Community Wellness Worker

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Location: Inuvik

Department: NTHSSA BD Mental Health

Job Code: 16441

Salary: $62,946 - $75,153

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in Inuvik and reporting to the Regional Supervisor, Community Wellness, the Community Wellness Worker is part of a regional Community Counselling Program team providing services to the communities in the Beaufort-Delta. Community Wellness Worker is responsible for serving their community and the region by working with individuals and communities to express a desire to improve mental health and well-being.

The Community Wellness Worker provides education and prevention initiatives to communities to achieve a better understanding of the issues surrounding cultural identity, mental health, addictions and family violence. This involves working with various community groups and stakeholders, Aboriginal leaders and the general public including a diverse population (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families).

The Community Wellness Worker is a member of the PCC Team and therefore plays an important role in ensuring that client needs are met through culturally relevant education, referral and aftercare and facilitating personal development in issues related to cultural identity, mental health, addictions and family violence. The incumbent works collaboratively with other social and medical professionals as well as organizations and professionals outside of the health and social services system in the community and region, to meet the overall goals and objectives.


  • Ability to perform health promotion activities in the area of mental health, addictions, and family violence and its impact on physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.
  • The ability to facilitate individual and group learning using a client centered approach and popular education model.
  • Knowledge of physical, psychological and social effects of addictions, mental health/mental health disorders and family violence.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current practices in the management of risk factors for addictions, mental health disorders and family violence.
  • Knowledge of treatment options for people of all ages with addictions; knowledge of referral routes and care coordination.
  • Basic knowledge of NWT Mental Health Act, the Child and Family Services Act and knowledge of other NWT legislations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to network resources within and outside the Regional Health and Social Services Authority to ensure support for clients and their families.
  • Awareness of the importance and limitations of confidentiality.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to operate a desk-top computer with basic software package.
  • Ability to be self-directed, meets deadlines, prioritize workloads and manage several tasks at once.
  • Ability to operate in a team environment in a highly cooperative environment.
  • An understanding of the cultural and social issues in the community.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically attained by a Diploma in the Social Sciences together with one year of relevant experience in a scope of practice or experience solely restricted to addictions, mental health or family violence. A supervised work experience is also required.

Previous work experience in a remote northern location would be an asset.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 year term.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
66 Franklin Manor
Box 1869
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #16441       

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $32.28 per hour (approximately $62,946.00. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.