BALANCE for Blind Adults is an Employer of Choice for persons who are blind or partially sighted. Over 50% of our employees are blind or have low vision and have been vision rehabilitation service users themselves. The level of employment among blind persons in Canada is disgraceful. Only about 35% have jobs, so we at BALANCE are proud of the fact that we are setting an example to other employers in the city of Toronto and in Canada. We seek out experienced and knowledgeable people and we believe that lived experience helps to create a dynamic, caring and empathetic learning environment. At BALANCE, we also provide a supportive management approach which permits growth and development in the workplace. We believe that a caring workplace builds a strong staff team, which in turn improves programs and services and benefits our clients.

Summer Administrative Assistant

BALANCE for Blind Adults is seeking a student to assist with administrative duties in the office. Duties will include: data migration for our client relations management system; data entry, accreditation portal; data entry, foundations software; revising of the policy and procedures manual; reception duties as required, filing as required, and administrative assistance to the Executive Director and Office Coordinator as required. The position will include opportunities to learn about the field of services to persons who are blind or partially sighted, including but not limited to: assistive technology training, pre-employment training, and orientation and mobility training.

Details: 30 hours/week, 10 weeks, must include Fridays

Preferred start date: June 12, 2017

Please note: this position is funded by a grant from the Government of Canada (Canada Summer Jobs) and is open only to students who were in school full time this year and are returning to school full time in September.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written (English) communications skills;
  • Excellent skill with MS Office and quick learner with digital platforms;
  • Ability and interest in working as a contributing member of a team.

Preferred experience:

  • studies in one or more of: social services, sociology, social work, psychology;
  • office support experience or equivalent;
  • disability support services experience.

Deadline for applications: May 14, 2017

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Please note: Only those granted an interview will be contacted. Thank-you for your interest!