Employment & Contract Opportunities

~~EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES~~

 

INTERNAL JOB POSTING
ADDICTIONS WORKER
Permanent Part-Time

Position Summary:
This 3 day/21 hours per week position is responsible for the development, maintenance and coordination of the ʔaq̓am Drug and Alcohol activities and awareness program. The Addictions Worker provides counselling and support to individuals, families, and groups dealing with alcohol and other drugs dependency and related issues. The Worker assesses and refers individuals for drug and alcohol treatment; makes home, medical and treatment facilities visits; and coordinates, prepares and presents educational workshops to ʔaq̓amnik ̓ for prevention and coping with the dependency problems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains a drug and alcohol counselling program.
  • Maintains a statistical base on program delivery.
  • Prepares and delivers reports on program status and community trends.
  • Plans and coordinates workshops and presentations for the Community on drug and alcohol education, awareness and abuse.
  • Supports and assists ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Community Members dealing with drug and alcohol and chemical dependency issues.
  • Assesses clients and makes necessary referrals to treatment centres or outside agencies.
  • Maintains accurate and confidential records relating to individual clients, and communicates with clients and their family members on treatment plans or programs, and with community groups on treatment programs.

Education, Experience, Knowledge:

  • Completion of a certificate, diploma or degree in Addictions Counselling and/or in Social Work or Counselling with Addictions Training.
  • Preference for applicants who have been certified by Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC), Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC) as an Addiction Counsellor or other Canadian Certification or diploma in Addiction Counselling.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in Addiction Counselling, specific to Aboriginal and First Nations populations (e.g., applied experience in trauma informed Counselling).
  • Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Experience in working with all ages.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be Alcohol and Drug free for a minimum of five (5) years and willing to submit a criminal record check.
  • The sensitive nature of the work requires the Addictions Worker to have the ability to maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • The Addictions Worker must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current best practice in addictions – awareness, prevention, and treatment.
  • Willingness to travel and must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle,

To see the full job description of this position see below.
Remuneration: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favourable benefits package.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:
Jan Bailey, HR Manager, ʔaq̓am
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5;
email:
Fax: 250-426-8935
Closing Date: September 1st, 2017, 4:30 MT Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Position: Addictions Worker
Department: Community Health and Wellness
Reports to: Director of Community Health and Wellness
Date: August 2017
Position Type: Permanent Part-time (3 days/ 21 hours per week)

OVERVIEW
ʔaq̓am is a member Community of the Ktunaxa Nation (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’). ʔaq̓am Organization exists for the Community. Externally, we are here to serve the Community, and internally, we are our own Community, comprised of different departments unified by our Vision, Mission, and values. As a team, through our own roles and departments, the ʔaq̓am Organization works together to achieve our strategic plan – “ka kniⱡwitiyaⱡa ~ Our Thinking”, and continue to progress and move our Community forward.

POSITION SUMMARY
This position is responsible for the development, maintenance and coordination of the ʔaq̓am Drug and Alcohol activities and awareness program. The Addictions Worker provides counselling and support to individuals, families, and groups dealing with alcohol and other drugs dependency and related issues. The Worker assesses and refers individuals for drug and alcohol treatment; makes home, medical and treatment facilities visits; and coordinates, prepares and presents workshops to ʔaq̓amnik ̓.
The Addictions Worker provides ʔaq̓amnik ̓ with a preventive program to deal with alcohol and drug issues and dependency. The Worker meets with clients (and when appropriate their families), assesses their needs, and makes referrals to outside agencies and/or treatment centres. The Addictions Worker makes home and occasional institutional visits to provide support for their clients. The actions and decisions made by the Worker have a broad, and in some cases lifelong effect on their clients, the families, and the community.
The Addictions Worker works with the clients and their families to educate and assist them in coping with the dependency problem. The Worker may encounter high emotional resistance or adverse reactions to their intervention requiring the use of tact and diplomacy and a high level of professionalism to defuse highly charged situations. The Worker is also required to prepare and present educational, informational workshops on drug and alcohol issues, dependencies and treatment to community groups.
The Addictions Worker must develop multiple strategies to deal with the continually changing circumstances of the clients. In order to do so, the Worker must keep up-to-date on the latest developments in methods of treatment, the changing drug scene, and changes to treatment availabilities. The position requires sensitivity and understanding of the social and cultural history of ʔaq̓am. In particular, the Worker must deal with the trauma related issues in the context of the long-term effects of Residential School.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Develops and maintains a drug and alcohol counselling program.
  •  Maintains a statistical base on program delivery.
  •  Prepares and delivers reports on program status and community trends.
  •  Plans and coordinates workshops and presentations for the Community on drug and alcohol education, awareness and abuse.
  •  Supports and assists ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Community Members dealing with drug and alcohol and chemical dependency issues
  •  Assesses clients and makes necessary referrals to treatment centres or outside agencies.
  •  Maintains accurate and confidential records relating to individual clients.
  •  Communicates with clients and their family members on treatment plans or programs, and with community groups on treatment programs.
  •  Attend and actively participates in various Community and Community Health and Wellness Team functions.
  •  Develops and maintains effective working relationships with ʔaq̓amnik̓, Community Members, colleagues, and outside agencies.
  •  The Addictions Worker is responsible for being aware of ʔaq̓am and Community Members and their well-being at treatment, as well as being self-aware of hazardous situations.
  •  Increase the awareness and understanding about alcohol and substance abuse issues through programs, workshops, therapeutic group activities and presentations.
  •  Support for individuals and families of individuals in pre- and post – treatment.
  •  Assess clients and development of treatment plans based on the assessment of issues.
  •  Provide culturally appropriate programs to educate and promote addictions awareness and addiction-free lifestyle.
  •  Performs other duties as required

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Must be Alcohol and Drug free for a minimum of five (5) years and willing to submit a criminal record check.
  • The sensitive nature of the work requires the Addictions Worker to have the ability to maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • The Addictions Worker must have strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of current best practice in addictions – awareness, prevention, and treatment. 
  • Willingness to travel and must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle. 
  • Proficiency and experience in filing and record keeping. 
  • Computer experience and knowledge. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. 
  • Knowledge of ʔaq̓am cultural protocols and traditional practices.
  • Working knowledge of traditional healing methods used by First Nation peoples; awareness of methods of dealing with post-traumatic stress; and community resources available to clients.
  • Knowledge of community resources available to clients and their families.
  • Ability to use tact and good judgment in dealing with sensitive and complex issues.
  • In order to deal with the highly emotional issues involved the Worker is required to have some counselling skills and strong conflict resolution skills.
  • The position requires the ability to research and develop local programs to deal with drug and alcohol education, awareness and dependency; identify local trends; and write reports and recommendations on assessments, program status, and client progress.
  • The Worker requires skill in the preparation and presentation of workshops and information seminars in order to garner client and community support.
  • A good knowledge of the social services systems, the educational system, the courts and criminal justice system is essential for the Addictions Worker to be successful in the delivery of service. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain budgets, and do financial and administration reporting.
  • Ability to drive and provide a licensed vehicle for work purposes

Relationships:
 Reports to Director of Community Health and Wellness
 Works with Community Health and Wellness team members
 Maintains a current network of internal and external health and human services professionals and agencies.

Working Conditions:
 Working mainly in the office, but at times in homes, or other secure and safe facilities, as required.
 It requires regular travel by vehicle throughout the local area in almost all weather and traffic conditions.
 While there is generally a low to medium risk to health and safety, at time the risk may be higher, such as when dealing with irate individuals or during visits to institutions.
 Successful Criminal Record Check.

TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of a certificate, diploma or degree in Addictions Counselling and/or in Social Work or Counselling with Addictions Training. 
  • Preference for applicants who have been certified by Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC), Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF), Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC) as an Addiction Counsellor or other Canadian Certification or diploma in Addiction Counselling. 
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in Addiction Counselling, specific to Aboriginal and First Nations populations (e.g., applied experience in trauma informed Counselling).
  • Class 5 driver’s license 
  • Experience in working with all ages.

CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
Additionally, the core of our business is serving the ʔaq̓am Community and the Ktunaxa Nation overall. Therefore, anyone who joins the organization should have an understanding of ʔaq̓am and/or the Ktunaxa Nation. This understanding can be gained from being a member of the ʔaq̓am Community and/or the Ktunaxa Nation, being from ʔaq̓am or Ktunaxa ancestry, or from working with the Community and/or the Nation. If a person looking to join the ʔaq̓am Organization does not currently possess this understanding of the Community or Nation, they must demonstrate a genuine interest to learn more and immerse themselves in the culture to gain a greater understanding.

 

Request for Proposal
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
One-Year Term Contract

(September 2017 to August 2018)
ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises (the development corporation for ʔaq̓am) is seeking a self-motivated and highly organized Business Development Consultant to work directly with the CEO of the development corporation to assist in business and partnership development.
The Business Development Consultant will be responsible for supporting the CEO through;

  •  Building relationships with regional industry to obtain contracts for our partner businesses.
  • Identify new partnership opportunities for the development corporation that will provide revenue generation as well as employment and training opportunities for our community.
  •  Exploration of new business start-ups and or existing businesses purchases that align with our long-term goals, principles and values.

Academic Preparation, Experience, & Competency:

  •  Post-secondary education in Business and relevant career experience is a must.
  •  Strong computer skills including advanced knowledge of Microsoft-based software and other applicable software programs.
  •  Extensive experience in sales, relationship building and partnership development.
  •  Highly motivated self-starter capable of managing priorities autonomously.
  •  High degree of professionalism when interacting with internal and external colleagues and partners.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication.
  •  Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence.

Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community would be a definite asset.
Remuneration: One-Year Term Contract - $23,750
Please submit your proposal “confidential” to:
Christopher McCurry, CEO for ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises
ʔaq̓am (St. Mary’s Band)
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 7E5
Email: Fax: 250-426-8935

For questions please call or email Christopher at 250 426 5717 or
Closing Date: Friday August 25th, 2017

 

 

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