Join the team.

We couldn’t offer such great services and programs without a team of highly skilled, highly educated employees. Each of our counsellors holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counselling. If you’d like to work at helping your community become a better place, please take a look through the current opportunities available.

Job openings.

Interesting in working with us? Take a look at the following opportunities:

Executive Director

Established in 1914, Family Services Ottawa (FSO) is a key provider of accessible counselling and support services to the residents of Ottawa. With 60 qualified staff and a budget of five million, this not-for-profit organization offers a wide array of programs supporting mental health issues, anti-violence, parenting, employee assistance, LGBTTQ+ etc. FSO is a values-driven organization and envisions, ‘A community where families and individuals are strong and resilient, and have the support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.’ Family Services Ottawa is now looking for a visionary Executive Director to maintain the successful trajectory of this valuable community service and ensure that it continues to play a vital role in the health services continuum.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director will work with the Board to develop a vision and strategy that creates visibility and impact for FSO, while building on its established brand, and refining programs to address the changing needs of the community. The ED will work with provincial funders and community partners to provide evidence-based treatment and programs in a timely fashion to those in need. They will build networks of influence with potential funders and granting agencies that strengthen the long-term sustainability of the organization.

As the ideal candidate, you bring relevant leadership experience along with a proven track record in delivering health/social services programming. Entrepreneurial by nature, you are results-oriented, analytical, and articulate. You will highlight the positive impact that FSO has in the community to the Board, funders, and other key stakeholders. You have raised the visibility of an organization through high-level community engagement and a proactive approach to program management. An outstanding communicator and public speaker, you possess a high level of diplomacy, sensitivity, and judgment. You have established secure and stable funding models that enable improved service delivery. You value your staff and believe in cultivating strong, cohesive, and supportive teams. Candidates with experience in unionized environments and fluency in both official languages will be strongly considered.

For more information on this impactful opportunity to support the family services needs of the local community, please contact Michael Williams or Joanne McMullin of Odgers Berndtson Executive Search at 613-667-0127 or email To submit your resume in confidence, please visit

Family Services Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and FSO throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Parent Educator / Group Facilitator Parenting Programs

At Family Services Ottawa (FSO), our vision is a community where families and individuals are strong and resilient and have the supports that they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.  We welcome families and individuals, in all of their forms, provide a wide range of accessible educational and supportive programs and counselling services to enhance mental health, collaborate with others who share our vision and advocate for changes that will make everyone’s lives better.

The Parenting Program offers a wide variety of parenting courses and workshops on a range of topics.  Our goal is to help parents through the difficulties that come with parenthood by providing information, resources and tools to help parents become the best parent that they can be.

We currently have an opening for a facilitator to lead our September 17 to November 12 Just for Dads…The Nuts and Bolts of Parenting course.  This course is designed for all Dads, including those who are clients of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, who have children between the ages of 6 and 16.  The course is highly interactive and provides Dads with the opportunity to learn and practice skills and techniques in a supportive environment.

We are looking for a dynamic, engaging and experienced facilitator to deliver a course content developed by Family Services Ottawa.  Activities include providing parenting information, group facilitation, leading experiential exercises, maintaining attendance records, administering program evaluations and referring participants to other community resources as required.

This group is offered Monday evenings each week for 8 weeks.


Terms and Conditions

Apply by July 18, 2018 to

FSO is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. FSO is committed to ensuring that each individual will have genuine, open and unhindered access to employment opportunities.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact us.

Thank you to everyone who applies; please note that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Student placements.

Thank you for your interest in completing a placement at Family Services Ottawa. We offer unpaid placements to students from a variety of college and university programs. To apply for a placement position with Family Services Ottawa, please send your résumé and a cover letter. Tell us why you would like to do a placement at Family Services Ottawa and indicate in which of our programs you would like to be placed. Let us know what your placement requires, including hours, days, length of placement and learning objectives.

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601