The Speech-Language Pathologist will work in an Aboriginal hub as a member of SOTCS’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) team, providing assessment and remediation services to Indigenous children (birth to age 6) living in Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri- Cities. Services are provided during registered and drop-in ECD programs, home visits with Aboriginal IDP or SCD consultants and at preschools or daycares.
REPORTS TO: Early Years Program Manager and Executive Director
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Promote and support traditional cultural teachings and practice for our families, agency, and community.
- Practice holistic, strength based principles.
- Use cultural traditional practices that focus on the mind, emotion, body and spirit and recognize family strengths and assets.
- Participate/Co-Facilitate Parent Child Program (Hasé) on rotational Saturdays, 3 times a year for 8 weeks (24 sessions) to increase parents’ knowledge of children’s normal growth and developmental milestones. Discuss with parents the normal range for their child’s speech and language development and assist them to take responsibility for enhancing the development of their children and to develop effective and caring parenting skills, which respect local traditional values and culture.
- Conducts assessments of children’s expressive and receptive language skills.
- Provides individual and group speech-language therapy sessions.
- Provides professional advice to other SOTCS team members regarding speech and language development.
- Prepare speech and language reports on children served.
- Participate in the development of Family Support Plans.
- Provide assistance when needed in agency programs such as, but not limited to; Building Healthy Relationships with Our Children, ECD Drop-in programs, Obin Ni’i Prenatal.
- Participate in team meetings, agency meetings, professional development and cultural trainings deemed necessary for this position.
- Responsible for individual client scheduling.
- Maintain an appropriate record and information system.
- Comply with all legal and licensing requirements.
- Assist Early Years Program Manager with administration tasks as needed, such as: assisting with proposal writing and grant reporting.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology
- Registration with College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B
- Current membership in professional associations (BCASLPA, SAC) preferred
- Thorough knowledge of speech, language and communication processes
- Experience in evaluating communication disorders
- Ability to work without clinical supervision
- Direct program delivery experience in the community social service sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of family centered care, early intervention child development, and community-based programs.
Skills and Attributes
- Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task in a dynamic working environment; self-motivated personality; ability to work independently and as a team player.
- Excellent understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and history, traditions and socio-economic issues affecting urban Aboriginal families.
- Knowledge and experience of group process and facilitation techniques.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills, supportive counseling, and advocacy skills.
- Well organized, good time and general management skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, and Outlook. Plus working knowledge of technological applications related to work performed
- Knowledge of Aboriginal communities, organizations, and service providers within Circle 6.
- Reliable transportation and current and valid BC driver’s License and willing to obtain business insurance and liability coverage.
- Driver’s Abstract required.
- Criminal records check required.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a part time position, 17.5 per week during the contract year from April 1 – March 31. This position is dependent upon yearly negotiated funding.
Send an email with your cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org Candidates of Indigenous ancestry strongly encouraged to apply; please self-identify in your cover letter.
Posting open until position is filled.