Join our Team – Employment Opportunities

At DASC, we look for staff who are passionate about what they do, people who believe in supporting and enriching the lives of those we serve. People who believe in social inclusion. People who enjoy being part of a team, and making a difference in the lives of those they support. Interested in learning more? 
Please see our available opportunities!
We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Direct Support Professional – Casual Opportunities

Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) has been serving the Dartmouth community for more than 50 years. DASC is a non-profit vocational day program and business centre supporting adults with an intellectual disability; dual diagnosis and/or fragile health and complex needs. We provide a variety of programs to suit each individual, including Vocational, Prevocational, Active Lifestyles, Recreation and Leisure Clubs, Community Employment, Youth, and Individual Support programs. We support the social, community, and economic inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Our Mission

Being, Belonging, Becoming

Through person-directed services and support we ensure that clients are comfortable, confident and empowered.

We create opportunities for clients to interact with others, build supportive relationships, and play a full part in their community.

We provide opportunities for clients to participate in rewarding work and learning and in so help them to achieve their personal goals, hopes and aspirations.

Who we are looking for

DASC is currently looking for Direct Support Professionals on a casual basis! Are you an energetic, enthusiastic individual who enjoys new challenges? Do you have a passion for working with people and helping others? If so – this may be the opportunity for you!

Under the direction of the Program Supervisor(s), Direct Support Professionals function as part of a program team providing for the care and development of DASC clients in accordance with DASC’s Principles and Philosophies, Policies and Procedures, Rules of Work, and established guidelines. Excellent communication, time management, the ability to multi-task and organizational skills are essential due to the nature of our client, program and production needs. A positive attitude and ability to get along well with others is a must!

Our Ideal Candidate

As our ideal candidate, we are looking for:

Experience and Educational Requirements

  • Relevant University Degree/NSCC Residential-Vocational Program
  • Experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability
  • Seven Provincial Core Competencies
  • Experience with Individual Program Planning and Behaviour Management an asset
  • Current and Valid Criminal Record Check; Vulnerable Persons Check; proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

Essential Skills

  • Ability to relate positively with individuals who have an intellectual disability
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently in a positive team focused environment
  • Ability to perform the physical responsibilities of the job

If interested in a casual position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources (hr@dasc-ns.ca) quoting Direct Support Professional – Casual in the subject line.

Dartmouth Adult Services Centre is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity and invites applications from Women, Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and members of Visible Minorities.

DASC is also committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment. If contacted in relation to this employment opportunity, please advise the Human Resource Manager of any accommodations you require to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

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

Opportunity: Manager, Finance and Administration

Opportunity: Manager, Finance and Administration

About DASC

Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) has been serving the Dartmouth community for nearly 60 years. We are a not-for-profit registered charity and social enterprise dedicated to providing inclusive programs for nearly 200 individuals with intellectual disabilities. We host employment, life skills, recreation, individual support, and youth programs.

Learn more at www.dasc-ns.ca!

The opportunity

We’re seeking a Manager of Finance and Administration to lead the oversight of DASC’s finances, benefits programs, and payroll. As a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to our Executive Director, they will provide leadership in financial controls and reporting, operational efficiency, and provide support with Human Resources and Administration services.

The position is based in our Dorey Avenue location in Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth.

This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about inclusion and accessibility, who possesses strong organizational and financial management skills, and who enjoys supporting a team dedicated to providing high-quality programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility and oversight for all payroll functions
  • Oversight and use of all accounting systems and software
  • Ensuring all financial data with respect to DASC is accurate and produced in a timely fashion
  • Preparation of monthly financial statements for the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Regular communication with the Board Treasurer regarding DASC financial matters
  • Processing of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Development of annual operating and capital budgets with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
  • Serve as DASC’s lead for annual audit preparation and Auditor engagement
  • Oversight and administration of the petty cash system
  • Supporting the management team, including Program Supervisors, with timely responses to finance or budget-related questions
  • Oversight and administration of our employee benefits and pension programs
  • Generation of T4s, Workers Compensation claims, and other employee-related supports
  • Ensuring employees are up-to-date with key certification and training requirements such as CPR and First Aid
  • Support the orientation and onboarding of new employees

Skills, experience, and qualifications we’re seeking

  • Post-secondary education with an accounting major or professional designation, and/or;
  • Demonstrated experience in accounting and financial management functions in the not-for-profit sector
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies such as colleagues, program participants, management team members, and Board Directors
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and the full Microsoft Office suite; experience with SAGE accounting software
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities would be considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license, and a reliable vehicle necessary for work related duties
  • Experience with finance-related tasks such as petty cash administration, record-keeping, management of databases
  • Current and Valid Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Persons Check

What We Offer

At DASC, we have a dedicated team passionate about what they do. This translates into a happy and healthy work environment. This position is centrally located on Dorey Avenue in Burnside, making it accessible from any part of the greater Halifax area. The hours of work are 8AM – 4PM, Monday to Friday, although there may be occasions and events when evening or weekend work will be required. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package (including a defined contribution pension plan and comprehensive medical, dental, and employee assistance programs).

If you’re interested in pursuing this exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by 4 pm April 5, 2024, to the attention of the Executive Director at hr@dasc-ns.ca .

DASC is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity. We strongly encourage applications from equity groups who have been historically underrepresented.

DASC is also committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment. If contacted in relation to this opportunity, please advise us of any accommodations needed during the interview process.

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

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