We’re Hiring a Justice Specialist!

We’re Hiring a Justice Specialist!

Jun 23, 2017

Justice Specialist

Reporting to the Executive Director and/or Team Lead, the Justice Specialist is a member of a Housing First Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team and works together to provide recovery oriented services in a flexible, compassionate, and responsible manner to current or formerly homeless individuals who have mental health issues and often abuse substances. This 1.0FTE position (35 hours/week; Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm) requires a compassionate, non-judgmental professional who is able to think outside of the box and is willing to go the extra mile. This position participates in joint case management and works collaboratively in a transdisciplinary team model. The Justice Specialist will use his/her knowledge of the legal system to advocate for clients involved in the justice system and to connect individuals to legal supports as appropriate.

Core Capabilities

• COMMITMENT TO VISION AND MISSION – demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to the vision and mission of ARCHES
• RELATIONSHIP BUILDING – establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, co-workers and external stakeholders.
• COMMUNICATION SKILLS – communicate in a clear and concise manner.
• LEADERSHIP – hold oneself and others ethically accountable as to behave and act in the best interest of clients, colleagues, and the organization.
• TEAMWORK – work cooperatively and effectively with others to realize the mission, vision and strategic priorities of the organization.
• CULTURAL AWARENESS – recognize, value and effectively respond to cultural differences and needs in individuals and communities.
• PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION – effectively plan and organize one’s work and activities to meet program and agency demands.
• PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING – use a systematic approach to effectively solve problems and make sound decisions.
• HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION – To encourage and facilitate individuals and communities to become as healthy as possible.

Major Responsibilities

• Work with clients using principles of psychiatric rehabilitation, and evidence based practice(s) to assist clients in moving toward independent living in community residences
• Work towards intervention, counseling, and recovery for clients
• Accompany clients to Court to resolve outstanding matters, address and resolve client criminal justice matters and communicate with and support team and community partners
• Responsible for engaging with and developing relationships with legal professionals working with clients to ensure adequate collaboration to address client justice needs
• Attending both court and legal appointments as appropriate
• Responsible for taking an active role in the Pathways Diversion Program by being an active support for clients and creating diversion court reports for all clients participating in the diversion program

Performance Evaluations
Following the successful completion of the probationary period of 3months and annually thereafter, the Justice Specialist will participate in a performance evaluation.

Key Attributes:

In order to succeed in this position, the Justice Specialist will have the following attributes:
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, criminology, law, or related discipline
• Knowledge of mental health, addiction, harm reduction, and housing first
• Excellent leadership, communication, and report writing skills
• Excellent crisis intervention and de-escalation skills
• Ability to multi-task and strong time management skills
• Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
• Previous experience in case management/counselling of individuals with complex mental health needs
• Strong knowledge of the legal and court system
• At least two year’s professional experience with substance abuse/addictions, social services, supported housing, counselling and community development;
• Experience in program coordination;
• Experience in working with Indigenous Groups and Communities;
• Ability to effectively manage a highly variable workload and conflicting time demands, including occasional evening, week-end and out-of-town assignments;
• Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to vulnerable/marginalized populations;
• Ability to work with diverse populations including clients and staff in critical and emergency situations;
• Sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences;
• Valid driver’s license and access to an insured reliable vehicle; and
• Criminal record check required

Supervisory Responsibilities


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Community environment. Some light lifting is required. Constant interaction with agency clients.

The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies.

Start date: July 1, 2017
We offer competitive salaries and benefits
Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted via email or fax by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday June 29, 2017 to:
Executive Director, ARCHES
Fax: (403) 328-8564; e-mail: [email protected]

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

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