Program Lead, Children and Youth

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Alberta and NWT
Calgary, AB
Job description
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
  • Empower youth who are blind or partially sighted by providing them with the tools and opportunities they need to grow into confident and self-motivated adults
  • Guide and support students who are blind or partially sighted and their families from preschool through to post-secondary graduation, ensuring children and youth have access to the same educational and experiential learning opportunities as their sighted peers. 
  • Provide one-to-one support for young adults in transition planning, interpersonal relations, family issues, career counseling, educational planning and personal issues relating to vision loss
  • Conduct initial assessments and registration of new individuals and their families to determine appropriate internal and external services
  • Develop and implement appropriate group programming for children, youth and parents/caregivers
  • Prepare case histories and clinical reports, and maintain up-to-date client file reports; complete all service tracking in a timely manner
  • Provide resources and work in consultation with school personnel and other community agencies supporting our children, youth and their families. 
  • Remain current on agency policies and community resources and provide information as applicable
  • Provide education and awareness in areas of vision loss and/or combined loss of hearing and sight via in-services, workshops, etc. for families, professionals, students, and others as requested
  • Participate in case conferences at schools, health units, government and other agencies as appropriate
  • Prepare and provide reports to divisional office regarding programs and activities of the department when required
  • Ensure program outcomes are met and support with reporting of same to program funders
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • Knowledge of educational, medical and disabled rights issues
  • Knowledge of childhood growth and development
  • Awareness of specific issues regarding vision loss or a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrates maturity and sensitivity, as well as possessing emotional and social stability when dealing with the needs of persons experiencing vision loss
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable
  • Enjoy meeting new challenges
Experience and Education
  • Bachelor or Diploma in Social Work, Education, Psychology, Child Development or equivalent
  • 1-2 years’ experience working with children with vision loss and/or combined loss in hearing and sight, and/or multi-handicapped children and their families would be an asset.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificates is an asset
Working conditions
  • Required to work flexible hours – evening work is integral to the position (2-3 evenings per week)
  • Travel in Calgary and Southern Alberta required
  • Home visits to families
Application and contact information

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