Job Posting 87825

Community Specialist - Respite Centres
Edmonton area
closes in 8 days (Thu, 9 Feb)
full time


The Community Specialist reports to the Program Manager. The CS is an experienced direct support role, typically relate to more complex & specialized situations or environment.  They work front-line and are pivotal to the creation of a safe, caring and community-enriched life for the individuals/families who hire us. Thoughtful program planning and implementation support participants to connect with their communities - establishing real relationships and creating meaningful days and lives. The conscientious Community Specialist II acts with integrity, is open to growth, lives our purpose, cultivates teamwork, and puts forth an extraordinary effort to empower individual with special needs and their families to grow, succeed, and belong.

Key Functions

  • Provide direct care and purposeful support in an engaging, fun, and safe environment.
  • Implement person centered plans designed to support & assist participants
  • Facilitate inclusion for individuals with complex and/or specialized situations
  • Deliver programs and services in an engaging and meaningful manner that imparts growth, success, and belonging
  • Foster genuine relationships promoting dignity, personal interests and identities
  • Empower Individual to create meaningful days and achieve their goals
  • Communicate effectively with integrity, to individuals, families and co-workers
  • Assist, support, and encourage individuals to advocate on their own behalf and achieve their personal goals through the various development activities 
  • Maintain accurate and professional documents in accordance with policies and procedures


Provide Purposeful Support


  • Create meaningful days and purposeful goal-directed activities that focus on participant interests and strengths, in community and center-based settings
  • Integrate the 3 components in child programming – recreation and motor development, expressive arts and essential life skills
  • Integrate the 5 assets in adult programming - financial, social, personal, service/physical and human
  • Model socially appropriate behaviors and assist/encourage participants in community connection


Participant Care and Services


  • Support participants in all aspects of personal hygiene and personal care as required
  • Support participants to take pride in and care about their body, personal style, residence and safety in their home and the community
  • Administer medication as required
  • Support participants in all aspects of personal hygiene and personal care as required
  • Understand and comply with all emergency processes and proactively minimize risk


Cultivate Community Inclusion
  •  In partnership with participants and their families, identify and create choices and goals to develop a vision of contribution and belonging in community
  •  Encourage citizenship through volunteerism, increased connections, interactions and involvement in their own community
  •  Research, explore and utilize opportunities and resources to support adults in their personal development, education, volunteerism and employment in a meaningful manner 
General Administration and Reporting
  •  Communicate information relayed from families
  •  Reports, financial ledgers, timesheets and all other pertinent records and documentation
  • Acquire signatures for invoices, accept and submit payments
  •  Account for all participant belongings, facility resources equipment and supplies
Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance
  • Regularly review, evaluate and revise purposeful support provided to address feedback, relevance and need
  • Gather input and feedback through parent and participant evaluations, surveys and regular communications to improve service delivery
  • Partake in new program initiatives, openly share and integrate learning, tools and connections
Risk Management  
  • Understand and comply with all emergency processes
  • Proactively minimize risks by fostering a safe, clean and organized environment
  • Uses strategies to defuse anxious, hostile or violent behaviors using approved methods




  • University degree or diploma in Disability Services, Social Work or Human Services (or equivalent) is considered an asset
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in related field or life experience (supporting a family member)
  • Hands-on experience working with individuals with complex behaviors which limit their inclusion in community and/or programs
  • Alignment with AdaptAbilities’ core purpose and core values
  • Clean class 5 driver’s license and vehicle considered an asset
  • Must provide a clear Police Information Check and Intervention Record Check
  • Standard First Aid Certification CPR Level C and AED is required
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Medication Administration, Abuse Prevention and Response Protocol are an asset.

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