Now Hiring, ASL Resource Development Coordinator

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Silent Voice

JOB OPPORTUNITY!
ASL Resource Development Coordinator Position

Silent Voice is the only non-profit, charitable organization in the GTA that provides community- and family-based support to Deaf infants, children, youth, and adults in American Sign Language (ASL). The Agency provides Deaf children and youth recreational, sports, and leadership programming otherwise not accessible to them; teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to families where there is a Deaf family member; runs the Sign Language Summer Program ASL day camp for Deaf children and their hearing siblings; reaches out to disadvantaged Deaf adults; provides essential services to those in need; provides settlement services; provides parenting education and ASL resources, and works in partnership to improve access to community services.

Opportunity:

Silent Voice is currently seeking an ASL Resource Development Coordinator who will report to the Director, ASL Family Education and Services, and will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating the development of ASL resources that are aligned with the new Ontario Ministry of Education ASL as a second language curriculum (currently in development). At this time, there are limited resources available for educators and teachers to support secondary students in learning ASL as a second language and very few that are relevant for an Ontario context. Other duties include those related to needs assessment of existing ASL resources, collaboration with Ministry’s working groups, and coordinating and overseeing the development of ASL resources.

The primary duties required for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting & adhering to the goals of Ministry’s ASL resource development which are:
    • To ensure that ASL resources reflect the perspectives and experiences of people who form the Ontario ASL community and that the resources support a quality learning experience for students in the province of Ontario;
    • To ensure that ASL resources are responsive, authentic, and provide quality learning experience for students;
    • To ensure that ASL resources are relevant to the Ontario context; and
    • To ensure that ASL resources are aligned with the ASL curriculum and relate to ASL pedagogy.
  • Conducting needs assessment of existing ASL resources to support teaching and learning of ASL as second language for secondary school students
  • Conducting research and creating an inventory of ASL resources
  • Identifying the general and specific needs of ASL resources aligned to the Ontario ASL curriculum (currently in development)
  • Coordinating and facilitating the development of ASL resources which includes organizing and hiring of ASL host(s), ASL signers, videographer, developer of interactive web platforms, and more
  • Participating in the technical development work
  • Consulting and collaborating with Writing Curriculum Group and Expert Working Group in identifying types of ASL resources that is needed
  • Hosting and engaging an internal advisory committee to provide input and feedback
  • Maintaining required program records and submit monthly and annual reports to Director, ASL Family Education and Services
  • Operating in accordance with the policies, guidelines, and protocols of the program and partner organizations

Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in ASL Education or other relevant education or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of teaching experience in classroom and/or online, preferably in ASL as L2 instruction and/or language learning
  • Ontario Teacher’s Certificate or equivalent is an asset
  • Fluency in American Sign Language and English is a requirement
  • Excellent written and communications skills
  • Knowledge of existing ASL resources, local ASL resources, local ASL host(s)/signers, videographers, technical developers and more
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and especially technical development work such as video editing and interactive web platforms
  • Ability to work well independently with little supervision, and as part of a team to complete tasks to meet timelines, targets, and fulfill project requirements
  • Self-motivated, results and detail-oriented, energetic, and highly organized
  • Presentation of an empathetic attitude, cultural sensitivity and commitment to anti-oppression and anti-discrimination
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Assessment, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills
  • High standards of professionalism
  • Ability to work flexible hours is a requirement (this position follows a standard 35-hour work week; however, occasional evening/weekends and overtime hours are required)

Compensation: ($46,000 – $52,000)
We make every effort to provide a collaborative, creative, and energetic work environment for our employees. We offer competitive compensation, flexible work hours, and relaxed dress code. Most importantly, you will work as part of a talented and committed team to create fun and interactive ASL resources to provide our L2 secondary students with an opportunity to learn ASL in an Ontario context.

Job Type: Full-time, contract

Location: Silent Voice office in Toronto, Ontario

Candidates are invited to indicate their interest in this position by sending a resume and cover letter by Tuesday July 13, 2018 to Megan Youngs, Director of ASL Family Education and Services at m.youngs@silentvoice.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in Silent Voice. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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Join the Silent Voice team – Silent Voice Program Assistant Job Posting

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Silent Voice

JOB OPPORTUNITY!
1 FTE Program Assistant Position

Silent Voice is the only non-profit, charitable organization in the GTA that provides community- and family-based support to Deaf children and adults in American Sign Language (ASL). The Agency provides Deaf children and youth recreational, sports, and leadership programming otherwise not accessible to them; teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to families where there is a Deaf child; runs the Sign Language Summer Program ASL day camp for Deaf children and their hearing siblings; reaches out to disadvantaged Deaf adults; provides essential services to those in need; provides settlement services; works in partnership to improve access to community services; and provides the ASL language development services of Ontario’s Infant Hearing Program.

Opportunity:

Silent Voice is currently seeking 1 FTE Program Assistant who will report to the Director, ASL Family Education and Services, and will be responsible for providing support to the program director and program staff. Other duties include those related to managing databases, public relations, event planning, and communication with families, clients and community service providers.

The primary duties required for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Director of ASL Family Education and Services, and program staff;
  • As a member of the Silent Voice team, provide back up support to the Office Coordinator; greet clients and direct them to the appropriate staff member; answer questions and forward messages;
  • Plan and schedule meetings and appointments, travel and accommodation;
  • Promote Silent Voice programs and services as directed, assist in the design of promotional material (digital and print);
  • Coordinate interpreting assignments for both in-house and freelance interpreters;
  • Manage databases (client files, assessments, reports, statistics, tracking reports etc.);
  • Assist with the coordination of agency and community events, etc.;
  • Assist with the maintenance of the corporate website and social media sites;
  • Perform general administrative duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, scanning, faxing, mailing, shredding, filing and courier;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, energetic, and highly organized
  • Team player and outstanding writing, editing, data entry, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects are essential
  • Computer proficiency
  • High standards of professionalism

Candidates are invited to indicate their interest in this position by sending a resume and cover letter by May 25, 2018 to m.youngs@silentvoice.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest in Silent Voice. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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Have you considered serving on the Silent Voice Board?

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Silent Voice

Call for Volunteer Board Members
A community agency where you make a difference!

Silent Voice is a not-for-profit agency that serves Deaf adults, youth, children, infants, and their families, in an American Sign Language (ASL) environment. We are dedicated to improving communication and relationships between Deaf and hearing family members and Deaf and hearing members of our communities.

We are currently seeking committed volunteers with a range of skills for positions on the Silent Voice Board of Directors.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about our mission and values, are team players, collaborative, and committed to participate in Board discussions, committees, and activities.

In addition to those qualities, we are looking for those with specific knowledge and experience in any one or more of the following:

  • Deaf community, Deaf culture and ASL
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Government Relations
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Risk Management
  • Finance

The term of office is three years. At a minimum, the Board meets six times per year and in addition, the expectation is that each Board member joins at least one Board committee, participates in initiatives and events.

If you wish to put your skills to good use in the community and make a difference, please send your resume by May 15 2018, to:

Silent Voice Nominations Committee
Silent Voice Canada Inc.
60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 400
Toronto, ON | M4T 1N5

TTY: 416-463-3928 | Phone: 416-463-1104 | Fax: 416-778-1876
E-mail Executive Director Kelly MacKenzie at k.mackenzie@silentvoice.ca
Website: SilentVoice.ca

Silent Voice is an agency grounded in Catholic values offering services to the whole community. We value and respect the dignity and worth of ALL people.
All are welcome to consider this call for Board members.

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Focus Group Participants Needed

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Ontario.ca

The Ministry of Community and Social Services would like to better understand how individuals who use Interpreter services are benefiting from these services and what we can do to improve services and supports for those who require them. We welcome you to participate in an upcoming focus group.

Please Click Here for ASL

When: October 26, 2017, from 5:30-7:30pm. A light meal and refreshments will be served.

Where: Toronto (exact location to be confirmed)

What you might be asked:

  1. On a regular day, what does an interpreter assist you with?
  2. What difference does having access to interpreter services make in your life?
  3. Think about a day when you did not have access to an interpreter. How did you feel? What activities were you unable to do or participate in?

RSVP: If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to REU@ontario.ca or call 416-212-7231 by October 12, 2017, so that we can confirm the number of participants. Details of the location will be shared with confirmed participants.

ASL/LSQ interpretation will be provided and your transportation costs (i.e., public transit, taxi, mileage) will be reimbursed as well as other eligible expenses (e.g., parking, personal support worker if needed). In order to claim your transportation and eligible expenses, you are required to submit your receipts.

If you have any questions or if you are unable to participate, but would still like to share your thoughts, please email us at REU@ontario.ca.

Thank you.

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