Vancouver Coastal Health

Social Worker 1 - Bachelor of Social Work - MHSU

Job Description

Job Title: Social Worker 1
Work Site: Overdose Emergency Response (OER) team, 312 Main Street, Downtown Eastside (DTES) - Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $31.99 - $39.98 per hour


Days off: Monday, Saturday, and Sunday

Reference#: 170683-jzh


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

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Social Worker with a Bachelor's Degree to join the Overdose Emergency Response team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Social Worker 1 with Vancouver Coastal Health, you will:

  • Be responsible for providing clinical and consultative social work services to clients and families.
  • Perform duties including conducting social assessments, providing counselling services, maintaining records, attending interdisciplinary clinical/case conferences, identifying applicable community resources for clients and facilitating care throughout the continuum.



Education & Experience

  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
  • Two (2) years’ recent experience working with marginalized clients with multiple health issues including HIV and mental health and substance use issues, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for business-related purposes.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of systems thinking as it relates to social work process.
  • Working knowledge of counselling skills.
  • Understanding of local (i.e. Downtown Eastside) and other regional initiatives that may affect patient care, resource access or practice guidelines in this local clinic setting.
  • Working knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in healthcare.
  • Working knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to the client.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct social assessments.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply systems theory to practice in Social Work assessment and intervention.
  • Demonstrated ability to draw out and honour information that will contribute to understanding the clients’ situation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members and community agency personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • 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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