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Current Career Opportunities: 

  • Family & Community Worker - Phoenix Program (F&CW)
  • Director of Finance and Administration 
  • Family & Individual Clinical Counsellor
 

Position: Family & Community Worker - Phoenix Program (F&CW)
Location: Oakville
Reports to: Manager of Support Services
Status: Full-time
 

Position Overview:
 
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to support an established mental health charity? The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is hiring a Family & Community Worker – Phoenix Program for our Oakville office. The Family & Community Worker (F&CW) position is a partnership between SSO and the Phoenix Program, an early-intervention-in-psychosis program located across three sites in the Halton Region.

The SSO F&CW plays an integral clinic-to-community linkage role within the Phoenix Program. This role works in an integrated manner with the three clinical site teams and provides support services to clients and their families. The F&CW works closely with Phoenix Family Workers to facilitate family support groups and plan community-based educational opportunities throughout the Halton region. This role also works in collaboration with Peer Workers and the Phoenix Occupational Therapist (OT) to deliver social recreational opportunities for Phoenix clients.
 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is a leading charitable health organization supporting individuals, families, caregivers and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychosis across the province since 1979. Our aim is to make positive changes in the lives of people affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illness by building supportive communities through services, education, advocacy and research into the social factors that directly affect mental illness. SSO’s innovation initiative, the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness. Through innovative solutions that help people in our communities who are impacted by mental illness, SSO hopes to change the way society looks at mental illness.
 
Key Areas of Responsibility:
 
Family Support
In collaboration with the clinical team, develop and implement Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI)-specific family education programs incorporating the recovery model into the curriculum:

  • Plan and implement family support groups and psychoeducation sessions
  • Develop Phoenix family peer-support program
  • Provide families post-discharge support through monthly community support groups and psychoeducation sessions in the Halton Region

Client Support
Working with members of the Phoenix team such as Peer Mentors and OT to develop and co-facilitate recreational and therapeutic programming:

  • Support the continued development of client peer groups
  • Implement and facilitate client walking groups in collaboration with OT
  • Develop new opportunities for community building among Phoenix families and clients 
 
SSO Client Support
  • Provide supportive counselling and system navigation to individuals and families
  • Work collaboratively with team members to identify service gaps, develop programs and services, and implement evaluation tools to meet client needs and ensure quality of services
 
Program Development and Evaluation:
  • Work collaboratively with team members to identify service gaps and develop programming to meet client needs
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools to determine program effectiveness and inform service provision
 
Public Education:
  • Lead public education events for Phoenix Program and SSO (agency presentations, community displays, etc.) in collaboration with the Phoenix Program Coordinator and Western Region Lead as appropriate
  • Increase community knowledge of psychosis/EPI (with particular focus on youth and other high-risk populations)
 
Partnerships:
  • Participate in Phoenix Program partnership meetings as required
  • Maintain and seek opportunities for collaborative working relationships with other mental health and addictions agencies in Halton
  • Participate in community committees and represent the Phoenix Program at Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) meetings
  • Support the Western Region Team of SSO with event planning, meeting coordination, etc.
 
Education and Experience:
  • MSW, BSW or equivalent and at least 3 years of related work experience
  • Proven experience in counselling and providing therapeutic interventions with families that are evidence-based (CBT, DBT, strength-based and solution focus)
  • Open and collaborative team player who is able to work effectively with team members across three Phoenix sites
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Experience in program development and evaluation
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources in the Halton region
  • Strong understanding of the Mental Health Act
  • Self-directed and experienced in leading program implementation
  • Highly flexible and experienced working within diverse communities and populations
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evening work
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to travel throughout Halton Region
  • Knowledge of French is considered an asset
 
Work Environment:
  • The position will require work in both traditional office settings as well as community settings working closely with people living with mental illness and sector partners.
  • This position may require some evening and weekend work or travel around the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN region, its surrounding communities and out downtown Toronto office.

 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is committed to equity in employment and actively seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds. 
 
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter (one document in Word or pdf format) by February 18, 2020 via e-mail to info@schizophrenia.on.ca.
 
We thank all applicants in advance, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download PDF job posting here. 


Position: Director of Finance and Administration
Location: Provincial Office
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Status: Full-time

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is a leading mental health organization supporting individuals, families, caregivers and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychosis across the province since 1979. Our aim is to make positive changes in the lives of people affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illness. SSO is expanding its mandate and brand to incorporate a new mental health innovation platform, IAM (Institute for Advancements in Mental Health). IAM is Canada’s first dedicated, independent, community-based mental health Innovation platform committed to working together with system partners as well as those affected by mental health issues. The organization has recently developed a new strategic plan around its commitment to supporting people living with schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses as well as an expanded mandate with the goal of reaching as many people as might benefit from solutions created by our innovation platform. 

SSO is currently seeking a Director of Finance and Administration as a strategic thought-partner to lead and develop a team to support the organization as we expand our mandate. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and administration leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.
 
The Director of Finance and Administration oversees finance, accounting, business planning, budgeting, and administration and is a key member of our leadership team, participating in strategic decision making and operations as SSO/IAM continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity.
 
 
Key Areas of Responsibility:
 
Financial Management
 

  • Manages and oversees delivery of financial services ensuring financial operations, policies and procedures are accurate, effective, efficient and that appropriate controls are in place
  • Oversees and leads annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the CEO; administers and reviews all financial plans and budgets; monitors and reports on revenue development, progress and changes
  • Prepares, analyzes and presents financial reports, statements and forecasts to the CEO, Finance Committee, and the Board of Directors, clearly communicating monthly and annual financial statements
  • Oversees financial, project/program, donor and grants accounting
  • Oversees and coordinates the annual audit process, liaises with external auditors and the Finance Committee of the Board; assesses and implements changes as necessary
  • Ensures adherence to all reporting requirements of government funders: Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), foundations, and corporate donors, on a quarterly and ad hoc basis
  • Manages cash flow and forecasting ensuring that cash flow is steady and supports operational requirements
  • Manages and oversees all accounting procedures including invoice processing, account allocations, balance sheet, chart of accounts, accounts payables, payroll systems and processes and bank functions
  • Manages investment portfolios and estates, reviews contracts, and ensures adherence to Revenue Canada requirements
  • Evaluates, leads, and implements risk management processes and policies
  • Provides strategic financial guidance and advice to the CEO
 
Administration
 
  • Oversees administrative functions and office facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations
  • Manages administrative processes and procedures; ensuring procedures and systems are documented and manuals are prepared and updated
  • Oversees systems established to address maintenance of office equipment, computers, information technology, furniture and supplies including sourcing competitive prices, contract negotiations and ongoing liaison with providers and suppliers
  • Updates and renews corporate insurance policies and benefits portfolio
  • Negotiates and manages lease contracts for provincial and regional offices
  • Develops, maintains and oversees centralization of filing system, including maintenance of corporate files
 
Education and Experience:
 
  • Accounting designation of CPA, CMA, CGA, or equivalent experience, is required
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant financial management experience together with ideally six plus years of broad financial and operations management experience
  • Experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area
  • Experience in the development of government and foundation proposals and reports, investments, donation management, and revenue monitoring
  • Strong ability and experience in developing operational budgets in support of organizational goals and activities
  • Extensive understanding of legislation and regulations governing non-profit charitable organizations
  • Ability to translate financial concepts and to effectively collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Ability to implement a progressive approach to all aspects of financial services
 
Relevant Skills and Attributes:
 
  • Excellent administrative skills and understanding of office management coupled with an innovative and creative approach to non-profit organization operations
  • Keen analytical, organization, planning and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Strong understanding of voluntary sector management and appreciation for the role of volunteers
  • Advanced level of technical skills required including proficiency in computer applications and software related to financial and database management
  • Proficiency in GP Dynamics and Microsoft Suite

 
If you would like to be part of our dynamic team, please send your resume and cover letter (one document in Word or pdf format) by February 21, 2020 via e-mail to info@schizophrenia.on.ca
 
SSO is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities and will accommodate persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are encouraged to make their accommodation needs known in advance.
 
We thank all applicants in advance, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download PDF job posting here


Position: Family & Individual Clinical Counsellor
Location: Provincial Office
Reports to: Manager, Support Services
Status: Full-time

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO)
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is a leading charitable health organization supporting individuals, families, caregivers and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychosis across the province since 1979. Our aim is to make positive changes in the lives of people affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illness by building supportive communities through services, education, advocacy and research into the social factors that directly affect mental illness. SSO’s innovation initiative, the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness. Through innovative solutions that help people in our communities who are impacted by mental illness, SSO hopes to change the way society looks at mental illness.
 
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is committed to equity in employment and actively seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds to join our team.
 
We have a highly engaged team of staff and volunteers here at SSO. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of people and families affected by mental illness, we invite you to be part of the team!
 
Position Overview
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is currently recruiting a highly motivated Clinical Counsellor trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to move our CBT initiative forward. We are also looking for a creative, professional and organized multi-tasker with attention to detail who can demonstrate the ability to develop and implement clinical and psychoeducational programs. Reporting to the Manager of Support Services, the Counsellor offers in-person, telephone and on-line counselling and system navigation to individuals, families and other helping professionals seeking support and resources. The role also includes overseeing and facilitating CBT psychoeducational support groups as well as assisting in the development of CBT training materials. The incumbent works efficiently and demonstrates a commitment to quality while delivering evidence-based psychosocial and culturally sensitive interventions to vulnerable populations, including individuals living with chronic mental illness.
 
Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provides support, system navigation and clinical intervention to individuals and families experiencing different stages of psychosis and other chronic mental health conditions
  • Employs CBT and other psychosocial interventions to obtain commitment to therapeutic engagement, while assessing client readiness and specific needs
  • Modifies psychosocial approaches, interventions and activities as needed in order to support clients experiencing chronic mental health issues
  • Collaborates and partners with other programs and mental health providers to coordinates services for families
  • Plans and provides workshops and training to clients and community stakeholders in CBT, psychoeducation and other relevant mental health topics
  • Supervises students and volunteers
  • Participates in ongoing program development and evaluation
  • Contributes to development and delivery of new programs as required
  • Creates and maintains client records and files according to SSO policies and procedures
  • Prepares statistics and reports as required
  • Maintains knowledge, skills and abilities in accordance with professional standards by review of literature and attendance at workshops and seminars
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Social work (MSW), psychology, counseling and/or other related health field or equivalent experience
  • Must be in good standing and registered with a professional college (e.g. College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Registered Psychotherapists)
  • Minimum three to five years relevant experience providing counseling, system navigation and support to individuals and families in a community mental health setting, performing client intake/assessments, individual/family/group counselling and psycho-educational workshops
  • Must be competent in delivering evidence-based interventions (CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness) and working from a strength based and solution focused perspective. Prove of certification may be required
  • Demonstrates skills in providing services to a broad range of clients and their families.
  • Excellent in prompt and good client record keeping
  • Experience in program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources
  • Demonstrates cross cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the health sector with and understanding of opportunities and challenges in a mental health environment
  • Knowledge of a second language an asset
 
Relevant Skills and Attributes:
  • Strong sense of professionalism and an ability to represent the organization in an external setting
  •  Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to problem solve in a team setting
  • Demonstrated time management and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills demonstrated in the ability to prioritize a consistent and varied workload, flexibility and adaptability to work
  • Positive attendance record
  • Open and collaborative team player
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Skilled in crisis intervention and conflict resolution
  • Certification in CBT
  • Ability to contribute and work in an innovative mental health environment
 
Work Environment:
  • Works in an office environment; infrequent travel required to community settings, some overnight stays required
  • Interaction with people living with mental illness, other vulnerable people and their families/caregivers is required
  • Frequent exposure to hazards and difficult circumstances

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is committed to equity in employment and actively seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds. 
 
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter (one document in Word or pdf format) by February 25, 2020 via e-mail to info@schizophrenia.on.ca.
 
We thank all applicants in advance, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download PDF job posting here