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Nova Vita: Community Counselling Manager

Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services

Position: Community Counselling Manager

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time

Regular Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week with rotating on-call management responsibilities

Location: 59 North Park St., Brantford, ON

Start Date: As soon as possible

Reports to: Director of Client Services

Date Posted: February 6, 2019

Closing Date to Apply: February 18, 2019

Position Summary

The Community Counselling Manager is responsible for providing strong, supportive leadership and sound clinical supervision to the community counselling team who provide therapeutic and/or psycho-educational community-based counselling to clients who have experienced abuse and/or clients who have perpetrated domestic violence. The Community Counselling Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of community counselling programs including, but not limited to, the Partner Assault Response (PAR) / Challenge to Change Program, the Children's Program, the Caring Families program, the Differential Response Program (in partnership with Brant Family and Children's Services) and other project initiatives. The Community Counselling Manager also co-ordinates and liaises with various community partners/agencies to provide broad-based, wrap-around services for clients.


  • Masters of Social Work (MSW) or equivalent in a related field
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Registered Social Workers/Social Service Workers or an equivalent professional affiliation
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience working in a non-profit community-based organization
  • Minimum 3 years delivering and developing broad-based eclectic therapeutic and clinical counselling which considers a trauma informed perspective
  • Minimum 5 years' experience supervising staff

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, family violence, sexual violence, and/or violence against women
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations from an intersectional, inclusive and anti-oppressive lens
  • Familiarity and knowledge of Brantford/Brant County community resources
  • Demonstrated experience in research, data collection, and evaluation
  • Proficient computer literacy is essential
  • Knowledge of court processes (family law and criminal law)
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills
  • Valid driver's license and access to insured vehicle
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated self-starter with a high level of energy and motivation
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to change and work in a fast- paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Strong planning and critical thinking skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to set and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to have a flexible work schedule

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide effective clinical supervision, case management, consultation, and support to community counselling program staff
  • Ensure ongoing evaluation of programs against outcome measures and produce monthly statistical and program reports
  • Perform human resource management tasks including, but not limited to: recruiting, training, scheduling, monitoring performance, policy/procedure/legislative compliance
  • Identify and recommend the development of new programs and services to meet client and community needs.
  • Ensure positive working relationships are maintained with other service providers and community partners
  • Collaborate with senior management to develop funding proposals
  • Participate on a variety of internal and external committees and working groups
  • Provide on-call shelter support and management on a rotational basis with the Manager of Residential Services and the Director of Client Services
  • Foster strong collaboration and clear communication through regular staff meetings, staff development and team building
  • Coordinate and supervise student placements
  • Ensure all staff are fully knowledgeable with the health and safety procedures and regulations


Nova Vita offers a competitive wage as well as an extended benefits package, an employee assistance program, vacation incentive, paid sick and personal days and an RRSP contribution.


If you require accessibility accommodations during the recruitment process, please notify us to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Nova Vita is an equal opportunity employer and strives to be reflective and inclusive of the communities we serve. We encourage individuals who identify as Indigenous, racialized, immigrant, LGBTQ+, or disAbled to apply. We appreciate your interest in this employment opportunity, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a covering letter and resume along with wage expectations via email with subject line "Application for Community Counselling Manager" to:

Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services

Attention: Gail Quinlan, Director of Client Services