Community Options is an Edmonton based non-profit charitable organization, supporting the diverse needs of children and families through inclusive early childhood education programs and community initiatives for over 40 years.   We provide exceptional learning and care for children and families.  Our vision is to have empowered families building inclusive communities.  We value volunteers and a strong volunteer base helps us to achieve our Community Options’ mission.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Are you an outgoing and caring person who enjoys creating and coordinating efforts that support children and families? Do you enjoy creating and sustaining positive relationships, marketing, fundraising events and donor development? Are you able to help with a variety of administrative support to our executive team? 

Community Options: A Society for Children and Families is looking for the right person to join our team on a permanent basis. The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for managing volunteers, acting as a brand ambassador and providing administrative support.

The successful candidate must possess a positive attitude and proven customer service skills within a community ambassador role.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  •  Act as the primary staff resource for volunteers and coordinate the volunteer program across all Community Options programs
  • Implement strategies for recruitment, screening, selection, orientation, training, evaluation and maintenance of volunteers
  • As a key brand ambassador for Community Options, you will enhance our brand through a variety of networking opportunities and written communications, building relationships with volunteers, supporters and donors
  • Engage with volunteers to support their growth, highlight success and contribute to the development of a strong and healthy volunteer community
  • Develop and maintain policies for effective volunteer management
  • Maintain database to track donors, friends and volunteers
  • Lead communications such as newsletter and social media to enhance our reach to families and the community
  • Assist Event Planning and Fund Development team with events, initiatives and communications to provide volunteers and support donor engagement, solicitation and recognition
  • Provide a variety of supports to the ED including meeting prep
  • Learn about outcomes measurement and conduct required reporting for funders

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Social media and marketing skills
  • Interest or experience in volunteer management
  • Proficiency with MS Office, database input and online platforms
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills
  • Strong multi-tasking and time management abilities
  • Valid driver’s license, Police Check, Intervention check
  • Asset; Volunteer management   or marketing and communications diploma or similar education and experience
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends

This is a fulltime position. We offer a benefits plan, matching RRSP contributions, three weeks vacation and a positive team environment.  To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Interviews will commence by  October 25, 2019, however this competition will remain open until a candidate is found.  

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those deemed qualified for this opportunity will be contacted.    

 

Community Options has been a PUF provider of inclusive education solutions focusing on early intervention therapy services in Edmonton since 1977. As a successful candidate you would have the opportunity to work as a valued member of a multi-disciplinary team, planning and facilitating the needs of children on your caseload in a collaborative and respectful working environment. Your team consists of Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists and Educational Assistants providing services to children in their community program (day-care, preschool, kindergarten) and in the child’s home.

Closing Date:     October 18, 2019

Location:             Office:   12122 68 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Clinical visits:     Edmonton and the surrounding area

Job Type:            Temporary -Full time (35 hours per week)  -7.5  month position starting on                                             November 1, 2019 until June 16, 2020

Start date:          November 1, 2019

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support children ages 2.5 – 6 yrs with a range of diagnoses and developmental needs.
  • Provide consultation, therapy and training within the child’s educational and home environment.
  • Reporting to the Occupational Therapist Facilitator – according to specified protocol, keep open and regular communication with Facilitator.
  • Attend IPP meetings – occasional evening appointments are part of this job.
  • Adapt services to the changing needs of clients, families and team.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with clients, families and members of the multi- disciplinary team.
  • Participate in various team meetings.
  • Document and report progress of clients and of any changes in plan to team and family.
  • Share new knowledge and best practices with colleagues, within the organization.
  • Help provide in-services/workshops to parents and educational assistants.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Travel to various locations in Edmonton and surrounding area to participate in visits with children and families.  Vehicle is mandatory (travel from site to site is reimbursed at $0.50/km).
  • Participate in various endeavors in support of the agency and our community.

     

  • Position Requirements:   At a minimum, applicants are required to have:

  • Baccalaureate Degree/Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 1 – 2 years  pediatric experience
  • Registration with Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Standard Child Care First Aid and CPR (to be completed by 90 days from hire date)
  • A recent  Intervention Record Check and a Police Record Check are required for employment.
  • Reliable Vehicle and current driver’s license to drive in Alberta  (travel from site to site is reimbursed )

Working Conditions:

This position will work both in an office setting between Monday to Friday in addition to driving in Edmonton and surrounding areas for Home/Site visits.  In addition to the weekdays, there will be occasional periods for requirement of this position to work occasional evening or weekend shifts for any of the following reasons:  Community Options fundraising events, training, staff meetings, Family Oriented programming events in addition to evening home and/or site visits.

•             During office work, there may be periods of prolonged sitting and exposure to a computer                 screen and performing repetitive movements. 

•             During home/site visits this position will be required to meet the following:

                o             Frequent kneeling and squatting up to 75 % of the shift.

                o             Potential walking and standing for 75% of the home/site visit.

                o             Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.

                o             Getting down to the ground level and rising to standing position for up to periods of                                 10 – 20 mins at a time throughout the visit.

                o             In occasional circumstances, must have the ability to run to ensure child’s safety. 

                o             Ability to work in a busy, high energy environment with the potential for high noise                                 levels with the ability to adapt and change priorities as needed.

                o             Duties depend on the specific needs of the children you are working with.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by October 18, 2019 to:   Lori von Kalben, HR Manager – by email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 Educational Assistant

Community Options has been a PUF provider of inclusive education solutions focusing on early learning and intervention services in Edmonton region for the past 40 years. As a successful candidate you would have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Family Liaison, Speech Language Pathologists and other Educational Assistants to provide services to children in their community program (day-care, preschool, kindergarten) and family oriented programming in the child’s home or with small group. You will encourage, educate and inspire children, parents, colleagues and donors.

Location:   Edmonton and Surrounding Area

Hours:    Monday to Friday, follows 2019/2020 school hours and calendar

Job Type:  Hourly-Contract - 2019/2020 Academic School year (ending mid to end of June 2020)

Start date:   August 28, 2019 until mid or end of June 2020

Skills and Qualifications:  At a minimum, applicants are required to have:

  • Experience and/or training in both Special education and early childhood education
  • Child Care Certification minimum Level 1 within 90 days of hire
  • Experience with pre-schoolers is preferred
  • Champion of inclusive philosophy
  • Child Intervention and a Criminal Record Check is required for employment (6 months or more recent)
  • Standard Child Care First Aid & CPR (to be completed within 3 months of employment)
  • Vehicle (travel from site to site is reimbursed )
  • Driver’s Abstract and 2 million dollar liability (if applicable)

Please see further information on this posting and position responsibilities and requirements on our Community Options website on our Career page:  http://www.communityoptions.ab.ca/about/careers

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Lori Roby, EA Coordinator – by email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Options, 12122 68st, Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 1R1

We thank all applicants but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT POSITION DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

The position of Educational Assistant is a term position with Community Options – A Society for Children and Families. Educational Assistant positions are attached to the Community Preschool Education Program (CPE).  All Educational Assistants are members of a trans-disciplinary team, which provides assessment, consultation, and educational supports and services for children experiencing difficulties in social, developmental, communication, physical, play, and overall preschool skills development. Educational Assistant reports directly to the Coordinating Teacher.

PHILOSOPHICAL BACKGROUND AND PROTOCOLS

Services must always be provided in the least intrusive manner that does not draw unnecessary attention to the child being served, or to the child's disability.  Educational Assistants work within the organizational philosophy that all families have a right to options for their children, have a right to quality care for their children, and have the right to choose their level of involvement with their child’s program, and with Community Options for Children and Families.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Educational Assistants will implement the program for the child in accordance with the guidelines stated in the Individual Program Plan as developed by the child’s parents and consulting team (which includes the educational assistant.
  • Educational Assistants will include all children in activities, and actively promote the inclusion of all children.
  • Educational Assistants promote child to child interactions and model and respond equally to the needs of all children in the program.
  • Educational Assistants will work together as a team, to ensure the child’s individual goals and objectives are being met.
  • Educational Assistants meets with the Coordinating Teacher, community program staff, therapists, and other appropriate individuals involved with the child.
  • Educational Assistants integrates feedback, suggestions or recommendations made by consulting team into daily activities with children.
  • Educational Assistants will communicate with parents on a regular basis and will respect the confidentiality of family information.
  • Educational Assistants will attend monthly training sessions.
  • Educational Assistants will document the child’s progress in a Program Binder.
  • The Educational Assistant ensures that information placed in the Program Binder is treated in such a manner as to ensure secure confidentiality.
  • This binder’s contents are the property of the parent, and must be accessible at all times to parents, Community Options personnel, and Government Consultants upon request.  The Binder must contain the following:

               A.            Individual Program Plan, weekly planning of activities and reports;          

   B.            Notes and recommendations from the Teacher or Therapists and contact notes from                    all   communication received or sent regarding the child;

   C.            Assessments and reports from Therapists;

   D.            History (eg. letters)

  • The Educational Assistant may have other responsibilities assigned from time to time, including participation in activities, workshops and events.
  • Timesheets will be submitted in a timely manner on a semi-monthly basis in accordance with the annual payroll schedule, accurately reflecting all hours worked, and will be signed by both employee and site supervisor prior to submitting to EA Coordinator.
  • The Educational Assistant submits documentation of expenses, hours of work, and other records as required or requested by the CPE Program Manager or Accountant, within the 1st week of the following month the expense was incurred (with the exception of June of each year. All expenses in June need to be submitted by the end of the month).
  • Educational Assistants will fax or email to EA Coordinator the Child’s Monthly Attendance Sheet.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A positive, friendly manner and customer service approach that enables the successful candidate to deal with challenging situations with empathy and sincerity.
  • Self-motivated team player with a positive attitude
  • Reliable and dependable.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills, with an ability to work well under minimal supervision..
  • Enjoy multi-tasking.
  • Ability to work in a busy, high energy enviroment with the potential for high noise levels. This requires the ability to adapt and change priorities as needed.
  • Regular outdoor work is required, including during inclement weather.
  • Required to meet physical demands of the position, including potential frequent kneeling and squatting up to 75% of the shift.
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Getting down to the ground level and rising to standing position for up to periods of 10 - 20 minutes at a time throughout the shift.
  • In occasional circumstances, must have the ability to run to ensure child's safety.
  • Duties depend on the specific needs of the children they are working with.
  • Child Care Certification minimum Level 1 within 90 days of hire
  • Standard Child Care First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • Recent Child Intervention Record Check (6 months or more recent)
  • Recent Police Record Check (6 months or more recent)
  • Recent Driver’s Abstract and 2 million dollar liability (when applicable if transporting child).