JOB POSTING – Social Worker/Counsellor

December 27, 2017
JOB POSTING – Social Worker/Counsellor

POSITION: Social Worker/Counsellor 
(Languages: English or French plus fluency in Arabic, Spanish, or Creole)
STATUS: 1 Full Time Position & 1 Part-Time with opportunity to grow
REPORTS TO: Clinical Manager
LOCATION: The Counselling Group / JFS Ottawa

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Rebecca Fromowitz, Assistant Executive Director

Deadline to Apply: January 25, 2018
(Please Note: Applications will be accepted until January 25th at noon, but earlier applications are encouraged as interviews will begin January 11th)

Position Summary

Reporting to the Clinical Manager, the Counsellor will be responsible for the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate counselling services for refugees and newcomers.

Using theoretically-informed, and culturally responsive treatment interventions, the Counsellor will support clients presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from their pre and post migration experiences.  The Counsellor will provide counselling/psychotherapy to help clients process loss, trauma, manage mental health concerns, and improve emotional well-being. The Counsellor will also provide crisis intervention and other supports to help clients access basic needs, navigate complex systems, create and sustain social supports, and integrate in to their communities.  Working on-site and in community, the counsellor will work collaboratively with our settlement program staff to deliver programs and services that support the successful settlement and integration of refugees and other new immigrants in Ottawa

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides clinical counselling / psychotherapy to clients
  • Provides culturally-responsive and language-specific direct service including client assessment, treatment, and referrals
  • Provides advocacy and referrals to help clients access relevant community services and collaborates with other professionals (i.e. doctors, settlement workers and health-care professionals).
  • Maintains and develops service partnerships and collaborative working relationships with community agencies, schools, courts, child welfare workers, to improve service delivery and enhance immigrant supports
  • Ensures quality client care that is consistent with best practices, agency standards, and evidence-based approaches.
  • Maintains necessary documentation and case records.
  • Participates in supervision, meetings, case conferences, workshops (including professional development opportunities)
  • Performs related work as assigned


  • Masters of Social Work or graduate degree in a related field (Counselling)
  • Registration with  OCSWSSW, or equivalent Professional Colleges and Associations
  • Maintains professional liability insurance through the association
  • Demonstrated experience in individual and/or family therapy with diverse client populations
  • Specific knowledge / experience working with new Canadians, immigrants who have experienced war-related trauma, grief, loss, mild to moderate mental health issues, addictions, community conflict and issues related to family life, violence, poverty and stress.
  • Sophisticated  understanding of pre and post migration issues on therapeutic processes and alliance
  • Ability to incorporate immigrants  cultural preferences and healing practices into the counselling process
  • Strong knowledge of the immigrant service sector, internal and external community resources
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment.
  • Ability to work flexible hours according to program need.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or lived experience, knowledge and understanding of settlement issues that impact newcomer families and their children
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, in English or French AND in one of the following additional languages: Arabic, Spanish or Creole

Please send a resumé and covering letter to:

Rebecca Fromowitz, Assistant Executive Director

Deadline to Apply:  January 25, 2018

(Please Note: Applications will be accepted until January 25th at noon, but earlier applications are encouraged as interviews will begin January 11th)

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa supports equal opportunity employment.  We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants need to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Assistant Executive Director responsible for the job posting. The Assistant Executive Director will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

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