Addiction Services: Manager, Day Treatment


At House of Friendship we believe in what we are doing. We get out of bed each day to make a difference in our community; to walk with and to serve. We are not happy with the status quo. We get energy from ongoing learning and growth. We lead with passion and believe without a doubt that everyone deserves to belong and thrive. We live and breathe our values of Compassion, Inclusion, Justice, Dignity and Hope. And we have fun!


Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? It is! 


We are seeking a dynamic person to lead our Day Treatment Team. This position promises a variety of interesting tasks with no day being exactly the same. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have experience in substance use treatment and experience leading staff teams. The addiction program continues to grow and so there is a potential for ongoing employment within the Addiction Services team.


 The innovative two week day treatment program is for adults who are at the early to moderate stage of problematic substance use. The Day Treatment program is delivered in partnership with other health providers and includes complementary approaches including yoga and mindfulness. This program is provided in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. We take a holistic, strength based approach. Further service information can be found at www.houseoffriendship.org under How We Help.


** This is a full-time, contract position. Approximately a 15 month contract starting in January. 37.5 hours per week, typically Monday – Friday, daytime hours with some evening work as required by the program. **


Key responsibilities include:

  1. Lead, develop and support the Day Treatment team including all aspects of recruitment, on-boarding, coaching, clinical supervision, staff support and development (includes staff, students and volunteers). 
  2. Overall operation of the program including; program development, evaluation, logistics, documentation, privacy, adhering to organization/ funder guidelines, health and safety, and integration with other House of Friendship addiction services
  3. Support the provision of evidence informed, timely, accessible and effective service
  4. Contribute to continuous improvement and the successful implementation of any change initiatives.
  5. Develop and maintain relationships with other service providers to increase opportunities for innovation and positively impact outcomes.


Your skills and experience include:

  1. University degree in Social Work/Counselling
  2. Registration as Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Social Worker, in good standing, with the ability to provide clinical supervision 
  3. Advanced knowledge of, and training in, problematic substance use and recovery
  4. Familiarity with evidence informed practices including motivational interviewing, stage matched interventions, CBT
  5. Very strong skills in leadership, coaching and developing people and teams, team building and decision-making skills required with at least 3 years previous experience leading a team
  6. Excellent interpersonal, emotional intelligence and resilience skills.
  7. Previous experience and advanced skills working in a professional counselling role
  8. Experience in collaboration, program development and program implementation
  9. Knowledge of complementary therapies is an asset (ex. yoga, mindfulness, nutrition)
  10. Commitment to holistic treatment model and strength based approach is required
  11. Knowledge of local community agencies and resources is preferred
  12. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of House of Friendship is expected
  13. Experience or strong interest in working with diverse populations including people from various cultural backgrounds and income levels, and sensitivity to their needs.


Working Conditions:

· Travel throughout Waterloo-Wellington. A Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle is required.

· Working with and encountering participants who may be under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs and/or experiencing symptoms of mental illness can be expected


If you are as passionate as we are about serving the community, let’s talk.

Please send your resume and cover letter by December 11, 2020.


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