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.

Facility Coordinator

DASC seeks an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team in the position of Facility Coordinator. They will work closely with the Production Manager and leadership team, staff, and DASC program participants to ensure the effective and safe operation and maintenance of DASC’s facility, vehicle fleet, and property.

The role includes oversight of the shipping/receiving department, assisting with production workflow across program areas, and inventory management. The Facility Coordinator is also responsible for overall boardroom rental management. Having strong customer service skills and being comfortable communicating with a variety of audiences is necessary. Familiarity with computers and audio-visual equipment would be considered an asset. DASC is a fast-paced, diverse, inclusive, and ever-changing environment built around continuous learning, positivity, and inclusivity. Being a team player is a must!

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Experience with general facilities management and/or in a Shipping/Receiving environment
  • Strong customer service experience and skills
  • Forklift certification and experience operating this equipment
  • Familiarity with computers, audio-visual equipment
  • Experience working with persons with an intellectual disability and/or knowledge of inclusive practices will be considered an asset
  • Current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Persons Search
  • Current First Aid/CPR is required
  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle are required
  • Ability to lift upwards of 50 pounds

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 (Dartmouth),  making it accessible from any part of the greater Halifax area. Hours of work are 8AM – 4PM, Monday to Friday, with free parking onsite. 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 an exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by 4 pm, Friday, June 7th,  to hr@dasc-ns.ca quoting Facility Coordinator in the subject line.

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 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.

Program Supervisor

The opportunity

DASC seeks an enthusiastic, energetic individual committed to the vision, values and philosophy of inclusion to join our leadership team in the position of Program Supervisor. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Program Supervisor will be responsible for leading a group of direct support professionals in the development and implementation of person-centred program plans and enhancing overall service quality of day-to-day programming for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The Program Supervisor will provide leadership support to their designated team, while maintaining and fostering a culture of collaboration, positivity, and continuous learning. You will liaise regularly with all stakeholders including the leadership/program team, DASC participants, families, advocates, customers, governmental agencies, and the general public. Communication and being a team player are essential skills necessary for the position.

You will support your staff team with the development and maintenance of program plans and ensuring that program participants are able to meet individual plans and goals. You will be responsible for overall management of medication for the program area you support as well as become a lead in an identified area of staff training. Program participants in your program area will engage in a diverse range of activities, including paid employment and life skills.

As the ideal candidate for this important role, you have experience working with people who have intellectual disabilities. You possess excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. You excel at inspiring and motivating others. Administratively, you bring a blend of financial, human resources, client service and programming skills to this opportunity. You bring energy, creativity, inclusivity, and most importantly, sensitivity and respect to those with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, as a member of the leadership team, you will play an important role in the long-term business planning of the organization.

This position may be responsible for managing daily operations relevant to social enterprise contracts to ensure participant engagement and participation, and that quality and customer needs are met. Additionally, as a member of the leadership team, you will play an important role in the long-term business planning of the organization.

It is important to note that DASC is undergoing program re-design to support participant choice and grow program activities. The ideal candidate must be successful in navigating change management while supporting and leading their team to success.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

· Post-Secondary Education in Human Services field/Psychology/Therapeutic Recreation

· Experience working with persons with an intellectual disability, preferably in a community setting

· Experience in a leadership or supervisory role

· Experience working in a unionized environment would be considered an asset

· Demonstrated leadership, coaching, team building, staff training, and conflict resolution skills

· Demonstrated proficiency in performance feedback, communication, and time management

· Experience working in a non-profit setting would be considered an asset

· Current Criminal Record, Vulnerable Persons Search and proof of Covid 19 Vaccination required

· Current First Aid/CPR is required

· Valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle are required

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 (Dartmouth), making it accessible from any part of the greater Halifax area. Hours of work are 8AM – 4PM, Monday to Friday, with free parking onsite. 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 an exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume by 4 pm Friday, June 7, 2024, to hr@dasc-ns.ca quoting Program Supervisor in the subject line.

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 the Human Resource Manager 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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