Pathways to Housing Program      

Location: Edmonton, AB
Rate: Per Year
Type: Full Time

Job Description

Summary Profile

Boyle McCauley Health Centre’s Pathways to Housing Program in Edmonton ends homelessness for people who suffer from serious, persistent mental illness (such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder), usually co-occurring with addictions and medical and social issues, by:

  • providing access to permanent independent housing without requiring treatment or sobriety as a precondition for housing; and
  • providing outreach community support and treatment with a philosophy that is founded in the principles of consumer choice and harm reduction, using both evidence-based best practices and innovative approaches.


The Life Skills Specialist reports to the Team Leader and is a participating member of the inter-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team providing comprehensive wrap-around treatment, support and rehabilitation/recovery services for the clients of the program.  Using a team case management model, all team members are required to remain current with all clients, their situation, recovery program and goals.  All treatment/recovery plans are developed as a team, with clients directing their care.  In accordance with the Pathways to Housing model, all team members spend half of their time providing generalized supports that may not be part of their professional discipline, such as providing assistance with housing, life skills, tasks of daily living and recovery supports.

In addition to the ‘generalist’ role on the ACT Team described above, the Life Skills Specialist is responsible for:

  • planning, developing and evaluating life skills development programs for Clients;
  • providing supports to Clients to assist them in developing skills required to live independently and to engage in meaningful daily activity, and coaching other members of the team to provide those supports;
  • assisting Clients to access necessary adaptive equipment;
  • supporting the intake process, to assess potential Clients’ capacity to live independently using ACLS and other assessments; and
  • undertaking assessments with Clients, such as home safety assessments.

This is a permanent, full-time position.  Regular hours of work are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  However, some flexibility around actual work hours is required, and each Team Member is on 24/7  on-call, approximately 7 weeks per year.  A reliable vehicle is required as Team Members drive daily for Client visits, most of which occur in Clients’ homes or elsewhere in the community.

Salary Range: $66,902 to $85,386 ($34.31 to $43.79 per hour).  Comprehensive benefits package.


- Ability to be registered as an Occupational Therapist in Alberta.
- Experience in one of more of following areas:
acute psychiatry and crisis intervention/emergency services;
mental health services in a community treatment setting;
on an Assertive Community Treatment Team;
working in addictions, concurrent disorders and/or Housing First; and/or
outreach services in a ‘street/inner city/chronic homelessness’ environment or equivalent.
- Knowledge of best practices in
working with people with complex co-occurring serious mental illness, addiction and medical issues;
client centered, strength-based recovery treatments/rehabilitation strategies;
Housing First/Pathway to Housing models;
Harm Reduction philosophy; and
Community Integration, Supported Employment and other aspects of Meaningful Occupation.
- Successful experience in inter-disciplinary teamwork.
- Experience in community-based allied service networking.
- Knowledge and practice in integrating cultural contexts into practice and service delivery.
- Responsible, organized, punctual and efficient; communication skills/literacy (written, oral, computer); A continuous learner
- Valid driver’s license, use of personal car and Physical capacity to perform job duties.

Please note the following will be required for this position: Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check; Child Welfare Intervention Check; valid Class 5 Driver’s License (non GDL) and appropriate vehicle insurance; and Standard First Aid and CPR.

Apply to:

Please apply by November 1st, 2020, with a resume and cover letter via email only to:
Wendy Bouwman Oake, Program Director                    
Pathways to Housing Program                                                        


November 1, 2020

Employment Posting ID: 82280