Employment Support Worker
Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch
Peterborough, ON

Temporary Full time position - 75 hours bi-weekly for 18 months

Please submit your cover letter with your resume.

Position Summary:

The Employment Support Worker in the Making It Work program provides individualized, intensive vocational supports and services to help clients with mental health concerns find and maintain competitive employment. Staff must demonstrate the professional ability to build working relationships with employers and other relevant community partners to develop an employment network, decrease mental health stigma and provide education regarding psychological health and safety in the workplace.

Services are delivered using the Individual Placement and Support Model, an evidence based best practice, client centred, strength based approach. The Employment Support Worker must also provide: job development within the community, employment determination, career planning, mental health supports, employment preparation, service coordination as required, arrange unpaid placements, job crisis support, accommodation planning and implementation, education and supports to both employees and employers within the community, job retention and on site coaching. The Employment Support Worker must possess the ability to efficiently and accurately collect and enter statistical and financial reporting to program funders.

Key Responsibilities

Vocational Support to Clients and Employers**

  • Provide support to clients using the eight principles of the Individual Placement and Support model
  • Assist individuals with mental health concerns to identify viable work options
  • Assess employment readiness
  • Advocate and negotiate on behalf of clients, when necessary
  • Facilitate referrals to identified community resources
  • Develop accommodation plans


Requirements of the Position:

A: Education and Training

Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree in social services, human resources, employment counselling or a related field, is required.

B: Related and Relevant Experience

Mandatory experience

  • Minimum of one year related experience in the mental health and/or employment field
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of the impact of employment rehabilitation in mental health recovery

Working Conditions:

  • Work in an office setting and in the community including other employment sites
  • Work directly with individuals living with mental health concerns and/or dual diagnosis and/or addictions, individuals who are experiencing emotional and/or mental health issues and are working towards recovery
  • Transport clients in personal vehicle
  • There are multiple competing demands which require time management skills, the ability to be flexible and to prioritize
  • Some evenings may be required, weekend shifts and public and statutory holidays

Please submit a cover letter with your resume.

For full details on this and other opportunities, visit: www.cmhahkpr.ca careers

Submit your cover and resume by November 28, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. Branch endorses the principles of workplace equity and workforce diversity. Qualified designated members are encouraged to apply.

C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $21.15 to $22.87 /hour


  • mental health service delivery: 1 year (Preferred)
  • employment support: 1 year (Preferred)


  • AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (Preferred)


  • Peterborough, ON (Preferred)