Occupational Therapist, ACT Team

POSITION TITLE: Occupational Therapist
PROGRAM: Vancouver and Richmond
UNION: HSPA
SALARY: $36.51- $45.37 (Grid 2 HSPA)
TYPE: Permanent Part-Time, 0.9 FTE
SCHEDULE:This position requires the person to work a combination of day (08:30am-4:30pm) and evening (12:30pm-8:30pm) shifts and to work a share of weekends. Some On-call work may be required. Schedules are subject to change to meet operational requirements and client needs. Includes a 30 minute unpaid meal break
START DATE:  As soon as possible

*to apply, please email resume and cover letter to cbromley@raincityhousing.org
please quote competition: # job2020.166*

Must have your own vehicle and be able to use it for transporting clients. Clear driving record and Class 5 Drivers License (Learners and New drivers licenses are not sufficient). You will be reimbursed the difference between business and casual use insurance. Must be willing and able to drive between the Vancouver and Richmond communities.

ACT is an evidence-based transdisciplinary mental health team that has a client-staff ratio of 10:1, with 80% of the work occurring in the community. Crisis support is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Program staff are closely involved in hospital admissions and discharges. The RainCity ACT team also provides housing opportunities for clients using a ‘housing first’ scattered site approach. Clients are offered immediate access to rent supplements so they have the opportunity to live in the same kinds of permanent independent apartments that are typically available to people without mental illness, and the rent supplements are provided without requiring participation in psychiatric or substance use treatment. Self-determination, choice and harm reduction are at the centre of all considerations with respect to the provision of housing and support services.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Occupational Therapist (OT) applies Occupational Therapy concepts and practices to assess the client’s current functional status and develop a rehabilitation treatment plan. The OT works with clients, members of the ACT team and external service providers to ensure a unified, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. In collaboration with other team members, the OT works in developing and facilitating group sessions, providing 1:1 services and providing in-service and consultation support to the other ACT team members.

The OT also performs Service Coordination/case management duties for a group of approximately 10 ACT clients, maintaining oversight to ensure that client’s self identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, consistent with the values of self-determination/choice and harm reduction. Working in collaboration with the other members of the ACT team, the OT coordinates the provision of ACT services for clients served by the team members in their area of specialization. OT and support services are often provided in non-traditional environments, such as the participant’s home, coffee shops, and community centres.  As ACT follows the Housing First model, supporting participants through evictions and moves is also a core component of the work, ensuring that learnings and skills from each housing are not lost.

DIVERSITY: RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy
Two years of recent, related work experience with people living with a mental illness and/or substance use
Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) or the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT).
Current first aid and CPR
Valid B.C. Driver’s License and an acceptable drivers abstract. Use of a personal vehicle is required.

We welcome applications from members of a visible minority, aboriginal persons, or people with lived experience of mental illness or addictions.