Social Worker

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Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your expertise in social work? The Kenora Jail of the Ministry of the Solicitor General is looking for an experienced Social Worker to provide professional social work services in the assessment, treatment, and community re-integration of female inmates, using a woman-centred approach.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. We believe in the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness. We are committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:

• A defined benefit pension plan

• Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which include adoptive parents

• Comprehensive Health Plan

• Life and Disability insurance

• Collegial and professional work culture

• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas

• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

The OPS has been recognized as a top employer. We are proud to have been acknowledged as one of:

• Canada's Top 100 Employers

• Canada's Best Diversity Employers

• Greater Toronto's Top Employers

• Canada's Greenest Employers

• Canada's Top Employers for Young People

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Formulate discharge plans in full collaboration with professionals and inmates

• Provide crisis intervention services

• Prepare and maintain assessments and statistical reports

• Provide rehabilitative programs and counselling

• Participate in social work research activities and evaluate treatment programs and services

• Provide social work consultation and training to staff

Location: Kenora

How do I qualify?


• You are currently registered as a Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

• You have thorough knowledge of, and experience with, theories, principles and practices of social work normally acquired through a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) or Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

• You can develop rehabilitative treatment plans, conduct psycho-social assessments, facilitate individual/group therapy, provide crisis intervention, and implement programs for female offenders

• You have knowledge in the area of sexual abuse, addiction recovery, as well as gender-responsive and trauma-informed practice

• You are able to provide professional, woman-sensitive social work services in the assessment, treatment, and community re-integration of offenders

• You have knowledge of community resources/services and organizations to co-ordinate services for offenders and formulate discharge plans

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You are able to develop cooperative, professional relationships with staff and a variety of clients and stakeholders

• You can prepare and present clinical and related information, reports and discharge plans in a clear and concise manner

• You are able to advocate for gender-responsive practices, policies, services, placements and programs

• You have strong written communication skills

• You have demonstrated tact, discretion and sensitivity in order to discuss problems and options with female inmates in crisis

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

• You can identify female offender needs as well as develop or modify social work rehabilitative, treatment and case management plans

• You are able to make recommendations on appropriate classification of female offenders

• You can assess offenders in crisis and apply appropriate therapeutic intervention

• You can evaluate program treatment/services effectiveness

• You are able to interpret and apply relevant legislation, policies, and directives

Other Essential Skills

• You have planning and organizational skills to manage own priorities, meet the needs of the treatment team, and prepare discharge plans

• You are able to use computer software applications and database to input and retrieve offender data, prepare reports, and maintain case documentation and statistics

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code < >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $1,231.98 - $1,564.23 Per Week

Additional information:

  • 1 Permanent, 1430 River Dr, Kenora, North Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • Effective October 1, 2021, the OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive requires all Ontario Public Service employees to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated' under the Directive and will be required to attend a vaccine education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program but must undergo regular rapid antigen testing.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 171305, by Friday, December 3, 2021. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.