Child and Youth Mental Health Nurse Specialist

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 24258
Salary: $100,269 - $119,750
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Open until filled

Labour Market Supplement

A recruitment and retention supplement will be offered to front line Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and Midwifery positions within the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.   The successful incumbent will receive a $5000 supplement upon hire and an additional $5000 supplement after completion of 12 months of continuous employment contingent on remaining employed in an eligible position for a further 12 months.   This is a taxable benefit and will be subject to applicable deductions.

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 Yellowknife, the Child and Youth Mental Health Nurse Specialist (CYMH Nurse Specialist) will lead the Child and Youth Telepsychiatry program that is developed in partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The CYMH Nurse Specialist provides direct nursing care and coordinates care to children and youth experiencing multiple complex needs using a recovery-oriented, strengths-based, person-centered approach. You will conduct ongoing Mental Health and Risk Assessments, monitor changes in presentation and/or treatment effectiveness, and report these assessment findings to the Telepsychiatry team/staff Psychiatrist. 

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of conceptual models of psychiatric and mental health care (e.g., Trauma Informed and Recovery-Oriented Care, Psychosocial Rehabilitation).
  • Understanding of complex, interrelated issues for children/youth such as familial residential schools trauma, family and intimate partner violence, substance use, sexual abuse, poverty and food insecurity, bullying, homelessness, community trauma, grief and FASD.
  • Skilled in child/youth development and the emergence of mental health issues in these critical developmental stages.
  • Ability to perform an in-depth psychiatric evaluation (e.g., suicide, history of violence, trauma, stress, mental status, self-perception, adaptation and coping, substance use).
  • Skilled in engaging children/youth, families and caregivers across a range of settings and communication abilities.
  • Ability to provide leadership, and consult with other team members, families and caregivers. 

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Bachelor of Nursing Degree with three (3) years of child and youth mental health nursing experience (within the past 5 years). 

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Additional Requirements: 

Registration under RNANT/NU prior to commencement of employment OR Within the NTHSSA, all Registered Nurses must be registered with RNANTNU.

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

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.

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 with RNANT/NU is mandatory for this position. 

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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 # 24258    

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $51.42 per hour to $61.41 per hour (approximately $100,269 - $119,749.50) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.