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DATE:                      March 4, 2014
JOB TITLE:              Specialist, Community Education and Senior Peer Support
TERM:                     Full-time (35 hours a week)
LOCATION:             Edmonton, Alberta
As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the specialist provides various services including, assessment, program planning and internal community referral, as well as follow-up and evaluation for individuals and their families. This position liaises with and provides consultation to local and provincial groups and agencies, medical and educational institutions and seniors residential facilities that share mutual clients, issues and concerns.
This position entails, but is not limited to the following:
·         Increase and maintain seniors support networks through the peer support groups as well as establish and recruit new peer support facilitators; assist with Peer Support facilitator training programs.
·         Provide community based presentations and orientation sessions, increasing awareness of vision loss in seniors and services available through the support groups and CNIB.
·         Maintain effective communication with the volunteer Peer Support Facilitators to provide ongoing monitoring, direction and evaluation of the CNIB Seniors Program. 
·         Organize and schedule open houses throughout the Region.
·         Establish tele-support groups for remote communities.
·         Provide referrals to the CNIB rehabilitation services and external resources as indicated and provide ongoing support and consultation to CNIB staff members on vision loss in seniors.
·         Monitor statistical information for the program, community data, and service tracking figures and other documentation as required by CNIB.
·         Keep current with new services and programs specific to seniors via community consultations and networking with educational, medical and recreational contacts.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
·         Candidate with strong social service with a specialization in Gerontology or health care background and experience. Additional geriatric training and experience would be an asset.
·         Familiarity and comfort level in working with people with disabilities and an understanding of their needs and concerns.
·         Minimum two years professional experience in a related field.
·         Experience in developing and working with groups is an asset. 
·         Proficient in various computer applications (MS Office Word, Excel and Outlook).
·         Proven presentation skills and ability to facilitate and teach workshops.
·         Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills both oral and written.
·         Demonstrates mature and sensitive nature, as well as possess emotional and social stability when dealing with   the needs of persons experiencing vision loss.
·         Must be organized, self motivated, flexible and adaptable   
Work Environment
·         Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends when required
·         Willingness to accept out-of-town assignments when required
·         Ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team environment.  
SALARY RANGE:  Commensurate with Experience.
Closing Date for Applications: March 17, 2014
Please send the application to and quote the job title in the subject line. Each application needs to be supported with a cover letter and résumé, as well as mention of how you learned of this position.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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