Family and Community Social Worker (Term and Indeterminate)

Job Summary

Location: Aklavik
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 21987
Salary: $91,494 - $109,259
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

Reporting directly to the Regional Supervisor, Child and Family Services (Supervisor), the Family and Community Social Worker (FCSW) is responsible for intake and investigation, voluntary services, support services, family preservation and family re-unification, permanency planning, court procedures, child placements, as well as afterhours emergency services. This position receives and investigates reports, and intervenes with children, parents and families to ensure the healthy development, protection and safety of children in the least intrusive manner possible, while respecting the rights of children and families, the best interests of the child, and the importance of the child's community and culture as environmental elements that are necessary to the wellbeing of the child and family. The incumbent is expected to practice from a perspective that is trauma- and violence-informed, anti-oppressive, strengths-based and family centered approach and the position requires that interaction with clients and families, community members, partners and colleagues is tactful, respectful and humble.  This position frequently provides services to other regions from across the NWT, as clients may move communities. The legacies of colonization, assimilation policies such as residential schools have impacted Indigenous health outcomes and the way HSS are delivered and accessed. The incumbent is expected to honour and promote a culturally safe environment at all times. 

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
A Diploma in Social Work with a minimum of two (2) years of direct practice in the field of Child and Family Services or a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

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. 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.


Eligible for current registration/certification under the NWT Social Worker Profession Act is mandatory for this position. 

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Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 21987       

Closing Date: Open until filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $46.92 per hour (approximately $91,494 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $22,926 for Aklavik and $20,436 for Tuktoyaktuk.