Community Addictions Worker – #2021 – 218

Community Addictions Worker
Full-Time, Permanent Position
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1-31 First St Beausejour MB

This is an exciting time for Manitoba health care. Manitoba’s health system is currently in transition with planning and changes aimed at improving the quality, accessibility and efficiency of health care services throughout Manitoba. AFM contributes to the health and resilience of Manitobans across the province by providing addictions services and supporting healthy behaviours. If you would like to be part of a foundation of excellence in addictions services and support and build a new vision of integrated health services in Manitoba, consider a career with us.

Reporting to the Supervisor, the Rehabilitation Counsellor provides support to adults in the community of Beausejour and surrounding areas. The focus of this position is to provide intake and assessment, individual counselling, referrals, case management, group counselling, and educational sessions, with the capacity to work in other program areas as required. This position requires a commitment to a client-centred philosophy and approach to the development, provision, and support of AFM programs and services. 

The Community Addictions Worker will work as a member of the Satellite Team for Eastern & Central Manitoba and will demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to communicate respectfully and positively with clients and staff and presents self in an approachable and friendly manner.
  • Demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm for client-centred care and demonstrates empathy and compassion.
  • Exhibits the ability to respond to client requests and crises in a responsible, timely and flexible manner.
  • Demonstrates the ability to balance the needs of clients, other staff persons and those of the organization.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for ongoing professional development activities, and engages in reciprocal learning experiences with colleagues, supervisors and Directors.
  • Recognizes the importance of regular supervision meetings.
  • Demonstrates active listening abilities, is coachable and responds positively to supervision.
  • Works collaboratively in the context of a provincial organization, with numerous colleagues, to ensure a consistent AFM approach.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to personal and professional ethics, integrity and responsibility.
  • Ability to manage one’s own emotions and strong feelings; maintain a calm and tactful composure under a broad range of challenging circumstances; think clearly and stay focused under pressure.


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct bio-psychosocial/spiritual assessments and collaborate with clients to design client/centred, strength-based treatment plans that reflect evidence-based practices and clinical skill.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill related to individual and group counselling services to adults whose primary concerns are alcohol, drugs and/or gambling.
  • Ability to match treatment services to client’s unique circumstances.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain current and accurate confidential records of client files.
  • Demonstrates skill and knowledge related to Motivational Interviewing techniques/coaching skills.
  • Works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team within the organization.
  • Participates on committees, teams or work groups at the local and provincial level as requested by the Supervisor and/or Director.
  • Establishes and maintains professional working relationships and regular communication with community and other related organizations relevant to client’s needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to operate Microsoft software applications, internet and email communications.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences or related field with a minimum of one year supervised counselling experience (or volunteer experience); working in the addictions field an asset or a Diploma in Applied Counselling with a minimum of two years supervised counselling experience (or volunteer experience). Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to assessment, individual and group counselling. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and documentation skills. Knowledge of the addictions and mental health fields and demonstrated ability to work within a complex system of services are required. Experience working from a client-centred perspective is essential. Training and /or experience in the utilization of Motivational Interviewing techniques and experience in developing, planning, preparing and facilitating educational material and services and experience in organizing community activities are required. Effective communication and problem-solving skills are required. Strong collaborative consultation skills and the ability to lead and train positively in a team environment are necessary. The ability to utilize current software, especially Word, PowerPoint and Publisher, and learn new technology for effective delivery of services is necessary. An understanding of, and sensitivity to, working with culturally diverse populations is essential. Fluency in English (ability to communicate in French and Indigenous languages including Ojibway and Cree is considered an asset). The incumbent must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle. Some weekend and evenings may be required

The Competencies for the Community Addictions Worker opportunity are:

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Client Centred Change
  • Continuous Learning
  • Counselling
  • Group Facilitation
  • Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Collaboration and Network building
  • Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
  • Effective Communication
  • Ethical Conduct and Professionalism
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Understanding Substance Use, Abuse and Dependency
  • Understanding of co-occurring disorders

It is AFM practice to request a criminal and conduct child abuse registry check prior to finalizing the appointment of successful candidates.

Direct care workers are required to either be vaccinated for Covid-19 or to participate in on-going regular Covid-19 testing pursuant to Orders made under the Public Health Act C.C.S.M. cP210. Successful applicants will be notified at the time of offer of the applicability of this requirement for this position.

Competition No: 2021-218

Salary Range $29.51 – $35.42/hour (Under Review)
(Potential to move to a maximum of $38.12 per hour with specific qualifications)

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Apply in writing with resume and cover letter to:     
Supervisor, ECM Youth & Adult Community Based Services   
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
1041Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB. R3G 0R8
Fax: 204-284-5520

E-mail: wpggambling@afm.mb.ca   

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



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