Job Posting 84500

Clinical Outreach Speech and Language Pathologist
March of Dimes Canada
Central Ontario
Richmond Hill, ON
closes in 21 days (Sun, 24 Jul)
full time - temp / contract
Would you like to work for a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to maximizing the independence and community participation of people with disabilities across Canada? Would you like to play a role in advocating for inclusion and equity for all people living with disabilities?
 
March of Dimes Canada (MODC) is a federally registered national charity that offers a wide variety of programs and services to Canadians living with disabilities. Since 1951, starting with the polio epidemic, March of Dimes Canada has been on the forefront of the disability movement. Our Purpose is: Champion Equity, Empower Ability. Our Vision is an inclusive, barrier-free society for people with disabilities. Through our Culture Code we live the values of: We Are One Team, We Are Accountable To Ourselves and Each Other, and We Adapt and Grow Together.
 
Profile:
 
Reporting to the Manager, Alternative Communication Service (ACS) The Clinical outreach SLP plans, implements and manages programs and initiatives designed to enhance the efficiency and safe delivery of Alternative Communication Services to adult clients living with aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders. The Clinical Outreach SLP also acts as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Program Consultant at two Aphasia Disabilities Communication Program (ACDP) sites.
 
The SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist and in collaboration with the client/family, assesses communicative strengths and needs, establishes goals, implements, and evaluates supportive and alternative communicative strategies, evaluates progress, and meets organizational and College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) standards of documentation. The SLP Consultant is ethically bound to provide services that are consistent with the scope of their competence, education, and experience.
 
The Clinical Coordinator will be required to provide support to Program Volunteer Committees and client groups and to assess and orient clients to March of Dimes Canada programs.
 
ACS is an integral part of the Community Programs and After Stroke Department which provides a wide range of programs and services to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The Clinical Coordinator is a member of a number of working groups and is expected to contribute both clinical and program expertise to support the development and enhancement of MODC programming to support Canadians with disabilities.
 
Responsibilities:
Program Management
  • Oversee process from recruitment to discharge
  • Assessments- on going for all sites
  • Implement and manage short- and long-range program goals and objectives, strategic plans, and operating procedures
  • Monitor and evaluate operational effectiveness; propose changes as required to improve consumer-focused service delivery
  • In conjunction with Manager, ACS analyze CTS data and advise of operational issues and identify causal or contributing factors; develop corrective plans where appropriate
  • Complete program proposals, where directed by Associate Director i.e. data collection, needs survey, new program budget
  • Liaise with consumer/advocacy groups, government representatives, other community agencies to promote March of Dimes Canada and Alternative Communication Services mission
Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Program Consultant
  • Collect relevant information and reports from client, family, and other community agencies as appropriate
  • Assess client communication needs (usually in clients’ home)
  • Work with CDA/Team Leaders to determine which program would be most appropriate given clients’ needs and the resources and space in each program site
  • Provide support and training to program staff, placement students and volunteers, regarding client communication needs, supportive communication and AAC strategies and aids and program modifications required
  • Facilitate communication groups and skill sessions to maximize client participation
  • Facilitate group goal setting where individual clients determine what communication goals and roles, they will work on for a specified time period
  • Train Team Leaders, volunteers, and students to support client’s identified goals and roles within program
Client Relations
  • Promote input of clients with communication disabilities into operation of ACS through development and implementation of an “aphasia-friendly” plan for maintaining communication with clients and families
  • Help in developing/ providing appropriate “aphasia-friendly” socialization/recreation opportunities, through advocacy and training in the use of supportive communication techniques and aids
  • Promote an “aphasia-friendly” culture and environment in all ACS through information, education, and advocacy re the needs of consumers with communication disabilities
  • Building Relationships with community partners
  • Assessments building relationships
  • Program and community outreach
  • Training of CPAS team on supportive communication strategies
  • Program evaluation and integration into After Stroke Framework and Regional Workforce model
 
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Graduate of master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Registration with College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
  • 2 – 5 years experience in the Social Services/Health Sector, providing services or programs for people with aphasia and related neurogenic communication disabilities, post-stroke, ABI or brain disease
  • Demonstrated experience supervising or leading team with proven ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • Ability to organize, implement, and manage community outreach services and activities in the health sector
  • Ability to supervise and train employees to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments
  • Program planning and leadership skills with strong customer service focus
  • Skill in budget preparation, fiscal management, and organizing resources and priorities
  • Highly organized & excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of issues concerning communication disabilities, physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injuries/brain diseases and their impact on people’s lives
  • Knowledge of transferring, lifting, bowel and bladder routines and other attendant care duties (if required at site)
  • Knowledge of and ability to train others in the use of supportive communication techniques for adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and cognitive communication issues post stroke, ABI and brain disease.
  • Knowledge of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) aids specific to the adult population. Knowledge of adult education principles, and the mutual aid group process
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety legislation
  • General understanding of computer hardware and software
 
If you are interested in transforming the quality of life for people with disabilities, please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence to:   by July 24, 2022.
 
Please note the following:
  • Work will initially be performed remotely from a home office until our 6 program sites re-open. A hybrid work model is an option.
  • Please indicate where you saw this posting in your cover letter, for our tracking purposes.
 
Please note that March of Dimes Canada has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by receiving all required doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada at least 14 days prior to the commencement of their employment, or as otherwise recommend by public health authorities. We will provide reasonable accommodation to individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or on the basis of any other protected ground, as required under applicable human rights legislation.

 

March of Dimes Canada is committed to a workforce that is reflective of the diverse populations that we serve. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and accessibility standards across Canada, March of Dimes Canada will provide accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require any accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive, equitable and accessible.

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