BALANCE for Blind Adults is an Employer of Choice for persons who are blind or partially sighted. One third 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.
Position: Program Facilitator/Job Developer
(Contract – June 2019-April 2020)
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday
BALANCE for Blind Adults is partnering with the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work to deliver a 20-week intensive employment program to youth living with vision loss. Supported through a Youth Success Strategy development grant from United Way of Greater Toronto, this pilot program aims to provide youth with vision loss with the valuable skills and work experience needed in a competitive labor market. In addition, the program aims to make course materials accessible for participants with vision loss, and provide on-the-job training to course instructors.
Summary – The Position
Reporting to the program supervisor, the Program Facilitator/Job Developer is responsible for supporting 3-5 youth with vision loss in an existing program curriculum, and ensuring all content is delivered in an accessible and inclusive manner, including hand-outs, presentation material, interactive group activities, reflections and others. This individual will be responsible for the recruitment of the participants for the program, and will be expected to market The Insight Program in order to support the recruitment process. In addition, the successful candidate will screen participants for eligibility. The Program Facilitator/Job Developer works closely with the program supervisor to establish and maintain successful participant work experiences in the community, developing excellent community relations with employers, and coaching and mentoring participants as necessary.
Your energy and enthusiasm are boundless and you enjoy and thrive in a fast paced environment. You are detail oriented, creative and an excellent communicator. You either have experience working with clients with vision loss, or have related experience and are eager, willing, and able to learn quickly the unique needs of this population. Change excites you, and finding alternative ways to communicate information is one of your strengths. You are a lifelong learner, and you welcome the opportunity to aspire to measurable targets. You thrive in a professional environment, and possess a post-secondary diploma or degree in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Science, Social Services Worker, or relevant work experience.
- College diploma or University degree in a related discipline, is required; or minimum 2 years of related work experience working with youth/young adults with disabilities.
- Ability to work in a team and to establish rapport with employers, clients and co-workers
- Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills
- Proficiency in MS Office applications, Internet, email, and database management
- Experience working with persons with vision loss (blind or partially sighted) is preferred
- Knowledge of the Toronto labor market, industry trends and apprenticeships preferred
- Knowledge and understanding of assistive and mainstream technology used by individuals living with vision loss preferred
- Willingness and ability to travel around the city of Toronto independently (to visit job sites that may be located across the city).
What you’ll get to do!
- Customize content specifically geared to youth with visual disabilities on workplace and employment-related essential skills, life skills, leadership development, etc.
- Support the skills of participants through the process of identifying, analyzing and prioritizing their Needs and interests, from individual action plans to implementing developed curriculum.
- Job Develop, to establish and maintain supportive work experience interventions for The Insight Program participants with employers; maintaining and encouraging job retention.
- Take initiative and perform successful job development for participants in each intake.
- Contribute to and participate in Program development and expansion, including consistent
- Materials revision, marketing, outreach and collaborative team meetings.
- Work closely with community partners determining job seeker selection, classroom
- Accommodations, etc.
- Assist program supervisor to develop and organize TIP Advisory committee.
Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and current resume in one document to Chelsea Mohler, program supervisor. Please e-mail your application to email@example.com and quote “Program Facilitator/Job Developer” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
If you require an accommodation during any part of the application process, please contact Chelsea Mohler at firstname.lastname@example.org.