JOBS

Mobile Outreach Worker - COAP

ARCHES is now hiring two 1.0 FTE Mobile Outreach Workers for the Community Outreach Addictions Program (COAP). These are contract/term positions ending September 30, 2019, with the option for one position to continue part time until December 31, 2019. This is an exciting opportunity at ARCHES. The agency provides Harm Reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services for marginalized populations.

This position functions as part of a multidisciplinary team, seeing clients from diverse populations. This position requires a professional who is committed to harm reduction and passionate about working with people who use drugs and/or are living with mental health issues and experiencing homelessness. The Mobile Outreach Worker will utilize a harm reduction philosophy and non-judgmental approach to reduce the effects of addictions and homelessness across the city. This team will focus on environmental safety, which will include the safe cleanup and removal of encampments. Duties may also include advocating on behalf of service users to ensure ready access to shelter, treatment, and housing supports. Workers may also facilitate immediate access to health and addiction services through ARCHES. The program will emphasize that everyone is part of this community and is deserving of safety and support, including people experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs, people who engage in the sale, trade, or purchase of sex, business and property owners, and community members.

The Mobile Outreach Worker will operate in community from 6:00am to 2:00pm Monday-Friday. Activities will include but are not limited to: – Responding to calls from business owners, community members, and community partners for encampment clean up;

– Safe removal and disposal of encampment materials, garbage, and drug use paraphernalia in a timely manner;
– Engaging and building relationships with street involved individuals;
– Engaging and building relationships with business owners and community members within the City of Lethbridge;
– Providing an immediate response to identified concerns, including: addressing perceived problematic behaviours relating to homelessness and substance abuse, cleaning of debris and encampments, and responding with life-saving interventions;
– Providing people who use drugs and/or people who are experiencing homelessness with referrals to community resources, such as housing supports, and facilitate immediate access to these services;
– Actively encouraging people who use drugs to do so at the SCS site;
– Providing people who use drugs and alcohol with education on safer use practices and encourage safer behaviours; and
– Completing documentation and data collection. This team will operate as part of the existing COAP team, with daily activities adapting to meet the immediate needs of encampment clean up as a primary focus.

Qualifications:
– Degree or Diploma in Social Work, Psychology, Addictions Counselling, Public Health, Justice Studies, Native American studies, or a related human services discipline is preferred. Students welcome;
– A minimum of two years of related experience working with individuals with complex mental health and addictions issues is required;
– Knowledge of substance use, mental health, harm reduction, homelessness, and community resources is essential;
– Physically capabilities to allow participation in extensive walking, moderate physical labour, and the ability to lift up to 25lbs is required;
– Strong communication, de-escalation, and comprehension skills is required; – The ability to attend and complete mandatory training is required; and
– Valid Driver’s License and access to an insured vehicle is required. Start date: Immediately

We offer competitive salaries and benefits. A cover letter and resume listing three professional references must be submitted via email to ARCHES’ Director of Operations, Jill Manning, at jmanning@lethbridgearches.com before 12:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2019.

ARCHES is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates considered for interview will be contacted.

Full Time Nurse Practicioner

The Nurse Practitioner provides leadership and coordination of the healthcare programs offered by ARCHES, including overdose prevention, recognition and response, wound care, foot care, STI test and treat, and women’s health. This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires a compassionate, non-judgmental professional who is able to think outside of the box and is willing to go the extra mile. This program includes a special focus on people with a history of drug use, service providers and people who care about people who use drugs. The Nurse Practitioner will assist substance users, partner agencies and the general public to improve their capacity to respond to and improve the health and wellness of substance users.

This is an exciting opportunity at ARCHES. The agency provides Harm Reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV. This position will support the nursing clinic operations, Supervised Consumption Services, communicable/infectious disease supports, Take Home Naloxone program, and Housing First Clinical Team using a harm reduction framework.

The Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who holds a Master of Nursing or equivalent graduate degree with a focus on advanced clinical nursing practice. The NP provides expert clinical care in managing the health needs of individuals, families and communities and requires further knowledge and decision-making in assessment, diagnosis and clinical management.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position functions as part of an interdisciplinary team, seeing clients from diverse populations. The NP utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities.

The primary responsibility of the NP is to provide direct patient care as a central member of the team. The NP is authorized and competent to perform comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, intervention, management, referral, and evaluation of patient care across the continuum of health care services. The NP provides leadership and actively participates in program development and evaluation, research, and clinical teaching activities. The NP participates in interdisciplinary collaboration in the practice setting to determine, and regularly review, local guidelines for drug prescription, distribution, monitoring, and record keeping, while ensuring consistency with provincial prescribing and distributing guidelines.

Qualifications:

 Active registration and practice permit with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
 Graduation from a recognized nursing education program.
 BCLS- HCP required.
 Successful completion of a recognized Nurse Practitioner program at a master’s level.
 Current registration with CARNA as a Nurse Practitioner – All Ages.
 Current ACLS certifications are required.
 Additional training in CTAS scoring, ECG, lab and other diagnostic results preferred.
 Computer literacy skills mandatory (i.e. EDIS, NetCare, etc).
 Recent experiences working in a community care setting.
 Must be able to support a flexible work schedule.
 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with patients and their family members.
 Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
 Ability to function independently.
 Excellent at working in a dynamic fast paced environment.
 Work well under pressure and stressful situations.
 Application and knowledge of current research.
 Experience in a wide range of assessment, treatment and therapeutic interventions, health promotion, diagnostic procedures, and follow-up care in the community considered an asset
 Must understand and practice within full scope of their practice in an interdisciplinary team environment.
 An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is an asset.

Individuals whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C are encouraged to apply. All applicants need a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle.

Start date: Immediately

We offer competitive salaries and benefits

Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted via email to Jill Manning, Managing Director at jmanning@lethbridgearches.com

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those applicants chosen for interview will be contacted.

Closing Date: Until suitable applicant is found

Team Lead – Adult ICM

ARCHES is now hiring one 1.0FTE Team Lead position for the Housing First Adult Intensive Case Management team. This is an exciting opportunity at ARCHES. The agency provides Harm Reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services for marginalized populations.

This position functions as part of a multidisciplinary team, seeing clients from diverse populations. This position requires a professional who is committed to harm reduction and passionate about working with people who use drugs and/or are living with mental health issues and experiencing homelessness. The Team Lead of Adult Intensive Case Management for Housing First services will work in both structured and unstructured environments with program participants who require housing and housing stabilization, and will provide oversight and support to case management staff to ensure self identified participant goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and best practices.

The Team Lead will generally operate from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday, however evening and weekend hours will also be required to meet the needs of program participants. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

– oversee and participate in day to day program operations, including staff scheduling, home visits, service referrals, conflict mediation with participants and landlords, coordination and communication with community service providers, etc.;
– ensure case management staff are supported in the delivery of participant services;
– provide ongoing training, orientation, and mentorship to case management staff;
– monitor and ensure adherence to agency policies and case management standards, including documentation requirements, data entry timelines, safe working alone practices, etc.;
– support the ongoing development of the Adult ICM program, including development of program materials;
– facilitate weekly and quarterly meetings and ensure overall team communication is effective;
– coordinate landlord engagement efforts and mediate if concerns arise; and
– support the Housing First Program Manager with program operations, data collection and reporting, and ensuring identified program activities and outcomes are met.

Qualifications:
– Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Addictions Counselling, Public Health, Justice Studies, Native American studies, or a related human services discipline is required;
– A minimum of five years of related experience working with individuals with complex mental health and addictions issues is required;
– Knowledge of Housing First, case management, trauma, substance use, mental health, harm reduction, homelessness, and community resources is required;
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working effectively with program participants, professionals, and community members is required;
– Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a member of a team is required;
– Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem solve, deal with conflict, and de-escalate crisis situations is required;
– Demonstrated ability to make work well under pressure and within a dynamic, fast paced environment is required;
– The physically capabilities to allow for moderate physical labour and the ability to lift up to 25lbs is required;
– The ability to attend and complete mandatory training is required; and
– Valid Driver’s License and access to an insured vehicle is required.

Start date: Immediately We offer competitive salaries and benefits. A cover letter and resume listing three professional references must be submitted via email to ARCHES’ Director of Operations, Jill Manning, at jmanning@lethbridgearches.com before 12:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2019.

ARCHES is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates considered for interview will be contacted.