Substance Use Lead – Ref #2022-24

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Substance Use Lead (Ref #2022-24)

The Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource to 31 First Nations Communities.  The Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides expertise, support, services, and programming in public health to the region.  The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing.  The Raising our Children section of the model includes Family Health, Youth Development, and Building Healthy Relationships

The Substance Use Lead works with the Harm Reduction teams to collaboratively develop programs/services aimed at promoting approaches to living well with and healing from addictions, and to support the continued development of community programs and services.

The Substance Use Lead is directly accountable to the Harm Reduction Manager.

The salary for this position is $63,310 to a maximum of $81,483/annum.

Who can apply:
Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)


  • Minimum of 5 years of direct service in the substance use and addictions field or related area
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a health related field
  • Knowledge of cultural teachings and values of First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout area
  • Clinical knowledge in mental health and addictions assessment and interventions.
  • Familiarity with speaking in an Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, and/or Cree dialect as well as English
  • Knowledgeable about a range of topics related to substance use and addictions (e.g. addiction theories, treatment models, prescription drug misuse symptoms and effects, concurrent mental health issues, counselling approaches).
  • Ability to apply child and adult learning principles to effectively share knowledge.
  • Knowledgeable of the root causes of disruption to wellness, mental health difficulties, and substance use among First Nation s peoples (i.e. racist and colonial policies and trauma); and ability to develop culturally safe program/service approaches.
  • Must be familiar with the management of opioid addiction through use of suboxone from induction through to stabilization and then maintenance.
  • Must have excellent engagement and leadership skills to facilitate group dialogue and program development.
  • Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.
  • Excellent computer, written, communication and assessment skills.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Travel required.


  • Develop and maintain a network of the community-based workers supporting substance use programming, including suboxone program coordinators and NNADAP workers
  • Maintain communications with community-based workers to understand the current programming around substance use in the community, including service utilization and demands
  • Organize and host orientation for new suboxone program staff and sharing circles that connect community suboxone program and other substance use workers from across the region and create safe space for knowledge sharing, peer support, celebration, and identifying areas of need.
  • Plan and facilitate training workshops and events on related topics or topics identified by community workers (i.e. Directly Observed Therapy training; situation de-escalation training; naloxone training).
  • Develop information resources with, and for, community-based workers (e.g., new worker manuals, safer substance use information posters, medication dispensing sign-in forms, and others at request of community).
  • Work with communities to enhance or develop aftercare programming for substance use
  • Support communities in the development of funding proposals to support their substance use programming
  • Participate in the creation of a regional and coordinated mental health and addictions plan with other ACW teams, SLFNHA departments, and external partners.
  • Develop approaches to supporting community members to live well while on their healing journeys with addiction based on knowledge of communities, cultural teachings, and Western approaches to treating addiction and supporting recovery.
  • Build strong relations with, and clarify the roles of, community workers and leaders, Tribal Councils, PTOs, and other organizations involved in First Nations substance use prevention, healing, and harm reduction.
  • Support and increase awareness of the Harm Reduction team’s work
  • Participate in community outreach activities or working groups as necessary
  • Guide advocacy work for changes to racist, colonial, and inequitable provincial and federal laws and policies.
  • Develop approaches to listening to community members’ experiences with substance use support programs and use learnings to continuously improve programs/services.
  • Work closely with other Harm Reduction team members and staff within ACW and SLFNHA to accomplish these responsibilities

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