Job Posting 72987

Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator
the Bissell Centre
Edmonton area
closed 9 days ago (Thu, 22 Jul)
full time - term / contract

Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator

Through the vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to cultural, social, and economic prosperity. We empower people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community and have sustainable livelihoods, secure housing, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. By joining Bissell Centre, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to realize our vision.

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the position of Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator (FT contract to October 2021). The Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator works with adults who are diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to support home stability and goal achievement through a client centered approach and wrap around services. The Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator will initiate and act as a broker between the tenants and resources to enhance the tenant’s self-reliance within their home and community.



Program Delivery

  • Initiate and Complete ongoing needs assessment, community care plans, implementation, support, information, referral, and advocacy for individuals who are in the Permanent Supportive Housing Program regarding their mental health and addiction concerns
  • Identify opportunities to assess and enhance participants’ readiness to make positive changes and increase self-reliance related to their mental health and substance abuse concerns
  • Coordinates and assists managing mental health, substance use and health issues with onsite support staff and other community partners in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Develop and deliver group programming daily with a focus of meaningful daily activities with an intention to reduce isolation and loneliness
  • Outreach stabilization activities will include the monitoring of a client’s mental status, assisting clients in making connections to community agencies, physicians and social services and facilitating appropriate involvement in post crisis treatment services
  • Identify the opportunities for, creating and managing community partnerships to provide group programming in areas such as health and cultural connections
  • Assist manager, and take initiative where appropriate, in overseeing Pharmacare Medication Assist Program as well as the Harm Reduction Program which includes the operation of a needle exchange, managed alcohol program and staff training.

General and Administrative

  • Maintain accurate written case file notes, computer records, update program databases (ETO), program information, and critical incident reports within established time standards
  • Provide latest program information and updated statistics as required
  • Maintain and submit accurate mileage and expense logs for reimbursement
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
  • Attend scheduled staff and supervision meetings
  • Complete WCB forms as required
  • Perform other duties as required



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree or Diploma in related field preferred with relevant experience working with adults with mental health and addiction concerns and concurrent issues.
  • Minimum 2 year relevant working experience with adults with mental health and addiction concerns, running and implementing support groups and adults diagnosed with FASD in extended support and advocacy roles.
  • Alberta Class 5 License, satisfactory driver’s abstract and a vehicle
  • Experience with case management software is a considerable asset


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, result oriented, good time management, strong organizational, problem-solving and advocacy skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core
  • Familiarity working with high risk populations and an understanding of Aboriginal cultures, history and current issues
  • Providing individual and group support services as well as workshop development and facilitation


Conditions of Work 

  • Operation of personal vehicle with required insurance
  • Some early morning, evening and weekend work may be required as caseload coverage is participant centered


Personal Characteristics 

The Executive Assistant should demonstrate competence in all of the following: 

  • Behave Ethically:Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour is consistent with these standards and aligns with the mission and core values of Bissell Centre. 
  • Build Relationships:Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.  
  • Communicate Effectively:Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.  
  • Focus on Client Needs:Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of clients and the community to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.  
  • Foster Teamwork:Foster, sustain and role model productive team management practices, and contribute to a positive team environment. Share expertise and knowledge to support, coach and develop others. 
  • Make Decisions:Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions that are timely and in the best interests of the organization. 
  • Organizational Skills:Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.  
  • Plan:Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results.  
  • Solve Problems:Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.  


Screening Requirements 

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Child Intervention Record Check
  • Valid Driver’s License, satisfactory driver’s abstract and own their own vehicle including proof of $2 million PLPD insurance


Training Requirements 

  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Conflict Into Calm Training
  • Suicide Prevention


The above-noted training must be completed during the first six months of employment.


Job Type: contract to October 2021, full-time

Application Deadline: July 22, 2021


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:



We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

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