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Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 18812
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

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

The Child and Youth Care Counsellor is a member of the community counselling team and provides integrated and therapeutic mental health and behavioural programming in collaboration with school personnel, mental health, and social services professionals. As the successful applicant, you will provide a wide range of services with an emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with children, youth, and their families. During the school year, you will be based primarily in the school, but, in order to align with the needs of children and youth, other locations may include Community Counselling Program office, client family home, or other appropriate community locations.

As the Child and Youth Care Counsellor, you will provide direct client care including individual and environmental assessment, intervention planning, individual, family, and group counselling, and referrals to other important service providers and agencies within the community. You will work collaboratively with other community services including school principals, teachers, social workers, nurses, physicians, RCMP, Victim Services, and local Indigenous and Non-Government Organizations to provide a comprehensive, person, and family centred approach to care.

To be successful in this role, we require the successful completion of a Master's degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work, or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

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 vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18812      

Closing Date: Open until filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $47.68 per hour to $56.96 per hour (approximately $92,976 - $111,072) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.