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ACT is hiring – Communications Assistant Summer Position

Job Responsibilities

The Communications Assistant will assist the Digital Communications Coordinator in developing ACT’s autism information resources and videos. Duties may include video and audio editing, graphic design, subtitling videos, using WordPress, and using social media platforms to promote content. ACT has been engaged in this work for over a decade; we have 50 hours of videos we wish to ready for our website over the summer. In addition, we have nearly 40 videos now available which we would like to caption. Our goal is to make these available to professionals and families as soon as possible.

A hands-on learning approach will provide the Communications Assistant with knowledge in leading digital technology platforms. Qualities we’re looking for include:

  • Experience editing video with Premiere Pro.
  • Ability to write compelling content and efficiently summarize videos.
  • Produce online content, creating and promoting ACT’s online resources on social media and our WordPress-based website.
  • Familiarity with distribution platforms and online advertising.
  • Some knowledge of HTML, podcasting, audio editing, and online promotion and distribution are assets.

The Communications Assistant may be asked to assist the Digital Communications Coordinator to produce designs for print, building skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

The Communications Assistant will be supervised by the Digital Communications Coordinator and the Executive Director on a consistent basis to ensure that they are supported to understand the requirements of the job and to help them develop their skills.

Applicants must be able to travel to ACT’s offices in East Vancouver, at 2735 E Hastings Street, near the PNE.

New ACT Website


Post-secondary education in Communications, Media Studies, Interactive Arts and Technology, or other digital communications and marketing skills. Ideally, the job requires a background in communications, technology and delivering multimedia content.

Canada Summer Jobs program requirements

This program provides wage subsidies to employers in order to create job opportunities for Canadian youth and young adults. You will need to meet the following criteria to apply for this job:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years old,
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

The successful candidate will work 30 hours a week for a total of 360 hours over 3 months, at a rate of $18/hr, with 4% vacation pay in lieu of vacation time off equal to $0.72 per hour.

How to apply

Please email with your resume, cover letter, and any samples of your design or communications work.

Application deadline: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11:59pm

About ACT – Autism Community Training:

ACT’s mission is to provide excellent information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with autism to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.

To support our mission, ACT focuses on practical training that empowers parents and community professionals to create welcoming environments at school, in the home, at work, at the swimming pool or in the grocery store. Families and community professionals need insight, training and resources to help individuals with ASD. ACT’s role is to encourage initiatives that build community support and training by creating online resources, and by the provision of live training, both in-person and via web streaming.


Positive Behavior Support in School: Four New Videos

Visit the Positive Behavior Support video release page

Behavior Technician Training for Paraprofessionals

This presentation discusses an innovative and highly successful program being implemented by the Surrey School District to improve the training of school-based paraprofessionals based on the BACB’s Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential.

Preetinder Narang, MEd, BCBA & Tina Gunn, MEd, BCBA, provide insight into the design and execution of a multi-component training program and offer practical recommendations to guide behavioral training for paraprofessionals supporting students with autism in both school and community settings. Watch now

How Classmates Can Facilitate Positive Social Behaviors for Children with ASD

Few evidence-based interventions target social-communication skills for children with ASD in the school setting. Dr. Ainsley Boudreau presents the evidence and practical applications for a variation on Pivotal Response Training, in which peers learn new ways to play with their classmates with ASD.

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Membership, Belonging, and Development of “Soft Skills” within a PBS framework

In this presentation, Dr. Victoria Knight articulates research on the importance of membership and belonging, along with development of soft skills (e.g., communication, problem-solving) within a PBS framework.

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Positive Behavior Support in Schools – Discussion and Question Period

This panel discussion, facilitated by Nathan Ngieng, Director of Instruction for Learning Support Services with the Abbotsford School District, features Preetinder Narang, Tina Gunn, Dr. Ainsley Boudreau, and Dr. Victoria Knight in a lively Q&A and discussion of PBS in schools.Topics include Peer Mediated Pivotal Response Treatment, social skills, and the Surrey School District District Action Team for Autism program.

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Thanks to funding from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia, ACT is able to provide an edited version of the 2018 Setting the Stage for Success: Positive Behavior Support in School, Home and Community conference.