Art Specialist


Permanent / Full-time


Inuit Values and Practices


Kuujjuaq, Québec

jos posting end date

September 30, 2022

The Art Specialist plays a crucial role in:

  • Evaluating, preparing, and adapting art interventions to support our guests’ recovery process.
  • Enabling guests to communicate in a safe environment and helping them reflect on emotional issues and gain confidence and self-awareness.
  • Working with other departments to ensure all services and activities offered by Isuarsivik are culturally relevant and safe.

Purpose of position

Under the direction of the Inuit Values and Practices Manager, and the day to day supervision of the Culture Coordinator of Inuit Values and Practices, the Art Specialist is responsible for using various Inuit art forms to support the recovery program and contribute to our guests’ overall experience.

Essential duties
and responsibilities

  • Selects appropriate media of artistic expression to assist guests in expressing themselves and processing trauma (painting, carving, music, singing, etc.).
  • Maintains a supportive relationship with guests by providing them with a secure and stable therapeutic space.
  • Explains the benefits of therapeutic art to guests.
  • Communicates through art and art experiences to support the guests and facilitate positive changes in their behaviour, communication skills, and wellbeing.
  • Addresses concerns and forwards them to the supervisor if needed.
  • Ensures guests abide by House Rules and participate in the recovery program.
  • Contributes to maintaining assigned guest files, records, and reports.
  • Maintains guests confidentiality up to and including the destruction of records according to the Records Management process.
Facilitation Skills
  • Manages art space and materials, and therefore also takes care of inventory and procurement.
  • Encourages guests to experiment with a range of art materials such as clay, paint, ink, paper, sewing material and enables them to explore their artwork and the process they used to create it.
  • Facilitates group discussion and activities around Inuit art and crafting.
  • Constantly develops Inuit art knowledge by attending seminars, lectures, and workshops.
  • Assists in the creation of program projects and delivers sessions to guests
  • Ensures the guests understand the presentation/lecture and material.
  • Observes and participates in group discussions and counselling with guests.
  • Plans, implements, and participates in group activities.
  • Attends daily clinical team meeting and provides feedback to other counselling staff.
  • Completes the required incident reports and submits them to supervisors.
  • Protects the privacy and personal information of staff and guests.
  • Performs other related tasks and duties assigned by the Inuit Values and Practices Manager.


  • Post-secondary training in art.
  • Post-secondary training in a discipline of social intervention (an asset).
Work experience
  • Experience in the arts at a professional level.
  • Experience in psychosocial intervention (an asset).
  • Experience in group facilitation.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong observation and listening skills.
  • Ability to gain the guest’s trust, facilitate learning, and encourage participation.
  • Ability to guide and teach guests thanks to an in-depth knowledge of Inuit art.
  • Capacity to empathize with people who may have difficulty communicating their feelings and pain.
  • Good knowledge of confidentiality requirements and ability to handle sensitive issues.
  • Ability to remain calm in distressing and emotional situations.
  • Knowledge of psychology, therapy, and counselling.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office or related software (an asset).
  • Personal and professional experience in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Strong ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Ability to work outside standard hours.
  • Candidate must be willing to submit to a criminal records check.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Inuktitut as well as English (mandatory).
  • Ability to read, write, and speak French (an asset).

Work environment

  • Isuarsivik is undergoing a major transition that requires flexibility, creativity, and adaptability.
  • The incumbent must balance multiple demands and urgent requests from guests, staff, and partners.
  • The incumbent must also be prepared to meet the personal and professional challenges associated with living in a northern, isolated community with limited resources.

Salary / Benefits

  • Working conditions are based on Nunavik’s health and social services network.
  • Salary will be determined depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Probation period.
  • Mentorship or training program available (if requirements are not met).

It is the Centre’s objective to favor and promote the employment of beneficiaries from one of the Inuit land claims agreements. Therefore, it is at the discretion of the Board to waive any of the qualification requirements and implement a training or mentoring plan if necessary.

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