Addiction Services Central Ontario (ASCO) is a charitable, community-based addiction services organization with its main office located in Aurora, Ontario and provides programs and services in York Region, South Simcoe and some parts of Toronto. To better reflect the people and communities we serve, our name has changed from Addiction Services for York Region to Addiction Services Central Ontario. Be sure to visit our new website: https://helpwithaddictions.ca

ASCO unites to offer hope and promote recovery through outstanding service and innovation. Addiction Services Central Ontario takes pride in its passion for client service. Each day presents new opportunities to demonstrate leadership and expertise in addictions to the community. ASCO embraces a holistic, biological, psychological, social and spiritual approach to addiction. A holistic approach places the person at the centre. The agency uses a harm reduction approach in addiction treatment and equally respects individuals who choose abstinence or harm reduction. ASCO’s four strategic priorities are: Organizational Excellence, Building Awareness, Service Expansion and Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations.

Addiction Services Central Ontario is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to work as a Nurse Practitioner. As an active partner within several Ontario Health Teams, this position will be involved in the development and/or implementation of pilot programs and other programs to support individuals experiencing substance use, including but not limited to the establishment of pharmacotherapy services in the community, as determined by the agency.

This position will offer services throughout York Region, South Simcoe and North York, as determined by the agency, and will work closely with the agency’s partners, as requested, to assist the agency in achieving the goals set out by the agency, OHTs and/or the funder. This position works collaboratively to initiate and monitor individuals looking for assistance with opioid use disorder through the initiation and monitoring of opioid agonist therapy (Buprenorphine) as well as provide medical support for individuals who wish to withdraw from alcohol and/or other substances. Working collaboratively with other members of the Addictions Withdrawal Management Team, the Nurse Practitioner will initiate and monitor alcohol anti-craving medications and play a key role in assisting individuals to develop a personalized plan toward stabilization, harm reduction and recovery. The Nurse Practitioner will promote overall harm reduction strategies, including dispensing Naloxone kits.

This position will collaborate with the agency’s Nurse Practitioners team to provide nursing leadership and management to the agency’s nursing team provide clinical supervision to the nursing team (individual and group supervision) as needed, and work collaboratively with the Leadership Team to develop, implement and evaluate the agency’s programs and services.
With our current increase of in-person services, this position will be based in the Aurora office location, as well as other satellite office locations and clinics including York Region, North York and South Simcoe, reporting to the Assigned Supervisor. ASCO is required to follow all public health and provincial directives as well as of those of our Ontario Health Team partners as related to the pandemic and other health issues that may come forward, including but not limited to vaccination requirements.

This is a full-time position for 35 hours per week., with a minimum of two evenings per week, providing services throughout York Region, North York and South Simcoe. Weekend work is also expected (i.e. some Saturdays). The annual salary for this position is $110,000.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

o    Clinical Services: 
    Perform assessment, diagnosis, treatment, health education and other medical functions based on appropriate College of Nurses’ Standards of P’sractice
    Prescribe and monitor withdrawal management, substitution therapy and anti-craving medications for a variety of substance use disorders.
    Facilitate access to on and off-site addictions support staff and interdisciplinary team and programs, as needed
    Work collaboratively with the addictions practitioners and all referring sources
    Provide education and clinical support to primary care providers to scale up expertise in addictions management organizationally
o    Bed-Based Addiction Withdrawal Management Services: 
    support individuals who are preparing to enter into bed-based addiction services and provide more consistent care to individuals in need 
    support community Primary Care Physicians (PCP) who are providing care to individuals preparing to enter into a bed-based addictions treatment service
    improve the medical management of clients who are withdrawing from substances and need access to primary care and/or medications to manage the symptoms of withdrawal.
o    Mobile Withdrawal Management Services
    Collaborate with the agency’s Nurse Practitioners to develop and implement a suite of mobile withdrawal management services for York Region, North York and South Simcoe
    work closely with the agency’s partners, as determined by the agency, to offer withdrawal management services at or near their locations
o    Clinical Supervision and Training
    Support the agency’s nursing team, and provide the nursing staff with clinical and administrative supervision, both individual and group, as needed
    Collaborate with the Nurse Practitioners’ Team to provide appropriate clinical training to the Nursing Team
    Collaborate with the Leadership Team to provide appropriate clinical training to agency front-line staff
o    Provide primary care support to individuals who are seeking pharmacotherapy for their substance use, as required. 
o    Equity & client-centred approach: 

    Work in a manner that is mindful of the whole person/community within a social context and being cognizant of the impacts of the social determinants of health
    Work sensitively with equity seeking groups who wish to access addictions withdrawal management programs and services
o    Work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
o    Participate in program evaluation, as requested
o    Ensure clinical records are maintained, accurate and up to date on a consistent basis

o    Other duties, as assigned


•    Valid Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class, RN(EC) with a speciality certificate in Primary Health Care
•    Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate or Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate (COUPN or equivalent) required 
•    Demonstrated experience working effectively with communities/ individuals who face barriers accessing services and experience in approaching work from an equity lens
•    Demonstrated experience in Opioid/Alcohol Management/Harm Reduction preferred
•    Demonstrated excellent problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively and respectfully in a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment.
•    CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing would be an asset
•    Proof of liability protection under NPAO (or independently) required 
•    2 or more years’ experience in delivery of primary care preferred
•    Clinical experience in the mental health/addictions field would be a definite asset
•    Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of people with mental illness and/or addiction
•    Excellent clinical skills and sound clinical judgment 
•    Excellent organizational and communication (written and oral) skills
•    Strong interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills
•    Solid problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills 
•    Ability to work independently and as a team member
•    Experience in policy development, program planning and evaluation would be an asset 
•    Proficient in the use of IT systems and computers for word processing, email and data entry (Outlook, Excel, electronic client records)
•    Experience with OTN and telemedicine would be an asset
•    Comfortable providing virtual care, as required
•    Flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity and a good sense of humour are essential for this position
•    Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written
•    Ability to speak in French, a definite asset
•    Ability to speak in other languages, an asset
•    Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with appropriate insurance coverage
•    A successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check, as per agency policy and procedures

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter detailing what interests you about this opportunity and experience you have that sets you apart from others.

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Closing date: June 30, 2022  

The process we will undertake to recruit for this role includes:
•    Initial screening of resumes and covering letters 
•    Those who are successful in moving through the initial screening process, will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview
•    Those who are successful in the telephone interview will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview to
gain a better understanding of the role, as well as, provide you the opportunity to discuss how your experience fits well with this opportunity. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code, and we encourage you to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to this role within your application. We are wholly committed to integration and to building a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and is given the opportunity to fully contribute, ensuring an equal employment environment without discrimination or harassment, while maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We remain committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

ASYR is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which will enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.