Community Addiction Counsellor – Full Time Eskasoni, NS

“Screening Process in Place”

Child Abuse Registry & Police Check is ‘Mandatory’

Salary: Based on NADACA Wage Scale and Qualifications

Under the general direction of the Manager of Community Addiction Services will be responsible for the following duties: initial client contact, documentation and referral; maintaining ongoing contact with client through the treatment and rehabilitation process; will perform regular follow-up on client after treatment; will function as a member of the community health team, responding as necessary in drug emergencies; will participate on relevant community committees and will represent the Association through speaking engagements, seminars, and workshops; will establish working relationships with area resource agencies; will coordinate youth programs; will participate in all offered training and educational improvement courses; will maintain client files and assist as required in the analysis and review of statistical data; will, in conjunction with other community groups and agencies, provide special assistance to recovering clients in their efforts to re-adjust to a substance-free life style.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to those with a university degree, diploma or equivalent with related work experience.
  • Certification as an addiction’s counsellor is an asset. Ongoing training is provided.
  • Strong Mi’kmaq Cultural and/or language skills and have substantial experience working in a First Nations community environment.
  • Work directly coordinating existing Adolescent, Adult and Family programming
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Must be available to work FULL time hours. Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends providing programs.  Along with NAAW activities.
  • Apply a solid knowledge and understanding of the psycho-social impacts of current alcohol and drugs commonly available and used, including prescription and non-prescription; and maintain a solid knowledge and understanding of current substance use and abuse trends.
  • Have excellent verbal, written communication skills, and effective listening skills.
  • Ability to work as a team in a residential treatment setting environment.
  • Substantial understanding of addiction and recovery including emerging trends.
  • Show evidence of a Healthy Life Style; and be actively maintaining, practicing abstinence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Access to reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.


Resumes & Applications of employment will be accepted until closing time (12 noon) (Must include – Police Check / Vulnerable Sector Check.

*Screening process taking place and only those who meet the qualifications will be interviewed *

DEADLINE:   May 24, 2024 – 12 noon

Please Submit Applications along with Resume and two (2) letters of reference to:

Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselling Assn. of NS

Attn: Ramona Gould – Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Eskasoni, Cape Breton, NS  B1W 1A6

Fax# (902) 379-2412


“Child Abuse Registry & Police Check is ‘MANDATORY with Vulnerable Sector’”

In accordance with the Human Rights Exemption, preference will be given to registered status Indians as defined in the Indian Act.  Screening of applicants in effect which includes Police back ground checks.

*****Only those who meet the qualifications will be notified*****