Residential Counsellor

  • Full Time
  • Hamilton
  • $22.43 per hour CAD / Year
  • Dec 30, 2024

The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries

Employment Opportunity – Ontario Division

Job Title: Residential Counsellor

Department: Residential

Status/Position Type: Permanent/Full-time

Compensation: $22.43 per hour

Unionized: No

Ministry Unit: Lawson Ministries Hamilton

Address: West Hamilton



Attention: Hiring Manger


The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

Mission Statement
The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Vision Statement
We are an innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus..

Core Values:
Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.



There are full-time positions available. Schedule will vary according to requirements and responsibilities. Shifts include a ½ hour paid meal break where applicable. Supervisor will set the hours of work and work schedule. Shifts can include days, nights, and weekends.

Permanent full-time employment with The Salvation Army (25+ hours weekly) will provide you with a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes vacation time, sick days, employer matching RRSP contributions, Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, Christmas Grants and Employee and Family Assistance Program [EFAP].


Promote an environment that is consistent, supportive and nurturing by ensuring residents’ emotional, psychological and physical needs are well met, this involves planning, implementation and working with individuals supported, their families, team members and professionals
Support efforts to meet residents’ spiritual needs through demonstrated interest and participation in programming activities
Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and social dynamics of working with developmental and behaviorally challenged individuals
Ensure proper and accurate recording of all daily logs, shift reports, incident reports, etc.
Responsible for ordering of medication, accurate documentation and administration
Responsible for the general upkeep, cleanliness and maintenance of residence
Responsible to assist with any type of client emergencies that may arise during the shift
Responsible for transportation of individuals supported to-and-from destinations
Promote greater independence and strive for the highest quality of living possible
Provide personal care to individuals supported as needed
Perform other position related duties as required
Perform other duties as required


Completion of a Developmental Services Worker Diploma or equivalent in Human Services field
Minimum two (2) years or prior related experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and vulnerable populations is essential
Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating effective individualized program plans
Experience in accessing and networking with community resources
Current First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation with Defibrillation Training as well as current Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification are required
Medication administration training and experience is required
Lifts and Transfer training and Personal Care Support experience are considered an asset
Valid Ontario Class “G” or “G2” Driver’s License, own vehicle, insurance, and a current Driver’s Abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is preferred
French language written and verbal skills an asset
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to provide a supportive and nurturing environment
Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered


Ability to undergo applicable screening and background checks successfully that are satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion (i.e., The Salvation Army Abuse Registry) and provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening
Ability and willingness to develop an understanding and support for the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to provide a supportive and nurturing environment
Must have strong computer skills with experience using Microsoft
Good verbal and written communication skills

The Salvation Army offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process. If you are contacted to participate in an interview or screening process, please advise us if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

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