Occupational Therapist, FIOS (Signing Bonus Available)

Req ID: 125833 
Department/Program: AIS Externalizing Day, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Location: Joseph Howe Drive
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE)  x 1 position(s)

Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $33.7998 - $44.1747
Closing Date: October  11, 2023



Successful external applicants will be eligible to receive a one-time Signing Bonus of $7000. In turn, a Return of Service will be required for a (2) two-year period.


IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.


Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

Position Summary

The MHA Program at IWK Health provides a full spectrum of mental health services that includes outpatient community mental health, intensive day treatment and residential services for children and adolescents, inpatient hospital care, forensics, and addictions. The current position is with the Family Intensive Outreach Service (FIOS) of the Adolescent Intensive Services portfolio. FIOS is a community-based outreach service that provides intensive treatment to clients and their families, struggling with Disruptive Behaviour Disorders.

Reporting to the Clinical Manager of Adolescent Intensive Services, and under the direction of the FIOS Team Leader, the Occupational Therapist is a member of the interdisciplinary team and provides clinical intervention within an Occupational Therapy scope of practice to children/youth and families experiencing disruptive behaviour disorders. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: conducting, interpreting and utilizing standardized assessments of occupational function; using functional assessments to establish occupational identities and roles; assisting children/youth with occupational choices; contributing with remediating the impairments associated with illness; assessing for and recommending assistive technology as appropriate to enhance occupational performance; providing individual intervention on a direct, consultative, or monitoring basis; providing input into discharge, case management and transition/after care planning. As necessary, appropriately supervises the implementation of recommended interventions for occupational performance by other members of the interdisciplinary team. The Occupational Therapist provides leadership and support around the client’s treatment plan, participates in clinical case discussion, team meetings, and case conferences, and supports program operations. The Occupational Therapist demonstrates professionalism, adheres to standards of their professional practice and maintains the principles of client and family-centered care.

Clinical services are provided to families in their homes or other locations convenient to them requiring the incumbent to travel regularly within Halifax Regional Municipality.


Hours of Work

Monday to Friday, 7.5 hours days, evening work may be necessary to meet needs of clients/families


•    Graduate of a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved Occupational Therapy Program required.
•    Licensed member, or eligible for licensure, of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) required.
•    Registered member of the Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists (NSSOT) required.
•    Registered, or eligible for membership, in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) required.
•    Successful completion of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program within the last 12 months required or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate required.
•    Nonviolent Crisis intervention (NCI) Certification required.
•    Minimum two (2) years clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist with child and adolescent populations required, five years preferred.
•    Minimum two (2) years experience working in a mental health and addictions setting strongly preferred.
•    Demonstrated knowledge of disruptive behaviours disorders.
•    Demonstrated knowledge and experience of mental health and addiction disorders, family systems approach and evidenced treatment modalities preferred.
•    Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy model an asset.
•    Working knowledge of CONNECT and Trauma Informed Care preferred.
•    Experience in assessment in functional goal setting treatment planning required.
•    Experience in creating and delivering evidence-based individual and family interventions preferred.                                             
•    Ability to assess risk of harm to self and others, and triage appropriately preferred.
•    Demonstrated excellent communication, problem solving, leadership, and administrative skills required.
•    Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload, maintain flexibility to respond to competing demands, and ensure effective organization and time management required.
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently, as a member of an inter-disciplinary team and collaboratively with community partners and families required.
•    Demonstrated conflict resolution skills required.
•    Demonstrated knowledge and competences in meeting IWK clinical documentation standards preferred.
•    Knowledge of the mental health and addictions services offered within the IWK Health Centre, the community, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority preferred.   
•    Demonstrated knowledge and experience of clinical case management.
•    Valid Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation for travel required.
•    Competency in other languages an asset; French preferred.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.


Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.


This is a Healthcare  bargaining  unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


An  offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis


If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. 


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