Job Posting 72068

Employment Specialist
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area
Aurora, ON
closes in 4 days (Wed, 23 Jun)
full time

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.

Closing Date: June 22, 2021

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

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

Competition #: 2021-035

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 Registered Practical Nurse will be working primarily in our Aurora Office (15150 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON, L4G 1M2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile

The purpose of the Employment Support Program is to support people with mental illness to meet their employment goals, which may include paid employment, volunteering, or education.  Team member’s use bio-psychosocial, Recovery, and empowerment approaches, including natural supports wherever possible to enable clients to meet their goals.

The Employment Specialist works collaboratively with the client and their care team to assess, plan, develop, coordinate, and provide support. The care team may include employees of CMHA York Region, other community mental health agencies, natural supports, and other health and social service providers.  The Employment Specialist is responsible for conducting employment assessments to determine the client’s strengths, needs, and interests in a range of education and work-related areas, providing individual and group support to facilitate achievement of client goals, and developing partnerships with employers for vocational opportunities.

The Employment Specialist adheres to all organizational policies and procedures, relevant provincial laws, the regulatory requirements of her/his profession, and Empowerment/Recovery principles.  This necessarily involves demonstration of above average interpersonal skills, problem solving, anti-racist and anti-oppression practice, confidence in decision making, relationship building, conflict resolution, and emotional regulation in their work with clients, co-workers, supervisors, and members of the broader community.


University Degree or College Diploma in social service sector
Post-secondary education in Social Services/Mental Health sector, Occupational Therapy and/or Career Development
Registered Vocational Professional is preferred, current registration with any regulatory body under the Regulated Health Professions Act is an asset
Diploma plus four years or more experience in a community-based organization working with adults with mental illness in the community or,
Degree plus two years or more experience in a community-based organization working with adults with mental illness in the community.
Experience working with employers, transitional employment services, employment readiness.
Experience working in an adult mental health setting related to employment rehabilitation.
Familiarity with legislation related to employment, i.e., Employment Standards, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Human Rights Code, WSIB.
Familiarity with Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works employment supports.
Familiarity with the Ontario Mental Health Act and mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, and the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements.
Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients.
Functions in accordance with relevant Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend and on-call rotation.
Must possess a valid Canadian driver’s license and have minimum $1,000,000.00 (1 million) third party liability insurance and proof of insurance coverage of personal vehicle and ability to transport clients.
A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening.
A second language reflecting the local community is preferred. 
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.

This position reports to Manager, People & Teams, in the Employment Program.

Working Conditions: Predominantly office setting, community settings, meetings at client homes and travel with clients.

Disclaimer: 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?

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 Non-Profit Employer of Choice for six consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures & Forbes “Canada’s Best Employers 2021”.

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Application Procedures:

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Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want this role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
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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, members of the 2SLGBTQ+, 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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