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Are you passionate about making an IMPACT in your community, and changing the lives of children with Learning Disabilities? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Executive Director - Full Time

Organization Summary:

Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) is a growing, innovative, research-based, non-profit organization serving children with Learning Challenges. In collaboration with UBC, we offer evidence-based programs that target student-specific learning needs. Our programs and services operate from our Learning Centers in East Vancouver and North Vancouver, as well as from 8 Satellite School locations – currently serving approximately 200 students in total. We provide sustainable, affordable and individualized programs to ensure that all children have an opportunity to realize their full potential.

Through early intervention, we support students at a critical time in their life, leading to profound, positive change in student life outcomes. As we scale up our organization we move closer to achieving our ultimate goal to effect system change with material and wide-ranging societal benefits. Our goal is to ensure that no student is left behind.

The organization is governed by a seven-member board of directors (Board), employs nine full and part-time staff and approximately 25-30 full and part-time instructors, and is poised to enter an exciting phase, being well-respected by funders, partners and community and positioned for growth. LDS is seeking a new Executive Director (ED) who will help raise its profile, expand its presence and programs within all communities it serves, and help develop and set future-focused strategic priorities.

Our Vision: We believe that all children should have access to the academic support they need to succeed and provide funding options to support families in need. We are focused on promoting community awareness and fostering a greater understanding of the issues and challenges faced by children with Learning Challenges. Through early intervention, our goal is to make a transformative difference in the life outcome of students. Our ultimate goal is to effect system change with wide-ranging societal benefits.

Our Mission: To empower children and youth with Learning Disabilities to recognize their unique strengths and develop the tools to achieve life-long confidence and success.

Executive Director Profile:

The Executive Director reports to the Board and is the key operational position of responsibility for the overall success of LDS. They are expected to provide effective leadership and manage and oversee organizational planning, administration, stakeholder relations, revenues and finance, implementation of the strategic plan, and risk mitigation. This position is entrusted with the fulfillment of the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the organization and is the lead staff-person for organizational governance.

Key accountabilities
  • Support effective Board functioning and decision-making through the provision of recommendations supported by research, data, and metrics
  • Execute against the organization’s strategic plan, in consultation and at the direction of the Board, through development and oversight of programming and services, policy formulation, risk and liability mitigation, and effective and appropriate fiscal management
  • Provide effective leadership to staff to effectively execute the organization’s strategic plan and deliver related programs and services
  • Enhance community and stakeholder awareness of LDS through communication programs, sector and professional relationships, outreach, and public relations
Responsibilities

Leadership, Strategy and Governance

  • Work with the Board to develop and implement the strategic plan
  • Ensure the communication of the strategic plan to internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify the resources required to achieve the goals and objectives of the strategic plan
  • Provide the Board with written reports based on data and sound analysis, in addition to verbal reports and discussions to support effective decision making by the Board
  • Plan, formulate, and recommend policies and programs for the approval of the Board that will further LDS goals and objectives
  • Organize the AGM and maintain regulatory compliance
  • Organize, coordinate, and support board meetings

Programs and Services

  • Demonstrate a strategic and forward-looking approach in identifying service and program gaps and the creation of solutions that will address changing and new client needs
  • Manage and develop a long-term and financially viable advocacy and program expansion strategy that includes new models and strategic partnerships
  • Oversee the management of facilities and program locations in collaboration with the management team

Resource Development

  • Provide leadership, mentoring and guidance in developing and implementing a long-term plan that will diversify funding, increase reserves, and enhance the financial strength and sustainability of the organization
  • Identify, maintain and develop strong and positive relationships with existing and potential funders, potential sponsors including corporate/business partners to realize increased revenue for the organization into the future
  • Work together with the Board to meet the fundraising goals of the organization

Client, Stakeholder and Community Relations

  • Cultivate and maintain strong and positive relationships with clients, families, staff, volunteers, the Board, government, and community stakeholders
  • Demonstrate leadership in the community through ongoing communication about LDS and the quality of programs and services it provides
  • Oversee digital and print LDS collateral including newsletters, social media channels and website

Human Resources leadership and management

  • Ensure there are sufficient staff resources to effectively achieve the strategic objectives of the organization as determined by the Board
  • Oversee the provision of staff professional development, performance feedback and evaluation to enhance delivery against LDS goals and objectives and to promote job satisfaction and staff retention
  • Ensure that HR practices are in accordance with BC Employment Standards, and other legislated standards and that human resources related policies and procedures are maintained to ensure a safe, healthy and equitable work environment
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan that will enhance staff recruitment and retention
  • Ensure diligent resource allocation and accountability

Finance/Operations

  • Oversee effective business systems and processes to ensure sustainable infrastructure is in place
  • Prepare annual operating plans that align with the strategic plan and develop and regularly report on key performance metrics to the Board
  • Develop and submit annual budgets for approval by the Board and ensure expenditures remain within parameters of established budgetary guidelines
  • Maintain LDS financial procedures, records and controls, including annual financial review maintain regulatory compliance
Qualifications

The ideal candidate will reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that LDS promotes. As a strong voice for the organization, the candidate will understand and promote LDS to staff, partners, donors, sponsors, clients and community. Required skills and experience include:

  • Mission-driven leadership and operational management experience in a foundation or non-profit organization
  • Passionate about the vision and mission of LDS and a champion for the LDS cause
  • Leadership philosophy that enables the ED to be the face of the organization
  • Creative strategic thinker with ability to identify emerging opportunities and coordinate strategic partnerships
  • Perceptive, insightful, and intuitive. Able to identify, map and leverage interconnections and linkages between multiple divisions in organization and community stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial, resourceful and innovative. Able to handle a fast-pace, to enhance infrastructure and processes, to work hands-on leading a small team and to manage multiple competing priorities. Able to anticipate challenges and take advantage of opportunities
  • A relationship builder. Able to engage others and work through influence. Values personal relationships
  • Politically and socially savvy. Demonstrates sound judgment and sensitivity
  • A track record as a collaborator and team player, who interacts with the Board, peers, staff, partners in an open and candid fashion
  • Ability to effectively lead, influence, mentor and motivate a team to accomplish goals and be comfortable managing through change and ambiguity
  • Strong history of operational management in all facets of an organization including HR, finance, governance, strategic planning, communications, financial management, technology, impact measurement, and a history of successfully delivering on operational goals
  • Background in successful fundraising strategies and managing donor relationships
  • Accomplished at developing and delivering a compelling message to stakeholders, media and the broader community. Communicates effectively both verbally, in writing and in making presentations
  • Relevant post-secondary education such as a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • • Knowledge, experience and existing networks in the education sector and government relations are an asset

Accountability: The Executive Director is directly accountable to the Board of Directors.

Salary: Anticipated range of $100k – $110k + benefits, dependent on qualifications.

Hours of work: The standard work week is 40 hours and additional evening, weekends, and overtime hours as needed to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the organization at public events.

Equity: LDS is committed to employment equity and believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and with a range of life experiences to apply.

Accessibility: Please note, LDS’s main office space is located on the ground floor of the building.

How to Apply: To apply for this role with a cover letter and resume or for further information please contact Catarina Moreno at 778-522-9417 or ed.search.LDS@gmail.com.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged. All applications will be kept in strict confidence.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you

Remedial Teacher (1:1) - Vancouver Location

Job Summary

As a one-to-one instructor, you will be involved in implementing individualized student learning plans and conducting lessons to build literacy, executive functioning and cognitive processing for students with Learning Disabilities. This role requires someone who can demonstrate excellence in instructional practices and who has a passion for remedial education.

Job Type:Contact (FT, PT, Casual)/ Flexible Hours

Salary: $28.00 to $32.00 (depending on education and experience)

Reports to: Learning Support Manager

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education (preferred)
  • Diploma or Master’s Degree in Special Education
  • 2 years’ experience as a resource worker (asset)
  • Orton Gillingham Certification (asset)

Competencies

  • Thrive in a dynamic, collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Self motivated and self directed

Requirements

  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Eligibility to work in Canada
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends may be required)
  • Experience working with children with diagnosed or suspected Learning Disabilities
  • Ability to use assessment strategies and instruments to provide appropriate remediation.

Various Locations: North Vancouver, Vancouver and Satellite Partner Schools

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!

Please send you resume and cover letter to Claire Matthews, Learning Support Manager—Programs at clairem@ldsociety.ca 

Remedial Teacher (1:1) - NORTH SHORE LOCATION

Job Summary

As a one-to-one instructor, you will be involved in implementing individualized student learning plans and conducting lessons to build literacy, executive functioning and cognitive processing for students with Learning Disabilities. This role requires someone who can demonstrate excellence in instructional practices and who has a passion for remedial education.

Job Type:Contact (FT, PT, Casual)/ Flexible Hours

Salary: $28.00 to $32.00 (depending on education and experience)

Reports to: Learning Support Manager

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education (preferred)
  • Diploma or Master’s Degree in Special Education
  • 2 years’ experience as a resource worker (asset)
  • Orton Gillingham Certification (asset)

Competencies

  • Thrive in a dynamic, collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • An active commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Self motivated and self directed

Requirements

  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Eligibility to work in Canada
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends may be required)
  • Experience working with children with diagnosed or suspected Learning Disabilities
  • Ability to use assessment strategies and instruments to provide appropriate remediation.

Various Locations: North Vancouver, Vancouver and Satellite Partner Schools

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!

Please send you resume and cover letter to Claire Matthews, Learning Support Manager—Programs at clairem@ldsociety.ca 

Education Services Manager - Full Time

Organization Summary:

Learning Disabilities Society (LDS) is a growing, innovative, research-based, non-profit organization serving children with Learning Challenges. In collaboration with UBC, we offer evidence-based programs that target student-specific learning needs. Our programs and services operate from our Learning Centers in East Vancouver and North Vancouver, as well as from 8 Satellite School locations – currently serving approximately 200 students in total. We provide sustainable, affordable and individualized programs to ensure that all children have an opportunity to realize their full potential. Through early intervention, we support students at a critical time in their life, leading to profound, positive change in student life outcomes.

Job Summary:

The Education Services Manager is responsible for managing LDS education service operations at its Learning Centres and Satellite Schools, including designing, implementing and maintaining our delivery of service. This role is responsible for the management of all LDS Learning Support staff and the maintenance of LDS standard practice, the baseline upon which we measure client success. The Education Services Manager is a support for parents, staff and instructors and provides advice and recommendations for advocacy.

Position Type: Permanent, Full Time

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $65,000 to $75,000

Responsibilities:

Education Services Operations:

The Education Services Manager manages LDS operations at its Satellite Schools and Learning Centres. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Management of relations with Satellite School principals and School Board representatives
  • Management of service provision contracts and oversight of scheduling logistics
  • Review of existing and prospective client files including testing (psych-ed assessments, speech and language assessments, OT etc.)
  • Debrief of student cases with instructors and development of individualized instruction plans
  • Consultation with parents and school teachers
  • Oversight of clients at all LDS locations
  • Provision of case management as needed
  • General duties involved with delivering LDS ‘best practices’ to students

Staff Management:

The Education Services Manager supervises all LDS Learning Support staff, including supporting staff management of LDS instructors, their performance evaluations, and in progress monitoring of clients.

Advocacy and Parent Support:

The Education Services Manager leads LDS Learning Support staff in the provision of support and advocacy for parents, in order to foster knowledge, confidence and resources to improve student outcomes. This includes delivery of parent advocacy workshops that help foster a better understanding of student unique learning needs, and providing support with school-based teams and school programs.

Competencies:

  • Strong leadership, presentation and management skills
  • Thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and self-directed

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education or Equivalent
  • BC Public School Certified Teacher
  • Minimum of 5 year direct classroom and/or resource room experience
  • 2 years experience working with students with learning disabilities (literacy, numeracy and foundational skills)

Requirements

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the current BC Curriculum
  • Reliable Personal Vehicle
  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Eligibility to work in Canada

Please send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Forbes, Interim Executive Director at  ed@ldsociety.ca 

Position is open until filled, applications will be considered as they are received.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Training Opportunities

Remedial Instructor Training Program

  • Date: January 2020
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Cost: $600

This training program will equip you with research-based methods to confidently teach reading and writing skills to children struggling in school, in addition to providing paid training experience. This workshop is for adults who have a background in teaching, special education and/or passion for working with children with learning disabilities and the ability to commit to the full program. A clean criminal record check will be required as part of the program.

Time commitment: 21 hours Training + paid, part-time work experience as an instructor at LDS (Vancouver or North Shore locations).

Certifications

Graduates will obtain the following certificates:

  • Sound Partners is an explicit, balanced, phonics-based program that provides individual instruction in early reading skills. Using lessons specifically designed for tutors, paraprofessionals, and assistants, this research-based solution improves phonemic awareness, decoding, word identification, and spelling skills (Source: www.voyagersopris.com).
  • REWARDS is offered at both the Intermediate and Secondary levels, and the focus of both is on decoding multisyllabic words, identifying and understanding prefixes and suffixes, increasing word and passage reading fluency, building academic vocabulary, and deepening comprehension along with building confidence. REWARDS is proven to: improve students’ abilities to decode long, multisyllabic words; yield significant increase in fluency; be effective with all struggling readers, whether they are English language learners, students with reading disabilities, or students who have simply fallen behind; be successfully implemented by a wide variety of educators— teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers (Source: www.voyagersopris.com).

To find out more, or to register today, please contact Training Program Manager, Claire Matthews @ clairem@ldsociety.ca

Volunteer Opportunities

As a non-profit organization, volunteers are a crucial part of the LDS team. Although we currently do not offer opportunities to volunteer directly with children/our clients, we greatly appreciate help with administration, events, and as members of the organization.

What employees are saying …

LDS provides a challenging, interesting, supportive learning environment for its staff. They are a cause-based organization that provides a community service that is essential to support 10% of school children who have learning differences and cannot get the support they need in the public schools. It is inspiring to help these kids and their families (many of whom are low-income) to become happy and academically successful. It changes their lives profoundly. This make LDS a very satisfying place to work. It’s all about the kids!

Current Employee

Working with others who are passionate about the cause and motivated by purpose is a unique environment. I would describe our team as talented, creative, collaborative, inclusive, open-minded, with a great sense of humour. What I love most about my job is the flexibility, work-life balance, and opportunities for growth and advancement! I feel very supported and valued and look forward to helping move the mission forward and making a bigger impact in my community!

Current Employee

Working at the LDS has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people in the community. The students have benefitted immensely from the services that we provide and have increased in academic success and motivation. The best part of the job is seeing the students gain a love for reading, as well as building their self-esteem.

Current Instructor