Job Posting 99494

Accessibility Specialist - Built Environment
Rick Hansen Foundation
Work From Home - Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Toronto Metro area
Remote, Canada
closed 10 days ago (Mon, 19 Feb)
full time - temporary / contract  •  $45,400.00 - $56,700.00 per year

Business Unit:           Accessibility Advisory Services (AAS)          

Reports to:                 Director, Accessibility Advisory Services (AAS)

Status:                        Flexible: Part time 80% FTE, or Full time

Term:                          February, 2024 – March 31, 2025

                                    1 year term with the possibility of extension

Salary Range:            $45,400.00 - $56,700.00

Location:                    Remote, preferably based in Central/Eastern Canada

Travel:                        This position requires travel up to approximately twice a month within Central/Eastern Canada

 

Founded on the legacy of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a Canadian registered charity with the vision of creating a fully inclusive and accessible world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. Through our programs and partnerships, we break down barriers for people with disabilities by changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society.

RHF values diversity in the community and the workplace. We are committed to building a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous peoples, individuals of all genders and sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, and religion and anyone living at the intersection of these identities.

RHF is a dynamic and rewarding place to work. Our success begins with our people. If you’re interested in being a part of our innovative team, we hope that you will consider this opportunity with us. If you do not meet the required education, experience and skills but have a combination of lived and professional experience, we encourage you to apply.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Accessibility Specialist, Built Environment works closely with the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services on projects to support organizations and clients who want to provide meaningful accessibility and inclusion in the built environment for people of all abilities. 

Accessibility Advisory Services support organizations who are striving for certification under Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) to be recognized as leaders in creating inclusive spaces. This position is responsible for advising on the application RHFAC, best practices in Universal Design in the built environment, developing accessibility manuals, conducting facility accessibility assessments, and managing, executing and delivery of projects.

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

The Accessibility Specialist, Built Environment reports to the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services and works closely with the AAS and RHFAC team. This position also works with external clients and site managers.

 

ALL STAFF: KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

As an integral member of the RHF team and as expected of all staff, this position actively participates with:

  • Strategy
  • Organizational Culture
    • Contributes in regular sessions, develops goals, supports and implements action plans.
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
  • Values
    1.   We Collaborate Authentically 
    2.   We Engage Respectfully 
    3.   We Keep Our Promises 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Works closely with the Director, Accessibility Advisory Services to provide technical expertise to organizations who are focused on improving accessibility in the built environment to achieve certification under RHFAC;
  • Attends client meetings with the Director to determine project scope and requirements;
  • Prepares and submits proposals and bidding for projects;
  • Advises organizations on achieving best practices in accessibility in Universal Design to achieve certification under the RHFAC program;
  • Reviews project plans for new construction and retrofit projects to ensure accessibility requirements are included early in the process;
  • Assesses facilities via onsite visits, review of drawings and planning documents, and discussions with site managers to determine accessibility levels;
  • Prepares recommendations and implementation plans for accessibility improvements;
  • Conducts presentations;
  • Manages projects including preparing scope, scheduling, tracking, delivering and reporting;
  • Monitors status of expenditures, accounts receivable, billable hours, maintaining records and filing reports; and
  • Performs other related duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Degree or diploma in architecture, architectural technology, engineering or equivalent.

Certification/Designations: RHFAC Professional Designation or has completed the RHFAC Training course preferred.

Experience/Knowledge

  • Minimum 3 years of related experience working in accessibility in the built environment;
  • Experience with Word, Excel PowerPoint, SharePoint, a CRM like Salesforce. Preferred experience with industry standard design and building modelling software such and as AutoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign;
  • Experience with Bluebeam, Adobe Suite or InDesign is an asset;
  • Knowledge and application of Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC);
  • Technical knowledge and expertise related to accessibility in the built environment including building codes and other relevant legislations;
  • Practical knowledge of commonly applied Universal Design principles;
  • Knowledge of accessible building codes/guidelines and ongoing current understanding of all relevant accessibility standards; and
  • Knowledge or experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Skills/Behaviours

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate highly specialized and technical information to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to read and interpret high-detail construction documents and architectural drawings;
  • Ability to apply RHFAC rating framework to projects;
  • Ability to interpret data from (photos, measurements, site notes) and RHFAC scorecards to create reports highlighting areas of success and opportunity for pre-construction and existing buildings;
  • Effective interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills;
  • Highly professional and client-centric;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Ability to effectively manage and deliver on projects;
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical mindset;
  • Ability to perform site visits, as needed; and
  • Ability to travel, as needed (up to approximately twice per month).

An equivalent combination of education, experience and skills/behaviours will be considered.

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