Making the transition from high school to adult life can be challenging for many youth, but it can be especially challenging for those who have significant disabilities. Many youth may attend college/university or try to enter the world of employment. For young people with significant disabilities, preparing for adult and community life can mean the difference between becoming an active and engaged community member or sitting at home with few prospects for community engagement and learning important life skills. The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) has supported individuals with an intellectual disability and their families since 1957. NBACL strives to ensure that people with an intellectual or developmental disability have opportunities to be included in the social lives of their communities on an equal basis with others.
NBACL is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic individual committed to the vision, values, and philosophy of inclusion. The Adult Life Transition Facilitator will plan and collaborate with youth who have a significant disability on creating a successful transition from high school to adult life. The Facilitator will also support and build capacity within high school personnel and educators in two schools in the Anglophone North school district to better support youth with significant disabilities to be prepared for life after high school.
The Adult Life Transition Facilitator position will be located in the Bathurst or Miramichi Region but will be required to travel and provide service to participating students. This is a full-time contract position until June 30, 2021.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Assist students and families leaving high school in the next two years in identifying goals and interests for life after high school;
- Co-develop concrete and clear post high school plans for youth with significant disabilities;
- Support youth in high school who have significant disabilities to learn about adult life goals and to develop decision-making skills;
- Support and build capacity within families to meaningfully participate in planning for post school life for their youth who have significant disabilities;
- Collaborate, support, and build capacity within high schools to better support youth with significant disabilities to be prepared for life after high school;
- Ensure youth with significant disabilities have seamless supports in the transition from high school to adult life;
- Enable and support student self-determination;
- Ensure effective links and collaborations with government and community support programs are in place to support post high school adult life goals and options for youth with significant disabilities.
- Identification of life goals:
- Further education/training/skill development
- Community involvement
- Home life
- Paid employment
- Engage with communities to continue identifying partners and opportunities for students who have significant disabilities;
- Access government funding for supports and services for the student.
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree in counselling, career development, or social sciences;
- A bachelor’s degree in Education is considered a strong asset;
- Strong computer skills, ability to use Microsoft Office applications, comprehensive internet searches, and the ability to learn new information management systems;
- Previous work experience working with students and individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability is considered an asset;
- Understanding of career development is considered an asset;
- Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle necessary for daily work related duties;
- University transcripts required;
- Current driver’s abstract required;
- Current and Valid Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Persons Sector Check;
- Knowledge of Federal/Provincial programs and services;
- Coordination and facilitation skills;
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in English;
- Able to listen and manage difficult situations;
- Demonstrated networking and collaborative team building skills;
- Strong problem solving skills and ability to work independently.
Please forward cover letter along with resume no later than April 15th, 2019 at 12pm to the:
New Brunswick Association for Community Living
Attn: Kirk Munroe, Human Resources Generalist
800 Hanwell Road
Fredericton, NB E3B 2R7
Fax: (506) 453-4422
We thank all applicants for their interest but wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.