Traditional Case Counsellor

Job Summary

Location: Hay River
Department: Justice
Job ID: 19215
Salary: $97,325 - $116,240
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Oct 28, 2020

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

The Traditional Case Counsellor will be working in Hay River and reports to the Warden. As a Traditional Case Counsellor your duties will include working with supervisors and managers to adhere and maintain operational priorities and objectives, while providing persons in custody with case management and support. The successful incumbent provides, develops and delivers addiction programs, counselling and supervision to persons in custody in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Corrections Service, Department of Justice.

The critical knowledge, skills and abilities required are as follows;
• Proven knowledge of addictions counseling in Aboriginal setting, demonstrated knowledge of therapeutic treatment option as well as the skill and ability to provide such treatment to persons in custody.
• Proven knowledge in the causes and effects of drugs and alcohol & addictions on individuals, families and communities, demonstrated knowledge of the models of addictions (abstinence model, moral model, harm reduction model, etc.).
• Proven theoretical understanding of human behavior and persons in custody issues, ability to assess and evaluate human behavior.
• Proven knowledge of practical corrections techniques with the ability to exercise sound judgment in application (use of restraints, non-violent crisis intervention, and suicide intervention).
• Proven counselling skills, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
• Ability to interpret legislation, policy and court documents (i.e. warrant of committals, fine defaults, remand warrants).
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

This is typically attained by a:

A Diploma in Social Science related field combined with training in addiction counselling.

Two years experience in case management in Correction/Social Services field.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 874-5085
Fax (867) 874-5095

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

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to Aboriginal Persons indigenous to the present boundaries of the Northwest Territories and includes any aboriginal person resident at birth and any Canadian aboriginal persons who have lived more than half of their life in the Northwest Territories.
This Job Opening is also limited to residents living within the following communities of the South Slave Region:
Fort Simpson, Nahanni Butte, Wrigley, Trout Lake, Fort Providence, Hay River, Hay River Reserve, Fort Smith, Enterprise, Fort Resolution, Fort Liard, Kakisa.

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 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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #19215        

Closing Date:  October 28, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.71 per hour (approximately $97,325. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $4,593.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 4 Driver's License.