Personal Development Counsellor

BHC Behaviour Counsellor

Regular/full-time; Term/full-time

Department of Families

Manitoba Developmental Centre/Community Service Delivery

Portage la Prairie MB

Advertisement Number: 33489

Salary(s):   BHC $44,881.00 - $55,245.00 per year

Closing Date:   November 10, 2017

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Candidates who do not meet all essential criteria may be considered on an underfill basis at a commensurate rate of pay.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and may remain in effect for 12 months. This competition may be used to appoint successful candidates to current and future vacancies subject to staffing approval.

Consider this excellent opportunity with the Manitoba government at the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC), located 45 minutes west of Winnipeg in the City of Portage la Prairie. The Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC), a branch of the Department of Families, is an accredited facility providing residential care, supervision and developmental habilitation for adults with intellectual disabilities. On-site interdisciplinary teams provide a wide range of services to residents to ensure that every individual's needs are met and that his/her quality of life is enhanced.
The Manitoba government has a comprehensive benefits package which includes extended health, health spending, dental, vision, long term disability, supportive employment, maternity and parental leave, and a defined pension plan.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Satisfactory Criminal record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Satisfactory Adult Abuse Registry Check
  • Satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Flexible hours (including evening and weekends) may be required to accommodate the needs of individuals


  • University degree in social sciences (Psychology, sociology or a related field of study) or a suitable combination of training and experience
  • Experience working with persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Experience with planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive life skills programs
  • Experience providing leadership, coaching and direction
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work respectfully with residents, co-workers, families and all members of the interdisciplinary team and community recipients
  • Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with different levels of the organization
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of current trends in the field of intellectual disabilities
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Outlook, Word)
  • Experience in developing and delivering educational information/training individually or in groups
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health and dual diagnosis


Under the general supervision of the Residential Coordinator and in consultation with respective interdisciplinary team members, the incumbent will work directly with residents of the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC) to identify and facilitate opportunities to learn and apply activities of daily living skills including socialization, civic awareness, literacy, life skills, environment, health and safety, transportation, recreation, leisure and community knowledge that meet their needs, interests, and desires as expressed in the residents' Individual Plan (IP). The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team, which designs programs and creates opportunities that foster a sense of independence while identifying, developing and providing the support that are needed for this to be achieved. The incumbent will assist the residents to conceptualize and relate to new life experiences by fostering decision making skills towards increased independence. 

Apply to:

Advertisement # 33489
Public Service Commission
Human Resource Services
608-330 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB , R3C 0C4
Phone:  204-945-4394
Fax: 204-948-2193

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions for represented positions may be grieved by internal represented applicants. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor's representative. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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