Community Support Specialist
Counselling and Training
Shkaabe Makwa is a Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness at CAMH that supports culturally relevant systems initiatives to achieve health equity and community wellness in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and service providers across Ontario. Through the implementation of wise practices, evidence-based models, trauma-informed interventions, and the advancement of research, Shkaabe Makwa strives to transform health outcomes which harmonize traditional knowledge and medical expertise.
Shkaabe Makwa is seeking a First Nation, Inuit or Métis person for a full-time, permanent position as the Community Support Specialist, Counselling and Training. Reporting to the Manager, Workforce Development, the Community Support Specialist designs, develops and maintains training presentation materials, facilitator and learner guides as well as facilitates training around mental health, harm reduction, substance use, counselling skills and other community needs. The Community Support Specialist also offers therapeutic services and supports through CAMH’s Telemental Health program.
Working with a team of internal collaborators and external partners, the Community Support Specialist leads the design, development and delivery of high quality training curriculums and materials that are directly informed by community knowledge and culture-based clinical practice. The Community Support Specialist participates in the design, development and delivery of a range of online content including, but not limited to, websites, webinars, blogs, communities of practice and the overall Learning Management System. The Community Support Specialist contributes to programmatic and organizational support services, such as provincially-directed or community-initiated systems work as well as knowledge exchange and research activities. This position will be attached to one of the regional sites depending on where the candidate resides. This position’s head office is located in Toronto at 60 White Squirrel Way. Candidates may be able to work from anywhere in Ontario with reliable and secure internet connection with the expectation to travel to the head office on occasion. This position may require travel throughout Ontario, including remote First Nations communities.
This position requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis. The successful candidate will possess a Master’s degree in social work, occupational therapy, psychology or a related field and be registered in good standing with their respective professional college. The candidate will have a five years of experience in the mental health and substance use field.
The candidate will be experienced in delivering effective trainings, presentations and group facilitation both in person and virtually. Other requirements include a thorough understanding of principles and practices of Indigenous engagement along with demonstrated community connections. Advanced knowledge of the impacts of intergenerational trauma, mental health assessment, treatment, intervention, group facilitation skills as well as superior verbal presentation and written communication skills are required. The incumbent will also demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, diplomacy and tact.
The incumbent will have a thorough understanding of the health, mental health and social service sector, government programs and current legislation that may affect Indigenous clients. Ability to read, understand and analyze research and grey literature and explain findings to non-academic audiences. Demonstrated success working and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams on team-based projects. Experience and ability integrating adult learning principles into curriculum design and training facilitation. Understanding of various learning delivery models including online, blended, classroom-based, synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Excellent planning and time management skills, with ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines. Developed interpersonal communication skills including experience developing and maintaining partnerships and networks of significant numbers of internal and external partners. Knowledge of copyright legislation, APA style rules and copyright issues. Bilingualism in French/English or an Indigenous language would be an asset.
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.
Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package
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