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Podcast Producer (Part-Time, Contract)

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Assistive Technology Apprenticeship Program (Volunteer)

About the Assistive Technology 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.

Program Overview

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.

Requirements

Suitable applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Strong computer aptitude; this includes proficiency in the use of smart phones and devices, screen readers, or screen magnification software;
  • 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.

Benefits

  • Gain valuable work experience;
  • 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!

Program Schedule

This is a 250 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 50 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 info@balancefba.org using the subject line AT Apprenticeship Application. 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.

Social Media & Digital Content (Volunteer)

About the Social Media & Digital Content (Volunteer) position

Location

Toronto, ON (position can be done from anywhere in Canada)

Commitment

Approx. 5 hours per week. Ideally a 1-year commitment

Organization Description

BALANCE is a lively non-profit organization that provides customized training and support to facilitate optimal independence and community engagement for persons who are blind or living with sight loss and who often have complex needs in the Toronto area. Our online reach through virtual groups and events, and through social media, is local, national and international.

Role Description

Reporting to the Development Officer, the Social Media & Digital Content Volunteer will provide research, planning, design, and implementation of the BALANCE social media platforms. This includes fielding emails from partner organizations, designing media content, and crafting text communication that is branded, appropriate, and engaging.

Duties

  • Understand BALANCE’s mission and goals, and ensuring that the public presence of the organization is one that aligns with its mission and values.
  • Generate, edit, schedule, publish, and share content on all BALANCE social media platforms that is deemed important by BALANCE management, using graphics, fonts and logos approved by BALANCE Executive Director.
  • Maintain a social media presence by posting at regular intervals, reacting or replying to comments and messages in a timely manner, re-posting/re-tweeting relevant content, and forwarding important communications to BALANCE staff
  • Suggest and implement new ideas, features, or campaigns to increase online engagement/website traffic
  • Consider timeliness, inclusivity, representation, and diversity in content

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube)
  • Familiarity with Canva or other digital design software (or a willingness to learn)
  • Previous design experience an asset
  • Experience in creating and editing video content an asset
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively from a virtual workspace
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong desire to give back through volunteering your time

To apply for this volunteer position, please email your resume with cover letter to info@balancefba.org

BALANCE Social Media Pages

Facebook @balanceforblindadults

Instagram @balanceforblindadults

Twitter @balancefba

YouTube @BALANCE for Blind Adults

Podcast Producer (Part-Time, Contract)

Podcast Description:

“Living Blind” explores the perspectives and lived experiences of people with sight loss, and delves into barriers, challenges, and real-life strategies for living life to the fullest. Each interview provides insights to inspire and inform. What is it like to live without sight in a sighted world? Now in Season 2, the podcast has listeners in 11 countries.

Role Description:
The Producer is a key lead on the Living Blind podcast, primarily working with the host, Executive Producer, and guest hosts and contributors to deliver monthly episodes to subscribers and listeners. You will work primarily in a remote work environment, aiming to produce consistent, informative, and high quality episodes. You will flesh out creative ideas, contact and coordinate guest interviews, lead meetings, and provide creative direction from concept to completion of episodes.

Responsibilities:

Creative Content Production:

  • Develop and refine creative concepts, episodes, themes, and series.
  • Oversee the process of developing the podcast and ensure production is smooth, on time, and on budget.
  • Manage pre-calls, episode research, and host preparation to ensure high quality content throughout the interview.
  • Manage schedules of host, guests, and producing team.
  • Communicate with guests, guest hosts, and the team on episode recordings, promotional material, and air dates; respond to ideas and requests from Executive Producer and Host.

Audio Management and Editing:

  • Candidate will be responsible for overseeing editing of episodes (the actual audio editing may be done through a third party- candidate will need to be clear in defining what they want from each episode to audio mixer).

Marketing and Podcast Growth:

  • Engage with listeners by receiving feedback.
  • Create promotional material for each episode release (sound bites, images, graphics, etc.); communicate well with BALANCE Digital Marketing Assistant and Newsletter Editor regarding content
  • Monitor podcast metrics to make improvements to how the podcast is structured and produced. Provide regular reports to the Executive Producer.

Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, but also must work well with a team
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Keen ear for detail
  • Ability to think creatively and proactively to generate new ideas/ solutions to meet podcast requirements
  • Exceptional research, content writing and editing skills
  • An understanding of technical audio production
  • A passion for technology of all kinds, particularly the internet and mobile tech
  • A love of podcasts
  • Lived experience of sight loss is an asset for this position

To apply for this position, please email your resume to info@balancefba.org

Post date: November 25, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON (position can be done from anywhere in Canada)

Is this position remote: Yes

Commitment: 12-15 hours per month. Ideally a 1-year commitment

Podcast Host Website


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.

Assistive Technology Apprenticeship Program (Volunteer)

About the Assistive Technology 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.

Program Overview

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.

Requirements

Suitable applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Strong computer aptitude; this includes proficiency in the use of smart phones and devices, screen readers, or screen magnification software;
  • 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.

Benefits

  • Gain valuable work experience;
  • 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!

Program Schedule

This is a 250 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 50 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 info@balancefba.org using the subject line AT Apprenticeship Application. 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.

Social Media & Digital Content (Volunteer)

About the Social Media & Digital Content (Volunteer) position

Location

Toronto, ON (position can be done from anywhere in Canada)

Commitment

Approx. 5 hours per week. Ideally a 1-year commitment

Organization Description

BALANCE is a lively non-profit organization that provides customized training and support to facilitate optimal independence and community engagement for persons who are blind or living with sight loss and who often have complex needs in the Toronto area. Our online reach through virtual groups and events, and through social media, is local, national and international.

Role Description

Reporting to the Development Officer, the Social Media & Digital Content Volunteer will provide research, planning, design, and implementation of the BALANCE social media platforms. This includes fielding emails from partner organizations, designing media content, and crafting text communication that is branded, appropriate, and engaging.

Duties

  • Understand BALANCE’s mission and goals, and ensuring that the public presence of the organization is one that aligns with its mission and values.
  • Generate, edit, schedule, publish, and share content on all BALANCE social media platforms that is deemed important by BALANCE management, using graphics, fonts and logos approved by BALANCE Executive Director.
  • Maintain a social media presence by posting at regular intervals, reacting or replying to comments and messages in a timely manner, re-posting/re-tweeting relevant content, and forwarding important communications to BALANCE staff
  • Suggest and implement new ideas, features, or campaigns to increase online engagement/website traffic
  • Consider timeliness, inclusivity, representation, and diversity in content

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube)
  • Familiarity with Canva or other digital design software (or a willingness to learn)
  • Previous design experience an asset
  • Experience in creating and editing video content an asset
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively from a virtual workspace
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong desire to give back through volunteering your time

To apply for this volunteer position, please email your resume with cover letter to info@balancefba.org

BALANCE Social Media Pages

Facebook @balanceforblindadults

Instagram @balanceforblindadults

Twitter @balancefba

YouTube @BALANCE for Blind Adults

Podcast Producer (Part-Time, Contract)

Podcast Description:

“Living Blind” explores the perspectives and lived experiences of people with sight loss, and delves into barriers, challenges, and real-life strategies for living life to the fullest. Each interview provides insights to inspire and inform. What is it like to live without sight in a sighted world? Now in Season 2, the podcast has listeners in 11 countries.

Role Description:
The Producer is a key lead on the Living Blind podcast, primarily working with the host, Executive Producer, and guest hosts and contributors to deliver monthly episodes to subscribers and listeners. You will work primarily in a remote work environment, aiming to produce consistent, informative, and high quality episodes. You will flesh out creative ideas, contact and coordinate guest interviews, lead meetings, and provide creative direction from concept to completion of episodes.

Responsibilities:

Creative Content Production:

  • Develop and refine creative concepts, episodes, themes, and series.
  • Oversee the process of developing the podcast and ensure production is smooth, on time, and on budget.
  • Manage pre-calls, episode research, and host preparation to ensure high quality content throughout the interview.
  • Manage schedules of host, guests, and producing team.
  • Communicate with guests, guest hosts, and the team on episode recordings, promotional material, and air dates; respond to ideas and requests from Executive Producer and Host.

Audio Management and Editing:

  • Candidate will be responsible for overseeing editing of episodes (the actual audio editing may be done through a third party- candidate will need to be clear in defining what they want from each episode to audio mixer).

Marketing and Podcast Growth:

  • Engage with listeners by receiving feedback.
  • Create promotional material for each episode release (sound bites, images, graphics, etc.); communicate well with BALANCE Digital Marketing Assistant and Newsletter Editor regarding content
  • Monitor podcast metrics to make improvements to how the podcast is structured and produced. Provide regular reports to the Executive Producer.

Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, but also must work well with a team
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Keen ear for detail
  • Ability to think creatively and proactively to generate new ideas/ solutions to meet podcast requirements
  • Exceptional research, content writing and editing skills
  • An understanding of technical audio production
  • A passion for technology of all kinds, particularly the internet and mobile tech
  • A love of podcasts
  • Lived experience of sight loss is an asset for this position

To apply for this position, please email your resume to info@balancefba.org

Post date: November 25, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON (position can be done from anywhere in Canada)

Is this position remote: Yes

Commitment: 12-15 hours per month. Ideally a 1-year commitment

Podcast Host Website


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.