Social Worker

Full-time contract

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Salary: $24.78 + 13% in lieu

Central West Specialized Developmental Services (CWSDS) is a leader in providing supportive living, community participation supports and specialized services, assessment and treatment to people who have developmental and intellectual disabilities, dual diagnosis, and/or challenging behaviours throughout the municipalities of Halton, Peel and Dufferin and the regions of Waterloo and Wellington.

As a specialist in the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities, CWSDS has experienced continued growth over the last five years.  As such, we are looking to hire a Social Worker, on a full-time contract basis.  The expected length of the contract is nine (9) months.


  • Managing a client caseload in accordance with professional social worker guidelines and standards.
  • Providing direct social work services that include a biopsychosocial assessment, gathering additional information on the family situation and from other stakeholders as appropriate; formulating treatment and crisis plans; providing individual, family and group treatment/counseling; providing case management and service coordination.
  • In conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, person supported, family and stakeholders, establishing both short and long-term goals and individual service plans of the person supported.
  • Liaising with community agencies in provision of services to individuals.
  • Assuming primary responsibility for follow-up services to assigned individuals within the Central West Region
  • Within a collaborative framework, providing ongoing information, education and counseling to the people supported, families, other caregivers and service providers to help them become knowledgeable about developmental disabilities and mental illness.
  • Providing leadership in the identification, development and implementation of linkages and community resources to help support the person within the community.
  • Documenting interventions and individual progress, according to established methods and procedures.
  • Consulting with stakeholders, to coordinate the treatment process and to facilitate appropriate ongoing services.
  • Participating in program data collection, evaluation and research initiatives in the area of dual diagnosis as appropriate.
  • Provide effective and evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including case management, group and individual therapy with a focus on holistic care.
  • Preparing individual profiles as required; responding to requests by parents or agencies by assessing needs and formulating plans in the best interest of the person being supported.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with community service providers; representing the team on committees, case conferences, and in speaking engagements.
  • Using equipment and wearing protective devices or clothing that the employer deems as required, including the use of fit-tested N95 respirator and/or similar equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) plus experience after graduation providing professional biopsychosocial services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • Knowledge and expertise in providing professional biopsychosocial services to persons with developmental disability and mental health challenges, in particular those with dual diagnosis and autism.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a “field” position, without daily supervision and colleague support.
  • Strong assessment, planning, priority setting, and problem-solving skills in order to organize and carry out a demanding workload in an independent manner. Demonstrated skill in community relationship management, and collaborating with other community service organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an inter-disciplinary assessment and treatment team.
  • Knowledge of organizational and community resources available in the assigned area
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook and other data-based systems.
  • Ability to follow flexible working hours in order to meet with individuals and service providers in the community at times that they are most likely to be available.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and a vehicle for ongoing outreach activities and home visits.
  • Providing proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and maintaining vaccination status as necessary from time to time during employment.

LOCATION: 53 Bond St, Oakville.  During the pandemic, this position is working on a hybrid model, some days in the office and some days remotely from home.  This might change as per organizational needs.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to our Human Resources email address:


In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Central West Specialized Developmental Services will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.