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.

Employment Support Specialist

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. Find out more about us at www.dasc-ns.ca!

Our Mission

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

DASC is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic individual to join our Employment Support team.  The Employment Support team provides access to employment opportunities and the support required to ensure the continued and future success of our participants.   Reporting to the Employment Support Supervisor, the Employment Support Specialist provides job development, job readiness, life skills and on-site training and support to participants within the program. As an ambassador for community inclusion, your position will also involve education sessions with employers on inclusivity in the workplace, attendance at job-fairs and regular communication with employers in the community to secure employment opportunities for those we support.

The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter, highly organized, and have strong communication skills both written and verbal.

Our Employment Support team is also responsible for supporting and managing the DASC Home Services program, providing basic lawn care services to customers.  This position can be physically demanding at times as the use of a lawn mower, whipper snipper, and training participants to use this equipment safely will be a responsibility in the Spring and Summer months.

DASC is a fast-paced, diverse, inclusive, and ever-changing environment built around continuous learning, positivity, and inclusivity. Being a team player and having the ability to get along well with others is a must!

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Relevant University degree/NSCC Res – Vocational Program;
  • Minimum 3 years experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability and knowledge of inclusive practices
  • Experience with Job Placement/Job Coaching/Employment Support
  • Seven Provincial Competencies
  • Valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle necessary for work related duties and willingness to travel throughout the assigned work area;
  • Current and Valid Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Persons Check and Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination
  • Ability to life 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 for this position are generally 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, however flexibility is required due to community employment support in the evenings and occasionally weekends. 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 end of day Sunday, May 29, 2022 to the Human Resource Manager quoting Employment Support Specialist in the subject line. Please submit applications to 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 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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