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Early Childhood Resource Specialist

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted August 2, 2022.

Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation (DPR) is a portfolio within McMaster Children's Hospital. It is comprised of many different programs providing out- patient services to children (and some adults) with developmental, emotional or behaviourial, physical, or communication needs. DPR provides habilitation/ rehabilitation services to children with neurological and/or developmental disabilities from birth to school leaving age. The team offers assessment, treatment, and consultation services through a variety of service delivery models.

The Early Childhood Resource Specialist (ECRS) is a consultant to the community for preschool aged children with communication difficulties. Collaboration with community services regarding integration issues, skill development, and education is required. The ECRS will support the inclusion of preschoolers with communication needs in the community and will support advocacy for children with special needs. The ECRS is also available to the families to provide in-home consultation support regarding implementation of interventions and addresses each child's learning, play and behaviour. The ECRS on the team may provide intervention within the home/childcare setting. The primary focus is on communication but also takes into account other developmental areas including play, social and behaviour. The ECRS will participate in the development of clinical services including parent education workshops and quality assurance activities.

1. Early Childhood Resource Teacher Certificate and registration with College of Early Childhood Education
2. Diploma in Early Childhood education or a university degree in Child Studies
3. Current First Aid certificate
4. 2 years E.C.E. experience working with children with a wide range of communication difficulties
5. Maintains a current membership in the Association of Early Childhood Educations, Ontario (AECE,O)
6. Excellent knowledge of child development in all areas, including communication development and behaviour
7. Good knowledge of community programs and relevant agencies
8. Demonstrated ability to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team
9. Good communication skills
10. Willingness to participate in a criminal reference screening process
11. Fluency in French will be considered an asset

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement