Mental Health Advocate

The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
May 30 2019 - 5:00pm

35 hours - week / 9 day fortnight schedule



Job Description: 

he Mental Health Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy and assisted referral services to women with mental health concerns who live and/or work in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver primarily in the areas of BC Benefits and income assistance, Residential Tenancy, Housing, and the Ministry for Children and Families. Reporting directly to the Specialized Services Program Manager, the Mental Health Advocate will work in collaboration with other DEWC staff to promote integrated services to women. She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

✔ You have at least 3 years experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner-city drop-in environment
✔ You will promote and articulate the mission, mandate, philosophy, and values of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
✔ You have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the DTES, including violence against women, mental health, homelessness, and addictions and have an understanding of trauma informed practice
✔ You have a strong working knowledge of and ability to interpret the BC Benefits Act & Regulations, Residential Tenancy Act, and the Child Family and Community Services Act
✔ You have excellent writing and research skills
✔ You have certification for First Aid, and NVCI

How to Apply: 

Please submit cover letter and resume to the attention of: Mental
Health Advocacy Hiring Committee via fax (604)681-8470 or email
humanresources [at] dewc [dot] ca

Additional Information: 

Benefits of Joining the DEWC Team

Healthcare: extended health includes MSP, dental, vision, prescription medications, select alternative therapies, EAP life insurance and long-term disability.

Vacation & Leave: Vacation at 6% in the first year and 8% after. Sick leave credit Access to other special leaves to handle family or personal situations.

For your Retirement: Enrolled in the Municipal Pension Plan with a matching contribution from DEWC.

Other perks: Compressed work schedule, employee loan program; Regular staff development days; DEWC employees are considered first for any open positions; Training and facilitation opportunities.


Vancouver, BC