Special Needs Resource Specialist

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Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 5:00pm
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TNO - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION (TNO, formerly Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office) is a community based multicultural, multi-service agency which offers a broad range of programs to serve Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon and the surrounding communities through strengthening the quality of individual and community life. TNO provides programs and services which include settlement and language classes for newcomers, employment services, child, youth and family support services that are offered in more than 20 languages. Over the last 30 years TNO has served thousands of individuals and families.
Program/Project Description EarlyON Child and Family Centre is a place for children from birth to the age of six, and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together to facilitate early learning development and school readiness. Parents and caregivers can also receive information regarding their child/ren's development, early intervention and community agencies to develop, enhance and support their development.

Position Summary:
The Special Needs Resource Specialist (SNRS) provides one-on-one and direct services, resources and information to support staff and families with children with special needs within the Don Valley West riding. Services include informal observations, screenings, Individual Family Program Planning and referrals to various agencies for children with identified needs. The SNRS will also provide updated and well-researched information relevant to individual child’s needs. The position is responsible for conducting client’s needs assessment and development of a service plan jointly with the parents. This position also requires developing an outreach strategy for the Don Valley West riding. The SNRS will also provide information sessions and workshops for families and staff that support the inclusion and needs of families with children with special needs. The SNRS works as a team with the EarlyON staff, satellites and other partners. The SNRS supports and actively engages in TNO’s community development principles and initiatives.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:
- Recognizes and identifies children with developmental delays or impairments
- Engages families in intake and assessment process to identify immediate, short, and long term needs for their children and devises individual family plan based on the assessment and client’s needs.
- Provides one-on-one support to families with children with special needs.
- Provides information and demonstrate strategies for positive development for our program users to empower families to actively participate in their child’s learning process
- Works in the program as a role model with families with children who have special needs
- Utilizes visuals to assist children with their receptive and expressive communication skills in program observations
- Uses various screening tools for informal screening
- Creates individual goals for each child by process of developmental screening
- Provides appropriate external and internal referrals
- Ongoing observations and documentation
- Upon completion, provide a progress report and certificate
- Plans, prepares and evaluates appropriate material for group facilitation & workshops, and also in collaboration with other teams within the agency
- Advocates for families who have children with special needs and educating parents to advocate for their children
- Ensures all clients and the community feedback and concerns are addressed in a timely manner and recorded according to TNO’s policies and procedures
- Participates in the safety and hygiene of the OEYC
- Develops and implements program three times per year
- Inputs data into appropriate data base as specified by the agency
- Maintains required program records and submits required weekly and monthly reports and as requested by the management of the agency.
- Develops monthly work plan and activities and ensures that all records are kept confidential and secure.
- Develops individualized outreach plans for each assigned service locations in collaboration with other TNO programs or external service providers
- Actively participates in program’s community development activities including advocacy, outreach and community engagement and empowerment activities
- Other duties as assigned


- The minimum level of education preferred is a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development or related area; Resource Teacher certificate is an asset
- Successful clearance of criminal record verification, valid First Aid & CPR certification, and TB test are required

- Three to five years of experience working with children and families; must acquire the knowledge to do informal observations and screenings; writing Individual Program Plans; and making referrals for children with special needs
- Experience working with low-income, multi-racial, multi-lingual newcomer communities - Experience working from an integrated anti-oppression, LGBTO+ positive framework

- Good interpersonal and communication skill, and good time management skills. Besides English, ability to communicate in another language spoken in the target community would be a strong asset.
- Proficiency in the use of computers including word and data processing, designing flyers and presentation; projectors, cellphones, phones, fax machines, printers and photocopiers and social media
- Ensures that all records are kept confidential and secure

Working Conditions:

Hours of Work: This position would be required to work 35 hours per week, and flexible between 8.30 AM to 8:00 PM besides evening shifts and weekends as decided by program requirements.

Location: This position will be located within any of TNO’s service locations based on community and program requirements. The locations (multiple) for this position may be added or moved to new addresses in the future according to the community and program requirements.
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“TNO - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION is committed to employment equity initiatives. We encourage residents of Thorncliffe Park and surrounding communities and members of ethno-racial, aboriginal, immigrant, francophone, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to apply and self-identify.”

How to apply: 

To Apply:

To apply for this position candidates are requested to send a copy of their application (cover letter, resume and any other document supporting your candidature) to Human Resources Department by Wednesday, January 3, 2017 by 5 pm.

E-mail: recruitment@tno-toronto.org
Attn: Human Resource TNO - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION 1 Leaside Park Drive, Unit # 7 Toronto, Ontario, M4H 1R1

TNO - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFICE is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code please contact 416-467-0126
For more information visit: http://www.thorncliffe.org We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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