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Case Manager, Addictions Specialist - Cota

Sep 25, 2020
Toronto, Ontario
Entry Level, Early Career


Case Manager, Addictions Specialist

Bargaining Unit Position
One (1) Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

Cota is an accredited community-based organization that has been supporting adults with mental health and cognitive challenges to live well within their communities for over 40 years. We provide person-centred supports that assist individuals to find inspiration and hope in their inherent strengths and support them to pursue meaningful change in their lives, as they define it. We also work collaboratively with our funders, our partners and other stakeholders, across the provincial health and social service systems, to inspire positive change in the way that services are delivered to individuals living with mental health and cognitive challenges.

We are seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who will work enthusiastically to deliver recovery oriented, client and family centered and comprehensive services that meet client needs. They will ensure client safety and work within a quality improvement framework to identify opportunities for enhancing quality and quantitative outcomes of the services. Client and family centered care is guiding principle at Cota that helps improve decision making processes, health outcome and client experiences. The successful individual will embed this guiding principle into their work and demonstrates respect, understanding and values the diversity of communities & individuals served.

About the Position:

The AHFT utilizes an interdisciplinary team and Housing First approach to support individuals who are homeless, living with mental health challenges and involved with a court support program and/or are being released from a provincial correctional facility.

We are presently recruiting one (1) permanent full-time Case Manager, Addictions Specialist position for the AHFT – West Team (located at King and Dufferin St., Toronto).

Job Duties:

Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to those below:

  • Contribute to the development and review of comprehensive client-centered assessments and recovery plans ( OCAN, OPOC and/or GAINS)
  • Provide community-based case management supports, including education, crisis and harm reduction intervention
  • Link to community resources and advocate for clients to access appropriate services to meet their needs
  • Provide social/ educational and addiction group activities
  • Offer education and information regarding harm reduction strategies, motivating clients to change behaviors associated with their addiction, and relapse prevention
  • Work collaborative with different agencies to help clients achieve their recovery goals

Successful Candidate Requires:

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (i.e. Psychology,  Social Work, etc),  AND
  • Post-graduate certificate or diploma in Addictions from an accredited educational institution.
  • One year of experience in a position identified as Addictions Specialist and working with people who experience challenges with addictions
  • GAINS certified considered an asset
  • Experience working with people who reflects our priority client population, such as racialized communities, indigenous peoples, people involved in the justice system, people with mental health challenges, and people who have experienced trauma would be an asset
  • Competence in providing recovery oriented services: assessments, crisis intervention, basic support, addiction services 
  • Experience, alignment and commitment to harm reduction
  • Knowledge of substance use interventions
  • Competence in planning, implementing and evaluating group activities
  • Demonstrated ability to use problem-solving techniques to identify and assess client need and develop appropriate intervention strategies
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources and demonstrated ability to negotiate with others on behalf of clients
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent record keeping
  • Excellent clinical judgement and decision-making skills, including a keen awareness of client-clinician boundary issues

Other Requirements: 

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Conduct visits in the clients’ homes, hostels, hospitals and other community settings working in sometimes difficult conditions, including hoarding and pest infestations
  • Comfortable working with a broad range of client groups
  • Be required to work rotating day, evening and weekend shifts
  • Provide proof of a valid Ontario Driver’s license
  • Provide evidence of a clean driver abstract
  • Access to a vehicle for daily use

PAY: $26.77 per hour

To Apply:

Please forward a cover letter and your current resume on or before August 7, 2020 by 4:00pm to Human Resources via e-mail: and reference Job Posting #248.

The posting will remain open until successfully filled.

If you have any requirements for accommodation due to disability, please advise Human Resources during the recruitment and selection process. We will work with you to best meet your needs as per resources available to us.

Cota is an equal opportunity employer. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We request no emails, faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please. Cota encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.)

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