Family and Community Social Worker

Northwest Territories (CA)
$91,494 - $109,259, plus annual Northern Living Allowance
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Social Work
Government, Healthcare
Contract Type

Are you a social worker looking for an exciting new adventure, as well as excellent pay and benefits? Are you looking for the opportunity to work in a close-knit community, where you can truly see the impacts of your work? If so, apply now to become a Family and Community Social Worker in one our beautiful communities in the Northwest Territories!


Why the Northwest Territories?


Located above the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories awaits with seemingly endless lakes and unmatched vistas. The opportunities available in our communities are perfect for the outdoors enthusiast looking for adventure, a healthy work/life balance, and an escape from the hustle of the big city.


All 33 NWT communities are surrounded by wilderness and water where swimming and fishing are abundant - whether it’s a river, lake, or the Arctic Ocean. Northerners enjoy year-round outdoor activities ranging from canoeing and camping in the summer to pond hockey and cross-country skiing in the winter. NWT residents enjoy some of the shortest commutes in Canada - often no more than five to 10 minutes walking, biking, or driving. In the summer, we enjoy up to 24 hours of sunlight.


About the Work


Family and Community Social Worker (FCSW) in the Northwest Territories are responsible for intake and investigation, voluntary services, support services, family preservation and family re-unification, permanency planning, court procedures, child placements, as well as afterhours emergency services. The positions receive and investigate reports, and intervene with children, parents and families to ensure the healthy development, protection and safety of children in the least intrusive manner possible, while respecting the rights of children and families, the best interests of the child, and the importance of the child's community and culture as environmental elements that are necessary to the wellbeing of the child and family.


The incumbent is expected to practice from a perspective that is trauma and violence informed, anti-oppressive, strengths-based and family centered approach and the position requires that interaction with clients and families, community members, partners and colleagues is tactful, respectful and humble. Depending on location, this position may provide services to other regions from across the NWT, as clients may move communities.


Positions are available in various communities across the Northwest Territories.


Typically, this position requires a Diploma in Social Work with a minimum of two (2) years of direct practice in the field of Child and Family Services or a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Equivalencies may be considered.


What are the Benefits?


In addition to highly competitive salaries, the Northwest Territories offers a Northern Living Allowance (ranging from $3,700 for Yellowknife, up to $40,433 for Uluhaktok), health and dental benefits, a generous pension plan, and outstanding leave benefits including deferred leave options. On top of that, we offer relocation assistance, along with professional development opportunities and education support.


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Want to hear a first-hand account of what it’s like being a Health and Social Services employee in the Northwest Territories? Check out our employee profiles page at:


Interested in knowing a little more about practicing in the Northwest Territories? Please feel free to send us an email, visit, or follow us on social media @practicenwt for information on living and working in the Northwest Territories.


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