Counsellor - PACE Society
PACE is a peer-driven organization in Vancouver that seeks to reduce the harm and isolation associated with sex work through education, support, and advocacy. We work to increase the health, safety, and empowerment of our members, by respecting their right to self-determination and supporting their self-identified needs.
We are seeking a part-time Counsellor to join our team! PACE Counsellors are responsible for providing one-on-one collaborative counselling for current and former sex workers. These services are part of the broader support services offered at PACE and the counsellor will work in collaboration with the PACE staff team. Dependent on COVID-19 measures, this position will involve a combination of remote (at home) and in-person (based out of the PACE Drop-In) services.
Terms of Employment: This is a fixed-term contract ending on March 31st, 2022 with potential for renewal based on availability of funding. This part-time position includes 16 hrs per week. Wage commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of $30-$33/hour.
- Providing collaborative counselling services to current and former sex workers;
- Upholding professional ethics and procedures of counselling, including ongoing informed consent and agreements around confidentiality and risks;
- Ongoing crisis intervention, suicide prevention, referrals, and emotional support for members;
- Confidential documentation of member files and case notes in PACE database;
- Gathering feedback and participation in ongoing program development, evaluation, and reporting as per organizational and funder requirements;
- Working collaboratively with team; participation in staff development initiatives;
- Providing a safe space to build healthy relationships; being welcoming, open minded, and non-judgmental.
- Lived/living experience in areas relevant to PACE membership is always prioritized (including but not limited to experience in sex work and/or as trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, and/or BIPOC identified);
- Master’s degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of training in a counselling discipline and experience (including lived experience and Indigenous based education);
- Professional registration with a college or association (eg. RCC, RSW, CCC, RPC, RTC) is an asset;
- Extensive experience providing individual counselling and support for sex workers; Indigenous women; trans, nonbinary, and two-spirit individuals; people who have experienced violence; people living in poverty; people who use drugs;
- Excellent knowledge and ability to integrate trauma informed practice;
- Alignment with PACE’s mandate, vision, and core values;
- Excellent understanding of the needs of sex workers, TGD2S+ individuals, and the DTES community;
- Advanced skills in navigating, setting, and maintaining professional boundaries especially within a peer inclusive structure;
- A welcoming, open minded, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach;
- Excellent understanding of and ability to use sex work affirmative, antioppressive, decolonized, sex-positive, harm reduction, strengths-based, rights-based, trauma-informed and intersectional feminist approaches to service;
- Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills including collaborative relationship building, conflict resolution, and deescalation;
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team environment.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: we’ve extended our application deadline with rolling intake of applications until we find the right fit.