Job Posting 63137

Recreation Specialist
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Newmarket
closes in 8 days (Sat, 22 Aug)
full time

Posting Date: June 23, 2020
Closing Date: Until Filled

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

Recreation Specialist – Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO)

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Recreation Specialist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are an individual who has experience in leisure-related areas for helping people in need, and you are ready to further tackle the homelessness challenges in York Region and South Simcoe, than this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to work on helping people find a more permanent housing solution during their greatest times of need, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: Until Filled

Permanent: Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Excellent Benefits Package: Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.

Competition #: 2020-043

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Recreation Specialist will be working primarily in our Newmarket Office (1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:
The Community Homes for Opportunity is a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness. The CHO strives to achieve best practices in supportive housing. The program is intended to assist Tenants by providing appropriate housing and support services to achieve and maintain stability in a home that is safe and affordable. The program takes a recovery-based approach and provides access to support services both in the CHO Home and in the community, which will aim to improve and/or stabilize peoples' physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance participation and integration into the community.

The CHO program focuses on person-centered flexible supports, reflecting on the changing needs of the Tenants in a recovery-based environment.

The Recreation Specialist works in partnership with the client and the CHO Team to assess, plan, develop, coordinate and provide treatment, rehabilitation and support. The Recreational Specialist conducts comprehensive assessments to determine client’s needs, strengths and interests in a range of leisure-related areas and works with the CHO Team to coordinate and organize recreational events and opportunities for clients.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People and Teams on the Community Homes for Opportunity Program.


  • A degree or diploma in the health or social services or behavioural supports education
  • Current Registration with the OCSWSSW or a regulatory body under the Regulated Health Professions Act
  • Degree plus four years or more experience in a community-based organization working with adults with serious mental illness in the community.
  • Diploma plus six years or more experience in a community-based organization working with adults with serious mental illness in the community.
  • A second language (Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Italian, Persian, Punjabi, Korean, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of empowerment-oriented case management philosophies and practices as demonstrated by two or more years experience in this area
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma and the isolation felt by individuals with serious mental illness and their families
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings at client homes and travel with clients

In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA-York Region and South Simcoe?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We have been a National Nonprofit Employer of Choice for five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

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CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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