Assistant, Children's Department –(Canada Summer Jobs)

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Alberta and NWT
Job description
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to)

This position provides functional expertise for the comprehensive multi-disciplinary direct service program within a matrix reporting structure. 

General Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Children’s Department team in providing summer programs for children and youth with vision loss and multiple disabilities.
  • Assist in development and facilitation of summer programs and camps.
  • Plan and develop a schedule of activities and events for summer camps, in collaboration with the team.
  • Supervise children while on community field trips, assist with crafts and games, and support children in developmentally appropriate and skill development tasks.
  • Build appropriate relationships with children, youth, and their families.
  • Work appropriately and sensitively with a child’s family recognizing their complex needs including cultural, religious, mental health needs and/or need for emotional support.
  • Set up, take down, and maintain materials and equipment supplies as required by the department for educational services.
  • Set an example as good role model for children and youth.
  • Provide follow-up regarding group activities.
  • Prioritize individual care, service delivery, time management and department need.
  • The ability to function with limited supervision when required is necessary.
  • Promotes understanding and awareness of vision loss.
  • Provide information to internal and external groups or individuals about CNIB Children and Youth Services.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team; participate in departmental meetings; attend appropriate educational and in-service sessions.
  • Builds and maintains good working relationships with professionals in other agencies, and community groups.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact:
  • Works under the general direction of established processes.
  • Ability to provide timely and creative solutions and recommends process improvements.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organization skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritise workload demands within strict time constraints. 
  • Problem solving involved in coordinating programs, materials and equipment to address the needs of school age children.
  • In case of critical incidents such as indications of child abuse or medical emergencies must immediately report concerns and ensure children are receiving appropriate care. Procedure varies by province.
  •  Work appropriately and sensitively with a child’s family recognizing their complex needs including cultural, religious, mental health needs and/or need for emotional support.
  • Remain cognizant of the need for prompt action related to client/family needs, and of the potential negative outcomes of delay in response.
Decision Autonomy:
  • Exercises judgement and tact when dealing with clients and knowing when to elevate issues to the next level.
  • This position works with private and confidential material.
  • The ability to function with limited supervision when required.
  • Takes initiative to keep abreast of various policies and procedures as they relate to the position.
  • Takes initiative to develop/implement the most appropriate programming for clients and in maintaining current knowledge associated with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
    *International students are not eligible.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal growth and development of children, and ability to interact with children effectively.
  • Demonstrates mature and sensitive nature when dealing with the needs of persons experiencing vision loss Demonstrates strong ethical behaviour and the ability in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable.
Education and Experience:
  • Experience working with children with multiple disabilities and previous early childhood development experience would be beneficial.
  • Valid Class 4 Driver’s Licence is an asset.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software and experience and familiarity working in a Windows environment.
  • Proficiency in Database entry and maintenance.
Working conditions
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Term: Canada Summer Jobs – (June to August 2019) 35 hours/week
Application and contact information

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