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: Administrative Assistant

About DASC

Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) has been serving the Dartmouth community for more than 55 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. Learn more about us at www.dasc-ns.ca!

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 to help them achieve their goals, hopes, and aspirations.

The Opportunity

As our Administrative Assistant, you will be responsible for greeting all participants, staff, and customers. You are the first point of contact to answer inquiries in person, by phone or email, and forward inquiries to the appropriate contact within the DASC team.

Strong customer service skills – including verbal and written communication and possessing a positive and professional demeanour are essential. You will be knowledgeable about DASC programs and be able to respond to general queries about our services.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will provide support to members of the management team, especially with administrative tasks in relation to finance, fundraising, and program needs.

Our reception area is a busy, central space, so the ability to multi-task and have strong organizational skills are required. Our workplace is an inclusive and supportive space, so you will embrace the organization’s mission in serving persons with intellectual disabilities. With program staff, you will welcome DASC participants in the morning, and help facilitate their pick-up later in the day. You will maintain strong relations with DASC participants, caregivers/families, staff, and board members, and with DASC partners such as accessible transportation providers.

Skills, Experience, and Qualifications we seek:

  • Completion of post-secondary training in Office Administration
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in a Reception or Office Administration role
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and the full Microsoft Office suite; experience with Sage 50 or other accounting software would be considered an asset.
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities would be considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle necessary for work related duties
  • Customer service experience
  • Finance-related tasks such as petty cash administration, record-keeping, management of databases, posting of accounts payable
  • Bookkeeping experience considered an asset
  • Reception/office management experience such as stocking/ordering of supplies, mail collection and distribution
  • Current and Valid Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Persons Check and Proof of Covid 19 Vaccination

What We Offer

We have a dedicated team who enjoy what they do – this translates into a happy and healthy work environment. Hours of work are 8AM – 4PM, Monday to Friday, with free parking on-site. We have a great benefits package including a comprehensive medical/dental, pension, and employee assistance plan. We believe in supporting our staff by providing in-house training opportunities to ensure we can support our clients to the best of our ability.

If this opportunity sounds like a match for you, please submit your cover letter and resume by end of day July 17, 2022 to the Human Resource Manager at hr@dasc-ns.ca Please quote Administrative Assistant - 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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