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Job Postings – We are Hiring! STRIVE Living Society

Are you looking for an exciting career in Social Services?

Our organization offers full benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements, great opportunities to grow within and a fun and positive environment for both staff and clients!

We are looking for:

  1. behaviour interventionists,
  2. mental health workers and
  3. community support workers

who have behavior management and/or speak ASL (American Sign Language) skills and able to handle challenging situations.

Exciting opportunities exist for the right individuals to join a progressive non-profit organization as a Community Support Worker in our Hybrid Supported Home Share Program/Supported Independent Living Program/Strive Center and Pinetree Center. The position entails working in a one to one setting with individuals with Developmental, Concurrent Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorders and Mental Health, in the lower mainland. The successful candidate would spend most of their time assisting the clients in their home and community to work towards their goals, teaching life skills, community integration and social skills to assist with their daily living.

We are looking for casuals with many opportunities to grow within and post into part time/full time positions.


  • Experience and understanding of Mental Health and Challenging Behaviours
  • Fluent in American Sign Language an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work with adults with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues
  • Ability to create a meaningful routine
  • Crisis Management
  • Knowledgeable of creating independence vs. creating dependence
  • Following health care/behavioural plans
  • Completing daily documentation on a Microsoft platform database on their own computer
  • Implementing personal protocols, schedules, and activities
  • Accompanying/transporting individuals to appointments and activities in the community
  • Must have experience working with high anxiety
  • Community Integration
  • Able to set firm boundaries
  • Ability to encourage, motivate and involve client in community activities.
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Proven ability to develop rapport with adults in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with educational personnel, social workers and resource workers, service providers and partners
  • Able to self-start, make judgment calls, and create new models/programs as needed
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision

Other Qualifications Include:

– University degree or college diploma in a social science program and/or subsequent experience

-Class 5 BC drivers’ license and reliable vehicle preferred

-Clean Driver’s Abstract

-Criminal record check clearance

-Negative TB test clearance

-First aid and CPR

-Mandt Certificate

*Other requirements which may be specific to the individual(s) served*

Compensation: $19.31 hourly, plus benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Strive Living Society is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Christie or visit our website www.striveliving.ca

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Communications & ASL Specialist – JAMAICA

Communications & American Sign Language Specialist – Volunteer in Jamaica

CUSO International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change.

We are currently seeking a Communications & American Sign Language Specialist to volunteer with our partners in Jamaica for 1 year.

City  Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Oct – Dec 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

The Volunteer’s Role

The overall purpose of this placement is to support the team at Deaf Can! in creating a more inclusive environment & society for deaf people in Jamaica and enhance DeafCan’s sustainability as a social enterprise.

Cuso International is looking for a volunteer like you to:

– Support DeafCan! in the promotion of the deaf community through advocacy campaigns to sensitize individuals of their capabilities and remove social stigmas and prejudices.

-Support the design and implementation of sign language training workshops to increase the number of qualified interpreters and awareness in the local community for the need for interpreters at various events.

– To strengthen DeafCan!’s market reach and visibility as a social enterprise to facilitate sustainable growth.

At Cuso International, a key area of our work is GESI-Gender & Social Inclusion and this partnership aims to address some of the issues which have historically excluded deaf individuals from mainstream society.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support DeafCan! to develop, promote & implement training workshops in sign language interpreting.

-Strengthen DeafCan! to create and implement comprehensive advocacy strategy

– Design social campaigns & print material to raise awareness

-Support DeafCan! at public events to raise awareness.

-Support the development and dissemination of marketing content for DeafCan! Coffee to increase visibility & sustainability

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Communications

-Formal training in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting/ NIC-National Interpreting Certification

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience interpreting

-Strong oral & written skills

-Strong communication skills

-Experience working on community related projects

-Experience designing communication materials

-Experience supporting advocacy campaigns

-Experience conducting communications training

-Experience in developing communications strategy & campaigns

-Knowledge of marketing/ promotional tools

Support Package

– Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

– Accommodation while in placement

– Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

– Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

– Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

– Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

To apply, please visit:https://curaweb.mindscope.com/CUSOIN04387_CURA/aspx/JobDetails.aspx?lang=en&Job_ID=407

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ONE Contract with Deaf Well Being Program, 300-4211 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C.

~ up to 20 hours per month, 6 month contract with potential to renew

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator and staff, you will work with deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind clients in the Okanagan area who have mental illness with the objective of assisting them to achieve their stated goals. You will travel to meet clients to provide services. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills.  Duties include one-to-one work assisting clients in achieving goal(s) that are agreed upon by the supervisor and client. You will assist client to acquire new skills or linking with community resources; communicating all relevant information to pertinent staff; and attending bi-monthly peer support worker meetings when required.

Qualifications:  The successful individual will:

  1. Have completed 80 hours of Peer Support Training and a 30 hour Practicum.
  2. Have personal experience receiving services within the mental health system (required)
  3. Be able to be a role model to deaf, hard of hearing or hard of hearing recovering from a mental illness by sharing common life experiences and practical information.
  4. Have effective strategies for dealing with stress.
  5. Be able to work cooperatively with mental health staff, consumers and family members
  6. Be able to work with a culturally diverse population.
  7. Be fluent in American Sign Language.
  8. Be able to adequately access public transportation.
  9. Be able to present in a professional manner, and
  10. Be empathetic, patient, and supportive.

Duration of this Placement:  6 Months, with potential to renew.

Pay and Hours:  $12.00 an hour, up to 20 hours maximum a month (including meetings).

Start Date: TBA

Closing Date and Location:  Please submit a resume and a cover letter before November 15 to:

Patti Dobie

Peer Support Program at
Deaf Well Being Program,

#300-4211 Kingsway

Burnaby, B.C.  V5H 1Z6

Fax:  604 456 0904 or
Email: Patti.Dobie@vch.ca

Website: http://deafwellbeing.vch.ca/

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Job Posting: Visual Language Interpreter – North Vancouver, BC


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North Vancouver School District (NVSD) provides world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging, programs to inspire success for every student. Our goal is to bring communities together to learn, share and grow. Our employees enjoy a collegial work environment, competitive compensation, and fulfilling careers.

As Visual Language Interpreter, you will support students who are deaf and hard of hearing with sign-language interpreting services. As the communications link between students and the external world, you are responsible for facilitating communication between deaf and hard of hearing students with their peers, teachers, and the school community. You will play an important role in contributing to students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) by helping teachers adapt educational materials, vocabulary and concepts to assist deaf and hard of hearing students learning in a positive classroom environment.

Additionally, you will help students participate in the school community and recreational activities by accompanying students to assemblies, field trips, team practices and club meetings. Ultimately, your work will help students develop the necessary life and social skills to be successful in the future.

The ideal candidate should understand and empathize with Deaf culture and issues pertaining to deaf/hard of hearing students and possess an understanding of issues and challenges related to the educational context with deaf and hard of hearing students.


  • Five years of experience working with children or young adults in an educational or community setting, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and completion of ASL–Level 8 Interpreter Program
  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent plus basic First Aid
  • Membership in the Association of Visual Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) and Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI)
  • Working knowledge of adaptive technology

If you’re interested in this opportunity, apply online at www.makeafuture.ca/north-vancouver with your resume, cover letter, and references by November 30th, 2017 at 4 pm. In your application, please indicate the position of interest and competition number. We appreciate your interest in applying; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

From coastal beaches to mountain forests, North Vancouver’s natural setting offers year-round recreational opportunities. The rich multiculturalism of our district is reflected in a wide array of programs and services, including our commitment to supporting the history, culture and traditions of the First Nations communities on whose traditional territories we are located. North Vancouver School District’s values of accountability, creativity, collaboration and collegiality make it “the natural place to learn” for students, and “the natural place to work” for our staff.

Job Posting: Principal at BC School for the Deaf

Principal – BC School for the Deaf
Burnaby School District (No. 41)
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

As a province-wide program within the Burnaby School District, the BC School for the Deaf (BCSD) is a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in partnership with South Slope Elementary and Burnaby South Secondary public schools. Working as a team, members of the BC School for the Deaf strive to develop the full learning potential and positive self-identity of each student by providing a broad range of educational opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing students from K–12. This inclusive educational environment offers deaf and hard of hearing students the experience to learn with their hearing peers or in a signing environment while enjoying the traditional values of language, culture and Deaf heritage.

Leading a collaborative team and leveraging the full spectrum of research-based learning strategies – personalized learning, technology in education and language development, the BC School for the Deaf is seeking a new Principal who has demonstrated exemplary instructional leadership and models evidence-based practices in teaching. Leading teams at both BCSD Burnaby South Secondary and BCSD South Slope Elementary, this individual will work alongside Principals of mainstream schools in order to build and nurture relationships of trust with all stakeholders. In particular, a deep understanding of the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as a collaborative communication style will be crucial in this role.

Reporting to the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, the Principal will be accountable for providing overall leadership and direction to the BC School for the Deaf. As the educational and administrative leader of the school, the new incumbent will be responsible for promoting, articulating, and instilling in the faculty, students, and parents the vision at the school. Adhering to the Burnaby School District’s policies, goals, and objectives, the ideal candidate will engage in future planning, goal-setting, and policy development, as well as continue the BCSD’s legacy of academic excellence, full- spectrum research-based learning strategies, and active community involvement.

The BC School for the Deaf is looking for a candidate that desires to have a strong personal connection with the school and brings demonstrated academic, administrative and financial leadership experience from within the public or independent school system in a position such as Head of School, Deputy Head, Principal, Vice Principal, or equivalent. This individual holds a Master’s of Education in Deaf Education, is ASL fluent, and has training in educational leadership, supervision of instruction or program and curriculum development. He/she brings a broad spectrum of deaf education experience, is research-focused, and is a strong curriculum leader with a background in language development and special education, including working with students who display challenging behaviours.

He/she will possess a toolkit for supporting a growing school and bring a high level of emotional intelligence. Fit with the school ethos and style will be of paramount importance. This is an opportunity for a dynamic and engaged educational leader who wants to provide students at the BC School for the Deaf the best educational experience possible.

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