Social Worker (Master's), Community MH&A, African Nova Scotian Service (Designated)

Req ID: 139312 
Department/Program: Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Location: Community Mental Health and Addiction Service
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE)  x 2 position(s)
Start Date:
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $36.0448 - $49.0427
Closing Date: February 7, 2023 (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)


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.


This position is designated for applicants who identify as Black/African Nova Scotians. You must self-identify at the application stage.

The Opportunity

Are you wanting to make a meaningful contribution to the African Nova Scotian (ANS) community? The IWK is inviting you to be a part of an innovative team of ANS mental health and addiction (MHA) professionals who will engage and work directly with ANS children, youth and families. The ANS team will explore new ways to engage the community and improve our MHA programs capacity and response in the provision of mental health and addictions services. Be a change maker with us and part of a team that is client centered with a focus on culturally responsive care. We want to partner with the ANS community with intention. We are looking for someone who is motivated and interested in responding to the ANS community needs with the goal of improving our overall mental health and addiction services.  

Reporting to the Manager of Community Mental Health and Addictions (CMHA), the social worker will work as part of an interprofessional team within the African Nova Scotian Service. The social worker will work with healthcare professionals including Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, In-Home Support Youth Care Workers, Community Navigators, Recreation Therapists and Psychiatrists. The clinical nurse will work with children, youth and families, utilizing a culturally relevant and evidenced informed approach to deliver care to children and youth up to 19 years of age in an ambulatory clinic, outreach or community-based setting.  Responsibilities include clinical work with children, youth and their families specific to their mental health and addiction needs, within a Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA). The clinical nurse will provide individual and family therapy, as well as delivery of evidence-based group interventions. Teaching and clinical supervision of students, capacity-building initiatives and supervision of in-home support workers and community navigators are additional responsibilities for this position.  

Hours of Work

Monday – Friday; 8:30-4:30 (37.5 hours per week). Some evening work wand flexibility may be required. 

Your Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Social Work required.
  • Registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers required.
  • Minimum two (2) years post masters clinical experience working in mental health and addictions field required.
  • Knowledge and awareness of the African Nova Scotia community and youth serving organizations required.
  • Experience working in a pediatric mental health and addictions setting preferred.                   
  • Experience in assessment and treatment planning required.
  • Experience in individual, family and group interventions preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MHA disorders and evidenced treatment modalities.
  • Knowledge of the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) model of service delivery.
  • Knowledge of mental health and addictions services offered within the IWK and across the community. 
  • Healthcare leadership experience considered an asset. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated experience in case management and community liaison.
  • Demonstrated strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization and time management.
  • Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support Level (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate, required.
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification (NCI).
  • Competencies in other languages an asset.

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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