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NARSF Programs Employment Postings

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  • Care Home Opportunities (ongoing)
  • Admissions Coordinator (deadline May 29th)

Care Home Opportunities (Nanaimo)

NARSF Programs is seeking families/caregivers with the ability to provide care and support to youth in need of detoxification and stabilization living in the Nanaimo area. We offer training and support while you provide nurturing in a youth-friendly, structured environment. A reliable vehicle, criminal record check, and references are required. If you are interested, willing to work within a harm reduction model, have a home you are willing to share and would like to make a difference, please contact the Transitions Program Care Home Coordinator at (250) 754-2773 ext. 222 for more information. NARSF Programs welcomes applications from all qualified applicants including but not limited by those of any sex, ethnicity, orientation, or disability. Funding for this program is provided through Island Health Youth and Family Substance Use Services.

Child, Youth and Family (Nanaimo)

There is currently one posting in Child, Youth and Family Programs

Transitions Admissions Coordinator

Application Deadline: May 29th, 2018

NARSF Programs has an opening for a full time Admissions Coordinator in its Transitions Program. The ideal candidate has demonstrated ability to work with various systems involved in the delivery of withdrawal management and residential stabilization services for youth. On-call coverage, use of a personal vehicle and a satisfactory criminal record check are requirements for the successful applicant. Master’s degree preferred and/or relevant undergraduate degree with minimum 5 years related and combined experience in substance use treatment and youth/family counselling.  NARSF Programs welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. Funding for this program is provided through Island Health. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Reply in writing with a cover letter and resume by May 29th, 2018 to the Director of Services, NARSF Programs, care of Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, however thank you in advance to all who apply.

The Role

As Admissions Coordinator you will facilitate access to our care homes for youth involved in the Transitions withdrawal management and supportive residential program. Performing a combination of intake, screening and assessment functions, you will assist potential youth or referral agents navigate the intake process and make appropriate admissions or referrals based on their needs. Success in this position will require your ability to communicate effectively in person, on the phone or through email. You should be comfortable with your ability to engage with youth and adults regarding very personal information. Additionally, we would look for your contribution to ongoing improvements of internal processes based on your observations and feedback collected from colleagues, youth, referral agents and care home providers.

Within the first 90 days you will be expected to:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the Transitions program
  • Be knowledgeable of the placement needs of youth and can match their needs to our existing care home providers
  • Have fully mastered our IT and software system and can perform daily tasks
  • Developed and adopted a system to engage youth and their family who you come into contact with
  • Be an established and contributing member of the Transitions Team


Your Profile

You are good natured person who connects easily with youth and referral agents in a “we can or we’ll figure it out together” approach. While you take the work seriously, you parlay your experience with nuance, dignity and humor. Because of your knowledge and experience working with youth and adults, you understand and appreciate the challenge of engaging complexity in the moment while holding the tension for further dialogue. You are capable of conducting consistently empathetic and non-judgmental communications as you guide people toward the path that is best for them at their given juncture in life. You enjoy learning and are patient and caring with great attention to detail. You do not require close management, but have no problems reaching out for direction when you need it. Your excellent interpersonal skills and amazing work ethic make you an integral part of our team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitating and communicating program information to youth and referral agents in an empathetic and detailed manner.
  • Developing a strong working knowledge of program content; responsive to youth and referral agent questions and concerns.
  • Ability to remain calm and neutral when presented with multiple demands and highly stressed individuals.
  • Maintaining contact and engaging in timely response to referrals
  • Conducting in depth youth exit interviews
  • Initiating marketing processes for the recruitment of new care homes


  • Strong understanding of theories of addiction (including MI, biopsychosocial spiritual, harm reduction) and treatments, strength-based approach, client-centred care (trauma informed practice), and evidence-based treatment
  • Education/Experience: Preferred, Master’s in Social Work, Social Work degree with equivalent experience, or Registered Clinical Counsellor; combination of skills and education will be considered.
  • Ability to maintain standards of confidentiality and ethics.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task with high efficiency, accuracy and timeliness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that will complement a team of care providers.
  • 3 years of experience in substance use treatment, social service or similar environment.
  • Conscientious approach to note taking and data collection
  • Positive attitude toward difficulties
  • Passion for helping others


  • Adaptable in the pursuit of a common good
  • A sense of humor


NARSF offers a competitive salary and benefits package reflective of applicant experience and training.

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