Kingston Interval House Job Opportunity



Kingston Interval House, a feminist organization which operates a 24 hour, 25 bed emergency shelter for abused women and their children, is seeking female applicants for




Relief Counsellors are responsible for providing frontline crisis intervention, counselling, advocacy, support and referral services to women and children, either in person or by telephone.


Candidates must be available to work weekdays and weekends, all shifts (mornings, afternoons, evenings) including overnights. Position requires working with children on an as-needed basis, including occasional scheduled shifts or emergency/short notice coverage


Female applicants can forward resumes and cover letters by noon January 29, 2016 to:


Hiring Committee, P.O. Box 21042. Kingston, Ontario. K7L 5P5

OR by Email:


For a more detailed job description please visit our website at


Female only, relying on provisions of Section 23 of the Human Rights Act in setting the restriction. Kingston Interval House is committed to employment equity and as such, we encourage applications from all women of diverse communities.





The Relief Counsellor is responsible for providing frontline crisis intervention, counselling, advocacy, support and referral services to women and children, either in person or by telephone, in keeping with the philosophy, policies and procedures of the organization.  This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive, comfortable shelter environment on a daily basis.

Relief coverage of the shelter is provided when permanent Residential Counsellors: Women’s Services, permanent Residential Counsellors: Child and Youth Services, and permanent Cook/Life Skills Coordinators are absent due to vacation, illness, use personal leave days, lieu time and/or approved off-site work responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, occasional scheduled shifts or emergency/short notice coverage.

The Residential Counsellor: Relief Counsellor is responsible for, and is evaluated in relation to the tasks and activities identified in the following position descriptions, with the exception of the items outlined under EXCEPTIONS below:

  1. Residential Counsellors: Women’s Services
  2. Residential Counsellors: Child and Youth Services
  3. Cook/Life Skills Coordinators

Only those Relief Counsellors who have received separate training for the Cook/Life Skills Coordinator position will provide coverage in the absence of the Cook/Life Skills Coordinator(s).


  1. Assuming responsibility for one area of shelter management as outlined on the Shelter Management Task Sheets.


  1. Providing on call supports as required.


  1. Actively participating on an agency workgroup committee


  1. Attending bi weekly staff meetings




The  Relief Counsellor shall demonstrate skill and competence in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of and experience working in the area of domestic violence and violence against women and children


  1. Degree or diploma in a social services or related field an/or equivalent work/life experience.


  1. Demonstrated ability to work within an anti racist, anti oppression framework with a solid understanding of how to work cross culturally.


  1. Professional belief system that is compatible with the mission statement, beliefs and aims of Kingston Interval House. Demonstrated ability to comply with and promote these and related principles within the organization and the larger community


  1. Willingness and ability to work cooperatively and efficiently within a participatory hierarchical structure; and to contribute to the development and maintenance of respectful and productive working relationships.


  1. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team.


  1. Excellent crisis intervention skills. Demonstrated ability to provide on-site and telephone crisis intervention.


  1. Excellent counselling skills. Experience in counselling survivors of and women experiencing domestic violence.


  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  1. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and complete tasks in an efficient manner.


  1. Knowledge of community resources.


  1. First Aid/CPR Certification


  1. Basic computer skills.



Valid Drivers Licence

Advanced computer skills

Fluency in French

Second language other than English or French

Crisis Prevention Intervention Training (CPI)