Professional Practice Lead, Systems Navigation and Addictions

Competition #22-052

About the Role

CASA is a trusted non-profit organization delivering holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services to children ages three to 18 and their families in Alberta. We do this through a team of specialized mental health professionals who are trauma experts committed to delivering outcomes-based programming in collaboration with community partners. CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.

The professional practice lead, systems navigation and addictions is an exciting new leadership role created to boost the development of concurrent care programming (addictions and mental health) and systems navigation (supporting families in accessing social services and liaising with social services partners to connect families to timely social supports). As CASA is investing in the redevelopment of both concurrent care delivery and systems navigation supports, this role will have the unique opportunity to support the development of new teams and set new standards across the organization in concurrent care and systems navigation work. While the professional practice lead does not have any direct reports, they will work as a team with clinical managers and the clinical educator to develop programming and supports for the organization.  

Job Description

Reporting to the senior manager, operations, the professional practice lead provides functional supervision to an assigned group of health care professionals to ensure clinical competency, skill development, functional alignment, workload balancing and support of the integration of their team across CASA’s programs. The professional practice lead practices according to the code of ethics and practice standards of their specific discipline and supports scopes of practice and codes of ethics of other disciplines represented on their delegated team. The professional practice lead incorporates evidence informed, best practice models into clinical practice, and ensures clinical care remains consistent with CASA policies and procedures. The professional practice lead will also play a key role in patient intake/triage/transition, electronic medical record template development and training, and accreditation activities.

  • Ensures a holistic and high quality model of assessment and treatment planning that is family-centered, trauma-informed, and inclusive of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors for the patients and their family.

  • Supports the delivery of high quality clinical services by providing competency assessment, coaching, mentoring and clinical supervision to members of the assigned clinical discipline.

  • Identifies clinical education needs and collaborates with the senior manager of operations, clinical manager and clinical educator to implement educational priorities.

  • Provides leadership by identifying patient safety issues and initiating corrective action in consultation with staff; ensures self, staff, physicians, students and volunteers are aware of, and prepared for their responsibilities for patient safety while engaged in the work of CASA.

  • Models and encourages effective communication within and between teams to promote a safe, respectful, and trusting workplace culture.

Job Details

Union: Exempt

Classification: N/A

FTE: 1.00

Status: Permanent

Location: Flexible

Multi-Site: Yes

Minimum Salary: Currently Under Review

Maximum Salary: Currently Under Review

Hours Per Shift: 7.75

Shifts Per Week: Five

Days Off: Saturday/Sunday


  • Undergraduate degree in social work or addictions treatment required.

    • Graduate degree preferred.

  • Must be a member in good standing with their respective professional association/college.

  • A minimum of five years clinical practice in child and family mental health and/or youth addictions.

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in all aspects of the discipline including clinical practice, supervision, and education.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new or unexpected situations, flexibility in approach to interpersonal situations.

  • Experience with concurrent addictions and mental health approaches.

  • Experience in case management across multiple agencies or programs in support of high needs and complex families, children and youth.

  • Experience liaising with community agencies/programs such as FSCD, SFP, CFS, PSECA, SACE and COAST will be an asset.

  • Knowledge on best practices for concurrent care and case management

  • Experience working with transient and high-risk youth an asset.

  • Training and clinical experience with the following approaches will be an asset: DBT, Safety Seeking, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy or other somatic modalities, Motivational Interviewing and trauma and attachment based modalities

Please Note:

All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.

Closing Date: July 27, 2022

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to quoting the competition number in the subject line. While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.