- Pre-Employment Program Coordinator – Full-Time Contract
- Assistive Technology (AT) Apprenticeship Program
Working at BALANCE
BALANCE for Blind Adults is an Employer of Choice for persons who are blind or living with sight loss. Over 40% 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% of blind persons in this country 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.
BALANCE for Blind Adults is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please let us know in advance if you require any accommodations throughout the hiring process.
Pre-Employment Program Coordinator – Full-time Contract
Reporting to the BALANCE Program Coordinator, this exciting new position will be responsible for designing a program to assist adults with sight loss to access community-based employment services in order to learn more about their employment goals, gain job search skills, improve their employment-related skills, and potentially, find employment or a pre-employment occupation. The position is funded by the United Way Greater Toronto. This program will have clear deliverables and support 24-30 blind or partially sighted (B/PS) adults with community-based employment services in the City of Toronto. The program will provide individualized and intensive support for participants to find employment and live independently. The program will also build the capacity of existing, community-based, employment or pre-employment service agencies to work with B/PS job seekers. BALANCE proposes to introduce Toronto-based employment service providers to the knowledge, skills and tools they require in order to accommodate and include persons with sight loss in their programming and employment supports. Our intention is to shift the culture of employment supports in Toronto by providing staff training to community-based employment and pre-employment service agencies on how they can adapt their services for B/PS clients.
The person in this position will be a self-starter who wants to make a difference, and a person with a passion for supporting adults with disabilities and social change. This full-time contract position will act as a full member of the BALANCE team, receiving support from, and providing support to, their teammates. A strong background in the field of disability and/or employment supports will be an asset, and all disability-specific training will be provided as needed.
- Develops the program’s structure, workflow, and partnerships
- Develops strategic partnerships with community employment services in the Greater Toronto Area to support persons living with sight loss experiencing prolonged unemployment.
- Organizes and leads training sessions for employment services agencies in Toronto
- Develops and delivers workshops as needed to persons with sight loss
- Works individually with participants in developing skills related to creating effective self-marketing materials, including cover letters, resumes, correspondence, etc.
- Discusses/teaches life skills with participants
- Designs and implements effective program evaluation tools
- Works in collaboration with other team members to market the program and to recruit participants
- Maintains program records and writes regular reports as required
- Post-secondary degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Strong communication skills, oral and written; exceptional customer service skills
- Outstanding organizational skills, time management, and ability to multi-task in order to meet deadlines and achieve program targets and objectives
- Punctual, self-motivated and self-directed
- Knowledge of community employment services in the City of Toronto is an asset
- Willingness and flexibility to occasionally work outside of normal business hours, based on needs of clients/the organization
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with persons with disabilities.
This is an itinerant position. The incumbent will be expected to travel to employment services, client homes, community settings and work sites over the course of each week; some opportunity to work from home when not travelling, will be possible.
How to apply:
If you would like to apply, please submit your application with cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Assistive Technology (AT) Apprenticeship Program
BALANCE recognizes that there is a shortage of quality employment opportunities for persons who are vision impaired looking to enter the workplace for the first time.
This Apprenticeship Program aims to provide an employment opportunity where individuals can improve transferable skills, learn teamwork and build problem solving capacity for a well-rounded work experience. Apprentices in this program will be responsible for teaching Assistive Technology to BALANCE clients. BALANCE will ensure that persons entering the program will be provided with all the necessary instruction and support required to assist in a successful outcome.
Suitable applicants must demonstrate the following:
- Excellent verbal communication skills;
- Collaborate well with other and work effectively as part of a team;
- Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills;
- The ability to work independently and responsibly;
- A willingness to learn and be receptive to feedback.
- Opportunity for individual mentorship and professional development;
- Become a more efficient user of Assistive Technology, and
- Learn new skills that will enhance overall independence and benefit work productivity no matter the career path chosen!
This is a 240 hour program. 200 hours will be spent providing one-on-one AT instruction to both new and less competent users of assistive technology software and/or hardware. The other 40 hours will be reserved for completing administrative tracking and reporting on client progress.
Qualified applicants would be provided with the opportunity to perform contract work with BALANCE for up to 12 hours per week, $17/hour.
How to Apply:
If you would like to apply or have general questions about the AT Apprenticeship Program, please call the BALANCE office at 416-236-1796 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line AT Apprenticeship Application. Please include a complete Cover Letter and Resume. Applications are considered as spots in the program become available. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are currently seeking candidates who have experience with screen reading software such as VoiceOver, JAWS, Zoomtext and/ or NVDA.
This opportunity to any resident of Canada, as the work can be performed remotely. Those within the GTA will have the opportunity to work face-to-face with clients as needed in the future.