Substance Use/Mental Wellness Worker

Lax Kw'alaams, BC
Posted 3 weeks ago

Date Classified: July 6, 2022

Business Unit: NNADAP

Reporting to: Health Director

The Lax Kw’alaams Band has an immediate opening for a temporary full-time Substance Use/Mental Wellness Worker. Under the Health Director’s direct supervision, the successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, facilitating, and implementing a program to promote a healthy drug and alcohol addiction-free lifestyle for Lax Kw’alaams community members.

Duties and Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Promote community health development through the provision of education and awareness of the effects of drugs alcohol; provide educational workshops for the effects of drugs/prescription drugs/alcohol.
  • Initiate referrals to appropriate treatment Centre’s needed.
  • Recommend and provide alternatives to the use of alcohol and drugs (social, cultural, recreational activities that will involve the client and/or their families).
  • Develop and maintain a library of resource material for use by the recovering client.
  • Assist individuals in their quest for sobriety (researching suitable rehabilitation, assisting with admittance, follow-up care, etc.); establish support groups within the Band as required.
  • Develop an aftercare program for those clients returning from treatment to avoid relapse.
  • Schedule weekly appointments with clients to assist with recovery as needed.
  • Reporting as required by the funding agency, Mayor and Council, etc..
  • Perform other tasks within the scope of the position.

Education, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Post-Secondary Diploma in a related field (Social Service Worker, Child and Youth Worker, addictions counselling, etc.); a Master’s Degree is desirable. Willing to train and mentor the “right” candidate.
  • Strong working knowledge of First Nations culture.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to embodying a personal addiction-free lifestyle during work.
  • Previous experience in a health-related field will be considered an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation.
  • The successful candidate will be asked to provide a current Criminal Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening as a condition of employment.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and excellent verbal/written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work both autonomously and within a team setting; maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have good organizational skills, be flexible, and responsible.
  • Should have a good knowledge of the health, social and community service sector.
  • Open to learning and being part of a dynamic team.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Wages will be $27.00 per hour.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position and is open to all gender.

Submission Deadline:

  • Open until filled.
  • Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.
  • We invite all interested parties to reply in the strictest confidence to the Human Resources Department: [email protected]

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