TEAM ACCESS BC JOB CREATION PARTNERSHIP
FULL-TIME TERM POSITION: 9 MONTHS AT 35 HOURS PER WEEK
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
With our partner in the community – the Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) – and support from the BC Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation’s (MSDSI) Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) funding, we are pleased to be launching the Team Access BC Job Creation Partnership (JCP) Project. The aim of this initiative is to pursue the goals of Accessibility 2024, which encompasses: Accessible Built Environment; Employment; Inclusive Communities; and the Consumer Experience.
The JCP project will provide the Access Assistants with both training and work experience to help develop marketable skills, including research, analysis and applications relating to codes, standards and legislation. You will be provided with opportunities to collect and interpret data, complete reports, as well as develop their skills in time management, communication, networking, providing constructive feedback and conducting fieldwork safety.
NUMBER OF POSITIONS
- 10 at the RHF – Richmond, BC
- 4 at the VDRC – Victoria, BC
Reporting to the Access Managers, you will conduct physical accessibility/inclusive design surveys of various locations in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria area using the Inclusive Design & Accessibility Rating System (ID&ARS) created by the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). You will receive formal classroom and field training in the ID&ARS, which includes the “how” and “why” regarding inclusive, design, accessibility and hands-on application of the system in the field.
- Successfully complete classroom and field training in the ID&ARS, which includes reading and studying course material, conducting research, completing assignments, examinations (both written and in the field) and field surveys;
- Engage with professionals in the field of inclusive design and accessibility;
- Conduct surveys of physical locations by applying the ID&ARS;
- Collect appropriate field data (i.e. photographs, video footage and sketches of room layouts and/or areas surveyed);
- Apply qualitative and quantitative analysis of building code, construction drawings, accessibility standards and inclusive design best practices to assess the interior and exterior of buildings;
- Seek out and identify areas where innovative ideas, practices and solutions exist and exercise judgement to assign rating credits;
- Enter data into the survey database and write summaries/reports as needed;
- Present details of final adjudication ratings to building operators;
- Conduct ongoing research and proactively keep up-to-date on materials related to building code, barrier-free construction and inclusive design;
- Provide feedback and evaluation regarding the ID&ARS (i.e. rating criteria, ease of use and evaluation of adjudicating processes) and classroom/field training; and
- Participate in discussions with representatives from municipal operations and construction-related disciplines.
- High School diploma (Post-secondary degree/diploma preferred);
- Effective computer skills, including knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
- Ability to travel in the Lower Mainland and/or Greater Victoria either by private vehicle or public transportation;
- Interest and experience in architecture, interior design, engineering or construction fields; and
- Experience working with or knowledge and interest in issues affecting people with disabilities.
Develop an understanding of the following concepts:
- The impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities;
- Basic technical language that is used to describe the built environment;
- Legislation, regulations and standards related to disability and accessibility;
- Standard construction drawings and building code regulations related to accessibility and barrier-free design;
- Inclusive and universal design principles, standards and strategies;
- Aging in place and how it relates to accessibility and inclusive design;
- Relationship of accessible design to standard building design and construction processes;
- Safety legislation and regulations related to conducting field work;
- Relationship of accessible design to standard building design and construction processes; and
- The RHF methodology for planning and executing a rating survey.
Demonstrate the following skills:
- When planning and executing a rating survey, research, interpret and apply:
- Legislation, regulations and standards related to disability and accessibility
- Building code regulations related to accessibility and barrier-free design;
- Inclusive design principles and standards.
- Interpret and navigate construction drawings and apply to rating surveys;
- Conduct a rating survey of different facility types based on building code classifications;
- Communicate and support survey rating findings to Accessibility professionals and clients; and
- Demonstrate professionalism and promote inclusiveness when working in field locations.
A referral to this project must be obtained through your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre.