Contract Position – MSW or Equivalent for Domestic Violence Initiative

By September 30, 2015July 21st, 2018News

The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area is currently looking for a candidate with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) or equivalent to fill a Full-Time 8 month (mid October 2015 – June 2016) contract position for the Domestic Violence Community Initiative . The individual shall be responsible  for intensive case management in the Domestic Violence Community Initiative (aka. Paths to Change) program.


Intensive Case Manager – $35/hour – 35 hours/week


In general, an Intensive Case Manager works to build a trusting and productive relationship with a client to provide the support and resources that the client needs to achieve his/her personal goals, stabilize his/her life, improve his/her quality of life as a community initiative to reduce stressors which could increase the risk of a domestic violence event. This is a voluntary program driven by the client’s needs.

Specifically, the HUB’s Intensive Case Manager meets in the community with clients who have been convicted of domestic violence in the past, who are not currently facing charges, but who could be at risk for re-offending in the future. Further, if a client is identified as at risk for committing an act of domestic violence even without a previous conviction, their referral will be accepted for review by the HUB Committee.

Reporting to the HUB, The Intensive Case Manager is accountable to the multi-agency HUB Committee. A client will be assigned to the Intensive Case Management at the discretion of the HUB Committee following a review of the client’s needs by the assessment team which is composed of a social worker and police officer. The assessment team will be responsible for presenting the initial service plan to the HUB and thereafter given to the Intensive Case Manager who will be in attendance at the meeting.

The Intensive Case Manager must be knowledgeable about services that are accessible and relevant to client interests in order to provide up-to-date information. The Intensive Case Manager must also advocate on behalf of the client for services that are accessible and relevant to the client’s needs.

Every client accepted into the project will have a service plan developed in collaboration with the assessment team and the client which will be presented to the HUB Committee. This service plan can be modified with the client and the Intensive Case Manager and re-presented to the HUB should the client’s needs change.


  • Outreach and client identification
  • Where possible, assertive outreach will be offered to engage potential clients in their place of choice,considering the safety and security of the client and the Intensive Case Manager
  • The contact must be initiated within 10 working days after initial contact
  • If referral to additional services or diversion to another service is recommended, the referral must bedeveloped in consultation with the client
  • If the service plan needs to be modified, a plan must be developed mutually by the Intensive CaseManager and the client and reflect the stated goals and needs of the client.
    • Direct Service Provision/Intervention
    • Minimum 2 Hours/week contact with client outside of the office
    • Service provision must be focused in the community, not the office
    • Service provision must be managed in a manner that responds to fluctuations/variations in client needs
  •  Intensive Case Manager to Client ratio of no more than 1:20 must be maintained where possible
  • Intensive Case Manager services must be available a minimum of one face-face-contact per week and access by phone through the discretion of the administration staff, eight hours a day, five days a week.
  • Participate in meetings with HUB on a bi-weekly basis, or as required
  • Maintains accurate written records using standardized forms including the discharge summary at the conclusion of services
  • Is available for training as required
  • Participates in special projects or duties at the request of the HUB Committee
  • Maintain accurate activity sheet and time sheets
  • Responsible to perform other related duties as assigned by the HUB Committee
  • Build community partnerships and encourage community engagement in HUB domestic violence community initiative
  • Perform other duties as required


The minimum levels of training/education to fulfill the core requirements of this position include a Masters in Social Work or the equivalent and at least 2 years professional experience working in domestic violence. In addition, the position requires that the incumbent be bilingual in both English and French, written and spoken. Knowledge of the principles of domestic violence, excellent time management skills, team and organization skills are required.

The HUB Committee will ensure that the front line staff are trained and supervised in a variety of issues, to the best extent possible, (e.g., suicide intervention; safety standards for working in the community; non-violent intervention; anti-racism training; identifying addictions, multicultural sensitivity; family dynamics; and psychiatric symptomatology).

** The Executive Committee may use discretionary power in application of these minimums. **

Working Conditions:

This position will be working in our Cornwall based office with Counselling session in rotating office space. Local travel will be required.


$35 per hour (35 hours/week)

All interested parties are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to the attention of Alex de Wit, Executive Director, no later than 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 7th 2015.

Applications will can be e-mailed to [email protected] or delivered to 26 Montreal Rd. Cornwall ON K6H 1B1.