Experience with employment services and SOV population is an asset.  Career coaching, counselling, social service work skills or a combination are beneficial 
  • Good communication, and case note writing skills
  • Understanding and making realistic job matches
  • Good organization skills, and other basic admin duties
  • Skills with all Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Able to show initiative, flexibility and demonstrate positive attitude towards change and work
  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is required.
  • Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents.

Additional Experience as an Asset:

  • Group facilitation experience especially for Survivors of Violence / Abuse
  • Violence/trauma informed knowledge and understanding of impacts on employment
  • Computer, organization and other administrative skills
  • Administering assessment tools
  • Own vehicle an asset
  • Additional languages an asset

About the YWCA


This year, YWCA Metro Vancouver marks 125 years of serving our community. We recognize that Canada was founded through colonialist and racist policies, and the YWCA was established and operated during this time. We also recognize that these legacies exist in our present time and are committed to actively decolonizing our policies, programs and practices. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.

This is an exciting time for the YWCA. Join us and be part of a passionate, dedicated and impactful team!

How to Apply

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an inclusive and rewarding workplace. Candidates are invited to send a Cover letter and Resume to:

Manager of SOV Employment Programs
Email Subject Line: Job Opportunity – Survive to Thrive SOV Career Advisor

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

YWCA Metro Vancouver is commemorating 125 years in 2022. Our vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. Our mission: We advance gender equity alongside women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people through advocacy and integrated services that help support personal, collective and economic wellbeing.