Adult ASD Support Coordinator
Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter - St. Catharines, ON

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Autism Ontario is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1973 and is a strong voice for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Ontario has Chapters serving almost every corner of the province. Chapters are run by dedicated staff, volunteers and local Chapter Leadership Councils (CLC). These Autism Ontario representatives organize and support parent-to-parent contact, provide official SEAC representation of ASD to boards of education, and provide camps and public awareness forums. We pride ourselves on our mission to ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society. We are constantly evolving in order to improve the lives of the people we support.

JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Support Coordinator

REPORTS TO:
Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter Manager, Community Resources Manager (Provincial Office), Niagara Chapter Leadership Council

JOB SUMMARY:
Coordinate and execute activities for Adults with ASD

HOURS OF WORK:
30 hours (.8FTE) per week, including evenings and weekends as necessary

SALARY:

LOCATION:
$31,200 per year based on 30 hours per week (1 year contract subject to renewal)

Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter
36 Page Street, Unit 401, St. Catharines, ON L2R 4A7

MAIN TASKS:
To work towards the goal of Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter to provide programs and
supports for adults living with ASD, giving them the opportunity to develop and experience social skills in a safe and supportive environment. The candidate will work collaboratively with provincial office and Chapter staff to coordinate adult support activities and share information across Ontario.

The Niagara Region requires an Adult ASD Support Worker Program to:

  • Build a network that engages, refers and adequately supports adults with ASD;
  • Meet with adults to assess their current situation, and identify areas for support and development;
  • Offer individualized and unique case management and support services for adults with ASD;
  • Build an adequate community and service provider network;
  • Develop partnerships throughout the Niagara Region;
  • Develop programming and services, and implement accordingly;
  • Plan and manage a mentorship program for adults with ASD and volunteers in the Niagara Region, and support development in partnership with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • General office assistance as needed

1. Program Development

  • Develop and design programs to meet the needs of a variety of adults with ASD; focus on improving support services for adults with ASD in the Niagara Region.

2. Program Management

  • Provide leadership, and support staff and volunteers that deliver programs
  • Prepare and purchase materials within a defined budget
  • Secure appropriate locations for programs, outings, etc.
  • Assist with the promotion of programs in partnership with the Chapter Manager and Communications Coordinator
  • Maintain database operations as they pertain to programs (i.e. recording participants, program payments, etc.)
  • Manage the program records, documents and data files
  • Assist in supporting fundraising efforts for programs in partnership with the Chapter Manager and Chapter staff
  • Provide support to Program Committee
  • Assist in the development and review of all program procedures
  • Strive to ensure a high level of quality in programs and services
  • Follow all organizational policies and procedures as they apply to the position
  • Assist for Support Groups as required

3. Adult Support

  • Receive calls and/or meet with adults living with ASD
  • Assist individuals in accessing community and/or government information and resources
  • Refer families to other community services and programs
  • Identify challenges affecting our Adult Support Program and identify community resources or advocates who can provide those services

COMPETENCIES:

  • Demonstrated ability to research, understand, analyze and synthesize a wide range of ASD information into well communicated oral and written materials for diverse audiences’ information and learning needs
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working within the voluntary/non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated success achieving and providing timely written reports for grant deliverables
  • Success in building strong community relationships and productive partnerships
  • A pleasant and flexible manner; strong time managements skills in response to deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and interviewing skills
  • Ability to provide assistance in an on-call basis
  • Strong planning skills and coordination of varied projects – both independently and within a variety of team contexts
  • Ability and means to travel for meetings
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (French is considered an asset)
  • Flexibility for evening and weekend work is required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field (adult education, developmental disabilities, and/or human services) or 5+ years of relevant experience
  • 3-4 years of experience in adult education
  • Extensive demonstrated experience (in a clinical or educational setting) with ASD, families and disability issues in Ontario
  • Previous experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • Bilingualism in an asset
  • Highly developed computer skills including e-mail usage, internet and website research, social media, website development and publication programs
  • Experience working with volunteers and staff in a wide range of abilities, communication styles and interests, within a charitable organization or not-for-profit setting
  • CPI, First Aid and CPR are considered an asset

LOCATION OF WORK:
The primary location of work for this position is the Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter office. Travel will be required as necessary from time to time. A valid driver’s license is required.

MAJOR INTERNAL CONTACTS:
Executive Director, Director of Family Supports & Programs, Director of Finance, Community
Resources Manager, Niagara Region Chapter Manager, Communication Coordinator, Provincial Office Staff, Chapter Leadership Council, Chapter Members, and Chapter Staff.

MAJOR EXTERNAL CONTACTS:
Parents, local service providers, local professionals in the field of ASD and Developmental Disabilities, the general public, volunteers, donors, sponsors, event participants, media, municipal, provincial and federal government officials.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to hr@ autismontario.com no later than August 31, 2013. We thank everyone for their interest in this position, however, only those candidates invited to interview with us will be contacted. Please include the following application reference in the subject line of your e-mail/fax: ASC-NC-080113.

August 1st, 2013


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