Community Addictions Worker
Newcomer Youth and Family Outreach Project
Part Time (0.5 EFT) ASAP to March 31, 2020
(possibility of extension for an additional year subject to approved funding)
ADDICTIONS FOUNDATION OF MANITOBA
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 Program Supervisor, the Community Addictions Worker is an integral part of the, AFM Newcomer Youth and Family Outreach Project. The Community Addictions Worker provides a wide variety of AFM services in Winnipeg to newcomer youth, their families and agencies that serve this population. Working closely with key newcomer youth-serving agencies the focus of this position is to provide on-site engagement, counselling, education, and support services to newcomer youth and families related to substance use challenges and gambling. This position requires a commitment to a client-centered philosophy, trauma-informed and approach to the development, provision, and support of AFM programs and services.
The Community Addictions Worker will work as a member of the Community Based 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-centred care and demonstrates empathy and compassion.
- Extensive knowledge and comfort working alongside youth and families with complex needs and trauma.
- Liaise with other service providers in the community so that we may be providing optimal client centered services
- Exhibits the ability to respond to client requests and crises in a responsible, timely and flexible manner.
- Ability to incorporate cultural sensitivity in all aspects of their daily activities.
- 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 and supervisors.
- Recognizes the importance of regular individual and team 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 “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.
- Awareness of the unique circumstances and needs of newcomer youth and families in addictions treatment.
- 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 youth whose primary concerns are substance use challenges 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.
- 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 relevant to client’s needs.
- Demonstrates the ability to operate Microsoft software applications, internet and email communications.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences or related field with a minimum of one year related supervised counselling experience (or volunteer experience) or a Diploma in applied counselling with a minimum of two years supervised counseling experience (or volunteer experience);
- An understanding of, and sensitivity to, working with culturally diverse populations is essential. An understanding of settlement challenges and barriers that exist for newcomer youth and their families is an asset.
- The ability to communicate in additional languages other than English and comfort using interpreter service and various communication tools and approaches will be considered an asset.
- In depth knowledge of and/or experience working with the unique circumstances and needs of newcomer youth and families in addictions treatment is required.
- Lived experience as a newcomer would be an asset.
- Experience as a service provider in the addictions field an asset.
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to assessment, individual and group counselling; excellent organizational, interpersonal and oral communication and documentation skills; knowledge of the addictions and mental health fields and demonstrated ability to work within a complex systems of services are required.
- 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.
The Competencies for the Community Addictions Worker opportunity are:
- Client Centred Change
- Continuous Learning
- 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
This position may require the ability to work some evenings and varying hours.
It is AFM’s practice to request a criminal record check and conduct and child abuse registry check prior to finalizing the appointment of successful candidates.
Competition No: 2019 – 102 (Re-Post)
Salary Range: $29.51 to $35.42 per hour (under review)
(Potential to move to a maximum of $38.12 per hour with specific qualifications.)
Closing Date: December 8, 2019
Apply in writing to: Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
c/o 175 Nomad St.
Southport, MB R0H 1N1
Fax: (204) 204-428-6611
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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