Canadian Deafblind Association
  • Independent Living Program
  • Sarnia, ON, CAN
  • Salary

CDBA Ontario Chapter is a registered charity that has provided services across the province to members of the Deafblind community for 25 years. We are committed to enhancing the lives of people who are Deafblind (our consumers) through support, services, awareness, recognition and Intervenor Services. The term "Intervention" means to go between or to mediate between.   With regards to persons who are deafblind, Intervention is the process which allows an individual who is deafblind to receive information such that he or she can interact with his or her environment. 

CDBA Ontario employs a team of Intervenor Services Coordinators across the province as front-line supervisors. As a part of that team, you would be assigned a specific consumer who lives within a supported independent living environment. The Intervenor Services Coordinator position will be based in Sarnia, Ontario and will supervise a team of Intervenors as well as work directly with the individual who is deafblind. The position will report into the Manager of Intervenor Services located in Paris, Ontario. Your duties would involve a blend of hands-on delivery of services and administrative work and would include such responsibilities as:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operations for the consumers assigned to you
  • Supervising the team of Intervenors working with the consumers
  • Ensuring that the delivery of Intervenor Services fulfills our organization's vision

A day in the life of an Intervenor Services Coordinator may include: working with the consumers and Intervenors in the program; handling inquiries and addressing concerns; providing guidance and support to the Intervenors, including assisting with ad hoc problem solving; recruiting and hiring new Intervenors and ensuring appropriate orientation and training of all new staff; scheduling and conducting team meetings; commending excellent performance and addressing performance concerns; conducting progress reports and performance appraisals; handling biweekly payroll approval for your team of Intervenors; handling budget management and processing financial documents for your programs;  and answering correspondance.

If you share our vision that all people who are Deafblind will live rich, meaningful lives and you have many of the requirements indicated below, then we would love to receive your application!

Education and Experience Required

  • Certificate or Diploma in the Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program, Developmental Services Worker (DSW), Social Services Worker (SSW), Community Support Worker (CSW), Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) or a related human services field
  • 3 to 5 years experience working in a variety of social service settings or in the human services field with a variety of individuals and with families
  • Experience working with individuals who are deafblind is an asset
  • Experience with medication administration and protocols
  • Experience providing personal support activities including full personal care, using wheelchairs, supporting lifts and transfers, medication adminitration, etc.
  • Previous experience supporting persons with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors
  • Previous supervisory experience is an asset
  • Ability to understand different communication methods and learning styles
  • Experience working with various communication techniques (i.e. sign language, picture cues, calendar systems)
  • Communication in American Sign Language (ASL) or Signed Exact English (SEE) is an asset
  • Communication in both official languages (French/English) is an asset
  • Strong organizational skills and critical thinking ability
  • Flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment

Working Environment and Physical Demands

  • This position involves working in a variety of settings; supported independent living program (SILP), community environments, etc.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of a successful Vulnerable Persons Police Clearance
  • Valid driver's license Class G, access to a reliable vehicle and ability to obtain automobile insurance with a minimum liability of two million dollars is required, along with a clean current driver's abstract is required
  • This position requires repetitive hand motion and good manual dexterity, moderate to heavy stooping, bending, and lifting. The incumbent must be able to lift up to 50lbs on an occasional basis. The position works outside and inside
  • This position will be required to travel within the province of Ontario and may involve infrequent overnight travel as required for training and to meet the needs of the organization
  • This position will require the incumbent to be On-Call on a rotational schedule. This position will work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, weekends and overnights where required. This pisition will work 2 days a week administrative and 3 days per week hands-on.

CDBA Ontario offers a generous compensation package and a variety of opportunities for personal development, including:

  • A competitive wage and benefit plan including a health spending account for Full Time and Part Time employees working more than 20 hours/week
  • 4 paid sick days/year for Full Time and Part Time employees 
  • An RRSP program where we match your contributions up to 3% of your earnings
  • Paid training to attend our world class Intervenor Services training program, sign language classes and relevant workshops
  • Hotel accommodation (when necessary), meal and  mileage reimbursement for travel expenses
  • Up to 50% reimbursement for the successful completion of relevant classes at other learning institutions after 1 year of service
  • Opportunities to participate in conferences and workshops in the community and abroad 

If you are interested in the Intervenor Services Coordinator position located in Sarnia,ON, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. 

Please quote ISCS120418  in your cover letter when applying.  

All applications will be held in confidence. We thank all applicants, however, only those being considered for interview will be contacted. 

The Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario Chapter is an equal opportunity employer and we value the importance of diversity and dignity in the workplace. We are committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. If you are contacted by the CDBA Ontario Chapter regarding a job opportunity, please advise prior to the interview if you require accommodation and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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