Residential Counsellor – Permanent Full-time – Lawson Ministries

April 29, 2021
Job Type
Competition #
Ministry Unit/Dept:
Lawson Ministries
Salary Range:
$19.43 per hour plus $3 premium per hour until June 30, 2021
533 Main St. East
Posting Expires:
May 13, 2021 at 4pm
Applications Accepted By:
Please click on the link to apply - Fax: (905) 527-1377 Attention: Shonna Sager, Program Manager Mail: The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries Attention: Shonna Sager, Program Manager 533 Main St. East, Hamilton ON. L8M 1H9 Please no phone calls.


There are 1 permanent full-time position offering hours 84 hours biweekly (12 hour shifts).  Schedule will vary according to requirements and responsibilities – overnight and weekend work 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.

Permanent full-time employment with The Salvation Army (25+ hours per week) will provide you with a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes: vacation time, sick days, employer matching RRSP contributions, Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, Christmas Grants and Employee and Family Assistance Program [EFAP] benefits.

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  • 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)
  • 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


Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered

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