Date Classified:  November 19, 2021                                                                                                         

Business Unit: NNADAP

Location:  Lax Kw’alaams, BC                                                                                                                       

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 and alcohol; provide educational workshops for the effects of drugs/ prescription drugs/alcohol;
  • Initiate referrals to appropriate Treatment Centre’s as 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.
  • 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 be 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:

  • November 26, 2021.
  • 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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