Careers


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.


Orientation & Mobility Specialist

BALANCE is seeking an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Approximately 20-28 hours week, including travel time.

Program Overview:

Orientation & Mobility Instructors at BALANCE teach, on a one-to-one basis, a set of specific indoor and outdoor travel skills to be used in a variety of environments, both familiar and unfamiliar, so that participants can move safely, maintain orientation and have independent mobility.

Key responsibilities:

The O&M instructor is expected to:  

  • facilitate sensory development by teaching effective strategies in utilizing the individual’s remaining senses (grid search pattern, echo location, location and directionality of sounds, eccentric viewing and scanning techniques for low vision)
  • teach cane techniques and non-cane techniques (protective e techniques and Basic Sighted Guide) for various travel conditions
  • provide information on cane components and maintenance strategies
  • assess guide dog readiness and assisting in the guide dog application process (reasons and responsibilities of acquiring a guide dog, eligibility, physical demands)
  • teach clients to travel with proficiency, safety, independence and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar, indoor/outdoor environments.
  • advocate with/on behalf of the client in accessibility matters
  • encourage and facilitate the development of self-advocacy skills
  • assess the O&M needs of visually impaired people and provide direct instructional services to participants in accordance with the evaluation
  • develop in each participant a level of safe travel skills to better enable them to live as independently as possible.
  • develop and implements individualized O&M instructional program based on assessment.
  • administration: document lessons and client-related paperwork in the Client Relations Management System (CRM) after each lesson.
  • attend 1:1 supervisory meetings, team meetings and case conferences as needed

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Interpersonal skills that use tact, patience, courtesy and respect.
  • Knowledge of current methodologies and techniques associated with instructing the blind and visually impaired person
  • Ability to utilize computer and software programs, in particular, Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce
  • Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations

Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of an approved program in Orientation and Mobility with certificate (ACVREP certification or eligible for certification (COMS).
  • One year of experience with blind or visually impaired adults preferred 
  • Training related to working with adults with additional vulnerabilities and/or in the social determinants of health, is an asset 

How to apply:

If you would like to apply, submit your cover letter and resume to careers@balancefba.org using the subject line O&M Application. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Occupational Therapist (Part-Time)

This is an ideal opportunity for an Occupational Therapist seeking a permanent part-time contract for best life-work balance.
Approximately 12-15 hours week, including travel time.

Program Overview:

The Occupational Therapist (OT) at BALANCE works as a member of the BALANCE team. Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the OT acts in a client-centered manner to address the occupational performance issues impacting clients’ functional levels in the community. The OT will work with clients on a regular basis to enable clients’ independent living skills and ability to adapt their environment to function independently in their community.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conducts assessments, including home-based environmental assessments for certain clients who will require training by a blind staff member in their home
  • Develops care plans
  • Provides education, on a one-to-one or group basis
  • Evaluates progress
  • Makes internal and external referrals that are relevant to BALANCE’s services

In addition, the Occupational Therapist at BALANCE will have the opportunity to develop new groups in line with the BALANCE Wellness program initiative, and to bring the OT lens to our community access facilitation, pre-employment and other related programming.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with persons who are blind or partially sighted; specific training is provided.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an Occupational Therapy Graduate (current or pending registration in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is required.)
  • For those on a provisional license, clinical supervision will be provided by an experienced, licensed Occupation Therapist.
  • Excellent professional judgment, conflict resolution and inter-professional communication skills
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with clients, other staff, and members of the community with whom the clients engage or wish to engage
  • Efficient time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of community resources in the City of Toronto is recommended
  • Open to learning

How to apply:

If you would like to apply, submit your cover letter and resume to careers@balancefba.org using the subject line OT Application. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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.

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:

  • 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:

  • 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 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 careers@balancefba.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.