JOBS

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

Lead Addictions Counselor - Supervised Consumption Services

ARCHES is seeking an experienced (5+ years experience in the field) full-time Addictions Counselor. This position is funded for 35 hours/week, and will work Monday through Friday from 09:30 to 17:30 with a daily hour-long unpaid lunch break.

The Lead Addictions Counselor for Supervised Consumption Services will provide client counselling, referrals to addictions treatment, and floating support to the intake, consumption and post-consumption areas of the supervised consumption operations. This position will be responsible for the training, mentorship, and supervision of a team of 4 full-time Addictions Counselors who work on a rotating shift-work basis, in order to ensure weekday consistency and continuity of care to clients accessing the Supervised Consumption Services program.

Reports to: Director of Clinical Services

Responsibilities:

-Provides counselling, referrals, and intakes. Facilitates access to substance use treatment and/or therapy.
-Assists with intake and provision of harm reduction supplies, monitoring injection and monitoring individuals post-injection.
-Works collaboratively with health care professionals, clients, and community organizations in the identification and resolution of health issues and integration of care, and makes referrals to other service providers.
-Provides an ongoing commitment to client services and continuous improvement to ensure enhanced client services and the most effective delivery of services.
-Works collaboratively with other staff team members
-Provides training, mentorship, and basic supervision to a team of 4 full-time Addictions Counselors.
-Follows established documentation protocol.
-Maintains records in accordance with established procedures and policies, and prepares/maintains statistical data, correspondence reports and other documentation, as required.
-Participates in in-services, inter-disciplinary case conferences and team meetings, as required by the employer, and collegially shares information, demonstrates and/or provides guidance on clinical/health related tasks, delegates tasks as necessary.
-Provide basic first aid and life support in medical emergencies (RNs have specific clinical duties in these regards).
-Monitor client activity and re-orient clients to the SCS Participation Agreement as necessary.
-Apply workplace guidelines for verbal de-escalation and consequences for aggressive behaviour, as outlined under Crisis Management Protocol.
-Debrief work-related issues at the end of each shift and following any critical incident.

Qualifications:

-Minimum of a degree in social work, psychology, nursing, addictions counselling, justice studies, Native American studies, or a related human services discipline is required.
-A minimum of five (5) 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.
-Experience supervising a team is preferred.
-Strong communication, de-escalation, and comprehension skills.
-The ability to attend and complete mandatory training.

Start date: Immediately

We offer competitive salaries and benefits.

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 end of day on Wednesday, December 5th. Applications received via facebook will not be considered.

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

Program Evaluation and Administrative Assistant - Indigenous Recovery Coaching Program

ARCHES is now hiring a full-time Program Evaluation and Administration Assistant position for the Indigenous Recovery Coaching Program. The Agency provides harm reduction programming to Southwestern Alberta as well as support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.

Reporting to the Indigenous Recovery Coaching Program Manager, the Program Evaluation and Administrative Assistant will provide efficient, accurate, and professional office coordination for the Indigenous Recovery Coaching team. This position provides assistance in the areas of evaluation, administration, information sharing, and reporting.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

Communication
-Managing program communications (i.e., email, phone, fax);
-Internal communication;
-Draft correspondence on behalf of the Program Manager;
-Public relations with general public and stakeholders.

General Administration
-Provide general administrative support to staff as required;
-Assist in planning staff meetings and keeping meeting notes;
-Maintain program documentation, including participant files;
-Respond to information requests and direct to appropriate person.

Evaluation
-Support staff in program documentation;
-Assist in developing programs to support program evaluation; -Assist in program reporting.

Community and Committee Relations
-Assist in planning community and committee meetings;
-Assist in writing program reports.

Office Maintenance
-Ensure proper maintenance of office, appliances and office equipment;
-Assist in hiring of maintenance and/or contractors as required;
-Purchase office supplies and equipment as required.

KEY ATTRIBUTES 

In order to succeed in this position, the Program Evaluation and Administrator will have a combination of the following attributes:
-Training in evaluation/administration field;
-Experience in working with computer software programs, including data management, word processing, spreadsheets and publishing;
-At least two years’ experience in office administration, program evaluation and working with members of a team;
-Experience in working with FNMI populations is an asset;
-Ability to effectively manage a highly variable workload and conflicting time demands, including occasional evening and week-end assignments;
-Positive and enthusiastic about working with the target population;
-Nonjudgmental of adults with opioid addiction;
-Ability to establish empathy with the individuals you work with;
-Comfort and ability in working independently in an office setting;
-A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development;
-Client-focused, with a commitment to providing quality services;
-Proven ability to foster partnerships, establish and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders;
-Understanding of the politically sensitive nature of working with multiple stakeholders.
-Computer literacy skills, mandatory;
-Must be able to support a flexible work schedule;
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with participants and their family members;
-Excellent at working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and work well under pressure and stressful situations;
-Must understand and practice within full scope of their position in an interdisciplinary team environment;
-Knowledge of local community resources for social, physical and cultural support and how to access each is considered an asset;
-Experience in a wide range of assessment, health promotion, harm reduction, and follow-up care in the community is considered an asset;
-An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and supporting individuals with addictions issues is an asset;
-Ability to speak and/or understand a traditional language within Southern Alberta is considered an asset.

EXPECTED CREDENTIALS

-Valid Drivers License
-Criminal Record Check

Start Date: Monday, December 17, 2018

We offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 7, 2018 to: Indigenous Recovery Coach Program Manager, Jerry Firth, by Fax: (403) 328-8564 or email: jfirth@lethbridgearches.com 

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

Indigenous Recovery Coach

ARCHES is now hiring one full-time Indigenous Recovery Coach position for the Indigenous Recovery Coaching Program. 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 an intensive, peer-to-peer community-based and culturally-informed recovery coaching program for Indigenous adults starting or restarting opioid agonist therapy (OAT) for opioid addiction in Lethbridge, Alberta. The program will combine one-on-one community-based management practices with culturally-focused healing and behaviour-based relapse prevention.

Indigenous Recovery Coach 

Reporting to the Indigenous Recovery Coach Program Manager, this position functions as part of a team, seeing participants from diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) 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. The Indigenous Recovery Coach utilizes the informal counselling process, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals accessing OAT.

While the Indigenous Recovery Coach is not required to be a regulated professional, it would be an asset. However, all applicants will be considered. Successful candidates will receive training towards being a Certified Professional Recovery Coach. Training will also include understanding opioid addiction, cultural awareness, and on-the-job training.

The Indigenous Recovery Coach will be responsible for developing and following a Recovery Plan to help meet participant needs. The Coach will work to expand supportive social contacts in a participant’s network; facilitate engagement in tangible resources to meet physical needs (e.g., stable housing and access to physical/mental health services); facilitate access to and engagement in Indigenous cultural and ceremonial activities; and work with clients to expand their personal skills/capacities (e.g., problem-solving and stress management).

The Indigenous Recovery Coach will support the Program Manager in working collaboratively with diverse FNMI communities (rural, remote, urban), individuals, groups and organizations to plan quality, accessible programs and services. The position will engage FNMI communities by developing trust and collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS
-Experience and knowledge in traditional cultural practices is considered an asset.
-Graduation from a recognized education program would be an asset.
-More than 5 years’ experience with urban and rural FNMI people/communities.
-Minimum of 5 years in supportive role.
-Recent experience working in a community setting is preferred.
-A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development.
-Client-focused, with a commitment to providing quality services.
-Proven ability to foster partnerships, establish and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders.
-Understanding of the politically sensitive nature of working with multiple stakeholders.
-Computer literacy skills, mandatory.
-Must be able to support a flexible work schedule.
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with clients and their family members.
-Excellent at working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and work well under pressure and stressful situations.
-Must understand and practice within full scope of their profession in an interdisciplinary team environment.
-Knowledge of local community resources for social, physical and cultural support and how to access each is considered an asset.
-Experience in a wide range of assessment, health promotion, harm reduction, and follow-up care in the community is considered an asset.
-An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is an asset.
-Ability to speak and/or understand a traditional language within Southern Alberta is considered an asset.

KEY ATTRIBUTES

-Positive and enthusiastic about working with the target population.
-Nonjudgmental of adults with opioid addiction.
-Ability to establish empathy with the individuals you work with.
-Comfort and ability in working independently in community settings.
-Willingness and open-mindedness to follow established RC procedures.

EXPECTED CREDENTIALS

-Valid Drivers License
-Criminal Record Check
-First Aid/CPR

Start Date: Monday, December 17, 2018

We offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 7, 2018 to 
Indigenous Recovery Coach Program Manager by Fax: (403) 328-8564; or email: jfirth@lethbridgearches.com 

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

Clinical Team Lead/Mental Health Specialist - Housing First Clinical Team

The Clinical Team Lead/Mental Health Specialist works in both structured and unstructured environments with vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities, who require housing, housing stabilization, experiencing mental health and addiction issues, and are at high risk for overdose and communicable diseases. This position provides oversight to the Housing First Clinical Team, supporting complex individuals. The Clinical Team Lead provides clinical supports, maintains an individual caseload as well as participates in joint case management and the provision of supervision for the overall case work. The Clinical Team Lead maintains oversight to ensure that client self identified goals for recovery; rehabilitation and community integration are supported by appropriate services and best practices. This position ensures that the program is sufficiently flexible and dynamic to meet the needs of those individuals who have mental health and substance abuse issues who have been unsuccessful in accessing or unable to access traditional programs and services.

This 1.0FTE 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 is an exciting opportunity at ARCHES. We are looking for an individual with strong organizational skills and health care system navigation knowledge. Experience in the clinical sector working with individuals experiencing substance abuse issues is a must. The agency provides Harm Reduction programming and clinical supports for vulnerable/marginalized populations including to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV living in Southwestern Alberta.

Reporting to the Director of Programs, this position functions as part of an interdisciplinary team, seeing clients from diverse populations. The Clinical Team Lead/Mental Health Specialist utilizes an interdisciplinary team model, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities.

Qualifications:

– Degree in a clinical specialty (i.e. addictions, psychology, social work, nurse practitioner, nursing, psychiatric nursing) from an accredited university,
– Five (5) years post graduate experience, including two (2) years supervisory experience preferred
– Previous experience in case management of people with mental health issues, histories of substance abuse and/or trauma;
– An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is a must;
– Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to vulnerable/marginalized populations;
– Knowledge in outreach health care delivery and community resources;
– Must be able to support flexible work schedule;
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with clients, their family members, staff and the public;
– Demonstrated ability to adjust to unexpected events, problem solve and deal with conflict;
– Demonstrated ability in making decisions based on independent judgement;
– Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team;
– Ability to function independently;
– Excel at working in a dynamic fast paced environment;
– Work well under pressure and stressful situations;
– Application and knowledge of current research

All applicants need a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle.

Start date: Immediately

We offer competitive salaries and benefits

Resume and cover letter listing three professional references must be submitted via email to ARCHES’ Director of Programs, Megan Williamson, at mwilliamson@lethbridgearches.com by end of day on Monday, December 3rd, 2018. Applications received via facebook will not be considered.

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

FT, PT, and Casual Harm Reduction Specialists - Supervised Consumption Services

ARCHES is now hiring full-time, part-time, and casual Harm Reduction Specialists for Supervised Consumption Services. This position works 12-hour shifts; either days (from 0700-1900) or overnights (from 1900-0700). Both the full-time and part-time rotations include an even distribution of day and overnight shifts.

Harm Reduction Specialist

Reporting to the Supervised Consumption Services Program Manager, this position functions as part of an interdisciplinary 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. The Harm Reduction Specialist utilizes critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals accessing services at ARCHES.

The Harm Reduction Specialist is a central member of the team in a facility offering Supervised Consumption Services. The primary responsibility of the Harm Reduction Specialist is to provide support in admitting and controlling flow and numbers of clients in the site. This position supports the nurse in the supervision of clients who are administering their own substances.The Harm Reduction Specialist works with clients and communities who are at high risk for overdose and communicable diseases. The Harm Reduction Specialist supervises clients who are administering their own substances. These clients may present with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, addictions and general health issues. The Harm Reduction Specialist collaborates with interdisciplinary team members and other health care professionals/providers to achieve excellence in client-centered care and education.

Qualifications:

•Graduation from a recognized post-secondary education program with a human services diploma/degree preferred.
•Computer literacy skills mandatory.
•Recent experiences working in a community setting, is preferred.
•Must be able to support a flexible work schedule.
•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to enable working directly with participants 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.
•An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is an asset.

Start date: Immediately

ARCHES offers competitive salaries and benefits. Resumés listing three professional references must be submitted to Jill Manning, Director of Operations, by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th via email to jmanning@lethbridgearches.com. Applications received over facebook will not be reviewed. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in full-time, part-time, or casual employment.

ARCHES is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those candidates short listed for interview will be contacted.

Administrative Office Assistant

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Administrative Office Assistant will provide efficient, accurate, and professional office coordination of ARCHES. This position is based out of the 1016 1 Ave S facility. This position provides general assistance and coordination to 8 programs, in the areas of administration, information sharing, scheduling, and overall organization.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Communication:
-Internal communication;
-Draft correspondence on behalf of various Program Managers;
-Public relations with suppliers;
-Greeting and directing clients to appropriate spaces and appointments.

General Administrative Assistance:
-Provide general administrative support to staff and board members as required;
-Respond to information requests and direct to appropriate personnel;
-Monitoring various communication mediums (phone calls, emails, faxes, etc).

Office Maintenance:
-Ensure proper maintenance of office, appliances and office equipment;
-Assist in hiring of maintenance and/or contractors as required.

KEY ATTRIBUTES

In order to succeed in this position the Administrative Office Assistant will have a combination of the following attributes:

-Training in management/ administration field;
-Experience in working with computer software programs, including word processing, spreadsheets and publishing;
-Good understanding of HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis C, harm reduction and population health principles;
-At least two years’ experience in an administrative role, working with members of a team;
-Experience in working with minority groups and communities is an asset;
-Ability to effectively manage a highly variable workload and conflicting time demands; including occasional evening, week-end and out-of-town assignments;
-Valid driver’s license and access to an insured reliable vehicle.
-Criminal record check required within the three months of hire date and every three years thereafter.

Start date: January 7, 2019

We offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Resumes listing three professional references must be submitted via email to Director of Operations, Jill Manning, at jmanning@lethbridgearches.com before 4:30pm on Friday, December 7th. Applications received via facebook will not be considered.

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

PT and Casual Registered Nurse - Supervised Consumption Services

ARCHES is now hiring part-time and casual Registered Nurses for Supervised Consumption Services (SCS). Both positions work 12-hour shifts, either days (07:00-19:00) or overnights (19:00-07:00). The part-time rotation has an equal distribution of day and overnight shifts, and averages out to a 21 hour work week. Casual RN’s are able to pick us shifts as needed, with a minimum requirement of one shift worked every two months.

Registered Nurse

Reporting to the SCS Program Manager, this position functions as part of an interdisciplinary 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. The Registered Nurse (RN) utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills to provide care to individuals accessing services at ARCHES.

The RN is a central member of the team in a facility offering Supervised Consumption Services. The primary responsibility of the RN is to provide clinical care in managing the health needs of vulnerable/marginalized individuals accessing Supervised Consumption Services. The RN works with clients and communities who are at high risk for overdose and communicable diseases. The RN supervises clients who are administering their own substances. These clients may present with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, addictions and general health issues. The RN collaborates with interdisciplinary team members and other health care professionals/providers to achieve excellence in client-centered care and education.

Qualifications:

 Graduation from a recognized nursing education program.
 Active registration and practice permit with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
 Computer literacy skills mandatory (i.e., EDIS, NetCare, etc.).
 Recent experiences working in a community care setting, is preferred.
 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, health promotion, harm reduction, and follow-up care in the community considered an asset
 Must understand and practice within full scope of their profession in an interdisciplinary team environment.
 An understanding of Harm Reduction Principles and experience working with individuals with addictions issues is an asset.

Start date: Immediately

We offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Cover letter and resumé listing three professional references must be submitted via email to Managing Director, Jill Manning, at jmanning@lethbridgearches.com before end of day on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. Applications received via facebook will not be considered.

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