Community Outreach Worker - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 172887
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western
Zone, Dawson Centre  
Department: MHA WZ Nicotine Cessation SS

Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT short-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status: CUPE Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 28-May-24

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.


Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with a Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.



About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager - Adult Outpatient, Mental Health & Addictions, the Community Outreach Worker provides a range of clinical services to adults and their families affected mental and substance use disorders. The Community Outreach Worker may be working in both clinic and community settings providing a wide range of services including screening, assessment, brief intervention, case management/navigation, individual and group treatment. This position will play a key role in navigation, advocacy, and the coordination of resources and services within Mental Health and Addictions and the community. They must be knowledgeable and use evidence based psychosocial interventions (e.g. MI, SRP, CBT),  principles of harm reduction, and community development. They will serve as a resource to colleagues, clients and family members and will create and enrich linkages with organizations and agencies within their community.

About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
  • Registered or eligible with Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Minimum of one year (post BSW) clinical experience in Mental Health & Addictions
  • Screening and risk assessment skills, including Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Working knowledge of DSM
  • High degree of independent practice, excellent assessment skills, and the ability to implement an evidenced based plan of care
  • Ability to navigate and de-escalate situations and offer crisis support
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Ability to use motivational interviewing skills and engage with clients/families
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred


Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.


  • Temporary Full Time position; 75 Hours Bi Weekly
  • Approximately 6 Months
  • Dates are subject to change 

Compensation and Incentives

$XX.XX - $XX.XX Hourly


Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. (Permanent Long Assignments Only)


Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.


This position is currently eligible for a Market Adjustment of approximately $XXX.XX biweekly. Eligibility for a Market Adjustment is reviewed periodically. 



Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. 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.


​Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire. 


Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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