Clinical Director (permanent)

Breakaway is a dynamic multifunction substance use treatment agency that provides a range of high-quality outpatient and outreach programs for the residents of Toronto. We are passionately committed to providing innovative community services from a harm reduction perspective. We strive to make our programs fully accessible to all community members, particularly those who frequently encounter barriers to traditional services.

From its inception in 1989, Breakaway Community Service has demonstrated a strong capacity for continuously adapting to emerging challenges. It has done this by adding to its own broad range of treatment programs for clients and by forging strong service partnerships across the mental health and addictions sectors to facilitate additional access to supports for them. Besides our office-based programs, we have effectively mobilized our resources to be active and present in delivering services for clients within the community, in schools, community centers, shelters, and supportive housing.

As our organization has grown throughout the years, so too has the capacity of our service teams to better serve our clients. Our staff are encouraged to bring their best effort every day, and we take pride in their ability to show a depth of positivity, support, and compassion in their work.

To provide leadership for the continuation of this critically important work and the achievement of its strategic goals, Breakaway is seeking an enthusiastic, highly skilled, and experienced Clinical Director. This position directly supervises approximately 12 full-time employees and several relief staff. In addition, it contributes, very importantly, to the overall leadership and operations of the organization.


  • Part of a team of two Clinical Directors and a (small but mighty) Management team of four people.
  • Provide regular clinical and administrative supervision to staff
  • Participate in HR activities including staff recruitment, hiring, orientation and performance reviews
  • Plan, implement and evaluate quality clinical programming using evidence-informed models
  • Liaise and collaborate with communities, partner agencies, working groups, service coalitions and government ministries
  • Identify and develop new partnership opportunities to enhance service delivery
  • Provide support and guidance to staff to help identify relevant training opportunities for career development
  • Organize and chair team meetings
  • Sign off on vacation requests, while maintaining optimal program coverage
  • Support the management team with its ongoing responsibilities, including accreditation preparation, policy development and operational plan creation and with their implementation.
  • Assist with program development and the writing of funding grants
  • Participate in various internal committees
  • Ensure that the agency’s operational policies and procedures are adhered to
  • Responsible for meeting data targets and reporting to the Ministry
  • Management of Program Budgets
  • Coordination of program operations


  • MSW or equivalent master’s-level degree
  • Registered with the OCSWSSW or other corresponding regulatory college (e.g. CRPO)
  • At least 3 years of direct clinical practice with individual clients and therapeutic groups
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a management position at a community-based agency
  • Policy development, writing and implementation experience and interest a huge asset
  • Demonstrated effective leadership abilities in a variety of challenging situations
  • Prioritizes staff wellness and safety
  • Strong supervisory skills, including the ability to mentor, coach and inspire individual workers and teams of professionals, students, and volunteers
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to act as a liaison between the agency and its clients and community partners
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal and presentation skills
  • A strong understanding of the principles of harm reduction and trauma-informed care
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression principles, and experience applying these with diverse staff teams and marginalized or vulnerable client groups
  • Knowledge and experience in the effective management of crisis situations
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment
  • Good understanding of the reporting requirements and practices for funding bodies both governmental and non-governmental

Salary range: $70K to $82K

Breakaway is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. We encourage people from frequently underrepresented and marginalized communities to apply. Breakaway is committed to providing accommodation in all parts of the hiring process.  If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Applications are welcome until December 9th, 2022. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please email your cover letter and an updated resume, to: [email protected].

Please insert “Clinical Director application” in the email subject line.