Reporting to the Territorial Director, Mental Health and Addictions, the Addictions Treatment Specialist ensures that community school-based addictions capacity development is integrated within the continuum of mental health and addictions services and supports the approved mental health and addictions framework, the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy and other relevant strategies. At a territorial level, the Addictions Treatment Specialist works within the Mental Health and Addictions Resource Team, other division within the Department of Health and other GN departments in order to ensure coordination, promote best practice and take advantage of opportunities for collaboration.
The ideal candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Addictions Studies, Counselling, Social Work or equivalent with a concentrated study in the area of addictions plus a minimum of five years relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s Degree in Addictions Studies, Social Work or equivalent plus a minimum of ten years relevant work experience preferably in the North. The incumbent must have effective communications skills and must be comfortable in presenting to and/or facilitating meetings and focus groups. The following will be considered as assets: knowledge of Inuit culture, values, traditional and history and the roles they play in risk treatment, and perceptions of mental health and addiction services; extensive clinical experience within the Nunavut mental health and addictions service system or a similar service context; experience working within in a small community setting and with the service delivery across tiers of mental health intervention; knowledge of community-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies, knowledge and understanding of all pertinent legislation and policies, including the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation and acts; experience with emergency response planning and delivery; experience and demonstrated skills in strategic planning and implementation; experience with the use of new media in mental health promotion; experience in providing and/or facilitating adult learning, professional learning and training; demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategy development, coordination and implementation in the area of community and hospital-based mental health services; experience in program design, installation, implementation and evaluation; and experience in project management, including the development and implementation of communication strategies for complex initiatives.