Program Coordinator, Sanctuary

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Union Gospel Mission
  • Program / Project Evaluation & Development
  • Social Work
Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-02-082019-02-25

About Union Gospel Mission

Demonstrating the love of Christ, Union Gospel Mission feeds hope and changes lives through a faith-based continuum of care.  Our comprehensive range of life-changing programs and services include: outreach, meals, chaplaincy, drop-ins, emergency shelter, family services, alcohol and drug recovery, aftercare, employment and education services, and housing.  The heart of UGM is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside.  With locations throughout Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, Union Gospel Mission is ideally positioned to help those who need it most.

This position is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a dynamic team, and be a part of a transformational organization in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods.  We are seeking out those who can thrive in a collaborative and compassionate environment.  If you are yearning for an opportunity to grow with an organization that makes a difference by helping hundreds of people each and every day, UGM has a career that fits you. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.  To learn more, visit

Job Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Women’s Recovery & Housing, the Program Coordinator will oversee program staff working with the residents in the Sanctuary Program, including case management, the coordination of referrals from the community, wraparound support for residents, resident activities, and aftercare.  This position will also work closely with the Assistant Manager, Women’s Recovery & Housing, who oversees Sanctuary Nest staff, to ensure good team coordination and overall resident care.  As a member of the Sanctuary Supervisory Team, you will have a primary voice speaking into program development and evaluation.  You will provide trauma-informed, non-judgmental, woman-centred support, demonstrating the love of Christ. As a spiritual leader, you will be a role model for your team, and strive to enhance client care and services that are consistent with Union Gospel Mission’s Vision and Core Values.

You will frequently deal with clients in crisis situations, brought about by diverse problems.  There will be Outreach Workers and other Programs staff nearby to assist as required. 

This is a permanent, full-time position.  For a copy of the full job description, please visit our website.

Skill Set

We are looking for a mature woman who possess a deep and vibrant Christian faith, and has a passion to care for marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside.  The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge and/or experience with Child Protection Services, including Child, Family, & Community Services Act, MCFD, and VACFSS.  A minimum 2-3 years of related work experience—specifically in a multi-ethnic and socially diverse community—is required, and experience with Aboriginal clients is an asset.  A degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, or Counselling is required, and a Christian Studies degree is an asset. Strong emotional intelligence, a solid understanding of trauma-informed care and well-developed administrative skills are essential to this role.  We are excited to bring onboard a woman with well-developed leadership and supervisory skills, a positive disposition, and a depth of spiritual maturity to lead both the staff and residents of the Sanctuary Stabilization Program.

Due to the fragile nature of the clients we serve, and the sensitivities associated with previous violence and abuse, only female applicants will be considered for this position. 

This position may have unsupervised access to vulnerable adults or children.  Therefore, the successful candidate must provide a current criminal record check that includes a vulnerable sector search as a condition of employment.

This position requires the incumbent to drive a UGM vehicle.  Therefore, the successful candidate must possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license and submit a current driver’s abstract.

Individuals considering employment with Union Gospel Mission must be legally entitled to work in Canada, able to demonstrate compatibility with our Core Values, and agree with our Statement of Faith.  We are a diverse community, and we welcome applications from all qualified individuals. We are especially, but not only, interested in applications from Aboriginal women.

How to Apply

Come join a great organization!  We provide competitive salary and benefits, including an RRSP matching program and flexible work arrangements, and support for professional development.  We welcome your cover letter and résumé at by February 25, 2019.  We will contact you with the status of your application within three weeks of the closing date.  If you have questions about this posting, please contact Corrina Stasich, Human Resources Advisor at 604.215.5430 ext.334.