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ACT is Hiring a Community Liaison Officer

Applications should be submitted to info@actcommunity.ca. We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please reach out to Dr. Michelle Schmidt, Executive Director at mschmidt@actcommunity.ca.

Work Site: #120B 3823 Henning Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5C 6P3, with some remote work and travel 

Status: Regular Full-Time 

Start Date: As soon as Possible 

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 

Hours: 0830 to 1630, Monday through Friday, with some flexible scheduling and adjustments as required to meet organization demands 

Applications will be received until March 19, 2023 at 4pm. 

Join ACT’s Team

ACT – AUTISM COMMUNITY TRAINING is seeking interest from exemplary applicants to join its dynamic team as Community Liaison Officer.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Liaison Officer will be a member of a cohesive team of highly skilled professionals. 

As one of seven team members, you have superior interpersonal and communications skills and a high degree of professional credibility.  You have respectful, collaborative relationships with children and their families, colleagues, and the broader community.  You believe in the importance of partnerships and that it takes a village to raise a child. 

You are excited by the opportunity to explore ideas and implement innovative interventions and to take risks, and you inspire and empower others to do the same.  You have dynamic energy and enthusiasm.  You believe that a well-lived life is a life in which you are continually developing.  Your unwavering commitment to excellence, superior knowledge of collaborative practices including in rural, remote, and indigenous communities make you an excellent fit for this role.  

You have experience collaborating with community partners including the Ministries of Education and Child Care, Health, and Child and Family Development.  

You have extensive knowledge of neurodiversity and a genuine appreciation and passion for ensuring that every individual can become the best that they may be.  You are creative and resourceful and can collaboratively solve complex situations.  You use technology extensively for networking and data analysis to identify goals and targets and turn insights into actions through the implementation of evidence-based interventions. 

Purpose of this position

The Community Liaison Officer is responsible for developing and managing the communication between ACT—Autism Community Training and local, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. The Community Liaison Officer coordinates with parents and family members, autistic people, and community professionals to learn about needs and concerns, to develop and provide culturally safe training and resources. They assist in scheduling outreach meetings and handling promotional events. A Community Liaison Officer must have excellent communication and organizational skills, especially in relation to listening and developing plans for responding to community needs.

The Community Liaison Officer establishes rapport based on respect, and shares information, resources and training opportunities with parents, families, and autistic adults as well as professionals. They assist ACT staff in planning, organizing, and facilitating the development of relevant information, resources, and training. The Community Liaison Officer Attends information fairs as an ACT representative, hosting tables and educating the community regarding ACT’s resources.

Collaboration 

The Community Liaison Officer works in collaboration with ACT Staff members, including the Executive Director, Information Resources Manager, Digital Communications Coordinator, Administrative & Training Coordinator, Financial Controller, and Communications Officer to accomplish shared tasks and goals as they arise. 

Minimum Knowledge/Qualifications/Experience 

  • Knowledge of diverse abilities and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder; 
  • 2 or more years of experience in an outreach/liaison/support role; 
  • Excellent organization, planning and project management skills, including attention to detail; 
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, particularly telephone etiquette; 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to organize and manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines; 
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use appropriate strategies (e.g., culturally safe and trauma informed/assumed care); 
  • Ability to engage and provide service to a culturally diverse population; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with families, autistic people, professionals and other community members; 
  • Takes initiative and can work well independently or as a member of a team; and 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 suite, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Forms & Sway; 
  • Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees, to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and staff from other agencies, to maintain confidentiality and to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and 
  • Exceptional communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; 
  • Customer Relationship Management experience;
  • Experience collaborating with community partners including the Ministries of Education and Child Care, Health, and Child and Family Development;
  • Experience working in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities;
  • Social media proficiency. 

The hours of work including days off and work location may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements. 

Successful applicants are required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check. 

Why join ACT? 

ACT is Canada’s leading independent, not-for-profit, specializing in providing families and professionals with evidence-informed resources to support the neurodivergent community with the information and training they need. In addition to developing our own resources, we provide an unrivaled information portal that responds to the diverse needs of our community across the lifespan, including the voices of adults, in multiple languages. 

Based in British Columbia, Canada, ACT develops a wide range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs. These resources are free and are available online. 

ACT’s Information and Training resources are funded by the income generated by our live events, and through sponsorship and donations. The resources that we share, or develop ourselves, are evidence-based. We do not enter commercial relationships to promote products or intervention approaches. 

We invite you to join us in supporting neurodivergent people and their families, as well as adults to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities. Our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork makes ACT a terrific place to work. 

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including extended health, dental, and life insurance;  
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities; 
  • 3 weeks holidays annually; and 
  • Hybrid work arrangement. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a comfortable workplace delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure specific measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed. 
 
We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or self-identification as Indigenous.  

We maintain a safe work environment. All employees are expected to manage their responsibilities within a safe milieu, fostering an environment of trust, open communication and respect for clients, coworkers, and themselves always. 

ACT is Hiring an Information Resource Manager

Applications should be submitted to info@actcommunity.ca. We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those applicants shortlisted will be contacted.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please reach out to Dr. Michelle Schmidt, Executive Director at mschmidt@actcommunity.ca.

Work Site: #120B 3823 Henning Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5C 6P3, with some remote work and travel 

Status: Regular Full-Time 

Start Date: As soon as Possible 

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 

Hours: 0830 to 1630, Monday through Friday, with some flexible scheduling possible, and as required to meet organization demands 

Applications will be received until March 19, 2023 at 4pm. 

Join ACT’s Team

ACT – Autism Community Training is seeking interest from exemplary applicants to join its dynamic team as Information Resource Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Information Resource Manager will be a member of a cohesive team of highly skilled professionals. 

As one of seven team members, you have superior interpersonal and communications skills and a high degree of professional credibility. You have respectful, collaborative relationships with children and their families, colleagues, and the broader community. You believe in the importance of partnerships and that it takes a village to raise a child. 

You are excited by the opportunity to explore ideas and implement innovative interventions and to take risks, and you inspire and empower others to do the same. You have dynamic energy and enthusiasm. You believe that a well-lived life is a life in which you are continually developing.  Your unwavering commitment to excellence, superior knowledge of collaborative practices including in rural, remote, and indigenous communities make you an excellent fit for this role.  

You have experience collaborating with community partners including the Ministries of Education and Child Care, Health, and Child and Family Development.  

You have extensive knowledge of neurodiversity and a genuine appreciation and passion for ensuring that every individual can become the best that they may be. You are creative and resourceful and can collaboratively solve complex situations. You use technology extensively for networking and data analysis to identify goals and targets and turn insights into actions through the implementation of evidence-based interventions.  

Purpose of this position

The Information Resource Manager provides timely, professional, and sensitive responses to a wide range of inquiries from parents and professionals who contact ACT in need of information and resources about disabilities/diverse abilities including autism in communities across British Columbia. 

The Information Resource Manager, plays a leading role in gathering and presenting community and information resources online, maintaining the Autism and Intellectual Disability (AID) Search, BC Community Resources, and other specialized resource pages on ACT’s website. They attend ACT’s workshops, information fairs, and other community events to educate community members on ACT’s training, community, and information resources. 

First Point of Contact for ACT 

  • The Resource & Support Manager is ACT’s main reception person, answering and forwarding calls to other ACT staff members as appropriate. 
  • Manages and responds to questions sent to ACT. 

Information Support 

  • Receives calls and responds to emails requesting information, support, or guidance. 
  • Ensures that parents are aware of ACT’s training programs and web-based resources. 
  • Provides parents with information about community funding sources, services, support, and coaches them, if necessary, on how to access these; or refers them to other resources. 
  • Conducts research where necessary into supportive resources, sources of funding, and next steps post-diagnosis for individuals who contact ACT for assistance, or refers them to other resources.

Curation of Autism Information Resources

  • Researches and evaluates relevant evidence-based online information resources.  
  • Sources evidence-informed information resources on autism and other neurodiversities and prepares detailed, accurate, well-written records for ACT’s primary online information resource, the Autism and Intellectual Disability (AID) Search
  • Identifies BC community resources relevant to autism and other diverse needs (e.g., educational services, summer camps, parks and recreation programs, dentists, and therapists) and prepares detailed, accurate, well-written records for inclusion in ACT’s BC Community Resources. 
  • Connects with organizations across BC, encouraging them to submit upcoming events, workshops, and social/recreations opportunities to ACT’s Community Events page. Reviews and approves submissions for posting. 
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director and Digital Communication Coordinator to gather appropriate information and community resources to create and maintain specialty pages (e.g., COVID-19 and Ministry of Children and Family Development funding framework changes) on ACT’s website.  
  • Maintains or assists in updating other autism or related information resources (e.g., Autism Manual for BC) as indicated. 

Collaboration 

Works in collaboration with ACT Staff members, including the Executive Director, Digital Communications Coordinator, Administrative & Training Coordinator, Financial Controller, Community Outreach Liaison and Communications Officer, to accomplish shared tasks and goals as they arise. 

Minimum Knowledge/Qualifications/Experience 

  • Knowledge of diverse abilities/disabilities including autism spectrum disorder; 
  • 2 or more years experience in an administrative role; 
  • Excellent organization, planning and project management skills, including attention to detail; 
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, particularly telephone etiquette; 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines; 
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use culturally safe and trauma informed/assumed care; 
  • Ability to engage and provide service to a culturally diverse population; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with families, autistic people, professionals, and other community members; 
  • Takes initiative and can work well independently or as a member of a team;  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 suite, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Forms & Sway; 
  • Ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees, to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and staff from other agencies, to maintain confidentiality and to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and 
  • Exceptional communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; 
  • Customer Relationship Management experience; 
  • Website maintenance skills; and/or 
  • Social media proficiency. 

The hours of work including days off and work location may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements. 

Successful applicants are required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check. 

Why join ACT? 

ACT is Canada’s leading independent, not-for-profit, specializing in providing families and professionals with evidence-informed resources to support the neurodivergent community with the information and training they need. In addition to developing our own resources, we provide an unrivaled information portal that responds to the diverse needs of our community across the lifespan, including the voices of adults, in multiple languages. 

Based in British Columbia, Canada, ACT develops a wide range of positive and practical information on everything from sleep problems and diet to core issues such as diagnosis and aspects of intervention, including information on setting up intervention programs. These resources are free and are available online without a password requirement. 

ACT’s Information and Training resources are funded by the income generated by our live events, and through sponsorship and donations. The resources that we share, or develop ourselves, are evidence-based. We do not enter commercial relationships to promote products or intervention approaches. 

We invite you to join us in supporting neurodivergent people and their families, as well as neurodivergent adults to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities. Our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork makes ACT a terrific place to work. 

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including extended health, dental, and life insurance;  
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities; 
  • 3 weeks holidays annually; and
  • Hybrid work arrangement. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a comfortable workplace delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure specific measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed. 
 
We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or self-identification as Indigenous.  

We maintain a safe work environment. All employees are expected to manage their responsibilities within a safe milieu, fostering an environment of trust, open communication and respect for clients, coworkers, and themselves always. 

ACT is moving!

As of Friday, January 19th ACT’s new address will be:
204 – 2735 E Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V5K 1Z8

Our phone number and other contact information remains unchanged.

We will be moving to our new offices on Friday, January 19th. Please email info@actcommunity.ca for any inquiries on that day.

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Holiday News Round-Up

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Volunteer Adam Elsharkawi putting together ‘New Diagnosis Parent Packages’ for diagnostic centres around B.C.

Thanking our Donors & Volunteers for Providing New Families with Key Information

ACT provides parents of newly diagnosed children in B.C. with information on ACT’s resources – ACT is Canada’s leading source of comprehensive, evidence-informed, online resources.

As ACT is no longer funded by MCFD to provide our ‘New Diagnosis Parent Packages’, we depend on volunteer support and donations from the autism community.

The generosity of the autism community in supporting our Holiday Fundraising Campaign is appreciated. See ACT’s website for key projects, how to donate and recognition of our generous donors.


Special Needs Community Events – January 2018

To see what is happening around the province, and to post your organization’s events, visit Special Needs Community Events

Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Clinician Workshop
January 19, Vancouver

Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviours of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities
January 20, Richmond

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)
January 22 – 26, 2018 – Vancouver, BC

Early Years Conference 2018
January 25 – 27, Vancouver

PEERS for Teens – ABA Learning Centre
January 25 – May 3, Burnaby


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ACT’s 2018 schedule is set! Many outstanding presenters, including Carol Gray, Judy Reaven, Michelle Garcia Winner, Brenda Fossett and Sarah Ward, are set to provide ACT’s audiences with insights to inspire and inform. To see this year’s line-up, visit upcoming events.

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)
January 22 – 26, 2018 – Vancouver , BC

“I’m going to be a video game designer!”- Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World
February 23rd, 2018 – Sidney, BC

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention
March 10th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC

Visit upcoming events and web streaming events for more details and registration.

Parents can register for $25 a day, please email info@actcommunity.ca.
Details on our event bursaries page.


Update on ACT’s Special Projects

Parent Coaching Project

2017 saw the inception of the PACE Coaching Project by researchers at UBC, following a competition overseen by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

The goal of PACE Coaching is to develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based parent coaching intervention for children aged 15 to 30 months who are at risk of, or diagnosed with ASD. ACT was given responsibility by B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to administer this $3 million, three year project, in March 2016.

Visit the PACE Coaching Project page for updates and new developments on this important initiative.

Translated into 8 Languages – A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Program

ACT thanks all those volunteers from the autism community who have ensured the sensitive and accurate translations of MCFD’s A Parent’s Handbook: Your Guide to Autism Programs (2015) into eight languages: Punjabi, Korean, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic! The handbook is nearly 50 pages long – each language required many hours of painstaking work.

These translations can be found at Autism Information Services B.C. As MCFD took over many of the services that ACT formerly provided under contract, in the middle of this project, these handbooks will need to be updated by MCFD to match the 2017 English version. As soon as these are available, ACT will let you know!

Community professionals will find the translation of key terms used in B.C.’s autism program, as well as general concepts about autism to be very useful to helping new parents. ACT thanks MCFD for the opportunity to provide this key information to B.C.’s immigrant communities.


Autism in the News

ACT’s Facebook page just reached 3,000 likes!
To keep in touch with Special Needs issues provincially, nationally and internationally –
Visit ACT on Facebook.

Immigration Canada reverses decision, grants residency for family denied over child’s disability – Global News

Little boy’s touching video explaining his autism to his classmates goes viral
– Global News

Why intelligence scores do not predict success for autistic adults – Spectrum News

Banned from regular school life, boy with autism asks: ‘When am I going to see kids?’ – CBC News

Call for better autism diagnosis data for girls – Radio NZ

Children with autism tour Kelowna International Airport – Global News

‘They consider that education, I guess’: Father of autistic boy speaks out – CBC News

Family’s heart-rending case prompts call for autism strategy – CBC News

5 things not to say to parents of autistic children – BBC Radio

Autistic Canadians struggling for access to tax credit, says activist – iPolitics

Study shows special needs hard to meet in B.C. public schools – The Free Press

How Does Autism in Children Affect Parenting Stress?
– Medical News Bulletin

Room for Improvement: Toward better education outcomes for children in care – Representative for Children and Youth BC

It’s time for Canada to measure up on kids with disabilities – The Star

Halloween Edition ACT’s News Round-Up

A Halloween story, seeking an admin assistant, community events and more!

Child in pumpkin patch

Share your Halloween Story via Facebook

As parents across Canada get their children with special needs ready for Halloween, I am thinking back to 1994 when my then three-year-old son had his first experience of Halloween, after our family returned to Canada from Egypt. We managed only three houses before we had to give up and return home. Rather than saying “Trick or Treat” – Adam would dart into the house and snatch the candy. He was very confused by the whole process. But an hour later (and for the next several nights), Adam started to get his costume on by himself (and normally he only took clothes off) as he had realized costume = candy! In the many years since, Adam has become a Halloween connoisseur but I still remember those early, stressful, but very funny days!

So the message to parents is that Halloween does become easier! Do you have a Halloween story to share? ACT’s Facebook page is very active these days – we are sourcing news and research from across the globe to share with the ACT community. In October we reached 2,550 page likes! But parents always enjoy hearing of the experiences of other families. If you have a Halloween tale to share with ACT’s community post on ACT’s facebook page.

Deborah Pugh – Executive Director
ACT – Autism Community Training

 

ACT is seeking a Part-Time Office Assistant

These are busy days at ACT and we need some extra admin support. We are looking for a part-time office assistant with an excellent telephone manner and competence with Microsoft CRM systems, Excel and Word. Must be organized, highly accurate and enjoy multitasking! Knowledge of autism an asset.
Hours are flexible, up to 20 hours a week; occasional weekend work. $20 an hour – to start as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with a great organization, respected as the leading source of evidence-informed training and information in B.C., in the company of a friendly group of committed people, email your resume and cover letter to sporter@actcommunity.ca . This position will be filled as soon as we find a strong candidate.

 

Special Needs Community Events in November

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Special Needs Community Events

Spectrum Lights Parent Group presents Family Information Sessions -November 2nd, Burnaby

Canadian Premiere of “Keep The Change” (Tribeca Film Festival Award Winning Film Starring Actors on the Autism Spectrum) – November 2nd, Vancouver

AutismBC Adults Go to the Museum of Anthropology – November 3rd, Vancouver

AutismBC Goes to Sky Zone indoor Trampoline Park – November 6th, Surrey

familyWORKs Vancouver – November Workshop – Person Centred Planning with Rebecca Pauls – November 14th, Vancouver

Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children – November 16 & 17, Vancouver

Spectrum Lights Parent Group presents Family Information Sessions – November 16, Burnaby

BI Basic Training Workshop – November 25 & 26, New Westminster

 

Updates on Degree & Certification Courses Available in B.C.

Capilano University has updated its information on ACT’s information page Post-Secondary Programs for Professionals.

Douglas College has two ASD related programs for practitioners that begin January 2018:

Online Autism Outreach Training
Parents and Behaviour Interventionist, Early Childhood Educators and Education Assistants who work with a child/youth in British Columbia may be eligible. Receive 6-academic credit for $250.00, less half the price of other courses. Apply now – courses begin in January.

Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate – email dacs@douglascollege.ca
Learn more about how to support youth and adults who have disabilities find and keep a job. Move forward in your career with the only academic credit program in Canada that is VRA approved. Over $5,000.00 in Awards of Distinction available each year for those that qualify. Apply now – courses begin in January.

 

Autism in the News

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Is the public school system working for kids with special needs? – CBC Radio

Ontario family takes school board to human rights tribunal for allegedly refusing to allow autism therapy
– National Post

Five myths about autism we need to banish from teaching – TES

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science – Spectrum News

Call for better autism diagnosis data for girls – Radio NZ

How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition– The Conversation

72% of kids with autism don’t get the help they need at school, survey finds – CBC News

‘Everyday hero’: Quebec barber finds special connection with 6-year-old client with autism
– CBC News

‘Autism Hour’ helps cut shopping stress – BBC

Mom Uses Jimmy Fallon’s Contest To Send Powerful Message About Autism – Huffington Post

As CBeebies launch their new autistic character Pablo, here’s why he’s important – Metro Lifestyle

Mini village teaches special needs students traffic safety – CBC News

Mum hails stranger a ‘hero’ after helping calm down her autistic son – Independent

Apps for autism: Silken Laumann campaigns for new technology – CBC

Disability in demand: People with autism offer employers a broader talent pool – CBC News