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LiveWorkPlay is Hiring for the Position of Employment Discovery Specialist

LiveWorkPlay is Hiring for the Position of Employment Discovery Specialist

Hours: Full-Time 40 Hours/Week (variable schedule). 

Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000 plus benefits.

Desired Background: Individuals with a bachelor or graduate degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related field. Other equivalent professional training and experience will be considered.

Requirements: Bilingual (fluent written and spoken French and English) and valid First Aid/CPR certification and Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (may be completed once on the job).

Position Summary

The LiveWorkPlay approach to employment supports for people with intellectual disabilities and autistic persons includes a process for developing an understanding of each jobseeker before focusing on a specific job opportunity. This discovery and exploration process takes about 30 hours and is completed over a period of 6-8 weeks. This may be completed online, in-person, or a combination of interactions, depending on the individual and current public health scenarios and in consultation with other members of the employment team.

Through conversations with the jobseeker and people who know them, as well as exploring the person’s skills and interests at home and in the community. the Discovery Specialist seeks to identify ideal conditions for employment. This includes setting up meet and greet opportunities with local employers and businesses to explore different workplaces and to see the jobseeker interacting in different situations and environments.

The Discovery Specialist utilizes existing LiveWorkPlay templates to develop a traditional resume, visual resume, employment profile, and employment plan.

The Discovery Specialist advocates for jobseekers to be matched when suitable jobs arise (as identified by other members of the LiveWorkPlay employment team). During this matching process, the Discovery Specialist maintains ongoing contact with each jo seekers and provides regular updates to jobseekers and updates their resume and other documents as needed.

Once a jobseeker is matched to a position, the Discovery Specialist will help the Inclusion Specialist (co-worker on the employment team) develop a training and accommodation plan that is based on the needs of the jobseeker. The Discovery Specialist will support the jobseeker to engage with the Inclusion Specialist and employer. In some cases, the Discovery Specialist also performs Inclusion Specialist duties (depending on the candidate and employer).

How To Apply

Complete a personal profile in English or French using the template from https://www.dropbox.com/s/3qo7gv1g45rfht5/One-Page-Profile.doc?dl=0 and attach it along with your resume to application@liveworkplay.ca. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on February 4, 2022.

Core Responsibilities/Requirements

  • Uphold the vision, mission, and values of LiveWorkPlay.
  • Experience and comfort with technology and remote work, including the full Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint) and online videoconferencing and networking platforms (Zoom, Teams, other).
  • Follow the established Discovery Process serving identified jobseekers.
  • Gather information from diverse sources to understand and the abilities, skills, interesting, and barriers related to each jobseeker.
  • Organize opportunities in the person’s home and in the community to see them in action through observing, listening, and learning.
  • Using the information that has been gathered and the templates provided, develop a resume, visual resume, one-page profile, and employment plan that outlines vocational interests, potential employers, and ideal work environments.
  • Read and understand job opportunities identified in the employment team and evaluate if any jobseekers you are supporting are a fit and advocate for them.
  • From time-to-time lead or join in the facilitation of Inclusion Workshops with employers and workplaces.
  • Participate and contribute to LiveWorkPlay team meetings (these include our Community Team which supports people in their homes and with their lives outside of work).
  • Participate in professional development opportunities (ongoing).
  • Support LiveWorkPlay events including community gatherings and fundraisers.
  • Complete administrative documentation in a thorough and timely fashion.

Staff at LiveWorkPlay are driven by continuous improvement and making a difference in the lives of people they support and championing inclusion within the broader community.

All LiveWorkPlay staff must have a strong service ethic and be a welcoming voice in communicating with members, families, co-workers, supervisors, volunteers, and community partners. Staff are motivated self-starters who demonstrate initiative, the ability to build trusting relationships, and commitment to the highest professional standards.

Staff are comfortable and thrive being in the community and meeting new people such as employers or other potential contributors to LiveWorkPlay mission success.

LiveWorkPlay is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disabilities, racialized people, Indigenous people, and people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. If you require any form of accommodation connected to this application, please let us know.

How To Apply

Complete a personal profile in English or French using the template from https://www.dropbox.com/s/3qo7gv1g45rfht5/One-Page-Profile.doc?dl=0 and attach it along with your resume to application@liveworkplay.ca Applications will be accepted until 5pm on February 4, 2022.

VISION

A community where everyone belongs.

MISSION

Helping our community welcome people with intellectual disabilities*, autistic persons*, and individuals with dual diagnosis* to live, work, and play as valued citizens.

CORE VALUE

People with intellectual disabilities are valuable contributors to the diversity of our community and to the human family.

VALUE: LIVE

With respect to homes, health care, education, personal dignity, and personal privacy, people with intellectual disabilities have the right to the removal of barriers preventing them from experiencing the community on an equal basis with other citizens.

VALUE: WORK

With respect to paid work at minimum wage or better, short-term unpaid work, and volunteer positions, people with intellectual disabilities have the right to the removal of barriers preventing them from experiencing the community on an equal basis with other citizens.

VALUE: PLAY

With respect to cultural and spiritual life, sports and recreation, political life, and the full range of human relationships, people with intellectual disabilities have the right to the removal of barriers preventing them from experiencing the community on an equal basis with other citizens.

*  The term “intellectual disability” is synonymous with “developmental disability” with the former viewed in many jurisdictions as the more modern terminology. Not all autistic persons have an intellectual disability, so both terms are reflected in our mission statement. “Dual diagnosis” refers to an individual with an intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum diagnosis and a concurrent mental health diagnosis.

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