Community Addictions Specialist
Edmonton, AB

Do you want to work within a supportive team, helping to improve the lives of First Nations people in northern Alberta? Are you interested in working for an innovative organization that wholly supports staff? If you enjoy a chance to join others to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

The Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council (KTC) is comprised of the member nations of Loon River, Lubicon Lake Band, Peerless Trout, Whitefish Lake #459 and Woodland Cree First Nations. KTC is seeking a Community Addictions Specialist to join our organization in a temporary full-time or part-time position (to June 30, 2020).

We are looking for a hard-working and knowledgeable addictions specialist to work with community addictions workers, health directors and other stakeholders to implement supplemental addictions programming to address the current crises. You are an expert in the field of addictions and up to date on current best practices along the addictions continuum. You are able to identify, implement and monitor appropriate programming in communities to address their unique needs. You can prepare and deliver evidence-based education/awareness presentations and resources on a variety of addictions-related topics, specifically opioids and methamphetamines. You work well with various partners at different levels in complex environments with a proven ability to keep moving initiatives forward. You use principles of community development to engage and work with communities, supporting capacity development. Finally, you are familiar with First Nation communities, available health services and historical contexts with preference given to those who have worked in a First Nation community.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social-sciences or health program (social work, addictions, psychology) or an equivalent combination of education and experience (at least five years of relevant work experience).
  • Experience in coordinating addiction programs and services in communities.
  • Proven capacity to coordinate and collaborate with various partners.
  • Licensed to work in Alberta by the appropriate professional regulatory body, if applicable.
  • Excellent computer, public relations, oral, written, and interpersonal communication
  • Must have experience working with First Nations, with demonstrated cultural knowledge and competency.
  • Possess valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle and willingness, capability and flexibility in working in and travelling to KTC First Nation communities.
  • Successful vulnerable persons and criminal records check.

Location: Flexible with frequent travel to KTC First Nation communities.

Salary: Will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for consideration/interview will be contacted. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via Indeed to Selena Willier-Schmidt, Health Special Projects Lead, KTC.

DEADLINE: October 20, 2019

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Contract


  • First Nations: 1 year (Required)
  • addictions: 3 years (Required)