Position: Mental Health Worker
Term: Fixed Term - Minimum 21 hours/week - October 2022 to March 31, 2023
Reports to: Counselling Program Manager
OCISO supports newcomers through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.
Mental Health Worker is primarily responsible for the provision of mental health supports in response to pre and post-migration stressors among immigrant and refugee populations. Working closely with referral sources, they provide crisis intervention, short-term support, and referrals for youth and families. The services are offered at OCISO locations and throughout the community. The Mental Health Worker is also responsible for all related administrative duties.
Within the framework of the Counselling Program, the successful candidate will:
- Provide informed and culturally responsive short-term mental health interventions for clients presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post-migration experiences.
- Provide in-program referral to more intensive intervention services when required
- Assist in program planning and evaluation
- Make appropriate referrals to other community resources
- Provide accountability through oral and written reports of client progress
- Ensure that the program uses a trauma-informed approach and the tenets of equity, access and anti-racism / anti-oppression
- Promote the OCISO mission and values in all actions
- Demonstrate commitment to OCISO’s culture of respect management approach and anti-racism / anti-oppression policy within the work environment and the community
- Promote intra-agency cooperation, coordination and communication
- Support all aspects of OCISO’s work in interactions with potential funding sources, other community service providers, clients and the public
- Share good management and work practices that have the potential for broader application elsewhere in the agency
- Ensure confidentiality and safe handling and storage of client data and files
- Provide support and problem-solving assistance to clients and staff as needed.
Education and Work Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Social Work, Psychology)
- Strong understanding of pre and post-migration issues and their impact on mental health
- Knowledgeable of alternative non-western models of healing that will enhance culturally responsive mental health services
- Knowledge and experience in solving problem techniques
- Experience working in a non-profit organization
- Experience dealing with a volunteer workforce is an asset
- Familiarity with mental health and wellness supports
- Experience and proven ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary, multicultural team environment
- Understanding the issues faced by immigrants and refugees
- Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
- Excellent verbal and written skills in English, additional languages an asset.
Key Technical Competencies
- Excellent knowledge of approaches and techniques using online platforms to deliver services
- Excellent group facilitation skills
- Knowledge of issues and trends impacting area of professional responsibility
- Excellent knowledge of community resources
- Proficient in the use of the internet and commonly used business software applications (e.g., MS Office, Outlook), productivity tools and databases.
Salary & Benefits: $30,576 - $31,165 prorated for 21 hours per week.
Application Deadline: Monday, October 10, 2022, until 5 PM (EDT)
Application Process: Please rename your application as Name_Mental Health Worker_Resume/Cover Letter before applying and send it to Chandan Rathaur, Human Resources Administrator: [email protected]
OCISO is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, OCISO will endeavour to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the HR Administrator upon scheduling your interview.
Please note, after the hiring process is complete and before joining, OCISO requires successful candidates to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination document as a condition of employment, subject to an Ontario Human Rights Code exemption. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in Canada for their employment.
Thank you for your interest in joining OCISO. We appreciate all applications. Due to the volume of applicants, we can only contact those selected for further consideration.