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3 weeks ago

Security – Relief

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Job Description

About Us
The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre (“the DI”) is a low-barrier, housing-focused shelter that serves some of the city’s most vulnerable people. At the DI, we focus on providing a person’s basic needs, while doing everything possible to find them a permanent, safe home that meets their individual needs. There is no greater contribution you can make to another person’s path of recovery and wellness than an ongoing, consistent, positive relationship of respect and kindness. The DI works within the core values of housing first, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction to support staff and guests.

Department: Security Job Category: Hourly
Reports To: Coordinator, Security Position Type: Casual
Direct Reports: N/A Schedule: As needed
Indirect Reports: N/A Location: Main Building

Position Summary
Reporting to the Coordinator, Security, we need a security professional with a different approach to maintaining the safe and secure environment we've grown to appreciate. This role accentuates the difference we make in our community by addressing all security concerns with a compassionate approach to resolving issues in a restraint-free approach. We serve our clients with respect and dignity, and consciously choose not to exercise power or control against our valued clients.
The candidate we are seeking will have prior training and experience in a security setting, will understand methods of conflict resolution, will have a proven customer service approach, solid references to support their compassion toward people, and will display confidence, strength of character, and a willingness to learn and grow.
This is a different kind of job, supporting our facilities as well as clients, staff, volunteers and members of the community, in a very demanding environment. At any one time, you will be protecting the safety and security of people in a hectic and busy atmosphere. We recognize it takes a special kind of person - someone who is resilient, enjoys working in close contact with people, and who can maintain their composure when situations escalate.
Time Commitment
Our shifts require RELIEF staff to fill vacation, sick-time and other absences. Below is a summary of how the "RELIEF” positions work:

  • You will be dedicated to the Security team. Shifts will be 7 AM to 7 PM or 7 PM to 7 AM (overnight)
  • Phone calls or emails will be sent out with shift availabilities up to a minimum of 2 hours’ notice before the shift starts
  • It is expected that you answer the phone/text or emails when you are a relief employee
  • If you can not pick up a minimum of 3 shifts per month (when shifts are available), you will be removed from the relief staff list
Some unusual hours may be required from time to time as the need arises. Schedule may be altered at the discretion of management. There is no guarantee of shifts. Relief staff are scheduled on an as needed, when needed basis.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a safe living and working environment through humility, respect and compassion
  • Security staff must show composure and humility when handling situations that may require them to remove person(s). They will use non-violent crisis intervention techniques
  • Must maintain a professional and positive working relationship with emergency services. (i.e. CPS, CTS, EMS, etc.)
  • Teams of security personnel provide a presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Security work can be physically demanding and always requires an individual to be alert
  • The current high standard of customer service must be maintained and improved upon if possible; all members of the security team, as frontline staff, have a key role to play in this
  • To provide assistance to new clients, volunteers, donors and members of the community at the main office and direct them to the appropriate avenues
  • Monitoring premises, clients, community members, volunteers and staff via CCTV to ensure everyone has a safe and respectful living and working environment
  • Monitoring the outside of the building for any illegal activity and taking appropriate action.
  • Patrol of the building and floors while keeping in contact with the control room with the use of handheld radios
  • Preparing for shift change by relating any information to help assist the oncoming staff.
  • Review the DVR regarding criminal activity and taking proper course of action
  • Required to keep your work station clean and tidy
  • Dealing with enquiries from staff, clients, and public
  • Responding to any security issues within the facility and the surrounding outside grounds
  • Performs any related activity that has been asked of by the on-shift supervisor
Required Competencies and Qualifications
  • Alberta Security License is MANDATORY
  • Completion of a college or university program in any of the following; human services, police sciences, criminology or other related programs is a definite asset
  • Previous work experience or background in military or law enforcement may replace formal education requirements
  • Experience working in distress and/or high-stress situations, which may include emergency response
  • Experience in the human services field would be an asset
  • Experience working in a shift work environment preferred
  • Experience with CCTV, access control systems and fire response systems is a must
  • Energetic and self-directed, with effective time management and organizational skills including the ability to deal with several priorities at the same time
  • Resiliency and stress tolerance and the ability to maintain composure, remain calm and focused when dealing with a high volume of volatile and stressful situations
  • The ability to make sound rational decisions based on information provided and employ critical thinking where information may not be clear
  • Strong strategically-focused analytical skills, good common sense; and capacity to provide leadership
  • Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution and negotiating skills
  • Resourcefulness and knowledge of community resources and social support systems
  • High morals, ethics and integrity
Working Conditions

Front-line staff are exposed to emotionally disturbing events, such as: medical distress, threatened/actual serious injury, violence, abuse, and death; where clients may be experiencing fear, terror, hopelessness, rage, self-harm and conflict. It is understood and accepted that you will be working in distress and/or high-stress situations, which may include emergency response where resiliency and stress tolerance and the ability to maintain composure, remain calm and focused is imperative. Exposure to bodily fluids may also occur.

Why the DI?

The DI aims to be an "Employer of Choice" and affords each employee an opportunity to help make a real difference in our community, and more importantly in the lives of those who rely on our services. We take great care in hiring the right people who fit, and who share our outlook on the value of people. We believe in living our values in every work we speak and in every action we take, and we want people who share this commitment.

Our Culture

Our values form the cornerstone of our culture:
RESPECT: Our actions honour the rights, differences, and dignity of others
COMMUNITY: Through collaborative partnerships, we work together as a team, building inclusive communities
KINDNESS: We accept each person’s uniqueness with compassion and empathy
WELLNESS: We promote, provide and support holistic wellbeing
ACCOUNTABILITY: We operate with transparency and integrity in both our relationships and our commitments.
What we Offer

Staff at the DI enjoy competitive compensation packages, including employer-paid benefits depending on role and employment type.

Some of the employer-paid group benefits include:
  • Vacation days
  • Sick days
  • Wellness days
  • Extended Health & Dental coverage
  • Employer Matching RRSP Program
  • Homewood EFAP
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
Employees will be enrolled in Long-Term Disability and Critical Illness insurance, paid for by the employee. This is mandatory and may not be opted out of.

Benefits are based on employment type and usually available on the 1st of the month following your start date. If you are successful in obtaining employment with the DI, Human Resources will discuss your eligibility for benefits with you.

Vulnerable Sector Check

A satisfactory vulnerable sector clearance is require prior to resumption at the DI.

Alberta Living Wage Employer

The DI is an Alberta Living Wage Employer. This means we are committed to paying our employees a living wage that allows them to meet their basic needs and participate in their communities. A living wage is different from minimum wage in that minimum wage is mandatory and the same throughout the province while a living wage reflects what people need to cover the actual costs of living in their communities. Payment of a living wage is a voluntary commitment from employers to go beyond the minimum. Visit to learn more about the living wage.

The DI is an equal employment opportunity employer. We are committed to and support equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

If you are an applicant in need of accommodations or special assistance throughout the interview process, please submit a request by email to

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