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Summer Student – Social Concern

Job Title:

Summer Student – Social Concern


Reports to:

Program Manager – Social Concern



Client Services Team



833 Yates St.  Victoria, BC


Authority Level:




May 10, 2022


Hourly Wage:




Organization Overview


The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island (SSVP) has been supporting people in need on Vancouver Island since 1916. Focused on impacting the lives of people affected by poverty, the Society offers emergency relief services while maintaining a focus and commitment to addressing the root causes that contribute to poverty in our communities. The Society currently provides 128 units of supportive and affordable housing serving women and children, seniors and people facing homelessness. Saint Vincent de Paul provides a wide range of community supports through the Social Concern Program including a food pantry, home visit program, education, training, and emergency rent/utility payments. Through the Ozanam Centre, the Society operates a community integration program for persons with developmental disabilities, helping people achieve a higher quality of life. Believing in sustainable development, the Society operates two thrift stores that contribute to both financial sustainability and the provision of clothing and household items to those in need. More than 160 people make up the Society membership, supported by more than 150 volunteers and 75 staff.


Position Overview


The Social Concern Office is a high-volume food bank and emergency resource centre. We also offer a variety of programing to our clients. This position will support the work of the Society and the Social Concern Office through active involvement with the clients, volunteers, and staff. The student will have a fundamental knowledge of all programs provided through the Social Concern Office and will work collaboratively to promote them to the clients. This position reports to the Social Concern Program Coordinator.




A criminal record check is required prior to hiring.





Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Interacts with volunteers and clients in a positive and respectful manner.
  • Maintain cleanliness and order by following the established cleaning schedule.
  • Refresh all handouts and forms in the SCO as directed.
  • Ensure health and safety standards are maintained.
  • Follow Closing Procedures guidelines.


Assists staff and volunteers with:

  • computer data entry of client information.
  • monitoring phones and respond to client requests, referring requests to appropriate staff as required.
  • receiving, counting and storage of all food products at the SCO.
  • tracking donations in the Society software program.
  • with sorting produce and bagging bread.
  • helping clients and volunteers as directed.
  • maintaining weekly shelf counts and assist in reconciliation of ordered food with staff.



Physical Requirements




  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, and the like.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Adjusting and moving objects up to 40 pounds in all directions.
  • Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
  • Environmental conditions low temperatures, noisy environments, small or enclosed spaces, outdoor elements such as precipitation and wind.




  • Move about to accomplish tasks for moving from one workspace to another
  • Communicate well with others to exchange information
  • Remain in a sedentary position often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists hands and/ or fingers.
  • Assess the accuracy neatness and thoroughness of your work assigned.
  • Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.
  • Light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds.


WorkSafe BC Employee Responsibility


  • Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided. Co-operate with joint occupational health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafe BC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.
  • Be alert to hazardsReport them immediately to your supervisor or employer. Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work-related.
  • Other assigned duties, as required.



Desired Qualifications


  • Sensitivity to work with a diverse population of clients.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations, including families.
  • Knowledge of community resources and programs, or willingness to learn.
  • Positive and friendly attitude.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player who can work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Should be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with competing priorities.
  • Must be registered in secondary or post-secondary education for September 2021.
  • Will be required to have a clearance letter from the Ministry of Justice vulnerable sector.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Attn: Jenneke

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