Counsellor Needle Exchange

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date March 15, 2017
Type Full Time
Company City of Toronto
Salary $37.60 - $41.18 - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client City of Toronto
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Counsellor Needle Exchange

Job ID # 2262831 X
Division Public Health
Section Communicable Disease Control
Work Location 277 VICTORIA ST.
Job Stream Health
Job Type Temporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration 12 months
Salary/Rate $37.60 – $41.18 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly) 70.00
Shift Information Monday to Friday – 35 Hours
Affiliation L79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open 2
Posting Date 15-Mar-2017
Closing Date 29-Mar-2017

Job Description

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides support, counselling, crisis counselling, referrals and other public health services to drug users and sex workers
  • Provides harm reduction materials and harm reduction education to drug users and sex workers
  • Provides brief solution focussed counselling
  • Provides client coordination services through the assessment of client needs and development of service plans and implementation plans
  • Makes referrals to drug treatment/detox, housing, mental health, medical, food, counselling and support services
  • Assists and where necessary, accompanies clients to medical and/or psychosocial and housing appointments
  • Participates on internal and external committees as requested by Manager
  • Assists in the development of new programs and/or services
  • Identifies and establishes contacts with community groups, agencies, businesses and individual community leaders. Assists with the development of local leadership coalition building and action plans to work toward shared goals among the health unit, community based organizations and individuals
  • When requested, provides educational workshops, resources and consultation to the individuals, the community, health care professionals and health department staff
  • Maintains records and related statistics. Submits activity and other reports

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Experience in the provision of harm reduction, drug treatment/addiction counselling, methadone, social, health, housing and HIV/AIDS related services.
  2. Experience working with drug users and sex workers.
  3. Experience working in an outreach capacity.
  4. Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License Class “G” and be able to pass the test for and qualify to receive a City Equipment Operator’s License.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge of harm reduction, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis transmission and prevention.
  • Knowledge of addictions and harms associated with drug use.
  • Knowledge of issues related to sex work.
  • Excellent assessment skills.
  • Ability to conduct work in a non-judgemental way, using a harm reduction approach.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime, shift work, evenings and weekends.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set-up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment.  In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City’s hiring process.

If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process, please email us at, quoting the job ID # 2262831and the job classification title.


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