Social Planner I – Sex Worker Safety Planner (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 28333 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose and Function

The purpose of this position is to support inter–related City policies and priorities, including the Healthy City Strategy, the City of Reconciliation Framework and the Women’s Equity Strategy; it was created in direct response to recommendations from the Missing and Murdered Women Commission of Inquiry (2013). This position will coordinate community engagements to inform the development of a Sex Worker Safety Plan, implementation of the Sex Worker Safety Plan Project Charter, and co-develop the plan through identifying priorities and issues impacting the health and safety of individuals involved in sex work.  This will be done through effective community development and social planning efforts including research, coordination, convening of community and research partners to identify priorities, and by providing advice to internal City departments and external stakeholders.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Managing Director of Social Policy and Projects and will be under the supervision of a Social Planner II. The Social Planner I is a strategic position with responsibility to create an overall work plan and strategic actions related to sex worker health and safety, and making policy recommendations to the City of Vancouver and external leadership across government and non-governmental agencies.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • This position promotes the health and safety of sex workers and neighborhoods and connects directly with communities, neighborhoods, VPD, City and with front line service providers and government agencies to promote safety and inclusion.
  • The focus of this position is to take a community development and intersectional approach to identifying issues and needs for supports through, for example, liaison with service providers, City departments, neighborhood groups, other government representatives and researchers with the objective of working together to implement solutions and activities to support health and safety for all residents. 
  • Working with non profit organizations, community consultant leads, and peers to determine priorities for the Sex Worker Safety Plan;
  • Supporting the Social Planner II to coordinate community consultations;
  • Coordinating and supporting internal engagement to help determine City of Vancouver inter-departmental roles for implementation;
  • Overseeing coordination, including resourcing for community participation in engagement;
  • Working with planning analysts to synthesize information from community consultations to actionable items for the Sex Worker Safety Plan;
  • Developing the Sex Worker Safety Plan;
  • Assist in the preparation of reports, presentations and briefing materials for City Council and other public meetings; and,
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • The City is seeking a person with lived experience and/or strong familiarity with the issues and must demonstrate a minimum of 3-5 years of experience with good results working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and other neighborhoods with sex worker health and safety. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in community outreach, relationship building, and the successful coordination and implementation of actions through an intersectional, human rights-based approach to the work and strong working relationships with urban Indigenous communities. 
  • University degree in a related field, preferably at the Master’s level, or an equivalent combination of education, training and related experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable understanding and knowledge of systemic barriers and social determinants of health connected to sex work;
  • Familiarity with Forsaken – the report on the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, and understanding of the basic legal context and framework in which sex work takes place, as well as impacts of stigma, marginalization, colonization, and racism.
  • Ability to lead research, data collection, analysis and reporting, conducting research and providing strategic recommendations and reports;
  • Considerable knowledge and skills in project management;
  • Understanding of the range of populations and perspectives engaged in or affected by sex work and exploitation;
  • Ability to apply an intersectional lens to the work and the issues, as well as a lens of Reconciliation;
  • Knowledge of human rights based approaches to addressing issues related to sex work;
  • Good understanding of existing systems and referral services available for individuals engaged in sex work, as well as gaps;
  • Understanding the range of perspectives that exist related to sex work and  exploitation and demonstrate the ability to build effective relationships, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interact respectfully with a variety of partners on challenging issues;
  • Demonstrated community development approaches in identifying and prioritizing issues in partnership with key stakeholders including with people with lived experience, community and government partners;
  • Ability to influence others towards common goals;      
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office programs; specifically Word and Excel;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple initiatives/projects, report on outcomes, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to reconcile differing perspectives and conflicts;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May, 2021

Position End Date: August, 2021

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-29: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: March 28, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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