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Feb 6, 2024
The Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division is looking for a passionate and self-
motivated individual to join the At Work/Au Travail.
JOB POSTING: Employment Support Worker | At Work / Au Travail
Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division
ABOUT AT WORK/AU TRAVAIL: The CMHA NS AT Work program helps Nova Scotians living with a
mental illness who are unemployed or under-employed obtain competitive employment by
connecting them to workplaces that match their strengths, skills, and needs to build resilience and
bring experienced employees to workplaces. Working alongside both employers and clients, the AT
Work team develops an achievable action plan that supports mental wellness to ensure success.
ABOUT CMHA NS: Founded in 1908, CMHA NS is the most established, most extensive community
mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in 36 communities across the province,
CMHA NS provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and
illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Nova Scotians to flourish and thrive.
Today, the importance of our mental health advocacy work in combination with new energy and
direction of our organization makes CMHA-NS a dynamic employer of choice. To learn more about CMHA-NS, visit: www.novascotia.cmha.ca.
OUR CULTURE: We nurture a culture grounded in curiosity, learning and building trust-based
relationships. We are committed to advancing our JEDDI work (Justice, Equity, Decolonization,
Diversity and Inclusion) at the individual, organizational and community level. Our team values are
– Compassion, Connection, Authenticity, Hope and Growth. We embed these values in the work we
do in community every day.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Reporting directly to the AT Work Lead, and in collaboration with other CMHA NS Division staff, the overarching responsibility of the Employment Support Worker (ESW) is to support people living withmental health challenges and addictions find and maintain safe and sustainable employment.
We co-create a support plan with goals for the client to accomplish. These goals are both related to
employment opportunities and mental health objectives. The ESW provides the clients with
practical opportunities to support their success in the local labour market. They assist job seekers
in developing career plans to meet clients’ short and long-term labour market needs.
The ESW also operates as a liaison between the client and their employer to ensure a positive working
They perform outreach and recruitment initiatives to engage additional clients and
employers into the program while also ensuring there is strong community and employer awareness
The role would involve planning, developing, and facilitating workshops about
mental health and employment topics to clients as well as holding regular information sessions
about AT Work to present to community organizations as well as employers.
WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position, working generally from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday (37.5 hours/week). This position requires a combination of working in a home
office environment and in community, with our community stakeholders. We offer a flexible work
environment and a workplace culture committed to personal wel-lbeing and psychological safety.
A valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to a vehicle may be required. Reimbursement will
be paid as per the Expense Policy.
EQUIPMENT: The employer will provide necessary office equipment for the employee’s use while employed with CMHA NS.
WORKING CONDITIONS: As outlined in the Working from Home policy, the employer will provide
basic equipment necessary for a home office. The employee will be required to have a suitable
designated workspace and reliable high-speed internet.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: In accordance with CMHA NS policies, standards, and guidelines, the ESW is responsible for managing a caseload of individuals who self-identify mental health concerns as a primary barrier to employment. They will also provide job development services; identify and recruit potential employers, provide assertive outreach to the community, negotiate wage subsidies, develop strategies to increase employment opportunities, and establish and maintain positive employer relationships.
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Range: $45,000-$50,000 (fair market value
within the sector).
QUALIFICATIONS: [No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we have identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we would love to learn more about you.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including active listening, practicing empathy
- A creative thinker with excellent problem-solving skills.
- Time Management and organizational skills within a flexible work environment
- Proficiency with Data Collection and Management, and Research.
- Tenacity and a “can do” attitude.
- Ability to work with a diverse, marginalized, economically disadvantaged and occasionally
- Familiarity and interest in providing educational programming and client supports through
online platforms and telephone as well as in-person.
- Ability to apply a client-centered, inclusive approach.
- Post-secondary education in social services, rehabilitation, psychology, OT or another related
field or equivalent experience.
- Minimum one-year experience working in a vocational/employment initiative is an asset
ARE YOU A FIT? If you are interested in applying for the role, please submit a PDF copy of your
resume along with a cover letter stating why this is the position for you. Apply via email to: [email protected]. We thank you for your interest and please note that only those identified for an interview will be contacted.
CMHA NS is committed to reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work. As such,
we encourage applications from Black, racialized and Indigenous Peoples, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers
to Canada, and people with disabilities.
If you are a member of a group that has been historically excluded from opportunities, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter or resume and to share your pronouns.
We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and accommodating those with disabilities at any stage of the hiring process.