Careers

Play Guide
Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Careers at Friend 2 Friend Society

Master Guides Position

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is seeking altruistic professionals who hold or are working towards a graduate degree in related fields (Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Special Education, BCBA, etc.) and who have 3 to 5 years of experience working in a clinical setting directly with children with autism ages 3 to 15. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Position Summary:

To assess the social-emotional, communication, and peer play needs of all children participating in the play groups programs.  To collaborate and consult with parents, team, and staff in the design, planning, and implementation of the goals of the Society, the programs and the children and families participating in the programs.  To design individualized peer play groups, and to lead the team in implementing the program design.

Knowledge and Skills:

Complete complex assessments of children’s unique social-emotional, communication, social play, symbolic play needs.
Consult with parents and team members in modifying children’s learning environments to improve identified problem areas.

  • To train and provide resources to team members in the implementation of programs
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the program and to provide ongoing support to improve programs and services for individuals with autism
  • To actively participate in developing and delivering professional development opportunities for team members and parents
  • To maintain clinical documentation and to promote communication among stakeholders
  • To be familiar with and adhere to expectations, procedures, and policies of the Society
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with children, parents, and professionals
  • Ability to work as a part of a clinical multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to meet the goals of the Society working with minimum supervision
  • Must be an excellent team leader
  • Must have excellent organizational and computer skills
  • Must show empathy in working with children and parents
  • Must continually seek further professional development
  • Must demonstrate a sense of discretion that respects the privacy and integrity of children, families and coworkers

Education and Experience:

  • A master’s degree or working towards a master’s degree in one or more of the following fields of study; speech and language pathology, occupation therapy, special education, phycology, early childhood studies, etc.).
  • Must be trained in or willing to seek training in the following models and techniques (Integrated Play Groups®, SCERTS®, Hanen, PBS, Social Stories® and our signature Autism Demystification® Model and Programs).
  • Have at least three years of practical experience in a clinical setting
  • Have experience leading an interdisciplinary team
  • Must have Positive Behavioural Support Training
  • Must have current criminal records/vulnerable person check
  • Must have current CPR certification
  • Must have or will to take abuse preventative training
  • Must have or will to take nonviolent crisis intervention training

Other Must Haves

  • Possesses an altruistic spirit and continuously innovates to support the social needs of individuals with autism.
  • Acknowledges the team effort and works tirelessly to support the development of team spirit.
  • Communicates with honesty using person first language and creates the space for others to do the same.
  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
  • Integrates fun and joy as a way of working on a daily basis.

Apply in writing to friend2friend@shaw.ca attention Jennifer Jacobs (no phone calls please).

Play Guides Positions

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is seeking altruistic professionals or paraprofessionals who hold or are working towards an undergraduate degree in related fields and who have 1 to 3 years of experience working in a clinical setting directly with children with autism ages 3 to 15. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Position Summary:

To support the design and delivery of the play groups and Autism Demystification programs while addressing the social, communication, and peer play needs of all children participating in the program. To collaborate with the team, join in planning, create materials as well as visual supports to assist the children in achieving the individualized goals within the play groups program.

Knowledge and Skills:

Assist in modifying the children’s learning environments to improve their social-emotional, communication, social and symbolic play.
To monitor the effectiveness of the program and to provide ongoing support to the Master Guide in designing play groups programs.
To be familiar with and adhere to expectations, procedures, and policies of the Society.
To perform other duties as assigned.
Ability to relate to and communicate with children.
Ability to work as a part of a clinical and multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to work with minimum supervision.
Must show initiative.
Must have excellent organizational skills.
Must show empathy in working with children and families.
Must continually seek further professional development.
Must demonstrate a sense of discretion that respects the privacy and integrity with children, families and coworkers.

Education and Experience:

  • A undergraduate degree in one or more of the following fields of study, speech and language pathology, occupation therapy, special education, phycology, early childhood studies, etc.
  • Must be trained in or willing to seek training in the following models and techniques (Integrated Play Groups®, SCERTS®, Hanen, PBS, Social Stories® and our signature Autism Demystification® Model and programs).
  • Have at one to three years of practical experience in a clinical setting
  • Have experience contributing to an interdisciplinary team
  • Have experience working directly with children with autism
  • Must have current CPR
  • Must have current criminal records/vulnerable person check
  • Must have or will to take abuse preventative training
  • Must have or will to take nonviolent crisis intervention training

Other Must Haves

  • Possesses an altruistic spirit and continuously innovates to support the social needs of individuals with autism.
  • Acknowledges the team effort and works tirelessly to support the development of team spirit.
  • Communicates with honesty using person first language and creates the space for others to do the same.
  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
  • Integrates fun and joy as a way of working on a daily basis.

Apply in writing to friend2friend@shaw.ca attention Jennifer Jacobs (no phone calls please).

 

Kudos

“I have had privilege and honour to work with a fabulous group of people here at Friend 2 Friend Learning Society. It has been one of the most amazing learning experiences of my life, learning skills that I used in my day to day work at F2F, but also skills that I will use in other parts of my life and in future work experiences. The staff at F2F come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, are dedicated professionals and overall great co-workers. This team of people work in a cooperative manner which all focus on the common goal of the children and their families. F2F leadership takes a hands-on approach getting to know each employee helping them to set specific skill based goals based on their own personal development within the work place. My heart will always be with the F2F team, their mission and the children and their families.” Andrea James, M.Ed. ECE

 

“Working as a Play Guide at Friend 2 Friend was a pivotal experience for me. I got to see firsthand the impact such a warm and accepting space had on the children. They often ran through the door of the Play Centre with great big smiles and ideas to share about what they wanted to play. Children I work with involved in a school program have continued to use their learned friendship skills, play, and demonstrate an understanding of classmates with differences many years past their participation in the group. Working with the team at Friend 2 Friend is an experience that should be accessible to all who work children.” Jennifer Marshall, M.Ed., BCBA

 

“My time working as play guide with the Friend 2 Friend team was an incredibly fun and rewarding journey. I thought I knew what inclusion was until I came on board with the F2F team. I learned and saw first hand what true inclusion is at Friend 2 Friend. I feel very grateful to have received the hands-on training provided by the F2F team in their unique models. Throughout my time there, I was constantly learning and having a bunch of fun and at the same time. I thoroughly recommend this role to anyone with a passion for play and inclusion!” Lucy Kerman, B.A.OT

 

Administrative Assistant

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will work out of Play Centre located in New Westminster BC. Tuesday through Fridays 12:00 to 5:00pm.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor e-mail and incoming mail – alerting to issues requiring immediate attention
  • Filter calls, determine nature of business, identify priorities and respond appropriately
  • Communicating with families, and other professional organizations
  • Providing administrative support to our team
  • Providing support in billing
  • Following up with Accounts Receivables/Payables
  • Buying office supplies and play centre supplies
  • Booking programs at schools
  • Registering children to play centre programs
  • Providing social media assistance
  • Support the maintenance of the play centre, materials and toys
  • Design and implement special projects and fundraising events

Qualifications and Experience

  • Education in Administration/Business/Finance, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with accounting systems
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Comfortable talking on the phone

Attributes

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with emphasis on respect and integrity
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to manage projects though all stages
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills an asset
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment with a positive and professional attitude under pressure

Job Type: Part-time /  $18 to $20 per hour (depending on experience)

Experience:

  • Administrative Assistant: 2 years (Preferred, but not Required. For the right candidate, on the job training will be provided)
  • Experience working with a charitable organization preferred
  • Experience with accounting procedures
  • Experience in project management

Language:

  • English (Required)