Residential Mental Health Worker, Part time Overnights

Canadian Mental Health Association, North and West Vancouver Branch - North Vancouver, BC (8 months ago)

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We are seeking a Residential Mental Health Worker with a passion for the wellbeing of others to assist residents living with mental health challenges and other chronic health conditions. Our ideal candidate has an understanding of psychosocial rehabilitation, experience working with individuals with concurrent disorders in a harm reduction setting, and can build professional rapport with residents in a manner that maintains and respects the spirit, dignity and inclusivity and individuality of others in a 6 bed supportive home. Primary consideration is given to providing a safe, accessible and inclusive working and living environment for both residential program participants and cmha employees. The residential mental health worker oversees meal preparation and coaches’ residents in life skills as part of preparation for more independent living such as daily chores and activities which may include accompanying individuals to medical appointments, volunteer shifts and exercise programs. This part-time position is Friday and Saturday overnights from 12:00 AM to 06:00 AM.

Regular part-time staff have the ability to pick up additional casual shifts at any of our supportive homes in North Vancouver.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure all residents are accounted for, safety checks upon arrival and departure
  • Perform safety checks throughout the shift if needed
  • Follow protocols for missing residents
  • Report any activity during the shift in progress notes and communication log
  • Respond to the needs of residents during the shift
  • Follow protocol if a resident is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Put out garbage, recycling and compost at the curb once per week
  • Respond to an emergency or crisis situation
  • Check- in and out with other houses
  • Assisting residents to achieve their goals in their care plans in order to maintain recovery from mental health and addiction issues and to build their self-esteem.
  • Coordinate the delivery of, check for accuracy of and administer medications and treatments in accordance with the CMHA Policy and Procedures.
  • Liaise with Community Psychiatric Services or other related mental health, addiction or other government or community supports, as needed.
  • Review residential house meetings minutes.
  • Adhere to CMHA Health and Safety policies and any other related Health and Safety and Labor Standards, such as the Human Rights Code.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Abilities and Value

  • Establish and maintain rapport with residents
  • Interact socially with residents
  • Observe and recognize changes in residents
  • Demonstrate strong professional boundaries
  • Tolerate frustration and resistance
  • Put others at ease and treat others with respect and dignity
  • Commit to inclusion and equal opportunity
  • Nurture growth and change amongst peers and residents
  • Mentor, coach and reflect a practice that lies within an ant-oppression, harm reduction and psychosocial rehabilitation frameworks
  • Work independently and in cooperation with others
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Facilitate and participate in conflict resolution process
  • Organize and prioritize effectively, with strong attention to detail
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of community resources
  • Respond to change with openness and flexibility
  • Humbly receive constructive feedback


  • Diploma or Degree in a Social Services or related field, or a combination of education, lived and work experience
  • Experience working with people living with mental health and substance use challenges and other barriers
  • Experience working with people living with concurrent disorders in a harm reduction setting is an asset
  • Basic computer and Internet literacy (including MS Word/Excel/Outlook, G-Mail)
  • Excellent oral communication skills. Second language is an asset
  • Physical capacity to carry out the duties and operate related equipment
  • Valid First Aid Level 1 and CPR are conditions of employment
  • Food Safe Certificate is a condition of employment
  • Vulnerable Population Criminal Record Check is a condition of employment

Hours of Work:

Weekend Overnight Shift at Lillian House

12:00am – 6:00am (interrupted sleep shift)

$15.00- $16.00/hour + 6% vacation

Special Considerations

Regular part-time workers are able to pick up casual shifts at any of our three homes and are given priority for open full-time or part-time positions at CMHA NWV. Casual shifts are scheduled in advance to cover vacation, statutory holidays, long term leave and may also occur the day of due to sudden illness.

Casual Shifts at Harold House, Lillian House & Arborlynn House

Days: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, $19.00- $20.00/hour + 6% vacation

Afternoons: 3:30 PM– 10:30 PM, $19.00- $20.00/hour + 6% vacation

Overnights: 12:00am – 6:00am interrupted sleep shift, $15.00-16.00/hour + 6% (Lillian, Harold)

Overnights: 10:00 PM – 6:00am interrupted sleep shift, First 2 hours $19.00 and then $15.00-16.00/hour + 6% (Arborlynn House)

Wage for statutory holidays all shifts: Time and a half regardless of how many hours worked in

the previous 30 days.

Job Type: Part time

Salary: $15.00/ hour

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $15.00 to $16.00 /hour


  • working in Mental Health: 2 years (Preferred)