Survive to Thrive Survivor of Violence (SOV) Career Advisor
Term Full Time – 35 hours/week – 18 months Maternity Leave
Burquitlam Office – providing both virtual and in-person service in office
Posting Period
Open until filled
Job Description

Program Overview

YWCA Survive to Thrive is funded by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills (MPSFS) to provide specialized employment services for survivors of violence and/or abuse in both group workshop and individualized coaching formats serving Burquitlam and the rest of Metro Vancouver.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Facilitation of group workshops, individualized coaching sessions and providing job development.
  • Facilitation of the YWCA Survive to Thrive Employment 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 or administer and facilitate assessment, career planning, employability, and job search skills.
  • Receive and follow up on initial contacts and assess intake eligibility or safety concerns, needs or maintenance i.e. assisting with safety planning, connecting to relevant resources around safety and other appropriate referrals.
  • Conduct Intakes to assess program readiness or other next-best steps
  • Able to provide appropriate community referrals.
  • Connect SOV participants to YWCA, external resources and programs to support employment goals.
  • Work with program’s SOV manager and team and able to work with the wider YWCA and community.
  • Follow up with participants and provide job sustainment as part of a performance-based contract.
  • Administration, data-entry and admin upkeep including attendance, participation, and track results.
  • Facilitate personal development and employment-focused workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who have experienced violence/abuse, single parenting, or multi-barriers.
  • Provide job development/job sustainment services for participants of the YWCA Survive to Thrive Employment program including connecting with employers and being able to work in conjunction with the Job development team.
  • Assist participants in accessing Workshops, Training, Self-Employment, Job Development, Customized Employment, Specialized Assessments, Financial Supports, and Wage Subsidy. 
  • Work closely with participants who have found employment and provide follow-up services to ensure job retention.
  • Provide job coaching 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.
  • Providing career coaching, trauma-informed career counseling, and placement for participants working with employers and the wider job development team.
  • Ensuring documentation standards are met as part of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training (MAEST) policy.
  • Conduct specialized outreach into the community to connect SOV participants to community connections.
  • Case conference with the team to support participants in achieving and sustaining employment and/or substantive education.
  • Assist participants with interview preparation, labour market information, current employment trends, and resume writing skills including cover letters according to current standards.

What you’ll need:

  • Career advising and/or counselling experience, with demonstrated experience working one to one and in groups 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.
  • Curriculum writing, adult education and development an asset.
  • Interest in working with primarily female job seekers.
  • Experience with employment services and/or the SOV population. 
  • Career coaching, counseling, 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 (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams) Zoom and other tech.
  • Able to show initiative, flexibility, and demonstrate positive attitude towards others, change and work.
  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is 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.

Bonus Qualities:

  • Group facilitation experience 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.
  • Willing to be mobile, pick up supplies, willing to travel to support participants, and program assistance.
  • Additional languages an asset.

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
  • 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
  • Pay Rate: $30.18 per hour
  • 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 a Cover letter and Resume to:

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

No phone calls please.


This position will remain open until filled.


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