Specialist, Deafblind Literacy

Opening date
Closing date
Ontario South (Greater Toronto)
Toronto, ON
Job description

Term: Part-time contract, April 2019 – January 2020

Rate of pay: $25.35 – 31.41

Location: Toronto, ON


Provides literacy instruction to individuals with combined loss of hearing and sight, as well as act as a resource to staff members.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Conducts assessments of new students and designs individual programmes using appropriate communication methods and mediums.
  • Responsible for recruitment, training, placement, and supervision of volunteer/student component where appropriate.
  • Participates in and supports public awareness activities.
  • Composes government reports and proposals for funding.
  • Updates and maintains resource database of literacy programs.
  • Acts as a resource for CNIB staff members and third party community networks.
  • Maintains contact with the literacy community, especially those that relate to deafblindness.
  • Updates and maintains accurate client files, statistical reports, attendance and projected client contact hours.
  • Initiates and maintains a library of literacy materials appropriate for deafblind students.
  • Provides general information with regards to literacy programs for deafblind students.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities.  
  • Ability to adjust instruction strategies to meet the needs of the client. 
  • Skills in communicating in alternative forms known to be used with individuals with combined loss of hearing and sight i.e. American Sign Language, Two Hand Manual, Fingerspelling and Braille. 
  • Excellent computer skills to maintain records, research client data, and write reports.
  • Good working knowledge of OALCF and EOIS-CaMs
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Possess strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Demonstrate strong ethical behaviours and ability in maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Possess a mature and professional demeanor.

Experience and Education:

  • Community college diploma or equivalent related work.
  • Training or teaching experience in similar environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in the following communication methods: tactile signing systems, finger spelling, two hand manual, American Sign Language, English grammar and Braille.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Application and contact information

Closing Date for Applications:  April 19, 2019

Please Send the Application To: Kim.Setzer@deafblindservices.ca and quote the job title in the subject line

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB Deafblind Community Services is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity. If you need this job posting in an alternative format or if you require accommodation measures, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

Please send your Cover Letter and Resume to careers@deafblindservices.ca indicating the Job Title, Term and Location in the subject line, and mention how you learned of this position. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a Vulnerable Sector Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB Deafblind Community Services, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.