Employment Opportunities

Current MVAEC & MVISS Openings 


The METRO VANCOUVER INDIGENOUS SERVICES SOCIETY (MVISS) , a subsidiary of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) is seeking the following 5 Full-time Permanent Positions for a newly established Mental Wellness and Substance Use agency based in Vancouver, serving Vancouver/ Richmond/ North Shore. MVAEC was incorporated in 2009 and acts as a unified collective voice for the urban Aboriginal population in Metro Vancouver. All positions are permanent full-time with group benefits. ALL applicants must be able to demonstrate they can provide culturally based, trauma-informed practice. Substantial training on the program model will be given to all staff in the first 6 months.


  • Have a Masters Degree in a related field (MSW/RSW; M.A. Psychology; M. Ed in Counseling, etc.) with minimum 3 years experience; or an Undergraduate Degree with minimum 5 years experience in Mental Wellness and Substance Use issues;
  • Have a strong capacity to lead and facilitate healing groups, including substantial writing of new and evolving programs, especially experience with Men’s Healing Programs;
  • Have a strong sense of your own Indigenous culture (and others) and be able to apply these strengths into the healing services being offered;
  • Have done substantial personal healing to better connect with those seeking our support;
  • Have a solid understanding of problematic substance use and the underlying root causes that contribute to these challenges;
  • Be able to define trauma and how it manifests itself in Indigenous lives while supporting strategies to heal from historical traumas;
  • Apply your skills, education, and experiences in a wide variety of approaches to facilitate healing and wellness, including group healing; 1-1 counseling; family counseling, etc.;
  • Contribute positively to a healing environment;
  • Experience managing caseloads, assessments, referrals, etc.
  • Experience developing & delivering healing & psycho-educational type supports, such as on suicide prevention, substance use/misuse, anxiety and depression, historical trauma, grief and loss, child sexual abuse, lateral violence, grief & loss, Residential School impacts, etc.;
  • Provide community engagement, outreach and capacity building exercises;
  • Be competent in applying western-based & Indigenous healing approaches/methods;
  • Assets include active involvement in recovery fellowships; counseling certifications, etc.

Applicants MUST provide a basic criminal records check and later satisfy an enhanced vulnerable population clearance (this cost will be reimbursed). The nature of this agency is based on Indigenous Relational Care and Indigenous Cultures as the Intervention philosophies; is culturally-based and a trauma-informed practice. Attractive salaries and a group benefits package are offered. Relocation costs will be considered, as well as Secondments.



  1. Cover letter and resume detailing how you meet the requirements;

  2. Self-identification as Indigenous, if applicable; or how you can meet requirements if non- Indigenous, e.g. have worked X number of years with Indigenous people, acquired cultural competency/safety training, etc., and

  3. Proof of professional affiliations in good standing.

If applying for more than one position, please indicate so in your cover letter. For full job postings, please visit www.mvaec.ca. While preferences will be given to Indigenous candidates, a mix of experiences and backgrounds, including non-Indigenous persons in some positions may be considered. Apply to ceo@mvaec.ca  at earliest opportunity. Jobs open until filled.


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