Recovery Trainer (Temporary Contract)

April 2, 2024
Closing Date
Open until suitable candidate is found
Job Description
Full Time
Calgary, AB
Posting Type
  • Employment Opportunity


Job Details


Reporting to the Team Lead, Recovery College the Recovery Trainer is responsible for providing group recovery skills for people living with mental health and/or substance use concerns by co-facilitating courses and learning services both online and in-person within the CMHA Calgary Recovery College, and within diverse community locations throughout all four quadrants of the city and surrounding areas.

Our Recovery Trainers facilitate set course materials and help with the development of future curriculum content, which is designed to meet the needs of our evolving participant base in the community. These Recovery classes contribute to an individual’s personal path towards self-awareness and support their own unique recovery journey.


The Recovery Trainer is responsible for the delivery of recovery orientated training and learning sessions to a wide variety of students, including adults, youth, seniors, indigenous, and ethno-cultural groups. Sessions will support resiliency, prevention, and education strategies, and will result in increased knowledge of mental health, addiction, trauma, and improved help-seeking skills.


  • Three (3) years’ experience in the mental health/addiction and/or education field, with a deep commitment to and understanding of the recovery model and harm reduction.
  • A diploma or undergraduate degree in education, social work, public health, or psychology is required. An appropriate combination of previous training and work experience will also be considered.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of issues relating to supporting people with personal experience of mental health and/or substance use concerns.
  • Facilitation certification or experience, with the ability to facilitate sessions in a positive, engaging, interactive manner. Excellent public speaking and communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in prevention, promotion, and engagement in mental health, demonstrating strong collaborative and relationship skills with key stakeholders.
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention and ASIST training, or experience working with people in crisis or experiencing suicidal feelings/tendencies is considered an asset.
  • Personal experience of a mental health and/or addiction issue would be considered an asset.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to deliver sessions to groups with limited preparation time.
  • Responsiveness to sensitive questions/concerns and ability to navigate to the appropriate personnel involved, following or preceding a group session.
  • High level of initiative and self-motivation. Determined, action oriented and committed to excellence.
  • Recognizes and adheres to professional boundaries. Represents self and the agency in a professional manner, and positively contributes to work environment/culture.

Additional requirements

  • A valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel across Calgary and surrounding communities for session delivery is required.
  • Ability to be adaptable to the role’s mix of sitting, standing and moving, with a balance between computer-based work and verbal communication. The candidate may be required to balance priorities between different stakeholders.

Employment type:

  • One-year temporary contract (21 hours/week)

Shift Schedule

  • Ability to work flexible shifts, including both daytime and at least one evening shift per week, as well as occasional weekend shifts is required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a thorough list of all responsibilities, tasks, duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities required.

The COVID-19 vaccination is a job requirement and a condition of employment. Offers of employment will be conditional upon proof of full immunization against COVID-19 with a Health Canada approved vaccine, prior to the candidates’ start date.


How to Apply

Please include in your cover letter reference #240321

Application closing date: Open until suitable candidate is found

Candidates meeting the criteria who wish to apply for this exciting opportunity should email their cover letter and resume to Human Resources at

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

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I certify that the statements made by myself in this application are true, accurate and complete. I understand and agree that a false statement made either in this application or during the course of my candidacy for employment with CMHA Calgary may disqualify me from employment or result in dismissal. I also understand that any personal information that I have disclosed during the course of my candidacy or in my application for employment may be shared with members of the Hiring Committee, the CMHA Calgary HR department or appropriate members of the CMHA Calgary management team at any time during the course of my candidacy or thereafter, should I become employed by CMHA Calgary or not, for any reasonable employment purposes. *