Careers

Play Guide
Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Careers at Friend 2 Friend Society

Senior Play Guide (BCBC, SLP, OT, etc)

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is seeking an altruistic professional who holds a graduate degree or higher in a related field (SLP, OT, BCBA etc). The candidate will have at least three years of clinical (assessment, design, data collection, SOAP notes etc) experience working directly with children with autism in an inclusive group setting.

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Senior Play Guide is to lead the team in the assessment using standardized tools of our models. Design individualized programs, set goals and collect data. Liaison with families, teach and lead a team of three, as well apply the principles and practices of the IPG, SCERTS and ADP models to support groups of children with and without autism at our Play Centre in New Westminster BC.

Knowledge and Skills:

Design and modify the children’s learning environments to improve their social-emotional, communication, social and symbolic play.
Lead and teach team members to adhere to expectations, procedures, and policies of the Society.
Excellent ability relate to and communicate with children.
Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team.
Excellent initiative and commitment to the children, and the Society
Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent ability to empathize with children and families.
Continually seek further professional development.
Demonstrate professionalism with a sense of discretion that respects privacy and integrity with children, families and coworkers.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduate degree or higher, and currently holds professional accreditation in one of the following fields, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathologist, BCBC, etc.
  • Must be trained in developmental models such as Integrated Play Groups®, SCERTS®, Floortime®, Autism Demystification®, Positive Behavioural Supports, Social Stories® etc.
  • Have at least three years experience leading a team in an early interventional clinical setting
  • Have experience performing assessments, setting goals and strategies, taking data, report writing designing programs for children with autism
  • Must have current CPR
  • Must have current criminal records/vulnerable person check
  • Must have or will to take abuse preventative 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 using person-first language / identity-first language and creates a safe space for others to do the same.
  • Fosters connection by putting people first and building trusting relationships.
  • Integrate fun and joy as a way of working daily.

Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest to friend2friend@shaw.ca attention Jennifer Jacobs (no phone calls please).

This is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week. Hourly wages $30 to 45 per hour depending upon qualifications listed above. Work hours are Tuesday to Saturday (Saturdays are a must).

Play Guide

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is seeking altruistic professional or para-professional who holds or are working towards an undergraduate degree in a related field (educations, OT, SLP, BCBA etc) and who have experience working directly with children with autism ages 3 to 15. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities of the Play Guide are 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 the planning, creation of materials as well as visual supports to assist the children in achieving the individualized goals, as well as achieve the goals of the program and the Society.

Knowledge and Skills:

Assist in modifying the children’s learning environments to improve their social-emotional, communication, social and symbolic play.
To be familiar with and adhere to expectations, procedures, and policies of the Society.
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 and commitment to the children, and the Society
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 privacy and integrity with children, families and coworkers.

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree, diploma, a certificate in one of the following fields, Education, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathologist, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Educators, Behavioural Interventionist, 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 practical experience in a clinical or educational 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

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.
  • Integrate fun and joy as a way of working daily.

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

This is a part-time position up to 20 hours per week. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday.  Hourly wages $20 to $25 per hour depending upon experience and education.

 

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