Adult Services Social Worker

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Location: Inuvik

Department: NTHSSA BD Social Services

Job Code: 16443

Salary: $83,363 - $99,509

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, the Adult Services Social Worker reports directly to the Regional Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Services. This position is responsible for management of the Adult Services Program for a client base from any of the eight (8) communities in the Beaufort Delta Region: Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic, Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, Sachs Harbour, Paulatuk and Uluhaktok. The population of the Beaufort Delta region as a whole is approximately 7500.

This position provides case management to adults with brain injury and/or developmental disabilities, and chronic mental health and addictions issues. This position is responsible for: intake, assessment and referral to southern placements; case management of our of territory clients; the provision of outreach services to a caseload of additional clients residing in supportive living environments outside of the BDR region, but within the NWT requiring information, support, referral to other community resources along with related joint-case planning with other agencies .

The ASSW plays a key liaision role with non-government organizations providing programs/services which impact cases. This position also participates at key joint stakeholder meetings, such as the Out-of-Territory Placement Committee Meetings as requested.

The incumbent works with on various regional and territorial committees to ensure that Adult Services Programs are delivered in an integrated Primary Health Care approach resulting in the most appropriate care delivered in the most appropriate setting with proper assessment, care planning, cultural sensitivity, and implementation of care and evaluation of outcomes.


  • Must be sensitive to the geographical and cultural needs of the people and understand how the community and cultural needs impact the delivery of health and social services;
  • Must have knowledge of aboriginal history and be familiar with diverse cultures in the region;
  • Must be knowledgeable with theoretical approaches for addressing mental health and addictions issues, group and family dynamics, counseling theories, tools for assessing clients with psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities or brain injury, mental health diagnosis;
  • Must have skills in community development, program planning, development and evaluation of programs, and policies and structures pertaining to health and social programs;
  • Ability to conduct presentations and facilitation to groups;
  • Must have conflict resolution skills, group therapy skills, and facilitation, negotiation and mediation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills both written and verbal;
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals who are cognitively impaired;
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals with chronic mental illness;
  • Ability to provide brief counseling and support in area of bereavement.
  • Computer literacy;
  • Must have excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member;
  • Knowledge and experience working with families and children

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or psychiatric nursing with 2 years related experience;
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related social science discipline with 3 years of related experience;
  • Diploma in Social Work with 4 years of related experience;
  • Equivalencies will be considered on a base by case basis.

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Affirmative Action

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

Criminal Records Check

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

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 #16443     

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $42.75per hour (approximately $83,362.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.