Vancouver Coastal Health

Social Worker - Public Health

Job Description

Job Title: Social Worker - Public Health
Work Site: Public Health Early Years Program, Richmond Community Health Services - Richmond, BC
Status: Regular Part Time (0.50 FTE)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.99 - $46.27 per hour

0830-1645; May include working weekends and evenings based on operational needs.

Days off: Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, alternating Thursdays, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 168885-msh


Come work as a Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Social Worker to join the Public Health team in Richmond, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Work as part of a interdisciplinary team to provide consultative social work services to a designated population group.
  • Perform professional social work services such as:
    • conducting comprehensive social and psycho-social assessments,
    • preparing comprehensive case histories,
    • providing psycho-education and interventions,
    • establishing, maintaining and enhancing therapeutic relationships,
    • evaluating client’s response to treatment plan and coordinating individualized goal-oriented treatment and discharge planning.
  • Develop and enhance community communications/relationships, provide consultation services, engage in on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities to achieve excellence in client care.


Education & Experience

  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • Two (2) years’ recent related clinical experience working with the designated population group, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for business-related purposes, as required.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate care.
  • Knowledge of urban and rural context to service delivery
  • Demonstrated knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of physical, cultural, environmental, psychosocial, social, spiritual, functional and economic problems impacting health and well-being that children and their families may experience and of the resources available for children and families.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health care ethics and ability to apply ethical decision-making in practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate and applicable legislation such as Child, Family and Community Services Act, Infant’s Act, Public Health Act, Health Care Consent and Care Facilities Admission Act and Mental Health Act.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction approach and Strengths-based care.
  • Broad knowledge of or understanding of adverse childhood experiences, the health outcomes of positive experience, resilience and implications for health, attachment, parenting and healing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of family systems theory.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with child development, parenting and attachment theory.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess risk factors for children and families such as strengths, ability and resources of parents.
  • Demonstrated teaching/training, facilitation, clinical support, consultation skills and leadership
  • Ability to elicit information that promotes communication and leads to cooperative approach in problem solving within the interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, use critical thinking skills, advocate and deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and supportive counseling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of and skill in assessment and interventions pertaining to mental health, illness, and treatment including CBT and DBT treatment modalities.
  • Knowledge and skill in assessment and interventions pertaining to substance use and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities, local health and social systems and community resources.
  • Knowledge, skill and experience with motivational interviewing approach to assessments and communication.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with families who live in context of interpersonal violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and use critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the changing health system and demonstrate an understanding of the broad determinants of health.
  • Demonstrated ability in dealing with a variety of situations and responsibilities requiring initiative, creativity and professional judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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