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Company Name:
The Alex
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist – Ref. No. 19078


Pathways to Housing

Permanent | Full-Time 

The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives.  The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.  Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of health care that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to the Family Health Centre, we run a Seniors Health Centre, a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Dental Health Bus, four Housing First Programs, a Community Food Centre and Youth Law. 

What we do and why we do it: 

Pathways to Housing is a recognized innovative, best-practice service delivery model for ending homelessness. This model ends homelessness by providing ‘Housing First’ coupled with harm reduction services provided by a multidisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. This program serves homeless individuals with mental health, physical health and addiction disorders. Our multidisciplinary team provides our clients with housing and follows ACT principles in supporting them toward independent living. The program is operated by The Alex Community Health Centre which has been serving at-risk individuals in Calgary for the past 35 years.

We are currently seeking a motivated, creative, client-focused Occupational Therapist to work as part of our innovative Assertive Community Treatment team. The full-time Occupational Therapist will provide direct and indirect rehabilitation services including assessment, intervention, consultation, education, and support services to maximize independence and integration into community for program participants. The Occupational Therapist will participate in daily clinical rounds, case management, and recreation programming within a harm reduction and housing first model. 

What you will do:

  • Provide single-clinician, assertive outreach services to individuals with significant mental health and addiction concerns
  • Use evidence based treatments in the areas of mental health and substance abuse to address participant needs (e.g., harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care)
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to provide services consistent with the ACT model
  • Participate in daily team meetings to review and plan services
  • Complete required documentation in a timely manner with high quality
  • Using recognized occupational therapy and psychosocial rehabilitation tools, screens and assesses the participants’ functional capacity, occupational performance status, and environmental supports
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and document the participants individualized rehabilitation plans in collaboration with the client, their support system, and interdisciplinary team members.
  • Provide services and/or offer referrals to assist program participants with needs such as housing, entitlements, employment, education, community integration, etc.
  • Identifies and provides in-service education to service providers and assists in the development of training workshops to meet identified training needs related to rehabilitation
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Recreation Therapy Team to evaluate and optimize wellness groups offered to program participants 

What you bring:

  • Masters in Occupational Therapy and registration with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
  • Minimum two years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist
  • Strong occupational therapy assessment skills (functional assessment, independent living skills assessments, cognitive assessment, etc.)
  • Experience of working with at-risk participants with significant mental health and substance use issues
  • Previous experience working with clients experiencing homelessness and poverty
  • Experience with community outreach and crisis intervention
  • Comfort working with participants 1 on 1 in the community in a broad variety of settings, with a safety first mindset
  • Exceptional communication, organization, advocacy, teaching, and rapport-building skills
  • Commitment to innovation and flexibility
  • Ability to collaborate well with partners, both internal and external
  • Motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • A valid Class 5 non-GDL driver’s license, a personal vehicle, a clean 5-year driver’s abstract, and $2 million liability insurance are required
  • Current First Aid / CPR are required
  • Knowledge of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) 94 Calls to Action considered an asset 

Why You Want to Work with Us: 

The Alex is an innovative and diverse organization which seeks to invest in its employees and see them succeed in their chosen careers.  If you are seeking a deeply rewarding, yet challenging career helping Calgary’s vulnerable populations, this might be the place for you!  

  • 3-paid weeks of Vacation
  • Paid Wellness and Personal Days
  • RRSP Matching after 6 months
  • Reimbursement of Professional Designation fees
  • Investment in Professional Development
  • Health and Lifestyle Enhancement benefit 

How to apply:

If you are as passionate as we are about being a part of the solution to resolve homelessness, please email your resume to [email protected] and be sure to include the job title and reference number in the subject line.  

For further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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