We are always interested in adding talented and capable people to our team. If you are interested in working in addictions, support a Harm Reduction philosophy, and have a minimum of two years of post-secondary education in a relevant field, please apply.

Other requirements may vary, but Alpha House is a 24-hour facility and your availability to work nights and weekends is required.


 

addictions Licensed practical nurse/rpn  

Alpha House is a non-profit charitable agency that provides a safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies, many whom are homeless.  As the LPN in our Detox program, you will be the sole nursing staff responsible for care planning and delivery based on the scope of practice for LPN/RPN’s.

The following positions are vacant, please specify in your application which position(s) you would like to be considered for.                 

Wage:                   $24.90 per hour

Hours:                  40 hours per week, 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm; Rotating every three weeks, Sun to Thurs and Mon to Friday

 

Qualifications & Requirements: 

    • Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing along with valid registration as an LPN/RPN/RN in Alberta.
    • Minimum 2-3 years nursing in the addictions field and experience in withdraw management
    • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
    • Computer literate  including effective working skills of MS Office
    • Time management skills, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
    • Current CPR Certification, Foot and wound care
    • Knowledgeable regarding the nursing process and its application, including the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care.
    • A well-developed sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills, including respect and empathy.
    • High degree of resourcefulness, flexibility, and adaptability.
    • Knowledge of issues related to the socio-environmental determinants of health, in particular issues related to poverty and mental health.
    • Team player with strong written and oral communication skills.

    Responsibilities: 

      • Perform delegated independent nursing functions within the scope of practice as determined by CLPNA for Detox clients and the homeless population who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms
      • Consistently demonstrate the ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices without direct supervision
      • Maintains and ensures best practices around the infection prevention control for the program and orients staff to these procedures.
      • Be informed of CLS routines and maintains standards and staff training around phlebotomy and lab services.
      • Participates in formal and informal health teaching including preventative health concepts concerning Hepatitis A, B, C and AIDS, condom usage, nutrition, STD’s, basic sanitation, personal hygiene, pre-natal care and well-baby care.
      • Participate in influenza clinics and vaccinations
      • Ensure compliance with regulatory standards (SDS, OH&S, WHMIS).
      • Organize job functions and work area to be able to effectively complete assignments within established time frames.
      • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all policies and procedures and ability to reference them from appropriate books and manuals.

        Workplace Hazards:

        • Exposure to second hand smoke
        • May be exposed to communicable diseases, such as but not limited to HIV, Hepatitis, & TB
        • While following established protocols, will be required to clean biohazards such as blood, urine and feces
        • Potential for violence from clients
        • Stress

        Submit with cover letter and resume to Human Resources at careers@alphahousecalgary.com

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        Assistant Weekend Team lead: Part Time

        The Team Lead provides leadership to the Addiction Support Workers both in the Shelter as well as Detox.  This position is a hands on working position and as such is required to perform the same duties as the Addiction Support Workers. 

        Requirements: 

        • An open, accepting, non-judgmental attitude
        • Strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills
        • Belief in harm reduction and housing first
        • Training or experience in the addictions field is an asset
        • Ability to work shift work,  including nights
        • Comfortable working within the team concept

        Responsibilities: 

        • Interacts with clients in a caring, non-judgmental manner
        • Provides training, supervision and written evaluations of team members, part-time and casual staff.
        • Attends to crisis’ (i.e. seizures & overdoses) focuses on defusing conflict situations before they escalate
        • Responsible for staff schedule and ensures that adequate shift coverage is provided
        • Reports to the Manager on problems arising with team functioning and occurrences of a serious nature involving clients
        • Responsible for decisions regarding the medical needs of clients
        • Interacts with other addiction agencies and community services including CPS and EMS
        • Provides clients with information regarding treatment options and ensures that requests for treatment are addressed
        • Supervises disinfectant clean-up and hygienic procedures and assists with implementation of these procedures as required
        • Conducts shift exchange meetings with on-coming staff
        • Delegate’s responsibilities to Assistant Team Lead and Addiction Support Workers

        Qualifications:

        • Post-Secondary Education from a public educational institution, in a relevant field, minimum of a 2 year Diploma Program, Bachelor‘s degree an asset.
        • A minimum of 1 year experience leading a team
        • Experience working front line with vulnerable populations
        • An understanding of addictions including: withdrawal management, harm reduction, stages of change, trauma informed care
        • Experience in facilitating groups is an asset.

        Workplace Hazards:

        • Exposure to second hand smoke
        • May be exposed to communicable diseases, such as but not limited to HIV, Hepatitis, & TB
        • While following established protocols, will be required to clean biohazards such as blood, urine and feces
        • Potential for violence from clients
        • Stress

        Submit with cover letter and resume to Human Resources at careers@alphahousecalgary.com

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        Casual Addiction Support Worker (On-going recruitment)

        We welcome new applications from individuals who are interested in working with us as Addiction Support Workers – Casual Staff.

        Our Casual Staff are important and key to the overall functioning of the agency.

        Once training is complete casual staff are encouraged to apply for part time and full time positions.

        If interested in receiving more information on the Addiction Support Worker – Casual Staff job description, requirements and applying for a Casual Staff position, please contact or send us your cover letter and resume, Attn: Human Resources at careers@alphahousecalgary.com.

        Addiction Support Worker: Casual Staff Position

        Expectations:

        • Available for shift work, evening, over-night, weekends and holidays
        • Able to work well within a team environment

        Qualifications:

        • A Bachelor or Diploma in Social Work or a related social service field or, at minimum, with transferable course work towards a university diploma or degree
        • A working understanding of addictions and harm reduction and related competencies
        • A working understanding and skill level in trauma, crisis assessment, and intervention

        Assets:

        • Knowledge of community and referral resources
        • Knowledge and work experience in addictions, mental health
        • Aboriginal people and people of diversity are encouraged to apply

        Submit with cover letter and resume to Human Resources at careers@alphahousecalgary.com

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        About Calgary Alpha House Society

        Alpha House open its door in 1982 after incorporation in 1981. It strives is to provide safe and caring environments for men and women with alcohol and other substance addictions. It is a charitable non-profit agency in the heart of downtown Calgary. Alpha House operates a shelter and detox program, outreach program and housing programs. Alpha House works from a harm reduction philosophy.

        Please submit your resume and a cover letter, clearly stating why you are interested in this position to Human Resources at careers@alphahousecalgary.com