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Program Counselor/Facilitaor

Rankin Inlet
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Type of employment: 
$100,780 to $114,378 per year, 37.5 hours/week
Northern Allowance: 
$18,517 per year
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2023 - 11:59pm

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

The Government of Nunavut was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Top Employers for Young People and recent graduates in 2022. With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations.  As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance - one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuktut language, achieves a representative public service, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. Successful applicants will enjoy a competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, relocation privileges and opportunities for training and career advancement.

Reporting to the Deputy Warden, Programs at the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility, the incumbent will function as an Substance Abuse Program/Spousal Assault Anger Management Facilitator for the offenders based on traditional Inuit culture as well as provide one on one counseling or in groups of 4-7. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), the guiding principle for the Government of Nunavut is the foundation for this position. The primary goal of Nunavut Corrections is to provide culturally relevant programs in a holistic manner, that will assist offenders to lead socially and productive lives within and outside correctional facilities. It is equally important that the correctional facilities managed by this division provide culturally relevant and viable program of reintegration for offenders.

The Program/Counselor Facilitator’s primary responsibilities include developing, managing, maintaining and facilitating the Inuit culture based programs within the established guidelines in order to provide opportunities for rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders in low and medium security sections.

Thorough knowledge of traditional Inuit justice systems and/or practices, program facilitation, counselling, substance abuse and spousal assault programming along with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills will be essential in this position. 

The qualifications required to be invited for an interview include a degree in counselling or related field, plus 2-4 years of experience in community development/counselling/facilitating programs; strong background in the cultural beliefs and lifestyles of Inuit; positive role model at the community level; experience in identifying resources in the community for traditional purposes and aftercare planning.

This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce; therefore, priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered. 
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check. 
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution.  Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application. 


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