Substance Use Specialist

Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority

Substance Use Specialist

Internal/External Posting

Full Time Position     Location: Sioux Lookout, Ontario

The Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource to 31 First Nations Communities.  The Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides expertise, support, services, and programming in public health to the region.  The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing.  Harm Reduction is a component of Preventing Infectious Diseases under the Healthy Living section of the model.


The Substance Use Specialist supports communities in prioritizing needs and developing strategies to address addiction and related mental health issues.  The Substance Use Specialists works along with other members of the Harm Reduction team to support the full spectrum of harm reduction approaches.


The Substance Use Specialist is directly accountable to the Harm Reduction Manager.


The salary for this position is $69,093 to a maximum of $88,926/yearly.


Who can apply: Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)




  • Knowledgeable about a range of topics related to drug abuse and addiction (e.g. addiction theories, treatment models, prescription drug abuse symptoms and effects, concurrent mental health issues, counselling approaches);
  • Knowledgeable of the principle issues affecting mental health and substance abuse among First Nations people; and ability to incorporate culture-specific approaches in programming;
  • Skilled in clinical assessments and program development;
  • Must be familiar with the management of opioid addiction through use of suboxone from induction through to stabilization and then maintenance.
  • Must have excellent engagement and leadership skills to facilitate group dialogue;
  • Excellent computer, written, communication and assessment skills;
  • Exceptional planning, organizational, problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Ability to develop and maintain respectful, cooperative working relationships with First Nations people, communities, service workers and health care providers to promote an integrated seamless delivery of service;
  • Experience working in First Nations communities and ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout Zone is an asset;
  • Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential;
  • Graduate level education in social work, counselling psychology, nursing, occupational therapy or a related profession;
  • Minimum of 5-years of direct service in the addiction field;
  • Travel is required.
  • As per policy, applicants should note that COVID-19 immunization is a condition of employment within SLFNHA.





  • Conduct community needs assessments (i.e. community profile; data from community stakeholders; extent of drug use; existing strengths and resources; absent services; community identified approaches to program development) followed by completion of thorough written reports with recommendations;
  • Help community prioritize needs and realistic strategies to address addiction and related mental health issues;
  • Act as an addiction expert resource for communities to consult with while developing community-based programs or expanding on existing services;
  • Assist communities with the development of project proposals to submit for funding consideration; and assist with program design, implementation, and development of program evaluations;
  • Act as a liaison with other organizations and resources who may contribute to programs;
  • Coordinate and deliver educational workshops/training on various addiction treatment options and modalities; clinical initiatives, and all other matters related to addition.
  • Support and increase awareness of the Approaches to Community Wellbeing’s harm reduction initiatives (e.g. needle distribution program) and participate in community outreach activities or working groups as necessary;
  • Maintain statistics and prepare reports through monitoring and analysis of development, implementation, and feedback from communities;
  • Identify learning needs and develop education modules to deliver by teleconference, videoconference, online, and in person;
  • All other duties as assigned


Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Persons Sector Check to:


Human Resource Department

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street

Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8

Phone: (807) 737-1802

Fax: (807) 737-2969



Closing Date: Open Until Filled


The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance.
However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.


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