Residential Counsellor – Lawson Ministries – TFT

The Salvation Army
November 12, 2020
Hamilton, ON, Canada
$18.50 per hour
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Email: or Fax: (905) 527-1377 Attention: Katie Castellan, Program Manager Mail: The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries Attention: Katie Castellan, Program Manager 533 Main St. East, Hamilton ON. L8M 1H9 Please no phone calls.
Closing date
November 27, 2020 at 4pm


The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.  Each position contributes to the mission of The Salvation Army.

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The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda has four core values:

Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.

There is 1 contract full-time position for 3 months offering hours at 40 hours per week.  Schedule will vary according to requirements and responsibilities may be required. Shifts include a ½ hour paid meal break where applicable. Supervisor will set the hours of work and work schedule. Shifts can include the following: afternoons, overnights and weekends.

Interested applicants must respond in writing with a cover letter and resume.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.


  • Promote an environment and programming is both supportive and nurturing
  • Ensure residents’ physical needs (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) are well met and includes cleaning of the home, participation/coordination of meal preparations and provision of Personal Needs Care
  • Assist residents’ in meeting their emotional and psychological needs
  • Participate in planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment/rehabilitation plans in conjunction with residents, team members and other staff and professionals
  • Working knowledge of the application and maintenance of treatment procedures for each resident in your specific program
  • Support efforts to meet residents’ spiritual needs through demonstrated interest and participation in programming activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and social dynamics of working with developmental and behaviourally challenged individuals
  • Work cooperatively with residential team members in providing coordinated and consistent approaches to residents
  • Endeavor to develop strong therapeutic relationships with residents and their families
  • Ensure proper and accurate recording of all daily logs, shift reports, incident reports, etc.
  • Ensure all required professional appointments for primary clients are scheduled and direction given to accompanying staff
  • Responsible for ordering of medication, accurate documentation and administration
  • Responsible for the general upkeep, cleanliness and maintenance of residence
  • Responsible to assist with any type of client emergencies that may arise during the shift
  • Responsible for transportation of clients to-and-from destinations
  • Promote greater independence and strive for the highest quality of living possible
  • Perform other position related duties as required


  • Completion of a Developmental Services Worker Diploma or equivalent in Human Services field
  • Minimum two (2) years or prior related experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and vulnerable populations is essential
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating effective individualized program plans
  • Experience in accessing and networking with community resources
  • Current First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation with Defibrillation Training as well as current Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification are required
  • Pharmacology training and experience in administering medication is required
  • Lifts and Transfer training and Personal Care Support experience are considered an asset
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” or “G2” Driver’s License, own vehicle, insurance, and a current Driver’s Abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to provide a supportive and nurturing environment.
  • Must have strong computer skills with experience using Microsoft Office and email as well as good verbal and written communication skills.
  • French language written and verbal skills an asset
  • Provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening (where applicable) that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required. The screening is secured either through the National Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or through a local police detachment
  • May require screening through The Salvation Army Abuse Registry
  • Support for and an understanding of the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada
  • NOTE: Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered

If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

This posting is open to external and internal candidates alike. If you are an internal applicant, please advise your Department Head of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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