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Job Title:Program Assistant – Development and Rehabilitation - BILINGUAL
Reference #:19-091
Available Spots: 1
Union: OPSEU
Supervisor: Clinical Coordinator, Development and Rehabilitation
Classification:Temporary (until December 2019)
Salary:$47,950.50 to/à $58,870.50
Posted Date: 2019-03-13


The Program Assistant works as a support to the Recreation Therapy and ASD Respite programsin carrying out assigned tasks. This position will be required to provide services at the Thurston Site, the Smyth Site and in the community and the program hours include evenings and weekends (Sundays).


  • Responds to general inquiries from families and community service providers regarding Recreation Therapy services and programs
  • Screens new client referrals for eligibility, maintains up to date information packages and distributes them to families
  • Assists with the development, planning, organization and implementation of recreation therapy programs
  • Assist with any physical care required for the clients attending programs, as directed by the Recreation Therapist,. (i.e.: lifting, transferring, assisting with toileting, positioning, feeding, etc.).
  • Attend and participate in client related team based meetings as requested and/or required and with the presence of the supervising therapist.
  • Assist with progress note documentation and preparation of materials.
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Liaise and communicate with other team members and the families regarding any aspect of the client’s status or service with the consent of the supervising therapist.
  • Maintain an inventory of resource materials and equipment.
  • Perform cleaning, checks and maintenance of equipment.
  • Review, maintain and order supplies.
  • Develop, organize and implement activities for programming
  • Organize, plan and execute registration, staffing and scheduling and programming for the ASD Respite program
  • Assist with any other duties related to the delivery of programs (set up, take down, cleaning the facilities, organizing outings, supervision of volunteers).
  • Maintain safety and universal precautions.
  • Attend discipline, and program based meetings as required.
  • Supervise volunteers working within the programs.
  • Participates in education and improvement activities.
  • Follows standards of practice regarding safe application of protocols and treatment plans for clients.
  • Educates clients and their families and helps them to understand their role in promoting safety.


  • Graduate from a related post-secondary (College or University) education program in a related field (Essential)
  • Minimum two (2) years recent related work experience with children who have physical and/or developmental disabilities with associated behavioural and learning difficulties. (Essential)
  • Demonstrate flexibility in working within various clinical settings and with various therapists supervising work. (Essential)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills as they relate to children, youth, families and other team members. (Essential)
  • Ability to problem solve and adapt to a frequently changing schedule. (Essential)
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment. (Essential)
  • Good computer skills (Essential)
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required. (Essential)
  • Police reference check for the vulnerable sector. (Essential)
  • Current CPR Level C Certification (Essential)
  • Current NVCI certificate (Essential)
  • Bilingualism (French and English)(Preferred)

* Please note you will be represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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