Job posting: Program Specialist, Substance Use and Contingency Management, HIM

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM), a non-profit society whose main office is located on the unceded territories of the  xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver, BC), seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Specialist, Substance Use and Contingency Management. The incumbent will be a well-trained mental health professional with a passion for harm reduction, program development, as well as skill and dedication in providing 1-1 and group counselling.

HIM is a non-profit society that aims to strengthen health and well-being in communities of self-identified GBQ (gay, bi and queer) men and gender diverse people in BC. Our vision is to build healthier lives together. We value a comprehensive approach to healthy living; we value our community’s ability to make informed decisions; we value a non-judgmental, sex-positive and strengths-based philosophy; we value scientific research; we value capacity-building and collaboration; we value the role of our communities.

The Program Specialist/Clinician, Substance Use and Contingency Management (the Specialist) is a creative thinker who is grounded in social justice, community level intervention, and can work collaboratively with a group of diverse peers. The Specialist/Clinician must be able to provide safe and ethical counselling, conduct level A & B assessments, articulate group and individual care plans, and monitor client/consumer safety and progress. The Specialist/Clinician should also be familiar with their own methods of intervention. HIM prefers Clinicians who can work within brief models of intervention (CBT, DBT, Narrative, Solution Focused, etc.). HIM recognizes the trust placed in the organization by our community partners and program participants. The position requires flexible, creative and socially conscious program construction and interventions for substance-use care that build upon this trust.

We are looking for a dynamic, and collaborative person who can work in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment. The Specialist/Clinician will also participate as an engaged member of the team and will have the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the organization’s strategic plans and will have a voice in decision making alongside their colleagues.

The salary is expected to be between $73,000-75,000 per year, and the Specialist/Clinician will report to the Program Manager, Clinical Services and the Program Director.


Key Responsibilities:

The Specialist/Clinician will work with the Program Director and Clinical Services team and will play a role in researching and developing a new Contingency Management based program designed to reduce the harms associated with the use of stimulants amongst GBT2Q men, as well and non-binary and two-spirit people. This program will involve both group and individual components with a strong emphasis on wrap-around case management.  The Specialist/Clinician will deliver programming in the form of group and individual counselling and will play a key role in the promotion and coordination of the program. The Specialist/Clinician will be involved in defining outcomes and assisting in program evaluation.

Note: Clinical supervision is provided.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate level training in mental health, counselling, or social work.
  • Registration or affiliation with a college of association (RSW, RCC, CCC etc.)
  • Non-academic experience (e.g., Indigenous ways of knowing/leadership and counselling) will be considered as equivalent.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in community work (non-profits, health authorities etc.)
  • Experience with GBT2Q communities required.
  • Knowledge and experience or specialty in substance use and addiction is an asset.
  • Lived experience with substance use is an asset.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the substance use paradigm in Vancouver and in the lower mainland.
  • Familiarity with HIV and HEP C prevention, and the prevention of other STIs.
  • Experience with Contingency Management is an asset.
  • Experience in working with marginalized people including queer men, trans people, non-binary people, sex workers, and people who use substances.
  • Grounded in sex positivity.


The Specialist/Clinician works in an office environment and must be able to appear daily at the HIM offices of Davie Street. The Specialist/Clinician works a 5-day work week, but may be required to maintain a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as evening meetings and representing the organization at public events.

HIM is committed to employment equity and prioritizes individuals from underrepresented groups including trans and gender diverse persons, Indigenous/Two-Spirit people, people of colour, and people with disabilities. If comfortable, applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letter or in communication with the hiring committee.


Working at HIM

New policies and practices are in place at HIM that support the comfort, safety and wellness of trans, and gender diverse staff members. If you have inquiries about these policies and practices (which include gender affirming insurance options), please inquire in a separate email to [email protected]


To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume/CV to ATTN: Evan Matchett-Wong at [email protected]

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM Pacific time on Wednesday October 27, 2020

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