Community Addictions Worker – #2017-060

Permanent Full-Time Position
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Community Based Services – Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) is a Crown Agency that contributes to the health and resilience of Manitobans by providing addictions services and supporting healthy behaviour.

Reporting to the Supervisor of AFM Satellite Services, the Community Addictions Worker provides alcohol, drug, Impaired Drivers Program and gambling assessments, counselling, education and support services to Portage la Prairie and the surrounding area. Participation in program development is an expectation, with the capacity to work in other program areas as required. The position requires a commitment to a client-centred philosophy and approach to the development, provision and support of AFM programs and services. There is an expectation to provide Impaired Drivers Program services at the community office in Morden one day per week.

The Community Addictions Worker will work as a member of the Eastern and Central Manitoba Programs team 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-centered care and displays 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 and the organization.
– Demonstrates enthusiasm for ongoing professional development activities, and engages in reciprocal learning experiences with colleagues and supervisors.
– Recognizes the importance of regular individual and team supervision meetings.
– Demonstrates active listening skills, is coachable and responds positively to supervision.
– Works collaboratively in the context of a provincial organization, with numerous colleagues, to ensure a consistent “One 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 and 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 and coaching skills.
– Works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team within the organization.
– Develops and delivers health promotion programs to all program areas as required.
– Facilitates AFM courses, presentations and training in alcohol, drugs, impaired driving and gambling addiction awareness.
– Participates on committees, teams or work groups at the local and provincial level as requested by supervisor.
– Establishes and maintains professional working relationships and regular communication with community and other related organizations.
– Demonstrates the ability to operate Microsoft software applications, Internet and email communications.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in 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); working in the addictions field an asset. Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to assessment and individual counselling; excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; knowledge of the addictions field and community development processes, and demonstrated ability to work within a complex system of services. Experience working from a client centred perspective and training and/or experience in the utilization of Motivational Interviewing techniques is essential. Experience in planning, preparing and presenting educational material is an asset. Demonstrated ability working within and contributing to a positive team environment is required. Effective communication and problem-solving skills are required. An understanding of, and sensitivity to, working with culturally diverse populations is essential. Fluency in English is required and French verbal and written is an asset. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle

The Competencies for the Community Addictions worker opportunity are:
– Adaptability/Flexibility
– Client Centred Change
– Continuous Learning
– Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
– Effective Communication
– Ethical Conduct and Professionalism
– Planning and Organizing
– Teamwork and Cooperation
– Case Management
– Counselling
– Crisis Intervention
– Understanding Substance Use, Abuse and Dependency
– Understanding of co-occurring disorders

This position requires the ability to work weekends, evenings and varying hours as required.

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

Competition No: 2017-060

Salary Range: $54,716 – $65,666 per annum ($28.93 – $34.72/hour)
(Potential to move to a maximum of $70,678 per annum $37.37 per hour with specific qualifications)

Closing Date: September 4, 2017

Director, Eastern and Central Manitoba Programs & Women’s and Family services
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
1031 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R8
Fax: (204) 774-8091
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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