Classroom Facilitator Lead – Sault Ste. Marie News


Classroom Facilitator Lead
(14-month Contract)

Are you looking for a dynamic and challenging role in supporting children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder preparing to enter school for the very first time? THRIVE has a position for you!

Thrive Child Development Centre/Centre de développement de l’enfant, located throughout the Algoma district, with our head office in Sault Ste. Marie, is proud to offer an inclusive, educational, and developmentally appropriate Entry to School Program. This program is a service offering that supports families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are between the ages of 3 to 5 entering school for the first time. It is a six-month, group-based, skill-building program focused on helping children develop school-readiness skills in a classroom setting. The classroom will be operated by a multi-disciplinary team.

We have an immediate opening for a Classroom Facilitator Lead (full-time 14-month contract – possible of extension) to work as part of a team, assist in the day-to-day operations, and share responsibility for the children enrolled. Within this role, you will oversee the OAP’s Entry to School Program, in partnership with another Classroom Facilitator Lead. You will be responsible for skill building services, curriculum development, implement appropriate learning activities and strategies, support individual support plans, participating in singing, storytelling, acting, modelling play skills and engaging in play with children, while maintaining a safe, routine based and organized environment.

We believe in the power of teamwork and partnership, and achieving excellence through innovation, curiosity and optimism. In addition to our fun and collaborative working environment, we also offer: a competitive salary, access to Employee Family Assistance Program, a flexible schedule, vacation pay, paid time off during winter break office closure, and participation in a defined benefit pension plan (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan).

What we require from you:
• Undergraduate degree or diploma from a recognized university or college in Child Studies or Early Childhood Education
• Member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators
• Working knowledge of the Childcare & Early Years Act in addition to Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years: How Does Learning Happen?
• A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with children (0-6) with developmental support needs in an early learning environment (ex: Kindergarten Classroom, Licensed Childcare Setting, EarlyON Setting, etc.)
• Experience working with children with ASD is required
• First Aid and C.P.R. Certification
• Provide acceptable Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19

What we need from you:
• Experience working with standardized screening tools, assessment measures, and / or inventories of development
• Experience planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programming while including modifications as needed based on consulting therapists (ex: communication tools, equipment, sensory based learning opportunities)
• Demonstrates ability to collaborate with management, staff, clients/families and community partners
• Regarded with trust and respect through effective relationships with peers, other employees, management, families and other organizations
• Demonstrated excellent communication (both oral and written) and listening skills
• Ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experiences, and styles
• Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate activities and experiences to meet individual and group needs of all children
• Ability to manage children with challenging behaviors and communicate effectively with parents in a positive way
• Proven understanding of, and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
• Possesses excellent knowledge of relevant standards, legislation and guidelines for professional and ethical conducts of practice
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Proficiency in both written and verbal French Language skills is considered an asset

THRIVE Child Development Centre/Centre de développement de l’enfant is an incorporated, non-profit Children’s Treatment Centre providing inter-disciplinary pediatric rehabilitation, respite care coordination, an on-site childcare program and resource support to community childcare centres in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the District of Algoma. Using a family-centred, strengths-based approach, our experienced and dedicated professional staff provide a range of assessment, intervention and community-based services building on the child’s unique strengths, gifts and talents so that they and their families can truly THRIVE!

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If you are interested in joining an amazing team of professionals to creating a future of possibilities for children, submit your cover letter and resume by visiting our career page at before November 27th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Everyone is welcome — as an inclusive workplace, we are committed to creating positive and welcoming space within our organization, for our clients, families, volunteers, staff, and community partners.

THRIVE is committed to accessibility and to protecting the human rights our job applicants during the recruitment process. Should at any point throughout the recruitment process an applicant require accommodation or communication in an alternative format because of a disability please contact Human Resources at 705-759-1131. We are committed to providing accommodation or alternate formats upon request within a reasonable time period in a mutually agreed upon format.

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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