Community Outreach Worker - Community Based Services - Mental Health & Addictions

Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre - Windsor, NS (30+ days ago)

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Req ID: 38315
Location: Central Zone, Hants Community Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3002196 MHA CZ West Hants Community MH
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit - NSGEU
Posting Closing Date: 26-Aug-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.

**Please Note: This position is required to work at multiple sites and travel between various community locations throughout the district. Some evening work required**

Reporting to the Health Services Manager, the Community Outreach Worker (COW) provides a range of clinical services to children, youth, adults and their families affected by mental illness and/or substance use. The COW may be working in both clinic and community settings providing a wide range of services including screening, assessment, brief intervention, case management/navigation, individual and group treatment and family interventions. This position will play a key role in navigation, advocacy, and the coordination of resources and services within Mental Health and Addictions and the community. The COW should demonstrate a strengths based perspective and family centered approach to empower children, youth and their families. He/she must be knowledgeable and use principles of harm reduction, community development and psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR). Knowledge about child and adolescent development is important. He/she will serve as a resource to colleagues, clients and family members and will create and enrich linkages with organizations and agencies within their community.

Bachelor of Social Work degree
One year of direct post-graduate clinical experience
Experience working with children, youth and their families
Knowledge and experience providing in home and community based behavioural interventions for children, youth and their families an asset
Must be registered or eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers (NSASW) within one year from date of hire
Demonstrated knowledge of various treatment theories and practice of harmful involvement, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and stages of change
Knowledge of the field of addiction and addiction related programming and treatment
Good understanding of social science and health care delivery systems and their interaction with the needs of APTS clients
Experience with providing clinical counseling services to both individuals and groups
Experience working collaboratively with community partners and multi-disciplinary teams
Ability to do professional presentations to a variety of audiences
Ability to make sound decisions regarding client care
Excellent interpersonal skills
Valid Nova Scotia driver's license and access to a vehicle
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on equivalent education and/or experience must demonstrate such equivalency in their applications. Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Hours of Work
Permanent full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
Some evening work will be required
Some travel will be required

Salary Information

Community Outreach Worker:
$30.4313 - $38.4277 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - NSGEU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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