Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.


January 10, 2018

Job Title:

Program Lead, Children and Youth Services


Permanent, Full-time


Edmonton, AB


As part of the Children's Department team, this position works with children, youth and their families who are living with vision loss, combined loss of hearing and sight, and/or multi-handicaps to assist in achieving their highest level of independence. This position will play a lead role in developing our two key programs Beyond the Classroom and Youth Leadership. In addition, this role offers ongoing support to our parents and primary care givers in their role as advocates for their children, both within the vision loss community and with other community partners and agencies. 

This role works in conjunction with our Program Lead – Early Intervention to support our children as they transition into the formal education system. 

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Provide support for families and their children in areas of crisis intervention related to vision loss
  • Empower youth who are blind or partially sighted by providing them with the tools and opportunities they need to grow into confident and self-motivated adults
  • Guide and support students who are blind or partially sighted and their families from preschool through to post-secondary graduation, ensuring children and youth have access to the same educational and experiential learning opportunities as their sighted peers. 
  • Provide one-to-one support for young adults in transition planning, interpersonal relations, family issues, career counseling, educational planning and personal issues relating to vision loss
  • Conduct initial assessments and registration of new individuals and their families to determine appropriate internal and external services
  • Develop and implement appropriate group programming for children, youth and parents/caregivers
  • Prepare case histories and clinical reports, and maintain up-to-date client file reports; complete all service tracking in a timely manner
  • Provide resources and work in consultation with school personnel and other community agencies supporting our children, youth and their families. 
  • Remain current on agency policies and community resources and provide information as applicable
  • Provide education and awareness in areas of vision loss and/or combined loss of hearing and sight via in-services, workshops, etc. for families, professionals, students, and others as requested
  • Participate in case conferences at schools, health units, government and other agencies as appropriate
  • Prepare and provide reports to divisional office regarding programs and activities of the department when required
  • Ensure program outcomes are met and support with reporting of same to program funders

Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge of educational, medical and disabled rights issues
  • Knowledge of childhood growth and development and awareness of specific issues regarding vision loss
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrates maturity and sensitivity, as well as possessing emotional and social stability when dealing with the needs of persons experiencing vision loss
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable
  • Enjoy meeting new challenges

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor or Diploma in Social Work, Education, Psychology, Child Development or equivalent
  • 1-2 years’ experience working with children with vision loss and/or combined loss in hearing and sight, and/or multi-handicapped children and their families would be an asset.
  • Must hold current First Aid and CPR certificates

Work Environment:

  • Required to work flexible hours – evening work is integral to the position (2-3 evenings per week)
  • Travel in Calgary and Southern Alberta required
  • Home visits to families

Closing Date for Applications:  February 23 2018

Please Send the Application to: and quote the job title in the subject line.

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.