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POSITION TITLE: SUMMER CAMP COUNSELLOR – ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

POSITION DETAILS: Full-time, seasonal, 8-week contract (approx. 35-40 hours per week). Flexibility is required 
POSITION LOCATION: Kingston and Kentville, NS (Travel will be required between both Autism Nova Scotia locations) 
POSITION START DATE: June 24th, 2022 - August 19th, 2022
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, Friday, May 27, 2022 

Program Summary:
The Annapolis Valley Autism Summer Camp is a recreation program for children and youth on the autism spectrum between the ages of 6-21 years. Each camper is supported with a low camper/counsellor ratio and activities are designed specifically with participants’ needs and interests in mind. 
 
The Camp Counsellor shall act as a guardian and facilitator for the child assigned to their care during camp hours. The Camp Counsellor is responsible to ensure a safe, fun, active and enjoyable recreational day camp experience for the children in the camp program. 

Responsibilities Include:
•    To adhere to all policies and procedures including those identified in the Code of Conduct 
•    Ensure all campers are treated with dignity and respect 
•    Ensure the health and safety needs of each camper are met at all times 
•    Never leave a camper unattended in the camp or community and to be able to account for a camper’s whereabouts at all times 
•    Ensure good communication with staff, parents, and campers regarding camp activities. 
•    To ensure camp facilities are cleaned up and in order 
•    Provide 1:1 support for their assigned camper throughout the day 
•    Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
•    A University degree or a student in a related post-secondary program (e.g., education, recreation, social work, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience accepted 
•    Clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Search is required 
•    Up to date, current CPR & First Aid Certification is required 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience:
•    A great deal of knowledge and experience working with individuals with autism 
•    Knowledge and experience supervising and managing a team 

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently 
•    Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and keen attention to detail 
•    Good communication skills (written and oral) 
•    Good leadership skills 
•    Must exhibit energy, enthusiasm, and initiative 
•    Able to be on your feet for long periods of time at summer camp. Including running and strenuous activity 
•    Able to lift up to 50 pounds 

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    Access to reliable transportation (Travel is required)
•    Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule 

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: $15.50 
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Shauna Jacobs at avnavigator@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 27, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: QUICKSTART NS PARENT COACH (Multiple Locations)

POSITION DETAILS: Full- time (40 hours per week). Evening and weekend work may be required
POSITION LOCATION(S): Halifax, Truro, Kentville, Amherst, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury and Sydney 
POSITION START DATE: July 2022
DIRECT REPORT: QuickStart NS Manager and QuickStart NS Supervisor
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, June 3, 2022


Program Summary: 
QuickStart Nova Scotia is a parent-mediated coaching program designed to empower caregivers of toddlers with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism to teach and support their child’s development. It is designed for children aged 12-36 months (31 months at the start of the intervention) with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism which incorporates an interdisciplinary team and uses the evidence-based intervention, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Throughout the program, parents and caregivers are taught to use this intervention to teach age-appropriate communication skills, social skills, and many others through routine-based activities with their child. 
As well the Parent Coach would be involved in our Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program. The ESDM program is an extension of ANS’ QuickStart Nova Scotia program, for toddlers (31-48 months) with suspected or confirmed autism. The program provides an autism specific early intervention to skill development within play, routines, and relationships.  
Responsibilities Include:
•    Work collaboratively within the QuickStart NS umbrella of services, which includes Parent-mediated Coaching, ESDM service, and targeted interventions for specific areas in sleep and behaviours that challenge
•    Complete Level 1 and Advanced Early Start Denver Model training 
•    Implement and meet fidelity of the parent-mediated coaching model 
•    Provide information materials and forms to professionals for the referral process  
•    Provide one-on-one coaching on the intervention model to parents within their home or community center 
•    Check-in on parent-implementation daily logs  
•    Collaborate with the Program Supervisor, SLP and OT  
•    Participate in training, research and program evaluation as required 
•    Provide data, information and documentation to Program Supervisor as required 
•    Maintain confidentiality in all contexts 
•    Identify and link to necessary resources and supports in accordance with identified individual and family needs 
•    This position does require an extensive level of travel and training at the beginning, successful applicant will need to be flexible to meet those training requirements. Travel will be required on an annual basis for this position within their region and across Nova Scotia
Qualifications: 
•    Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Psychology, Education, Child and Youth Studies, Behavioural Intervention) or equivalent experience accepted  
•    A clear, current Criminal Reference Check and Child Abuse Register Search is required 
•    Up to date First Aid and CPR certification is required  
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification or willingness to acquire is considered an asset 
•    Competencies in other languages an asset, French and/or Arabic is preferred 
Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    3-5 years’ recent experience working with families and toddler/preschool age individuals with Autism 
•    Minimum of 2 years of experience using natural behavioural development interventions 
•    Minimum of 2 years of experience using Applied Behaviour Analysis within a natural environment  
•    Minimum of 2 years of experience with data collection, implementing prompts and prompt hierarchies, and supported in developing teaching plans  
•    Knowledge of child milestones and development 
•    Experience with parent-training, parent coaching method is preferred 
•    Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of natural developmental behavioural interventions, specifically pivotal response treatment and Early Start Denver Model is preferred 
•    Experience in early intensive behavioural interventions is preferred 
•    Experience working within community-based programs is preferred 
Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Demonstrates excellent observation and problem-solving skills is required 
•    Demonstrates understanding of their limits of competency is required 
•    Demonstrates excellent communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings is required
•    Demonstrates the ability to take direction and work independently 
•    Familiar with Microsoft Office programs  
•    Applies knowledge of community-based service delivery systems 
Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    Must have a valid Nova Scotia Driver's License and use of a reliable vehicle for community visits 
As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to the QuickStart NS Director via Indeed by 4:30 pm, June 3, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: AUTISM SUPPORT COORDINATOR

POSITION DETAILS: Full Time (40 hours per week) Evenings and weekends may be required.
POSITION LOCATION: New Glasgow, NS (Autism Nova Scotia Pictou Chapter)
POSITION START DATE: May 2022
DIRECT REPORT: Provincial Chapter Coordinator, Autism NS
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022
Competition #2022-045

Program Summary: 
Under the supervision of the Provincial Chapter Coordinator, and in collaboration with the Pictou County Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, the Autism Support Coordinator will direct and oversee the planning, development and implementation of the Potential Program in the Pictou County Chapter and region of the province.

This program is evidence-based and builds on a few critical areas of support and advocacy that Autism Nova Scotia and its Chapters are already supporting including the delivery of:

•    Education sessions and workshops
•    One-on-one family support
•    Community events
•    Recreational, life skills and social learning opportunities
•    Training and capacity building

Responsibilities Include:
Direct and oversee the organization, implementation, and evaluation of identified programs, family events and educations sessions related to the Potential Program in the related region of the province. 

This includes but is not limited to:
•    Managing and booking of facilities
•    Registration, applications, and scheduling
•    Advertisement of related programs, events and/or education sessions
•    Follow up surveys, evaluations and needs assessments
•    Tracking and management of data, including qualitative and quantitative feedback from participants (i.e. quotes, stories and photos)
•    Volunteer and summer camp staff recruitment and management

Work in partnership with other Chapters, staff and volunteers to ensure seamless implementation of the Potential Program with existing programs and to expand services.

Maintain regular and effective communication with direct supervisor, Chapter Program board, other ANS staff/departments, volunteers, and community stakeholders.
Build upon and foster community partnerships and connections as they relate to the Potential Program and organizational programs and services.

Key Accountabilities:
Community Outreach: Knowledge and understanding of the local supports, programs and services offered in the community.

Acceptance & Awareness: As a part of the core team, the Autism Support Coordinator will seek opportunities to create awareness, build acceptance/understanding and foster relationship building in the larger community.

Education & Training: As a part of the team, the Autism Support Coordinator will develop and coordinate educational materials as needed for internal and external usage.

Linkages: As part of the Regional Autism Centre team, the Autism Support Coordinator will build linkages with key stakeholders in the larger community to work towards a seamless continuum of service delivery.

Knowledge: Knowledge of autism, community development, family support, person-directed approaches and social thinking models are assets in the role.

Qualifications: 
•    Post-secondary Degree/Diploma in a related field or equivalent experience accepted
•    A valid, clear criminal record check and child abuse registry search is required 
•    Up to date First Aid and CPR certification is considered an asset 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    Knowledge of the overall goals and intent of Autism Nova Scotia and its Chapters (including organizational structure, policies, guidelines, programs and project activities)
•    Knowledge of program planning, community development, grant writing and project management
•    Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the diversity of needs throughout the lifespan
•    Knowledge of excel spreadsheets, survey tools and registration software programs
•    Knowledge of volunteer management to recruit, direct, guide, and motivate volunteers
•    Working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Organizational, Administrative and Time Management Skills: to plan, organize and coordinate program activities; to address constant and varied demands on the position.
•    Leadership and Volunteer Management Skills: to recruit, orient, support and share knowledge with volunteers related to programs.
•    Data Analytical Skills: to collect, manage and report on data and metrics related to the program.
•    Interpersonal and Communications Skills: to represent the organization/ program activities to a broad range of partners in the surrounding community in which the program is being delivered. To liaise with the Pictou Chapter Board members.
•    Computer Skills & Technology: to prepare various documents, spreadsheets and reports; to access information, to develop promotional posters using Canva, to communicate via social media.
•    Working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook.
Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle is required

Physical Effort Requirements: The position requires fine motor skills to operate computer equipment.

Working Conditions: The position works in a standard office environment and does require community travel within the region the position is located for event and/or program delivery.

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Leah Poirier at lpoirier@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm May 20, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: PERSON DIRECTED PLANNING FACILITATOR (Full-Time)

POSITION DETAILS: Full-time, contract, 40 hours per week (Flexible schedule and evening availability is required)
POSITION LOCATION: Halifax, NS TRAVEL: Local/Provincial - Frequent
POSITION START DATE: May 2022 - May 2023
DIRECT REPORT: The Person Directed Planning Facilitator is accountable to the PDPP Coordinator
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022
Competition # 2022-036

Program Summary: 
The Person Directed Planning Project (PDPP) is designed to support people with disabilities (including autism, intellectual disabilities, and mental illness) in building a life of fuller participation and self-direction within their communities, through a person directed approach that ensures that each person’s voice is at the center of planning and decisions about their lives. PDPP leverages Autism NS’s strong presence within the Nova Scotia disability services landscape and experience developing innovative programming. 

The program is informed by a Person Directed Planning and facilitation approach that revolves around planning with and walking with individual participants as they journey through skills development, supports, and connecting broader to community-based opportunities and circles of support. 

Responsibilities Include:
•    Assist people with disabilities (including autism, intellectual disabilities, and mental illness) in moving through a PATH and other person directed planning tools
•    Facilitate connections for these participants to community opportunities, supports and programs for a reduced participant case load
•    Attend weekly rounds meetings with PDPP regional teams
•    Conduct outreach and participant recruitment
•    Responding to client enquiries in a timely way
•    Facilitate and support individuals in their person directed journeys
•    Navigating and supporting participants in identifying and accessing opportunities for community participation and skills development, or work with existing community infrastructure to realize the goals that individuals set
•    Collect data as part of ongoing program evaluation and compose regular reports on program progress
•    Communicate with participants and, where appropriate, connect individuals to supports on an ongoing basis
•    Facilitate regional registration, intakes, and onboarding of participants 
•    Manage participant caseload
•    Communicate with families and participants on an ongoing basis
•    Adhere to all policies and procedures including those identified in the Policies and Procedures Manual and the Staff Manual
•    Administrative tasks related to event planning
•    Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
•    Bachelor’s degree in recreation, education, social work, or related field 
•    A valid, clear criminal record check and child abuse registry search is required
•    First Aid and CPR certification is considered an asset
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification is considered an asset or willingness to acquire 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    1-3 years experience working with individuals with autism
•    Training and experience in methods of person directed planning and facilitation (such as PATH, MAPS and Circles of Support) considered an asset 

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
•    Strong working knowledge of evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals with autism 
•    Strong program facilitation skills
•    Calm professional demeanor under pressure
•    Strong computer skills- Strong working knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel 
•    Proficiency or experience in internal communication software (such as MS Teams) and external communication software (such as Zoom) considered an asset 
•    Ability to form strong professional relationships with community partners, participants, families, and colleagues
•    Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
•    Analytic ability to collect data for the purposes of program evaluation and program management
•    Self-starter who can work independently and enthusiastically with our team
•    Strong problem solving, critical thinking and ability to practically and professionally adapt 
•    Strong organizational skills, analytical skills and keen attention to detail 

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Leah Poirier at lpoirier@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: PERSON DIRECTED PLANNING FACILITATOR (PART-TIME)

POSITION DETAILS: Part-time, contract, 20 hours per week (Flexible schedule and evening availability is required)
POSITION LOCATION: Halifax, NS TRAVEL: Local/Provincial - Frequent
POSITION START DATE: May 2022 - May 2023
DIRECT REPORT: The Person Directed Planning Facilitator is accountable to the PDPP Coordinator
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022
Competition # 2022-037

Program Summary: 
The Person Directed Planning Project (PDPP) is designed to support people with disabilities (including autism, intellectual disabilities, and mental illness) in building a life of fuller participation and self-direction within their communities, through a person directed approach that ensures that each person’s voice is at the center of planning and decisions about their lives. PDPP leverages Autism NS’s strong presence within the Nova Scotia disability services landscape and experience developing innovative programming. 

The program is informed by a Person Directed Planning and facilitation approach that revolves around planning with and walking with individual participants as they journey through skills development, supports, and connecting broader to community-based opportunities and circles of support. 

Responsibilities Include:
•    Assist people with disabilities (including autism, intellectual disabilities, and mental illness) in moving through a PATH and other person directed planning tools
•    Facilitate connections for these participants to community opportunities, supports and programs for a reduced participant case load
•    Attend weekly rounds meetings with PDPP regional teams
•    Conduct outreach and participant recruitment
•    Responding to client enquiries in a timely way
•    Facilitate and support individuals in their person directed journeys
•    Navigating and supporting participants in identifying and accessing opportunities for community participation and skills development, or work with existing community infrastructure to realize the goals that individuals set
•    Collect data as part of ongoing program evaluation and compose regular reports on program progress
•    Communicate with participants and, where appropriate, connect individuals to supports on an ongoing basis
•    Facilitate regional registration, intakes, and onboarding of participants 
•    Manage participant caseload
•    Communicate with families and participants on an ongoing basis
•    Adhere to all policies and procedures including those identified in the Policies and Procedures Manual and the Staff Manual
•    Administrative tasks related to event planning
•    Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
•    Bachelor’s degree in recreation, education, social work, or related field 
•    A valid, clear criminal record check and child abuse registry search is required
•    First Aid and CPR certification is considered an asset
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification is considered an asset or willingness to acquire 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    1-3 years experience working with individuals with autism
•    Training and experience in methods of person directed planning and facilitation (such as PATH, MAPS and Circles of Support) considered an asset 

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
•    Strong working knowledge of evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals with autism 
•    Strong program facilitation skills
•    Calm professional demeanor under pressure
•    Strong computer skills- Strong working knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel 
•    Proficiency or experience in internal communication software (such as MS Teams) and external communication software (such as Zoom) considered an asset 
•    Ability to form strong professional relationships with community partners, participants, families, and colleagues
•    Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
•    Analytic ability to collect data for the purposes of program evaluation and program management
•    Self-starter who can work independently and enthusiastically with our team
•    Strong problem solving, critical thinking and ability to practically and professionally adapt 
•    Strong organizational skills, analytical skills and keen attention to detail 

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Leah Poirier at lpoirier@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: HR CLERK - HALIFAX
POSITION DETAILS: Full-time (35 hours per week), 8-week job placement. Flexible schedule, evenings and weekends may be required
POSITION LOCATION: Halifax, NS (Local travel may be required)
POSITION START DATE: June 2022
DIRECT REPORT: HR Manager
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 16, 2022

Program Summary: 
Incumbent will be working as the HR Clerk, responsible for assisting with HR clerical duties related to hiring personnel, setting up interviews, conducting reference checks, scanning confidential documents, maintaining records and several other clerical duties. Additional administrative duties include answering phones, updating, and creating spreadsheets and other correspondence.

Responsibilities Include:
•    Assisting with vetting candidates, scheduling interviews, checking references, and assuring the gathering of appropriate documentation for hiring
•    Maintaining HR filing systems for paid staff and volunteers, as well as relevant databases
•    Assisting in vetting and identifying professional development opportunities for staff 
•    Maintain electronic employee records & files 
•    Managing and distributing information for the HR Team 
•    Provide occasional support for reception
•    Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
•    A Post-secondary education or equivalent experience in a related field (preferably business administration or human resources) accepted and considered an asset
•    Clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check is required  
•    Current CPR and First Aid Certification is considered an asset  
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification or willingness to acquire is considered and asset

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    Previous Human Resource or administrative experience is considered an asset. 
•    Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or other disabilities is considered an asset

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Effective communicator with good customer service skills
•    Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
•    Demonstrated professional handling of confidential information
•    Ability to follow instructions, respond to management direction, and adapt to feedback

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle (Travel may be required) 

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: $15 per hour
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Kathleen Miles at Kmiles@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 16, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


POSITION TITLE: POST-SECONDARY AUTISM SUPPORT (PASS) SPECIALIST - KENTVILLE
POSITION DETAILS: Part-time (approximately 10 hours per week), Monday through Friday, in-person sessions held in late afternoon/evening. The hours are not guaranteed and will vary based on student needs. 
POSITION LOCATION: Kentville, NS
POSITION START DATE: June 2022
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022
Competition # 2022-035

Program Summary: 
A Post-Secondary Autism Support Services (PASS) Specialist provides one to one individualized support to a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in non-academic areas to promote their independence and positive social image. The support is student led and requires consistent collaboration with the PASS Coordinator.  This position requires in-person support at NSCC Kingstec.    
Responsibilities Include:
•    Guide students learning to complete goals in non-academic areas (social & life skills, organization, etc.)  
•    Plan activities for sessions that will help student develop skill & reach goal  
•    Critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve on the job  
•    Strong ability to create an environment of respect and trust with the student  
•    Promote inclusion and foster student independence  
•    Provide leadership and act as a positive role model always for the student  
•    Ensure adequate communication with Post-Secondary Support Coordinator and student  
•    Be creative and have fun learning  
•    Adhere to post-secondary institution policies, practices, and procedures  
•    Attend training  
•    Traveling to and from campus to support student  
•    Other duties as required
Qualifications: 
•    A Bachelor’s degree (preferably in education, psychology, or Human Services) or equivalent experience accepted 
•    A clear, current Criminal Reference Check and Child Abuse Register Search is required 
•    Up to date First Aid and CPR certifications required 
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification or willingness to acquire is considered an asset 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    Basic knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
•    Experience supporting individuals with ASD or other developmental disabilities, and/or experience in supported employment, educational and/or recreational environments  
•    Knowledge and ability to develop and modify activities when necessary to meet student’s development  

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills   
•    Superior ability to build and foster relationships  
•    Creative thinking  
•    Strong organizational skills, communication skills and keen attention to detail  
•    High level of professionalism and judgment regarding student/student services relationships  
•    Ability to work independently  
•    Demonstrate self-confidence in your role in the community and providing support one-to-one  

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation for travel 
•    Must have flexibility in your schedule to work with student on late afternoons, evenings, and weekends  

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Work Environment:
•    Approachable and welcoming 
•    Both fast and slow paced during different times of the academic semester 
•    You may support a student at a location directly on campus (such as campus library or common) or at a location off campus (such as the Public Library) 
•    Structured activities/lessons  

Salary: $20 per hour
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Abigail Lowry at alowry@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 20, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


SUMMER CAMP COUNSELLOR – STRAIT AREA

POSITION DETAILS: Full-time (35-40 hours per week), seasonal (8–9-week) contract. Flexibility is required  
POSITION LOCATION: Mulgrave, NS (Strait Area)
POSITION START DATE: June 30th, 2022
DIRECT REPORT: The Camp Counsellor is accountable to the Camp Director
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 13, 2022

Program Summary: 
The Camp Counsellor shall act as a guardian and facilitator for the child assigned to his/her care during camp hours. The Camp Counsellor is responsible for ensuring a safe, fun, active and enjoyable recreational day camp experience for the children in the camp program.

Responsibilities Include:
•    To adhere to all policies and procedures including those identified in the
Policies and Procedures Manual and the Staff Manual
•    Ensure all campers are treated with dignity and respect
•    Personal care (clothing/diaper changes, assistance eating etc.) for camper as needed.
•    Ensure the health and safety needs of each camper are met at all times
•    Never leave a camper unattended in the camp or community and to be able to account for a camper’s whereabouts at all times
•    Ensure good communication with staff, parents, and campers regarding camp activities. 
•    To ensure camp facilities are cleaned up and in order
•    Other duties as required

Qualifications: 
•    A University degree or a student in a related post-secondary program (e.g., education, recreation, social work, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience accepted  
•    Clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Search is required  
•    Up to date, current CPR & First Aid Certification is required
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification, or willingness to acquire  

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    Knowledge and experience working with individuals with Autism
•    Knowledge and experience supervising and managing a team

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently  
•    Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and keen attention to detail  
•    Good communication skills (written and oral)  
•    Good leadership skills  
•    Must exhibit energy, enthusiasm, and initiative  
•    Able to be on your feet for long periods of time at summer camp. Including running and strenuous activity  
•    Able to lift up to 50 pounds  

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation (Travel may be required) 
•    Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule  

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: $14.00 per hour
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Natalie Stevens at sa_rc@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 13, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


SUMMER CAMP COUNSELLOR – SOUTH SHORE

POSITION DETAILS: Full-time (35-40 hours per week), seasonal (8 weeks) contract. Flexibility required.
POSITION LOCATION: Bridgewater, NS
POSITION START DATE: June 25th, 2022
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5:00 pm, May 13th, 2022

Program Summary: 
In partnership with the Lunenburg Country Lifestyle Centre, the Summer Day Camp program is a recreation opportunity for children and youth on the autism spectrum between the ages of 5-12 years old.

The Camp Counsellor will work with autistic campers to support meaningful participation and inclusion in daily camp activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and indoor/outdoor activities and shall act as a guardian and facilitator for the child assigned to their care during camp hours. The Camp Counsellor is responsible for the safety of the campers, and to ensure they have a fun and active experience at camp. 
Responsibilities Include:
•    Provide direct 1:1 support to children ages 5-12 on the autism spectrum 
•    Accountable for assigned participants’ health, safety, and whereabouts during summer day camp
•    To adhere to all policies and procedures including those identified in the Code of Conduct 
•    Ensure all campers are treated with dignity and respect 
•    Ensure the health and safety needs of each camper are met at all times 
•    Ensure good communication with staff, parents, and campers regarding camp activities 
•    Other duties as required 

Qualifications: 
•    A University degree or a student in a related post-secondary program (e.g., education, recreation, social work, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience accepted 
•    Clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Search is required 
•    Up to date, current CPR & First Aid Certification is required 
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification, or willingness to acquire

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    Previous experience working with youth in a recreation setting, and/or individuals with Autism or developmental disabilities 
•    Knowledge and experience supervising and managing a team 
•    Knowledge and experience in planning and facilitating recreation-based activities 

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Must exhibit energy, enthusiasm, and initiative 
•    Strong observational and time management skills
•    A high level of professionalism and judgement regarding camper interactions, relationships, and safety
•    Good communication skills (written and oral) and use of respectful language
•    Calm professional demeanor under pressure
•    Reliable and Responsible
•    Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
•    Ability to work as a team
•    Able to lift up to 50 pounds
•    Able to be on their feet for long periods of time and participate in summer camp activities including, swimming
Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation (Travel may be required)
•    Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule 

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: $15.50 per hour
Please note: Interviews may be conducted via. Zoom.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Rachel Whynot at southshore@autismns.ca by 5 pm, May 13, 2022.

Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


QUICKSTART NS SUPERVISOR 

POSITION DETAILS: Full- time, 40 hours per week. Occasional evening & weekend work may be required.
POSITION LOCATION: Sydney, NS (Some travel may be required)
POSITION START DATE: June 2022 
DIRECT REPORT: QuickStart NS Director and QuickStart NS Manager  
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, May 12, 2022
Competition #2022-032

Program Summary: 
We are seeking a full-time QuickStart NS Supervisor to join our interdisciplinary team within the QuickStart Nova Scotia department. The supervisor would be involved with our parent-mediated coaching program designed to empower caregivers of toddlers with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism to teach and support their child’s development. 

It is designed for children aged 12-36 months (31 months at the start of the intervention) with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism which incorporates an interdisciplinary team and uses the evidence-based intervention, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Throughout the program, parents and caregivers are taught to use this intervention to teach age-appropriate communication skills, social skills, and many others through routine-based activities with their child.

As well the supervisor would be involved in our Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program. The ESDM program is an extension of ANS’ QuickStart Nova Scotia program, for toddlers (31-48 months) with suspected or confirmed autism. The program provides autism specific early intervention to skill development within play, routines, and relationships.

Responsibilities Include:
•    Work collaboratively within the QuickStart NS umbrella of services, which includes Parent-mediated Coaching, ESDM service, and targeted interventions for specific areas in sleep and behaviours that challenge
•    Complete introductory and advance ESDM trainings 
•    Oversee the day-to-day operations of the QuickStart NS program in 3 locations across province, which may include:  
o    Provide supervision to Parent Coaches  
o    Conduct and attend weekly team meetings 
o    Complete referral calls, intakes, and wrap up meetings with families  
o    Responsible for reporting program outcomes and data for program evaluation  

•    The QuickStart NS Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing Parent Coaches in various regions across Nova Scotia. This position does require an extensive level of travel and training at the beginning, successful applicant will need to be flexible to meet those training requirements. Travel will be required on an annual basis for this position within their region and across Nova Scotia
•    Consult with team regarding implement of ESDM and Parent Coaching curriculum  
•    Consult with team regarding support for parent learning, child acquisition of goals, evidence-based practices, and appropriate referral sources 

Qualifications: 
•    A Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience is accepted  
•    Must be a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) 
•    A clear, current Criminal Reference Check and Child Abuse Register Search is required  
•    Up to date First Aid and CPR certifications is required  
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification or willingness to acquire is considered an asset  
•    Competencies in other languages is considered an asset, French and/or Arabic preferred 

Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    A minimum of 2 years’ experience in supervising a multi-disciplinary team  
•    A minimum of 4 years’ experience working with individuals with Autism 
•    Experience working with a wide range of ages within the population and in a variety of settings (i.e. home, center, community, daycare, employment) 
•    Experience assisting in the design, implementation, and monitoring of individualized behaviour skill building programs for individuals diagnosed with Autism and/or dual diagnoses 
•    Experience in providing supervision to staff and coaching to parents via online platforms 
•    Experience assisting with assessment activities related to skill development curriculums and behavioural interventions 
•    Experience conducting functional assessments and designing positive behaviour support plans with families 
•    Experience in tracking program and individual progress via Excel  
•    Applies knowledge of community-based service delivery systems 
•    Experience with working in a focused-intervention model is preferred  
•    Experience with parent-training, parent coaching is preferred 

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Familiarity with natural environment teaching, specifically Pivotal Response Training and Early Start Denver Model  
•    Demonstrates excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings  
•    Demonstrates observation skills, problem-solving skills, ability to take direction and ability to work independently 
•    Demonstrates ability to take direction and work independently 
•    Demonstrates ability to work within the community to enhance public awareness  
•    Demonstrates excellent observation and problem-solving skills is required 
•    Demonstrates excellent communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings required

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    Must have a valid Nova Scotia Driver's License and use of a reliable vehicle for community visits 

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Jamie Lynn Black, QuickStart NS Director at jblack@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, May 12, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.


SUMMER CAMP COORDINATOR - CUMBERLAND

POSITION DETAILS: Full-time, seasonal, approx. 35-40 hours per week. (Flexibility required)
POSITION LOCATION: Amherst, NS
POSITION START DATE: 10 weeks starting June 20th,2022 - August 26th, 2022 
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm, June 4, 2022

Program Summary: 
The Cumberland Summer Camp is a recreation program for children and youth on the autism spectrum between the ages of 4-15 years. Each camper is supported with a low camper/counsellor ratio and activities are designed specifically with participants’ needs and interests in mind.

The Camp Coordinator is responsible for running and facilitating the camp under the supervision of the Camp Director. The Camp Coordinator reports to the Camp Director and speaks for the camp in the Camp Director and Program Director's absence.
Responsibilities Include:
•    To adhere to policies and procedures, including those outlined in the Autism Nova Scotia Employee package
•    Work with the Chapter Navigator, to plan/organize the program schedule and counsellor training week
•    To document the steps involved in planning the summer program
•    To contact organizations to book dates for outings, as required
•    To organize the structure of each day’s programming, and to implement and oversee daily activities as per program schedule
•    To manage volunteers, if required
•    To work directly with children, youth, and adults on the spectrum, ensuring all participants are treated with dignity and respect, and that the health and safety needs of each participant are met at all times
•    To administer any medications required by participants as per instructions given by parents/physician
•    To mentor and support staff
•    To ensure good communication with staff, parents, and participants regarding program activities
•    To ensure program facilities are clean and orderly
•    To adhere strictly to all current Public Health & Safety protocols throughout the duration of the program
•    To follow-up after the completion of the program with reorganization of supplies and final reporting/documentation
•    Other duties as required
Qualifications: 
•    A University degree or student in a related post-secondary program (preferably in education, recreation, social work, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience accepted
•    A clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check is required
•    Up to date First Aid and CPR Certification is required
•    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification or willingness to acquire is considered an asset
Minimum Knowledge and Experience: 
•    A great deal of knowledge and experience working with individuals with autism
•    Knowledge and experience supervising and managing a team
•    Knowledge and experience in planning and facilitating recreation-based activities
•    Proficient skills in Microsoft Word and Excel as well as the ability to learn basic software quickly
Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
•    Strong computer skills & knowledge of social media strategy and tactics is essential
•    Resourcefulness in solving problems and an entrepreneurial spirit
•    Excellent people skills with an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude
•    Strong organizational skills, analytical skills and keen attention to detail
•    High level of professionalism and judgment
•    Good leadership skills
•    Strong work ethic
•    Good communication skills (written and oral)
•    Proficient skills in Microsoft Word and Excel as well as the ability to learn basic software quickly
•    Able to work independently
•    Strong organizational skills
•    Able to lift up to 50 pounds
•    Able to be on your feet for long periods of time at summer camp. Including running and strenuous activity
Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation
•    Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule
As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Elaine Mazur at cumberlandcounty@autismns.ca by 4:30 pm, June 3, 2022.
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.
 

 
POSITION TITLE: INDEPENDENT RESPITE PROVIDER

POSITION DETAILS: Arranged between the family requiring respite and the Independent Respite Provider, who both indicate their availability on the online application. (This includes location, hours, employment term, etc.)

DIRECT REPORT: Respite Providers are evaluated on site by the families requiring respite.

Program Summary: 
The Respite Supports and Navigation Services Database connects families needing respite with trained and qualified respite providers in their area. This database supports individuals of all ages and diverse abilities. In addition to providing trained respite providers, the Database connects families to respite resources such as community supports, recreation and leisure programs, and funding information. 

Independent Respite Providers are hired by families and are not employed by Autism Nova Scotia. Responsibilities are determined by the family, depending on the needs of the individual. The family requests the Independent Respite Provider to focus on community integration and social interaction. 

Responsibilities:
•    Determined by the family, depending on their needs and wants (i.e. requests the respite provider to focus on community integration and social interaction).
•    The Respite Provider is responsible for the following: Providing in-home respite care or out-of-home care, for children, youth and/or adults with autism or other disabilities, depending on the needs of the family and of the individual requiring respite. This care can include personal care (feeding, toileting, changing clothing), monitoring and/or help with learning new skills. 
Qualifications: 
•    Completion of Respite and Autism Know-How Training is required
•    Up to date Current CPR & First Aid Certification is required
•    A clear, current Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check is required
•    Affirming Reference Checks are required

Minimum Skills and Ability: 
•    Experience working with individuals living with disabilities 
•    Outgoing, sociable, and willing to take initiative 
•    Compassionate, trustworthy, patient, and reliable

Essential and Other Related Job Duties: 
•    Access to reliable transportation (Travel is required)
•    Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule  

As a Proof of Vaccination organization, all Autism Nova Scotia staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and sanitize their hands upon entry while inside Autism Nova Scotia offices or community program spaces. In addition, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48-72 hours will be required.
Salary: Rate of pay is determined by individuals experience and education.
A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Thomas Reynolds at treynolds@autismns.ca OR by filling out a profile on http://respitens.ca/ 
Accommodations: Please state any interview accommodations (required) in your cover letter.
Thank you for your interest, however, only applications selected for an interview will be contacted.​