Harmony House is hiring a Full-time Women’s Advocate

Apply to join our progressive team in running Ottawa’s only second-stage women’s shelter. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 12, 2021 at 5pm

 The Opportunity 

The Women’s Advocate provides individualized support to Harmony House clients by offering supports including guiding women through interactions with the justice systems, child and family services or family courts.  The service is flexible and resident-centered to meet the unique situation of each woman.  

The Women’s Advocate also acts as a Case Manager for up to four residents  and works with other team members to assist residents to meet their goals.  

The position will be required to be politically active in the fight for women’s rights, and will attend community meetings and actions to promote feminist policy

The role of the Support Worker is to: 

  • Collaborate to develop a warm, accepting, non-judgmental and respectful atmosphere in the residence. 
  • Models a creative, problem-solving approach with the ultimate goal of assisting residents to obtain housing within the community 
  • Provide guidance, encouragement and information about community resources. 
  • Facilitate resident gatherings. 
  • Collaborate with community services to support resident plans. 
  • Carry out administrative tasks such as: creating notes, emails and entering data to coordinate and track resident support. 
  • Attend political action meetings for groups fighting for women’s rights 
  • Community organizing for women’s issues 
  • Other related duties as required. 



  • Bilingualism (French and English) would be considered a strong asset.  
  • College Diploma or University Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in social services, social work or an equivalent field of study (such as Criminology, Gender Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice) 
  • Demonstrated experience working with women facing social, health, economic, or other barriers to sustainable housing. 
  • Fluency in other languages is also considered an asset. 
  • Satisfactory Police Records Check (Level 3 Vulnerable Sector) 



Proven sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of women experiencing homelessness, poverty, trauma, abuse, mental illness, addictions, discrimination, new arrival, and other personal and systemic challenges to independent living. 

Ability to work with women of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Ability to meet the physical and psychological demands of the position. 

Ability to work independently and within a team. 

Effective communication, interpersonal and public relations skills. 

Strong organizational skills. 

Excellent listening skills. 

Proven conflict resolution and crisis intervention abilities. 

Demonstrated good judgment and problem-solving ability. 

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and experience using a database software  

Accommodation will be provided upon request at any time throughout the application process. 

Interested applicants, please apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to [email protected].com.

We will contact you if your candidate profile matches our hiring needs.  


Job Type: Full Time Permanent 

Salary: $25 per hour 


  • Day shift 

  • Monday to Friday