Occupational Therapist (Contract)

Contract • Employment Services


Through the vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to cultural, social, and economic prosperity. We empower people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community and have sustainable livelihoods, secure housing, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. By joining Bissell Centre, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to realize our vision.


The Occupational Therapist (OT), under the direction of the Team Lead, will work as a part of the Workforce Development support team. The OT will provide support to adults experiencing multiple barriers to finding and maintaining employment to provide trauma-informed, client-centered care. The OT will assess participants’ readiness and ability to work, and assist in the formulation of care plans

This position requires successful working relationships with participants and staff in the Workforce Development program. Through assessment and intervention, the OT, will support skill development that enables residents in activities of daily living, employment and any additional areas that aim to increase home stability, reduce isolation and increase meaningful daily activity.

This position will influence and celebrate positive outcomes with participants and will work with the Workforce Development front line staff and support team to mitigate problems and obstacles that threaten to undermine participants’ wellbeing. Keeping clear and accurate files and records is essential. The Occupational Therapist will collaborate with the Employment Support Worker, Recovery Coach, Job Placement Specialist, and other community supports.

Job type: Fixed term contract ending in April 30, 2024.


Program Delivery

  • Working both independently and as a member of the support team, the successful candidate will provide evidence informed and best practices in crisis intervention, assessment, consultation, referral, case management and treatment.
  • Administer assessment on all residents, as appropriate. This includes the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile.
  • In collaboration with the Team Lead and Facilitators, develop and deliver group programming that focuses on daily living skills and executive functioning.
  • Work with the support team and front-line staff to see that client care goals are being met.
  • Develop and implement strategies and programs that address emotional regulation and that promote adaptive social and life skills
  • Participate in ongoing learning and training opportunities as identified on a yearly performance review.
  • Interact with residents in a non-judgmental way, using de-escalation and rapport building techniques.
  • Provides necessary support in crises and emergencies.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Team Lead.

General and Administrative

  • Maintain accurate written case file notes, computer records, update program databases (ETO), program information, and critical incident reports within established time standards
  • Provide latest program information and updated statistics as required
  • Maintain and submit accurate mileage and expense logs for reimbursement
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
  • Attend scheduled staff, supervision, and support team meetings.
  • Complete WCB forms as required


Education and Experience

  • The successful candidate will have at minimum, a degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 2-3 years experience working with high-risk populations which includes, but is not limited to, understanding poverty, homelessness, addictions, FASD and mental health concerns.
  • The successful candidate will be in good standing with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Solution focused with good time management, strong organizational, problem-solving and advocacy skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs.
  • Familiar with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core.
  • Familiar working with high-risk populations and have an understanding of Indigenous cultures, history, and current issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide individual and group support programming and services; as well as workshop development and facilitation.

Screening Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • CWIS Check
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of $1 million PLPD insurance and drivers abstract
  • Current registration with professional college

Training requirements

  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Conflict Into Calm Training
  • Suicide Prevention

The above-noted training must be completed during the first six months of employment.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:

Michael Hennigan

Manager, Employment Services

Email: mhennigan@bissellcentre.org

Application Deadline: until suitable candidate selected

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Bissell Centre continues to take action to protect person served and staff. Strategies related to Bissell Centre’s response to COVID-19 are driven by the guiding principle of taking all reasonable precautions and measures to protect the health and safety of both persons served and staff. In keeping with this intentional purpose, COVID-19 full vaccination is a condition of employment for new hires, except due to legitimate, established exceptions.

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.


Application Deadline: September 30th, 2022

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