POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Mental Health Worker in Ottawa.
The ONWA Mental Health Program will provide wholistic services that meet the needs of Indigenous women and their families through a range of services focusing on mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being through a cultural, trauma-informed, gender based and family centered approach..
A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but a minimum two-year Social Work Diploma with a combination of 3 years’ experience advocating and supporting Indigenous women and/or Indigenous families
Experience working with Indigenous populations in mental health and substance use issues
Knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions, ceremony and connecting clients to cultural practices that can be used in supporting clients
Thorough knowledge and experience working in and with a gender based lens/perspective
Strong understanding of major behavioral, emotional and mental health problems and disorders of Indigenous women and their families (Including children and youth)
In-depth understanding of psychological, social and cognitive development
Ability to provide evidence based counselling support services
Awareness of the recent, historical and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women and their families may have experienced, including the psychological, neurological, physiological, social and spiritual impact of trauma
Understanding of the principles of cultural trauma-informed care and wise practices in providing trauma-informed care
Excellent oral and written communications
Strong organizational and time management skills
Experience working on a collaborative team
Able to manage many conflicting priorities simultaneously, with the ability to prioritize
Strong connection to other social service providers within the community
Knowledge and working of not for profit Indigenous organizations
Candidate must be willing to work flexible hours as needed to provide ongoing support and services to clients
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Certified in Level 1 First Aid, CPR/AED
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint,) and other computer software
Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer
Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with minimum 2 million liability insurance is required
Coordinate and provide counselling, consultation, clinical assessments, and follow-up for all clients in accordance with ONWA’s policies and procedures in a wholistic approach for the woman and family
Coordinate and provide counselling/case management to clients that are experiencing mental health issues; coordinate care with local general practitioners and make recommendations to woman and/or family regarding alternative services and other community services; and assist them in linking with these resources
Provide written reports, assessments and appropriate documentation in client files in keeping with the standards and procedures of ONWA
coordinate and facilitate access to traditional healing and other cultural programming
Complete all necessary program and quarterly reports accurately and on time
Respond appropriately and in a timely manner to crisis situations involving clients, including assessing and addressing risky behavior (self-harm, suicide)
Ensure the necessary collaboration and case conferencing with other relevant staff and agencies in the provision of services to clients in accordance with the Mental Health Act; ensuring necessary collaboration with community resources and advocacy occurs with or on behalf of clients
Provide education workshops to staff and community
Work collaboratively with all team members, community services and supports
Other duties as assigned
RESPONSIBILITIES – GENERAL:
Culture – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables
Support and work towards the overall aims and objectives of the ONWA
Adhere to all policies and procedures
DUTIES – ADMINISTRATIVE:
Complete monthly and submit to Director when required
Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date
Complete reports to funders as required
Complete and attend supervisions with Director on a regular basis
Other reports or admin as assigned
DUTIES – PUBLIC RELATIONS:
Promote the program within the community
To adhere to professionalism is representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications
STANDARDS OF PERFROMANCE:
Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA
Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs
To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs
Adhere to professionalism at all times and maintain good communication
Maintain professionalism at all times
The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level
Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy
Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building
To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.
The Mental Health Worker will be directly accountable to the Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.
Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (https://onwa.bamboohr.com/jobs/), or submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of:
Human Resources Ontario Native Women’s Association 380 Ray Boulevard Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6 Fax: (807) 623-1104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.
A job description is available upon request.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits,
generous vacation allowance and savings plan.