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Community Support Specialist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date January 8, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Location Sudbury, ON
Category Social Services
Client Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Community Support Specialist

Shkaabe Makwa, Provincial System Support Program

(Sudbury Office)

Position Description:

Shkaabe Makwa under the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), works with Indigenous partners across Ontario to support the province’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and create sustainable, system-level change. With offices across the province, Shkaabe Makwa is on the ground, collaborating with First Nations, Inuit and Métis service providers to build a better system through our work in implementation, knowledge exchange, research, evaluation, information management, health equity and engagement.

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 materials as well as facilitates training. 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 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 requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis. The successful candidate will possess Master’s degree in social work, occupational therapy, psychology or a related field, with a minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in the field of mental health and wellness, including substance use. The incumbent must be in good standing with respective professional college and be registered as a regulated healthcare professional. Thorough understanding of principles and practices of Indigenous engagement is required, with demonstrated community connections.

Demonstrated knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, perspectives and health service providers as well as an understanding of the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous peoples. Experience in case management and demonstrated ability in delivery of individual supports as well as facilitation of group therapy and healing circles. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the health and social service sector, government programs and current legislation that may affect clients, with a focus on Indigenous peoples and contexts. A deep understanding of the issues and contexts of the mental health and addictions sector, with a focus on Indigenous peoples and perspectives. Ability to read, understand and analyze various kinds of data, research and grey literature and explain to non-academic audiences. Demonstrated success working within interdisciplinary teams and in successfully collaborating on team-based projects. Experience in competency-based curriculum development and design. Knowledge of adult learning theory and ability to integrate adult learning principles into curriculum design and training facilitation.

Understanding of various learning delivery models including online, blended, and classroom-based. Knowledge of theory and experience in implementing synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Experience with Learning Management Systems and virtual learning environment. Effective training, presentation and facilitation skills.

Experience in designing, developing and maintaining training materials including facilitator and learner guides and presentation materials. 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. Demonstrates adaptability, flexibility, diplomacy and tact. Knowledge of copyright legislation, APA style rules and copy right issues. Bilingualism in French/English or an Indigenous language would be an asset. The position is located in Sudbury. This position requires regular travel throughout Ontario, including remote First Nations communities. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is required.

Please note:        This full time, permanent position is NOT part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range:      Competitive salary and benefits package

File Number:       Please quote job number 8 5 0 5 6 8 in the subject line when applying.

Application:         Please submit your application here:

Posting date:

January 8, 2020

Closing date:

Until filled.

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