Day/School Support Worker
At Griffin Centre: Everybody Counts! At Griffin Centre, we assist over 2,500 people each year to recognize their strengths, achieve their goals and improve their lives. Griffin Centre promotes positive change for vulnerable youth and adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges and their families. We are dedicated to delivering innovative services and developing creative partnerships that enhance lives and communities.
We offer: Competitive salaries, supplemental health benefits, pension plan, paid vacation and sick days, collaborative and inclusive work environment, and most of all, a chance to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth and adults.
Griffin Centre is currently hiring several employees on a contract or permanent basis within our Day/School Support Services. DSSS staff work in a variety of settings and periodically staff are reassigned to different locations to maximize flexibility in meeting client needs and to provide staff with developmental opportunities. The position serves youth who have a developmental disability and present with a range of complex needs including dual diagnosis and autism spectrum disorder.
The major position responsibilities include:
- In a primary worker role, provide and oversee treatment for youth in Section 23 classrooms;
- Ensure supportive, safe, and predictable environment through the establishment of routines, limits and daily living skills;
- Participate in the development and implementation of assessments, goals and treatment plans for assigned clients and liaise with families, in coordination with the Service Team, as required;
- Participate in treatment planning, Service Reviews / Plans of Care, program planning and evaluation meetings and ensure communication of all pertinent client and program related information and events to the Service Team;
- Coordinate services with other community programs where required, and work collaboratively with school administration, teachers and educational assistants in the classroom in the implementation of the academic program;
- Complete and maintain up-to-date client records and coordinate and maintain responsibility for program duties including transportation, medication administration, etc.
We are interested in candidates with the following qualifications:
- Child and Youth Worker diploma, or equivalent education and experience;
- 3 or more years relevant working experience with youth who have a mild intellectual delay, developmental disability, or dual diagnosis in a school-based or residential setting;
- Experience in the development and implementation of treatment plans, preferably for individuals with complex mental health needs while being sensitive to ethno-racial and cultural needs with experience in addressing the youth’s academics, treatment focused groups, social/life and behavioural modification and/or management needs, implementation of sensory tools, knowledge of skills and techniques required to utilize ABA techniques, counselling experience, knowledge in substance abuse, trauma and anxiety, would be an asset;
- Ability to perform tasks involving physical activity, including lifting, bending and prolonged standing as well as the ability to be trained in CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) techniques;
- Knowledge of strength based approaches, PBS, DBT, dual diagnosis, ASD, and the impact on the clients and their families;
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
- A self-starter who is able to work well with limited on-site supervision and possesses excellent time management and interpersonal skills, knowledge of the importance of relational practice;
- Able to work effectively and co-operatively to maintain a working relationship with school personnel, community agencies, families and other service providers;
- A valid Ontario driver’s licence is an asset, as is fluency in French or other second language.
If you have the above qualifications and are ready to make a difference, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 19, 2018. Please quote “file # 48-18” in the subject line of your application.
Griffin Centre offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in our recruitment processes. If you are contacted by Griffin Centre regarding a job opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation in the recruitment process.
We thank everyone for their interest but will only contact candidates selected for an interview.
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