Job Posting 100113

Community Recreation Disability Support Worker
WJS Canada
Edmonton area, Northern Alberta
Westlock, Alberta
closes in 13 days (Tue, 30 Apr)
part time  •  $18.80 - $22/hr

Job Type: Permanent, Part-Time
Location: Westlock, Alberta, Canada
Hours of Work Per Week: 24
Scheduled Days Each Week: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Varies
Scheduled Hours: Must be flexible to work split shifts, including evenings.

The Program
Supports programs 336-33 & 336-34-CL promoting Independent Living Skills & Community Inclusion though social and recreation events.
WJS Canada's Community Disability Services team in Westlock works to encourage persons with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to build on their strengths, further develop life skills, overcome barriers and become involved in their community.

The Position
This Disability Support Worker supports adults with a developmental disability promoting independent living skills, and access community resources. The position involves picking up and driving person-served to access community resources/events (which may include bingo, shopping, banking, etc), participating in recreation and physical exercise such as swimming, basketball, walking, going to the gym, etc., as well as supporting persons with medical appointments both locally and in the Edmonton.
Reliable vehicle is a requirement of this position.
Must be flexible as shift days and times may change according to the client needs. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
ALLERGY ALERT - Clients live in residences with pets

In Your Role You Will
• Provide support to persons-served with access to their community, including safe transportation of individuals to/from recreational, leisure activities
• Encourage persons-served to be physically active and participate in sporting activities with the person-served - which may include swimming, walking, basketball, etc.
• Encourage and provide opportunities for social interaction within communities and model healthy relationships and setting boundaries
• Work independently with the person-served towards achieving the goals set out in their Individual Support Plan (ISP); encouraging them during setbacks and celebrating successes with them.
• Support behavioural, emotional and social needs/development (within the program & during community activities), as well as, individuals basic needs Ex. hygiene, personal care, life skills
• Minimize risks in the client`s physical, social & recreational environments
• Use de-escalation techniques for any behaviours of concern
• Act as an advocate alongside persons-served and facilitate good communication between all involved in the individual’s life
• Collaborate with external agencies/professionals and service providers involved with individuals to develop and improve community access and services
• Participate in program meetings, review and share caseload information
• Exercise flexibility with scheduling and manage crisis situations
• Administrative duties including assessments, reporting, record keeping, etc. as required.

*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.

As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Candidate must be physically able to participate in recreation activities such as swimming, walking, basketball, etc. to support persons-served desire to be physically active
• Minimum Grade 12 or Diploma/Degree in Disabilities Studies, Social Work, Human Services, Special Education, Recreation or equivalent
• MANDATORY - One (1) year experience working with persons with developmental disabilities.
• MANDATORY - A valid Class 5 Driver License with acceptable driving abstract and reliable vehicle
• A positive attitude and belief that persons with disabilities have the right / responsibility to define and pursue their life choices, and pursue active participation and involvement in the community.
• Skills in assisting individuals in anger management, daily living, self help, etc.
ALSO helpful, but will train if needed:
• First Aid/CPR Certification
• Crisis Prevention Intervention, Medication Administration, Abuse Protocol, Proactive Procedures and Behavioural Strategies, Foundations and Disabilities Training
• Knowledge of basic health and safety rules and guidelines for personal health and safety, as appropriate.
Not sure you meet the requirements? We may be able to consider diverse combinations of skills, education and experience, so please apply.

What WJS Canada does
We are a close-knit national social services agency, that provide community-based services to children and families, persons with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth and young offenders, designed to foster positive life changes and increase self-esteem. Over the past 30 years, we've grown to over 700 dedicated staff, in 3 provinces, who serve approximately 1,600 persons through over 125 services. As a Certified B-Corp, for-profit company, we use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Our Employees Enjoy
• Regular wage increases at 6 months and 1 year employment.
• Matching RRSP plan for eligible employees
• Staff training and opportunities to learn/work in a wide array of programs.
• An empowering balance of independence and supervision.
• Best practices programming and innovative care.

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